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Your Giving Requires Sacrifice
 
  A pig and a hen were strolling amicably down the street when they saw a sign at a lunchroom window reading: “Delicious ham and eggs.”
  “Isn't it grand,” said the hen, “that together we can give human beings something that delights them?”
  The pig frowned, “Yes,” he said, “but you’re giving only requires a contribution, for me, giving is a real sacrifice.”
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Many today, in their zeal to defend the doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement, will cite 1 Corinthians 16:2, saying that the word "prospered" is speaking of "proportion," or "percentage."  It is not.

1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

The word "prospered" is translated from the Greek word "euodoo", which means, "to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:--(have a) prosper(-ous journey)."

euodoo was never translated as proportion in the Bible. The word used by the Greeks for "proportion" was the word "analogia". Found only in one verse of the New Testament.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Back to 1 Corinthians 16:2. That verse was not speaking of proportion or percentage. It was speaking of prosperity. As God had made them prosperous in life, Paul encouraged the saints at Corinth to help the poor saints in Jerusalem.  But percentage was never mentioned.  God leaves the amount given up to the giver...

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

"Purposeth"-- "proaireomai"-- "to choose for oneself."

Not only was Paul not speaking of percentage or proportion, Paul also was not speaking of tithes.  Rather, he was speaking of a collection (Grk. logia) for the saints at Jerusalem.

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Now concerning the collection (logia) for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings (logia) when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

The Greek word for "collection" was the word "logia." Again, nothing to do with tithes. Had Paul been speaking of tithes, he would have used the word "apodekatoo." Paul did not use the Greek for "tithes" in any of his epistles. The collection in 1 Corinthians 16 was to be freely given (not of coercion) to ease burdened saints in Jerusalem.

 

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excerpt from
A View of the Doctrines, Decrees and Prac-
tices of Tything, from the Infancy of
the Christian Church until this Day.
by Anthony Pearson, in the Year of our Lord 1657

But in the Fulness of Time, God raised up another Priest, Christ Jesus, who was not of the Tribe of Levi, nor consecrated after the Order of Aaron; for He pertained to another Tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the Altar, who (having obtained a more excellent Ministry, of a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not of the former Building, being the Sum and Substance of all the Patterns of Things under the first Covenant) put an End to the first Priesthood, with all its Shadows, Figures and carnal Ordinances, and changing the Priesthood, which had a Command to take Tythes of their Brethren, there was made of Necessity also a Change of the Law, and a Disannulling of the Commandment going before, which was but imposed until the Time of Reformation.

And the Apostles and Ministers of Christ Jesus, when He had finished His Office upon Earth, by offering up Himself through the Eternal Spirit, a Sacrifice without Spot unto God, did not look back to the Ordinances of the former Priesthood, but testified an End was put unto them; and witnessed against the Temple, wherein the Priests ministered, for which Stephen was stoned to death; against Circumcision, saying, It was not that of the flesh; against the Passover, Priests, etc., and preached up Christ Jesus and His Doctrine, the new and living Way, which was not made manifest while as the first Tabernacle was standing. Nor did they go about to establish the Law by which Tythes were given in the former Priesthood, but freely they preached the Gospel which they had received, and did not require any settled Maintenance, but lived of the free Offerings and Contributions of the Saints, who by their Ministry were turned to Christ Jesus.

At Jerusalem and thereabouts, such was the Unity of Heart amongst the Saints in the Apostles Time, that all Things were in common, and none wanted; and as many as were Possessors of Lands or Houses, sold them, and brought the Price and laid it down at the Apostles Feet, and it was distributed unto every Man according as he had Need.

So the Church gathered by *Mark at Alexandrea in Egypt, followed the same Rule as the Saints did at Jerusalem, having all things in common; And Philo Judaeus a famous Author of that Time reporteth, that not only there, but in many other Provinces, the Christians lived together in Societies.

In the Churches at Antioch, the Saints possessed every Man hos own Estate; so likewise in Galatia and Corinth, where the Apostles ordained, that Weekly-Offerings for the Saints should be made by every one as God had blessed him; and by these Offerings (which were put into the hands of the Deacons of the Churches) were all the Services and Needs of the Church Supplied.

By example of these, the Course of Monthly Offerings succeeded in the next Ages, not exacted, but freely given at the Bounty of every Man, as appears plainly by Tertullian in Apologet. ch. 39. where, upbraiding the Gentiles with the Piety and Devotion of Christians, he saith, “Whatsoever we have in the Treasury of our Churches, is not raised by Taxation, as though we put Men to ransom their Religion, but every Man once a Month, or when it pleaseth himself, bestoweth what he thinks good, and not without he listeth; for no man is compelled, but left free to his own Discretion: and that which is given is not bestowed in Vanity, but in relieving the Poor, and upon Children destitute of Parents, and Maintenance of Aged and Feeble Persons, Men wrecked by Sea, and such as are condemned to the MetalMines, banished into Islands, or cast into Prison, professing the true God and the Christian Faith.

And this Way of Contribution continued in the Church, till the great Persecution under Maximinian and Dioclesian, about the Year 304, as Eusebius testifieth, which also appears by the Writings of Tertullian, Origen, Cyprian, and others.

About this time also, some Lands began to be given to the Church, and the Revenue of them was brought into the Treasury of the Church, and belonged to the Church in common, and was distributed as other Offerings, by the Deacons and Elders; but the Bishops or Ministers meddled not therewith: for *Origen saith, “It is not lawful for any Minister of the Church to possess Lands (given to the Church) to his own Use.” And called to the Ministers, “Let us depart from the Priests of Pharaoh, who enjoy earthly Possessions, to the Priests of the Lord, who have no Portion in the Earth.” And in another place he saith, “It behoveth us to be faithful in disposing the Rents of the Church, that we our selves devour not those Things that belong to the Widows and the Poor, and let us be content with simple Diet and necessary Apparel.” And Urban Bishop of Rome, Anno 227, did declare, “That the Church might receive Lands and Possessions offered by the Faithful, but not to any particular Man’s Benefit, but that the Revenues thereof, should be distributed as other Offerings, as Need required.”

Cyprian Bishop of Carthage, about the Year 250, also testifieth the same, and sheweth, that the Church maintained many Poor, and that her own Diet was sparing and plain, and all her Expenses full of Frugality.

**Prosper also saith, that a Minister able to live of himself, ought not to participate of the Goods of the Church; for saith he, “They that have of their own, and yet desire to have somewhat given them, do not receive it without great Sin.

The Council at Antioch, Anno 340, (finding that much Fault had been among the Deacons, to whom it properly belonged) did ordain, that the Bishops might distribute the Goods of the Church, but required that they took not any Part to themselves, or to the Use of the Priests and Brethren that lived with them, unless that Necessity did justly require it, using the Words of the Apostle, “Having Food and Raiment, be therewith content.”

In these Times, in many Places, the Christian Converts joined themselves in Societies, and chose a separate Life, selling what they had, and living together in common, after the Example of the former Saints about Jerusalem, as Chrysostom notes, who lived about the year 400, by whole Writings it also appears, that there was not the least Use or Practice of the Payment of Tythes in those former Ages.

The Church now living altogether by Free Offerings of Lands, Money and Goods, the People were much pressed to bountiful Contributions for holy Uses, as may be seen by the Writings of Hieron and Chrysostom, who brought the Jewish Liberality in their Payments of Tenths, for an Example, beneath which they would not have Christians determine their Charity; where Chrysostom says, he speaks these things not as commanding or forbidding that they should give more, yet as thinking it fit that they should not give less than the tenth Part

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Here is a quote from a page from a Baptist author... Albert S. Vail, "Stewardship Among Baptist's", 1913

"But the chief thing to be said is that they left it out because they did not regard it as having any place in the Christian system.  They stood in their liberty of the Gospel and aside from the Law.  It would not be true to say that all Baptists ever have been thoroughly consistent in their understanding of their liberty in relation to Old Testament Law; but they have approximated it, and they were clear enough all along the line in earlier times to enable them to ignore the whole tithing scheme as applicable to themselves."

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John Smyth, considered to be the first modern Baptist, once said:  "Wee hold that tithes are either Jewish or Popish."

John Bunyan:  This paying of tithes was ceremonial, such as came in and went out with the typical priesthood."

Luther Powell:  " By and large, the Baptists--although inconsistent at times--remained true to the principles of separation of Church and State and voluntary support of the Ministry. They, more than any other group, are the representatives of the philosophy of Church support which emphasizes voluntary support on the congregational level."

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Maybe if believers didn't find reasons not to give the preacher wouldn't need to preach a whole month on tithing. The bills have to be paid tightwads.

The bills have to be paid, I wholeheartedly agree. 

But having bills does not justify a pastor browbeating the flock.  1 Peter 5 tells the pastor how they are to lead the flock.

Believers should be encouraged to give.  But they should not be forced to give.  If they love the Lord, they will give to meet the needs of the Sanctuary.

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The bills have to be paid, I wholeheartedly agree. 

But having bills does not justify a pastor browbeating the flock.  1 Peter 5 tells the pastor how they are to lead the flock.

Believers should be encouraged to give.  But they should not be forced to give.  If they love the Lord, they will give to meet the needs of the Sanctuary.

Would you give either way?

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Would you give either way?

would I give either way? Good question.

My stance is, if a pastor is going to lie to his congregation, he doesn't deserve any monetary compensation from us

God would be more pleased with us giving to a widow or orphan in need than if we were to give it to a lying preacher.

James 1:27 (KJV)
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world. Edited by Standing Firm In Christ

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Excerpt from "The Divine Right of Tythes Shaken" by Thomas Ellwood; 1722 A.D..:

It was the spoils which Abraham gave the Tenth of, Heb. 7:4. And who is Man, that he should take upon him to add or alter! Darest thou say he paid, when God says he gave! Darest thou say, it was of his own Substance, when God says it was of the Spoils! Darest thou say, he did this ordinarily, when the Spirit of God hath thought fit to mention this one only extraordinary time! Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a Lyar, Prov. 30:6.

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Encyclopedia Britannica; 1911, 11th Edition, Vol. 26, p. 1020

Tithes in Law
Tithes were generally regarded up to the 17th Century as existing jure divino, and as having been payable to the support of the Church ever since the earliest days of Christianity.

History, as Selden showed in his learned and exhaustive treatise (History of Tithes 1618), does not bear out this view.  In the words of Hallam, "the slow and gradual manner in which parochial churches became independent appears to be of itself a sufficient answer to those who ascribe a great antiquity to the universal payment of tithes."

Long before the 8th century payment of tithes was enjoined by ecclesiastical writers and by councils of the Church; but the earliest authentic example of anything like a law of the state enforcing payment appears to occur in the Capitularies of Charlemagne at the end of the 8th or the beginning of the 9th century.  Tithes were by that enactment to be applied to the maintenance of the Bishop and clergy, the poor, and the fabric of the Church.  In course of time the principle of payment of tithes was extended far beyond its original intention.  Thus they became transferable to laymen and saleable like ordinary property, in spite of the injunctions of the third Lateran Council, and they became payable out of sources of income which were not originally tithable.   The canon law contains numerous and minute provisions on the subject of tithes.  

The Decretum forbade their alienation to lay proprietors, denounced excommunication against those who refused to pay, and based the right of the Church upon Scriptural precedents.  The decretals contained provisions as to what was and what was not tithable property, as to those privileged from payment, as to sale or hypothecation to laymen, as to priority over state taxes, &c.  Various questions which arose later were settled by Boniface VIII.  The Council of Trent enjoined due payment of tithes, and excommunicated those who withheld them.

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Yes, Selden was a historian. His book The Historie of Tythes angered the state Church so that the king commanded he appear before him. There, he recanted his writings for fear of imprisonment or death.

Basically, he folded under pressure... As so many do today. Afraid to speak the truth concerning tithes for fear of excommunication from the assembly.

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From The Works of Josephus; Section 1-7:

2. Now as soon as Albinus was come to the city of Jerusalem, he used all his endeavors and care that the country might be kept in peace, and this by destroying many of the Sicarii. But as for the high priest, Ananias Ant-20-27 he increased in glory every day, and this to a great degree, and had obtained the favor and esteem of the citizens in a signal manner; for he was a great hoarder up of money: he therefore cultivated the friendship of Albinus, and of the high priest [Jesus], by making them presents; he also had servants who were very wicked, who joined themselves to the boldest sort of the people, and went to the thrashing-floors, and took away the tithes that belonged to the priests by violence, and did not refrain from beating such as would not give these tithes to them. So the other high priests acted in the like manner, as did those his servants, without any one being able to prohibit them; so that [some of the] priests, that of old were wont to be supported with those tithes, died for want of food.

The above shows that the tithes due the priests were not money, but rather food.... just as the Bible also declares throughout the Old Testament.

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From The Works of Josephus; Section 8:

And this trouble he underwent for two years and four months;
 Ant-11-14 for in so long a time was the wall built, in the twenty-eighth year of the reign of Xerxes, in the ninth month. Now when the walls were finished, Nehemiah and the multitude offered sacrifices to God for the building of them, and they continued in feasting eight days. However, when the nations which dwelt in Syria heard that the building of the wall was finished, they had indignation at it. But when Nehemiah saw that the city was thin of people, he exhorted the priests and the Levites that they would leave the country, and remove themselves to the city, and there continue; and he built them houses at his own expenses; and he commanded that part of the people which were employed in cultivating the land to bring the tithes of their fruits to Jerusalem, that the priests and Levites having whereof they might live perpetually, might not leave the Divine worship; who willingly hearkened to the constitutions of Nehemiah, by which means the city Jerusalem came to be fuller of people than it was before. So when Nehemiah had done many other excellent things, and things worthy of commendation, in a glorious manner, he came to a great age, and then died. He was a man of a good and righteous disposition, and very ambitious to make his own nation happy; and he hath left the walls of Jerusalem as an eternal monument for himself. Now this was done in the days of Xerxes.

The above paragraph is in agreement with Nehemiah chapters 10 and 13

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"Is that Anthony Pearson the Quaker from Umm... Durhum...ummm Yorkshire?"
 
"Thomas Elwood - hmmmm, another Quaker."
 
"Politician and lawyer, church of England, best friend was a catholic theologian"
 
"Seldon - English philosopher and lawyer, held to teachings of Erastus and humanism.
Noted historian."
 
 
After these short posts from DaveW I am forced to ask, "Has anyone but a FIB ever spoken the truth or are we to assume automatically that they are all inveterate liars?  :umno:
God bless,
Larry

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When one takes the time to compare the Quakers doctrine on tithes with Scripture, It is obvious that the Quakers were doctrinally correct on the topic of tithes.

So many today would rather accept anything and everything that is preached from the pulpit, than to imitate the actions of the Bereans who did not just accept what they heard, but searched the Scriptures daily to see if it were so.

Because many fail to search the Scriptures, they have no true understanding of Scriptures.

Proverbs 4:7 (KJV) 7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

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      Nehemiah 13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
      Nehemiah 13:12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.

      Eliashib the High Priest at that time had taken the tithes out of the storehouse and moved God’s enemy TOBiah the Ammonite into the Temple storehouse chambers. Note what the tithes were… corn (corn referred to any type of grain, not necessarily corn alone), new wine, and oil… that which is all food products; i.e., eaten.

      Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

      Bring your tithes… what tithes? Why, the tithes the Law required; i.e., agricultural produce and livestock.

      Malachi 3:8 Will a man rOB God? Yet ye have rOBbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we rOBbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
      Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have rOBbed me, even this whole nation.
      Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.


      All the tithes; i.e., tithes of corn, flour, new wine, oils, spices, herbs… everything that was titheable. Why? That there may be meat in mine house. MEAT… food.

      Throughout the Old Testament Law, the tithes were consistently that which was eaten. There is no denying that fact. No mention of money being tithed whatsoever.

      Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, 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.
      Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

      Here, our Lord commends the scribes and Pharisees for their OBedience in tithing ans tells them they should be tithing. But notice what they were tithing… garden spices and herbs. Not money. Money was not a titheable thing under the Mosaic Law.

      Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

      This verse is part of a parable. Jesus was telling of a prideful Pharisee who boasted of going over and above what the Law required. The Pharisee had his reward. Notice the Pharisee was not speaking to God, but rather, within himself; i.e., to his own self. He was so lifted up in pride he had convinced himself that he had to do more than what the LORD required under the Law in order to be justified. And yet, instead of being justified, he was condemned.

      Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

      Here, we see what it was that Abram tithed. As stated above, these spoils were not Abram's own silver and gold, but the spoils of war… the property of Bera the king of Sodom, which he had promised God he would not take any of unto himself (Gen 14:22-24)
      Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
      This is speaking of the agricultural tithe. The author says “have a commandment to take tithes” because the Temple was still standing. Levites were still receiving the agricultural tithe according to the Law. The command was for the Levites to receive tithes of their brethren... the children of Israel
      Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
      Received tithes of the spoils of war, not Abram’s silver and gold.
      Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
      Again, the tithe that men that die receive is referring to the agricultural tithe. The Levites were still receiving that tithe. They would receive it for another four years and then Titus would invade Jerusalem and destroy the Temple, putting a stop to the collection of tithes.

      Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

      Not one of the verses on tithing throughout the Word of God support the doctrine that one is to tithe one’s money. No instruction is given in the Word of God to tithe one’s money. It is a man-made doctrine that began in the Roman Catholic religious system in the year 777 A.D., and not adopted by any Protestant Church until 1873 A.D..

      The Baptists were the last Church denomination to adopt the monetary tithe doctrine. This was around the middle of the twentieth century A.D..
    • By Standing Firm In Christ
      I wrote this article several months ago and just got it off of my blog to share here...

      Extortion:  The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.
      Spanning from 1959 to 1963, Robert Stack starred as Federal Agent Eliot Ness in the TV series “The Untouchables”.
      Eliot Ness worked hard at cleaning up the streets of Chicago, ILL after the city was infiltrated by many crime bosses who would extort money from store owners using strongarm tactics, threats, and often gunplay and murder.
      Extortion was a serious offense and carried a stiff sentence in the Federal Penitentiary if one was convicted of it.  Eliot Ness did not go easy on those who tried to extort money from the citizens of Chicago using scare tactics.
      Today, we can glean from the many episodes of “The Untouchables” an important spiritual truth.  That truth is, just as crime bosses answered to Eliot Ness for their misdeeds, those who offend God’s children will also one day answer to God.
      Many a pastor today stood behind a pulpit and preached a message that was meant to extort money from their congregation through a sermon that was “under color of official right”
      That message is taken from Malachi 3:8-10…. “Will A Man Rob God?”
      Many a pastor had his congregation open their Bibles to Malachi 3:8-10 and read the passage that chapter 1 reveals was to the children of Israel.  They then try to bring the letter to Israel out of Israel and into their city or town in their own country.
      They preach to their congregation that they are “robbing God” because they are not bringing the tithe of their income to the house of God.
      The pastor continues to inform his congregation that if they do not begin to tithe their money, God will attack their finances, their home, their families, their health,  their jobs, their vehicles; the list could go on and on.
      Friends, that message they are presenting fits the legal system’s definition of extortion.  They are trying to instill fear into your mind, fear of disaster, if you don’t get protection.
      They then tell you how to get protection… pay 10% of your income to God!  Friends, that is extortion through and through.
      They preach the message of a 10% tithe “under color of official right,” but if one studies out the specifics of God’s Holy tithe, one will discover that they have no “official right” to collect a tithe from their congregation.
      The tithe was limited to within the boundaries of national Israel and was to be given to the Levites who were living in 48 cities.  It was never authorized to the New Testament Church.
      God’s tithe was also never money according to Leviticus 27 and Numbers 18.
      Shame on those pastors who are guilty of extorting money from their flock!  They one day will answer to God for handling His Word deceitfully and oppressing His people with fear tactics under the guise of “official right.”
      Friends, God’s Holy Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that we are to give as we purpose in our own hearts to give.  A tithe does not allow one to purpose what they will give. A tithe is a set amount…10%.  How is one purposing in one’s own heart what to give if he is giving 10% because his pastor told him that is what he is supposed to give?  The fact is, giving what your pastor determines is nothing more than giving of compulsion… giving because you have to.
      Notice 2 Corinthians 9:7…
      2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
      The word “purposeth” is translated from the Greek word “proaireomai”, and it means “to choose for oneself”.  A pastor has no “official right” to tell his congregation to give 10% of their money to the Church.  God’s Word tells the congregation to “choose for oneself” what one wants to give.  God did not tell that pastor to preach to his congregation that they must tithe their money.  Nor did he tell that pastor that the congregation would be cursed if they didn’t tithe their money.
      Friends, give to the Church.  The Church does need money to pay for electricity, sanitation, etc..  But give what you choose for yourself to give, not what someone else tells you you must give.  If you are giving a set amount because you have been told by your pastor to give that amount, then you are not giving according to God’s instructions.
    • By Standing Firm In Christ
      The pastor preached on tithing.

      Now, he knows my wife and I don't tithe. We do not believe it is a New Testament teaching for Christians. The Apostles never taught it in any of their epistles.

      Now, mind you it is not that he preached on tithing that upset us, he has preached on tithing in the past. What upset us is an out and out lie he told in his pulpit.

      He told the congregation that he does not know who tithes and who does not.

      The fact is, he knows my wife and I don't tithe. He has cornered me in the past and told me we need to start tithing. So his statement that he doesn't know who tithes and who does not was an out and out lie.

      Truth be known, no one in the Church tithes... even when they put 10% of their money in one of those white and green "Tithes" envelopes, so the whole sermon was built upon a lie.
    • By Miss Daisy
      Should I tithe from the child support I receive for my daughter?
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