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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tithing is 10 Percent of "Income" Cash or Otherwise


Series on Tithing
Tithing is 10 Percent of "Income" Cash or Otherwise
Tithe the Firstlings Not The Leftovers
"Money and Bank Accounts Are Not His Richest Blessings"
The Richest Blessings
More Than 10 Percent


In his recent General Conference address, "The Lord’s Richest Blessings" by Elder Carl B. Pratt addresses tithing by telling a story of his grandparents. He draws the following implications:
First, you will notice that the payment of tithing in this case was not related to the amount of cash income. . . they had lived well from their animals and their productive fruit and vegetable garden. They obviously felt indebted to the Lord for their blessings.
That is a reminder of the implication in the Lord’s words when He asks: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.” The people ask, “Wherein have we robbed thee?” And the Lord thunders back, “In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). Yes, brothers and sisters, . . . we are all indebted to the Lord. Let us not be accused of robbing God. Let us be honest and pay our debts to the Lord. All He asks is 10 percent. Integrity in paying our debts to the Lord will help us be honest with our fellowmen.

Our L.D.S. beliefs are clear. Tithing is 10 percent of our income. Quotes from leaders constantly underscores this. We differ from the Christian world in that our teachings are clear, consistent and our leaders are in harmony.

A recent survey amongst evangelical leaders indicates that:
. . . according to the February Evangelical Leaders Survey, most evangelical leaders do not believe the Bible requires Christians to tithe. The survey showed that 58 percent do not believe the Bible requires a tithe, while 42 percent do.
Let's take a good hard look at our own personal lives and make certain we are not robbing God.

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