Christians: Should you still tithe to your church even if you are having a hard time providing for your family?
This sounds like a time to talk to church leaders and ask for help.
God made it very clear that we are to give 10% of our income back to Him. God will provide.
I grew up in a very wealthy mega church but reading these comments I can't help but think that a church helping you "get back on your feet" is a foreign concept to me.
absolutely! if God can trust you when you have a little, he will trust you with a lot
Absolutely. Withholding your tithe won't make things any easier on you.
Yes, and ask said church to help you and your family until you can get back on your feet. That's what churches are supposed to do - help others in need. There should be no doubt nor question on this matter.
Wasn't there a story about a poor lady giving pennies to the offering being a greater sacrifice than the rich man gives a lesser percentage but more money?
Yes. Jesus said that even though the quantity she gave was very small compared to the Pharisee, her gift was greater as she gave all she had and in the right spirit, while the Pharisee gave much from his abundance and gave so everyone could see him.
I personally dislike the idea of tithing at all, but to each their own.
I always tithe more than 10% because God is the one that provides not me. My company also tithes 10% of all income and it has been blessed. It's not about the money it's about trust and obedience
I believe that your church should help members out in times of need, that said, as soon as any kind of surplus income arrives tithing should start again. as someone earlier said, its not buying your way into heaving, its helping spread the word
If God tells you to do something do it. Jesus encouraged it too so we know its not just a money hungry pastor. The church is supposed to be your welfare not the government.
if you are struggling to support you family you should be able to share that with the church.
Tithing is not buying your way into heaven, it is supporting your pastor and church community, missionaries spreading the word, those who do not have enough to support themselves. If you are having trouble supporting your family, your church should
Be willing to support you financially while you get on your feet.
That said, if my church gives me $1,000 I am planning to give about $100 right back next week.
This saved me a long explanation. But I love that my tithing doesn't buy my bishop a fancy car and big house
I always loved that about my church. I've had bishops and stake presidents who had retired or still worked hard as doctors, surgeons, tech managers, etc and still managed to spread good and meet with members.
Tithing also helps fund poor families who need groceries, pay for poor missionaries who still want to serve, service in poor countries...I could sing praises all day! God is good
Thanks for sharing. The past couple months have been rough on the small business my dad owns, and today he came home with groceries from the Bishop's Storehouse. My parents pay faithfully, and receive blessings for it. I'm grateful that other
people tithe as well and that we are able to be helped out at this time! Of course I hope it doesn't last long though :)
Tithing is a farce. You can't buy your way into heaven
No, but it's a way you show your thanks for what you do have. My parents taught me if I always paid tithing I'd always have enough money for my needs. So far it's true
But in my church the bishop, and anyone who teaches, etc. don't get paid. All the money goes directly to the church. To build temples, more churches, etc. my bishop is a pediatrician for a living.
It's not buying your way into heaven at all haha.
my bishops a dentist, and I work for the 2nd counselor in the stake presidency
I give thanks everyday. I know a scam when I see one though.
Sure, k, keep thinking feeding the pastor is a scam.
Everyone giving 10% of their income is quite a bit of money. I'm suspicious of anyone who says I owe them money.
and why does it need to be their full time gig? They could be volunteers and have day jobs.
How big is your church haha? Either way, there's much more to than just the pastor. Also, I bet more people like me just give what they can, rather than 10%
in my church, they are volunteers
Why can't it be their full time gig haha?
10 percent is God's, regardless of how much I make (or don't make). God owns it all anyway. Personally , I do better each month on the 90 percent, than 100 percent..it's amazing on how God makes that happen ...
I was gonna say, 100% of it is God's, He's just letting me use it. The least I can do is use a small portion of it the way He's asked me to.
I personally do not, my parents however do write a check every week even though we never actually go to Church
God doesn't care about your wallet. He only cares about your faith.
I find it hard to believe that the same guy who came to save everyone, rich, poor and in between, also wants your money.
Sometimes tithing is a way to show your faith.
Why does God need that? I was always taught that faith is always more than enough.
To me, it shows that you're trusting in God to help you with your finances
How does it show that exactly?
Well, you're giving your money to God and trusting God to honor your commitment, rather than spending that money on yourself.
A new African Christian went to his pastor with a large fish. He said, "Pastor, here is my tithe." The Pastor said, "What a fine fish! But where are the other nine?" The man said, "I am going to catch them right now!" This is the type of faith that
God rewards. There are many examples of couples who paid their tithes to the church first, and received unexpected financial blessings. In Malachi 3:10 (?) God challenges His people to 'bring the tithes into the storehouse.' And there's a kind of
dare to it - He says, 'Test Me and see if I don't pour out a blessing in return.' I can't quote it exactly from memory, but you get the idea. :o)
It is Malachi 3:10! but that makes sense why the place where the church gives needy people groceries is called the bishop's storehouse. Durp
and the people shall say, "wherein have we robbed thee?" "in tithes and offerings."
not the same verse, but it's the part I can remember.
I know many Christians who say no matter what you should continue to tithe because God will bless your money if you faithfully give to him
If money is the only thing you can give to your god then your god is false.
It seems that the 2 things ministers hold on to from the old to testament is tithing and gay hatred. Jesus's teachings seem to be ignored whenever it comes to money and judging.
I agree. However family and my Christian school economics class taught me that God will bless you financially in difficult times if you never stop tithing. That should always be a priority.
What about lay ministers who receive no paycheck?
God doesn't need the money, but the church sure does.
Brainwashing by those benefitting from the sheep's donations. If the only way god will bless you is from you giving money, (bribery?) what does that say about your god?
Look to how Jesus treated money and people making money is "God's name".
God doesn't need the money...or fish he demonstrated that he clearly know how to catch fish. It's a faith thing, and church supporting.
Hayley, I always love your religion polls. They are enlightening and I like thinking what would I do, and reading how others believe as well. It helps with a sense of community on here to know I'm not alone
Money isn't the only thing I give to God haha, in fact I don't have much of it at all to give to God anyways :p
I agree with fox