Contrary to the belief of some, Christ did not do away with the tithe principle. He placed His divine stamp of approval and authority upon it when He gave His inspired verbal endorsement. In the gospel of Matthew, Christ confirmed the tithe principle when He rebuked the scribes and the Pharisees for their spiritual hypocrisy and inconsistency: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, AND NOT TO LEAVE THE OTHER UNDONE” (Matt. 23:23, K.J.V.).
Though Christ strongly challenged the Pharisees’ perversion of the tithe principle through their legalism and spiritual hypocrisy, He was careful to qualify His challenge by stating that the principle should not be discarded or discontinued.