The short answer is ‘no’. Christians are not required to tithe. Why?
The ‘tithe’ was part of the Mosaic Covenant (See Lev. 27); the covenant God made with Moses and the people of Israel at Mt. Sinai. Galatians 3, and elsewhere, show us we are no longer under that covenant. We are under a ‘new’ covenant. Additionally, the tithe was tied to the tabernacle and temple and the Levitical priesthood. We don’t have the tabernacle, temple, or Levitical priesthood. Jesus is our temple.
Now some people may point to Matthew 23:23 and say, “See, Jesus endorsed tithing!” But pay attention to details. Jesus himself lived under the Mosaic Law so his indirect commendation of tithing was for those still living under the Mosaic Law. We are not.
We have to look deeper into the New Testament to see what it has to say about tithing. And while Christians are not required to tithe, 2 Corinthians 8-9 do require us to give sacrificially and generously. For most of us that means giving away at least 10% of our income.
This is why our family has committed to giving at least 10% of our gross household income to whatever church we have attended. Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8-9 make it very clear, Jesus paid an exorbitant price to save me from my sins. How can I not respond in kind with sacrificial and generous giving to the church he loves so dearly!