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What is the Church’s position on tithing?

Full Question

I was born and raised in the Mormon Church, went on a mission, and did everything a good Mormon should do, including tithing. Since my wife and I converted to the Catholic Church we still have nagging doubts that we should be tithing to our parish (as we did when we were Mormons: ten percent of our gross income), except that it’s much harder to do so now that we have several children. The Mormon Church taught me that tithing is mandatory. What’s the Catholic Church’s position?

Answer

Although the Church teaches that offering some form of material support to the Church is obligatory for all Catholic adults who are able to do so, it doesn’t specify what percent of one’s income should be given. Remember, tithing was an Old Testament obligation that was incumbent on the Jews under the Law of Moses. Christians are dispensed from the obligation of tithing ten percent of their incomes, but not from the obligation to help the Church.

The key to understanding how God wants us to give to the Church is found in 1 Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week [Sunday] each of you should set aside whatever he can afford,” and in 2 Corinthians 9:5-8,

So I thought it necessary to encourage the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for your promised gift [donation], so that in this way it might be ready as a bountiful gift and not as an exaction. Consider this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.

To paraphrase: God doesn’t demand a fixed amount of money from us; he wants us to give from the heart. If people are forced by their church to give a certain percent of their income, that’s extortion. If they give freely and cheerfully the amount they are able, that’s a gift.










63 comments

  1. Paschal Reply

    Good write up. I just got cleared on the Church’s position on tithing. Thank you and remain blessed in your good works

    1. Stan Reply

      Please read matt 23:23 Jesus mentioned the issue of tithe “….these you ought to have done,without leaving the others undone”.You can’t rebel against God eg neglecting justice,mercy,faith in God and pay tithe. God is not a tax collector. Malachi 3:8-12 you can’t claim to love God when you don’t obey his commends or rob God. My question is have you stop paying Tax because of children? Your heart and love is where your money is! Please don’t be deceived 1cor 16:2 talks about offering (weekly) and 2cor 9:5 talks about vow(“…your generous gift beforehand which you had previously promised…)Also offering & vow was mentioned in old testament too. Pls we should not pick a part of God’s command and leave the rest! This bring us back to Matt 23:23 which has these strong corrective words “Woe…hypocrites..”

      Remember tithe if from your income if you income is not money but farm product like those in time pass you give.

      Jesus said in Matt 5:17″DO NOT THINK THAT I CAME TO DESTROY THE LAW OR THE PROPHET. I DID NOT COME TO DESTROY BUT TO FULFILL.” and further in vs 19 whoever therefore breaks 1 of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heave…..

      My Advice is if your a true christian pray to God for the baptism of his Holyspirit who will teach you 1cor 2:13 as you do Ps 1:2

      1. Agbidi Henry Reply

        PLS STAN ASK GOD FOR HIS WISDOM. what did GOD said should be done with tithe paid to the levites. and to the church and the first fruit. pls words of Jesus are too deep for human undersatnding. any pastor that preach tithe is extorting the people. Jesus said i have not come to abolished the law, which means the love of GOD and your fellow human, if you love GOD you wount wait for someoneto preach to you before paying 10% of your income but give as much as you can give from your heart as much as you love GOD.

      2. Lori Reply

        I agree with Stan. In fact we see the example set by believers in the early church no longer gave only 10% they sold all that they had and gave all their money to the Apostles.

        Acts 4
        32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

        33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

        34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

        35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

        They gave freely of ALL that they had.
        Jesus did not do away with the Law or the Prophets. He fulfilled and with that He gave a greater Law. Are we as Christians going to deny this?

    2. Robet Gardner Reply

      I was told in the 1980’s that our church in Michigan suggested one dollar per week for every $1000 you made annually. I wonder if that was a local thing or more global with policy having changed since then?

    3. don Walden Reply

      jesus said, ” I have not come to destroy the LAW, or the prophets,”. the Law that included the paying of one tenth of our gross income. as did Abrahim to melchizadek, the High Priest.

      1. Patrick Reply

        Yes, he has fulfilled the law. So in the New Covenant we are not bounded by having to give a 10%, we are to give our means. Remember time means 10% you have to give a 10% in the Old Covenant. In the New Covenant you give your means we have matured in our faith by not being commanded give it 10% but do our own free will and I love you Jesus to give our means.

  2. Ana Reply

    JESUS HIMSELF AFFRIMED THE TITHE – Mathew 23:23
    And this is in the New Testament!

    PROOF OF AMOUNT TO TITHE – Deuteronomy 14:22-29
    one-tenth to the Designated Place of Worship

    1. Patrick Reply

      Jesus does not confirm the tithe in this passage for the new covenant. “23:23 mint and dill and cummin: Small seasoning herbs. According to the Law, a tenth part (tithe) of all produce must be offered to God (Lev 27:30; Deut 14:22-23). The Pharisees scrupulously adhered to this small command but neglected greater and more important principles; for justice, mercy, and faith are the foundations of the Mosaic Law and should inspire all obedience to God (cf. 9:13).”- Ignatius Bible
      Plus during that passage they are still under the old covenant. Jesus establishes the new covenant at the Last Super.

      1. Tanaka Reply

        These you ought to have done WITHOUT neglecting the others

    2. Rex Reply

      Ana u r right people should read the bible thoroughly according to timoty to show themselves aproved of dispensing or discussing the word of God.why are christains so particular abt tithe,what has it got to do wt ones salvation? Why are christains trying to divide the bible into dispensations when christ said he have nt come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.the bible said that wisdom is profitable to direct so people should read the bible well enough to know when dogma is at play and wen the spirit of God is directing them.these are what God will judge wen he said that judgement will start frm the house of God beware of people trying to usurp u to their own belief outside what the word of God says.If u r a christain and wants to make heaven titthe will nt be an issue to discuss cos I believe that God himself will direct u on what to do through his word The BIBLE.If u are a christain friends just stand Out and shun all doctrine and Dogma and love christ wt all ur heart

    3. Echichechi Nnah Reply

      Read that portion of the scripture again and see that the tithe is to be spent by you on what so ever you desire on the first and second year why is it not preached so now. If you dont keep the other Jewish laws but only believe in tithing who are you fooling. As a Christian you are not to be subjected to the Jewish ordinances. Read Acts of the apostles chapter 15 and Galatians chapters 2&3.

      1. HENRY Reply

        you are a true christian. GOD bless you.

    4. BASIL Reply

      Ann, thanks for your contribution, but when Jesus spoke in Matt 23 he was telling them the implications of tithing under Judaism, the religious beliefs of Jews, but when the temple curtain was torn in two, both the lesser and the greater became one, in other words, in Jesus we all derive our priesthood. If we must pay tithe it must now be to JESUS, who never asked for it. In him all have become equal. We all have received from the same Spirit. Under the Old law there were levites, kings and prophets but in the new we have become priests, prophets and kings. Paying tithe now is like considering that we have lesser grace. However, God assigns someone to lead a congregation but that person is one among equals. He is not there to receive tithe. He is there to serve like the disciples who neither received tithe nor asked anyone to pay. Giving under the New law is done with the two greatest commandments in mind. Where there is a need: be s supply. If your pastor is in need and you can help, reach out to him. If the church needs to be built, help out, and if the needy are in your midst, help.These are the things that we must do in order to go to heaven. Read Matt 25. Thanks for your contribution.

  3. Lance Wells Reply

    I also does not have to be monetarily, in kind or whatever else you can afford to do!

  4. Tanya Reply

    My priest is all about tithing but not in the monetarily way. He wants more of our church family to get involved and volunteer…he’d rather have that then the money….some people say it’s weird but I understand, bc then it brings down all parish expenses

    1. rosemariemorgan Reply

      I like this. I like many haven’t much cash, and enjoy helping out and being involved, to be made to feel guilty and unworthy of going to Mass because I’m choosing to pay bills, or even buy my daughter an extra special present for her sixteenth is not what our faith is about.

  5. Chris Reply

    Tithe – literally means a tenth…

  6. HollyThiebaud Reply

    tithing i.e.: GIVING is the most blessed life ever! My husband and I ‘tithe’ 10% of monthly net to our church then give ‘offerings’ throughout the month as the Holy Spirit leads. I can honestly tell you that we have always had more than enough and more has come…changed our life and freed us to learn trust and dependance on Jesus…remembering it really is more blessed to give than receive…yet we receive the gift that only giving gives! 🙂

    1. Laura Reply

      It has been our experience as well. Blessings come in many forms when your heart -and your pocket- are open to share with others.

  7. mike Reply

    I always laugh at how upset the Federal government would be if everyone in America gave 10% to churches. Ten % of the entire GNP going to the churches would surely make the politicians howl.

  8. Jenny Reply

    As a member of our parish finance council, I truly appreciate this and will share.

  9. Lea Leger Reply

    if you want to give 10% of your income then its ok, as long as you give it from your heart and you can afford to. The bible teaches that its not compulsory to give 10% of your income. Some Religions( members) are compulsary to give 10% percent of their income.

    1. flavian Reply

      @Lea, ure very clear on the point of tithing. God bless you

    2. Romeo Agtarap Reply

      Bless your heart good christian woman…

  10. Pauline Reply

    Let us all open our hearts & forgive all those who had a negative reply. We must all live as Jesus did & love everyone.

  11. Martina Ochieng Reply

    I like the church’s stand as I am proud to be a Catholic. In the book of Malachi chapter 4 God tells us to test Him in giving … as an individual I would like to encourage those who can give to do it faithfully

  12. Tanaka Reply

    Tithe is God’s law. In as much as God wants us to give from the heart He also wants us to love from the heart, to worship from the heart, to keep all the ten commandments from the heart, to give from the heart and to tithe from the heart. being law doesn’t mean it cant be done from the heart. Do not be too mathematical with God. If God incarnate was to stand before you would you say I cannot afford to give you a tenth of my income Lord? Would you really?? Once you start tithing you will see the positive difference . it might not be in your finances but other areas of life.

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  14. Jtiong Reply

    Depends on definitions,It is from the heart,0 percent,1 percent or anything,in the old day (2k yrs ago,) a tenth of produce,ok with wheat,rice,grapes, dates & fig etc,but with cows,goats,donkey, horses,chickens, could it be by weight or numbers? If you have 10 cows, would you give the fattest or the skinner one? Or if you have 11 cows would you give 1.1 cow? Or you give by weight, which part of the animal? Head or Tail?
    Each animal weight is different, so 10 percent is not relevant.

    1. Stan Reply

      Your logic does not make sense read the bible and see how they gave in the old testament. When u give in Love you don’t calculate in decimal. Onless your stingy.if I have 11cows I will give 2cows your decimals will be my offering to God.Tithe is done in love not forced it comes from the heart. Remember your not helping God. It for your own good.

  15. Johnson David Reply

    Give cheerfully what you have and thereafter, receive His blessings in bountiful!

  16. Wil Higashide Reply

    Those who can afford to give the 10 th of their income do it ; but those who cannot afford it the Church or the Parish a Council should not force them to give it. Our former parish priest, an Italian said, give any amount we can afford and if we cannot give our monthly pledge he said just come to Church and attend mass.

  17. Raphael Reply

    During Moses times Men & Women were forced do do what is right but this time of gospel we do according to the love of Jesus & God himself. You don’t have to pay 10% but even more according to the love of God.

  18. ning2 Reply

    Gift/Offering shows how much is your love to God but TITHE is the test of your loyalty to Him. In the light of Malachi 3:8-10, it doesn’t tells us that tithe giving is based on our love. God requires it and we are violators if we will withhold it from Him.

    1. Patrick Reply

      Malachi is old covenant law. We are no longer held to it.

      1. Ben Reply

        Genesis 14 talks about Abram paying tithing to Melchizedek king of Salem. The law of Moses was way after this. Tithing had nothing to do with the law of Moses. It existed before.

  19. Dstorm00 Reply

    I am way below low income, to the point where I live with my grandmother and my paycheck is gone before I get it. I was told we are obligated to give something, if it can’t be money, it should be your time or your talents. I am a substitute teacher for PSR, I’m a eucharistic minister, and I plan on getting involved in outreach ministry and the choir. There always more room for God in our lives. We can always do more. We don’t need to judge others, because we ourselves can always improve.

  20. Matt Reply

    I don’t understand why you allow some of the ads that are embedded in your online posts (including constant links to the Protestant website “peacewithgod.net”). Weird.

    1. Romeo Agtarap Reply

      I agree with bro Matt, you confuse us catholics…

    2. Kerri B Reply

      I agRee as well…I have map essayed them about it before. There was advertisement for a book once and it was by John MacArthur!

  21. Felix Reply

    I agree with most comments here on tithing which emphasized the aspect of love and charity than following strict laws. Those who often quote the OT to justify their views do so on selective purposes. If they are to talk about justice of God, they often restrict themselves to the NT and the love Of Christ and ll never apply the Old Testament. The explaination above is clear and simple.

  22. Janice Reply

    Like in other religions who are claiming to believe in Christ but they only view him as prophet (Iglesia Ni Cristo/”Church of Christ”) they demand a minimum fixed tithing of 10% from your gross income that should be given weekly or twice a month. If one member doesn’t give their part of share in more than a month he/she will be excommunicated from their congregation. When my friend who’s an I.N.C. did encounter a very big problem before that she wasn’t able to give for a month time because she needs to pay the hospital expense since her mother got sick, and she’s a single mom who’s raising her kid (in addition, the government never helps not unless you get noticed through media) she got into a big debt to pay everything alone. She tried to explain it to their Punong Ministro(Head Minister) everthing that had happened and why she wasn’t able to pay her tithing of 10% but instead of listening they even condemn her of being evil and was excommunicated from the congregation. Right after she was excommunicated, my mother brought her closer to the Catholic Church and let her understand what being a Catholic means, she bursted into tears and began to embrace the religion when she had a retreat. There was really a big difference as she said: “I’d rather believe in a religion that has pillars that cannot be shaken nor destroyed and had been up for thousands years than believe in false prophets and christians that claim to be equal with Jesus and just existed within this century.”

  23. Cyndy Reply

    Actually most churches who demand tithing get it all wrong. Please Read Deuteronomy 14:22-29 and Deuteronomy 26:12-14 God specifically speaks of the THREE YEAR TITHE. When a man comes to a new land he is instructed to bring forth the “First Fruits of all he has… The first part of his harvest, the first lambs born to his ewes etc. This is different from the Tithe. The tithe is an amount SAVED and SET ASIDE for a three year period. At the end of that 3 year period it is divided up 1/3 to the church, 1/3 to the sojourner/ poor etc. AND 1/3 is kept for the FAMILY. This may have been God’s way of forcing families to “bank money” or even to save up for vacation times every 3 years. BECAUSE not every one began their 3 YEAR TITHE at the same time, the church would continually have offerings coming on (but not from the same people) and the poor and homeless were taken care off (talk about welfare) AND the FAMILY was taken care of. TOO MANY greedy churches and ministries want ALL the tithe for themselves. Yes… God wants you to set aside 10 % but it’s not just cash !!!
    Deur. 14:22-29 “Thou shall truly tithe all the increase of thy seed,that the field bring forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God in the place which He shall choose to place His name there, the tithe of thy grain, of thy wine and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks, that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee (to the place God has chosen to send you to deliver the tithe), so that thou art not able to carry it, or if the place be too far for thee which the Lord thy God shall choose to set His name there (where God has sent you to worship) When the Lord thy God hath blessed thee, THEN shalt thou turn it into money and bind up the money in thine hand, and shall go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose.
    AND thou shalt bestow that money for whatever THY SOUL DESIRETH: for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever thy soul desireth, AND THOU SHALT EAT THERE BEFORE THE LORD thy God and THOU SHALT REJOICE, thou and thine household.
    And the Levite who is within thy gates, thou shalt not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with thee.
    AT THE END OF THREE YEARS thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates;
    And the Levite (because he has no part nor inheritance with thee), and the sojorner (stranger), and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.”
    It goes on to say in Chapter 15 that every 7 years you should forgive all your creditors their debts !

    Deut.26:12-14 “When thou hast finished tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the YEAR OF TITHING, and hast given it unto the Levite (Priests. church etc), the sojourner (stranger), the fatherless and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled, then thou shall say before the Lord thy God,I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the sojourner (stranger), the fatherless and to the widow, according to all Thy commandments which Thou has commanded me. I have not transgressed Thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them…”

    WHERE does it say to GIVE YOUR TITHE TO ONE CHURCH ??? No where. God did not mean to burden his people. He DID ask for the first fruits to be given to the Levites (priests)… but how many of today’s minister want grain, cattle or even your first born?

    The Levites (priests/church/ ministry) who were in the place where God sends you could partake of YOUR Redeeming your Tithe the way God intended. They were NOT to be in control of it. They certainly did NOT get ALL of it. PLEASE NOTICE that 14:26 says “AND thou shalt bestow that money for whatever THY SOUL DESIRETH: for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever thy soul desireth, AND THOU SHALT EAT THERE BEFORE THE LORD thy God and THOU SHALT REJOICE, thou and thine household. ”

    Your Tithe was a blessing from God TO YOU that He wanted you to SHARE with others in the way he prescribed… once every THREE years. I wonder why so many minister and churches never shall THIS scripture???

    They are probably the same one that call Mary Magdalene a “harlot” rather than the woman who was possessed “with demons”
    Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He cast seven demons.”

    The point is… if you haven’t read the scriptures… be careful that what you preach is the truth,
    because God WILL hold you accountable for preaching non-truths…

    1. Patrick Reply

      Very well said, are you Jewish or a Seventh Day Adventist? That all is great if we are in the old covenant.

  24. Mario Simonelli Reply

    Unfortunately today, most pastors rely entirely on the ability of the church members to support them. They frequently preach to the congregation of the need to tithe 10% of their income regularly, but by doing that they inadvertently are re-establishing the law of dead works, ignoring Galatians 5:4 which tells us not to do that, for we read: “You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace."
    It has also escaped their notice that among other things in Hebrews 7:9-19 we read: “And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the law,) what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?
    For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belong to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, ‘thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’ For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness, (for the law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better motive, through which we draw near to God."
    We need to remind ourselves that Jesus has changed many things of the Old Testament and tithing is one of those. The law of tithing has been set aside in favour of love offerings. The hard working preachers still need to be supported and 2Corinthians Chapters 8 and 9 are perfectly clear on the subject. Consequently we read in verses 1 to 13 of Chapter 8: “Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favour of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. Consequently we urged Titus that as he had previously made a beginning, so he would also complete in you this gracious work as well. But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also. For you know the grace of our lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it. But now finish doing it also, that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he does not have. For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality- at this present time your abundance of earthly wealth being a supply for their want, that their abundance of saved souls also may become a supply for your want, that there may be equality; as it is written, ‘He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack."’
    As you can see from the above scripture, the support of hard working preachers has not been abolished, but has been up-graded to a free-will gift of love in order to make us willing partners of the preacher’s labour, thus drawing us nearer to God.

  25. Joanne Vaillancourt Reply

    I’ve always known that the Church doesn’t require tithing, but the way it was paraphrased is the best explanation I’ve heard.

  26. lourdes Reply

    I agree to all of this comment. The more you give the more you receive.

  27. John Taabavi Reply

    Excellent response. Many Christians in the developing continent
    of Africa are misled by pastors on this issue of tithing. They preach that 10% is obligatory.

  28. Craig Reply

    I don’t know about any of you Mormons, but I’ve never been forced to give anything to the Church. I freely give 10 percent because I choose to, not because I have to.

    1. A.G. Reply

      Exactly! It’s not forced on anyone. We are just told that it’s a commandment of God and we are encouraged to follow it just like all other commandments. If someone doesn’t pay tithing, they are still welcomed to attend church.

  29. itikler Reply

    Give 10% of your salary or else you will not be included when rupture comes.

    1. BASIL Reply

      This is not scriptural. It is your love for neighbours, as in Matt 25, that takes you to heaven.

  30. Pat Reply

    My former pastor always stressed “time and talent” to us in our parish. He suggested a weekly offering equivalent to our first hour gross pay. Then using your time and talent to help the parish and community.

  31. Casmir Reply

    I understand that tithing is good but what I don’t like is when pastors try to make a congregation believe it’s a money doubling affair where the higher you give the higher you get, I think we should be allowed to give freely from the heart without necessarily expecting any returns. Emphasis should not be placed on getting returns from the tithe you give, reason being those who don’t get their returns doubled will feel discouraged and not want to do it next time

  32. Tom Reply

    “And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

    “And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

    “And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

    “For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living" (Mark 12:41–44).

    The honest payment of tithing is much more than a duty; it is an important step in the process of personal sanctification. To those of you who pay your tithing, I commend you.

    To those of you who presently are not obeying the law of tithing, I invite you to consider your ways and repent. I testify that by your obedience to this law of the Lord, the windows of heaven will be opened to you.

    20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated–

    21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

    And tithing is but a n irrevocable law.

    1. Patrick Reply

      Yes, you give to the church. Money, time, and or talents. BUT mandatory 10% of money? Please show me where in the new Testament this is stated.

  33. Liby Reply

    Just give tithe if you’re not tight. Plain and simple. The most important thing is to give your gifts to God with all of your heart. Amen

    1. Mario Simonelli Reply

      This debate is an old one; you will never understand the truth if you cannot understand the difference between the LAW and GRACE. Jesus paid for my SINS 100% of my debt, there is no 10% left to pay but to love your neighbor, which is harder that to pay 10%.

  34. Jared Reply

    You are DEFINITELY not born and raised in the Mormon Church. (NO doubt!)

  35. Stephen Podesta Reply

    I was a catholic and I converted to Mormonism. it is very funny how people misinterpret what Mormons believe and the scriptures. Tithing as mentioned in the bible is a lesser law given to the jews because they could not live the higher law which is, all those that profess to live Gods laws to give God everything that God has given to us to build up the Kingdom of God on the Earth. 10% is the minimum requirement for true followers (not just believers), and we can give more if we can. Note that Donations of less than 10% can be given also. God requires our help to build the Kingdom and it is from the membership where faith is required to do this.
    It is laughable that any church to say that faith is not required or any church can say yes we don’t need 10% to come to our church so it must be a better church and there is nothing in the bible that says that. God requires our total faith and the lesser law of 10% is in force now at this time until the Lord will require more from us at his coming.
    I need to note that I am in a family of 12 children, I have lived the Law of tithing for 40 years, and I without boasting am richer financially and spiritually than my other siblings that don’t follow my church. The law of tithing is there to bless us as it says in Malachi that he will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall be no room to receive it, and it has and continues to happen to me and my family.

    1. Basil Odenore Reply

      While the arguments on whether it is alright to pay tithe or not is valid, my response is based on the last part of your presentation. If your sibblings are not spiritually strong, their tithe is not likely to make much difference in the finances, and if they are spiritually strong, not paying tithe won’t stop them from prospering. There are many catholic millionaires in Africa who dont pay tithe, though, many of them can be useful in other ways.

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