Originally posted by proteus33
i used to live in wi and we would always put some money in colection plate but after i moved down south everyone tells me i got to pay 20 percent of
my income as my tithe to church . i have been to churches who have asked to see my tax forms so they could make sure i was giving my 10 percednt
tithe. i remember in the old testament they took up 10 percent of the crops to help out a community that the crop was destroyed in but that was
abrahams idea i believe . now i do know that the word tithe is tax in latin and i remember reading in the new testament that jesus went into his
fathers house and kicking out the tax collectors. most preachers i speak with here in the south don't seem to remember that happening. when ever i
get a bonus or come into alittle extra everyone around me remember your tithe i don't currently belong to a chuch i say . they rspond with well you
could gve it to my church and we will shout your praises brother bradwell. so what is the deal is it a legit command from god or a bunch of crooked
A tithe is 1/10 of your increase, God commands that 1/10 of everything you produce goes to His ministry to pay for the work God is doing at the time
of your increase. Back in ancient Israel most were of an aggrarian trade, so 1/10 of the sheep aquired or birthed that year, goats, cows etc. would
be given to the temple for daily sacrifices and on the High Holy Days. Once currency became the standard 1/10 of the money you earned became the
tithe, since you didn't have animals to offer before the Eternal.
Notice it is INCREASE EARNED not nessisarily all. If you are unemployed and living off of the governement, you did not earn anything and therefore do
not owe 1/10 of your unemployment check to God, if you are a full time student and you work to pay for school, it is not increase and you do not owe
1/10 of it to God. If you are retired and living off of retirement earnings over the course of your life, you do not owe 1/10 to God, because you
would have already tithed on that increase earlier in life when it was earned, before savings.
Only if you are employed and earning steady increase for your labor, are you commanded by God to give 1/10 to His ministry, and that is 10% AFTER
taxes, not gross income but rather income after taxes (pay to Caesar what is Caesar's).
This first tithe is universally commanded forever as a faithful belief that all things come from God, and giving 1/10 of it back in thankfulness shows
an understanding and honor toward the one who created and gives all things to you.
A second 1/10 of your increase is commanded by God for the purpose of keeping the Annual Holy Days command by God forever as a sign of being His
people. Those days are the Passover Season (Feast of Unleavened Bread), Pentecost, The Day of Atonment, The Feast of Trumpets, The Feast of
Tabernacles and the Last Great Day. 7 days a year God commands His people to gather before Him in a solemn assembly in the place He shall choose.
Often times this requires travel, which requires money.
The second tithe is NOT commanded to be given to the church, but rather it is commanded to be set asside by the individual for the purpose of being
able to enjoy God's Holy Days in fellowship with God's people. You save a second 1/10 of your increase in a savings account so you can afford the
trip to the Feast of Tabernacles (primarily) each year. During that Feast you are in a city of God's choosing for 8 days (7 day Feast of Tabernacles
plus the Last Great Day), this cost money to travel for an 8 day trip every year for your family, so God in His wisdom commanded the setting aside of
a second 1/10 to accomplish this spiritual rejuvinating trip each year. Like a commanded spiritual vacation (Holiday in British slang).
Second tithe can also be used to travel for Passover or Pentecost in order to meet with a larger group of brethren for these special memorials.
-God commanded 1/10 of your increase to be given to His ministry for God's work on Earth.
-God commanded the setting aside of a second 1/10 of your increase for the personal use of the individual in keeping God's annual Holy Days in the
manner they were intented to be kept, in joyous celebration.
Any other version or reasoning behind God's commanded tithe is a lie for the purpose of stealing from those who believe the false preacher through
fear and mistranslation, it is a truth that selfish mankind has used to enslave and steal from others for thousands of years. But please understand
in God's true church, the commandment of tithing is beautiful, Holy and commanded by God forever and ever for a great purpose. All who come to dwell
in the Eternal, will come to embrace this command because it comes from God for such a great purpose.