Posts tagged ‘tithing’
I am personally convinced that many Christians do not believe their own Scriptures. At least you wouldn’t think so by the way the Bible is used selectively in our modern church sermons and Bible Studies. I would like to do a survey of the Top 25 Bible passages that sermons are derived from, because I bet most sermons and homilies are derived from the same few Bible passages. The 10 commandments (Exodus 20), The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and the Resurrection accounts would certainly make the cut. However, there are several passages in Scripture, which are useful and relevant in our modern world, but are avoided as if they never existed.
While we are on the subject of tithing from the last article on de-conversion, I would like to bring up one of my favorite examples of fund raising tactics from my old church. Just as I was leaving Christianity, my old Baptist Church was undergoing a huge fundraising campaign for the new Childrens’ playroom. They had to make room for the ever expanding main sanctuary, so the church needed money to buy and renovate a building across the street for the youngsters. The church spent months on their campaign to raise the funds. They got onto this standardized investment strategy for churches called “The Great Investment”. It was managed by Great Nation Investment Corporation, which is a lending and strategy company that specializes in church fundraising. This had to cost a pretty penny, but I also know that many churches are following this same investment strategy…
Christianity as a whole is based on myths and rituals of a nomadic Middle Eastern tribe who wandered around in a desert a few years too many so it’s difficult to classify what is truth. However, even within this construct, is an embedded lie called tithing (giving 10% of your income to “God”). However, if we assume for a moment the Bible is truth, it would still be illogical to say tithing is a requirement for the church.
In Matthew 23:23, Jesus referred to tithing as a part of the law. In the book of Galatians, Paul the Apostle makes the case that Christians are no longer to follow the law. In Acts 15, the council at Jerusalem listed 3 things from the law that should be followed. The rest – not so much. Tithing was NOT included in this list.
However, many churches insist that Christians are required to tithe. There are even petty arguments on whether it should be on gross or net pay. In certain churches, a person cannot hold a leadership position if they are not a tither.
This teaching is one of the most hypocritical tenants of the church. To openly preach freedom from the law on one hand then require Christians to tithe on the other is negating the very gospel they believe (per Paul in Galatians)…