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Paradigm Shift #1 – TITHING (Part 3)

Here are more questions and arguments to discuss around the realm of tithing…

1.       How can I control what the Church do with the money?  Some Churches use the money in the wrong way!  First of all, let me state, that I truly understand how you feel… It sucks and it really sheds a bad light on the ministry at large.  Not only that, it creates distrust in the community and the end result is that many people are discouraged from giving, because their “thoughts” continue to replay the negative incidents behind tithes and offerings being used for wrong motives… But at the end of the day, let God judge their actions, and deliver yourself from the bondage of wondering where our hard earned money is going.  You have so many other things to worry about, if your believe in God, then trust that He knows your heart, and that he will bless you for giving from a pure heart (2 Corinthians 9:7).  And don’t think for a second that I’m threw with this commit without saying, the priest or pastor who robs God and/or God’s people will have some major repercussions on their life! Because God will expose them in due time, and the few dollars they’ve been ciphering will not amount to the ridicule that will surround their ministry until the end of times!  I really want to say more, but it wouldn’t be Godly at all… 🙂

2.       Should I pay tithes on loans, tax refunds, inheritances, or financial aid of any kind?  Going back to Proverbs 3:9, your increase is just that, “increase”…  A loan is not an increase, because it must be repaid…  If you’ve been paying taxes on your GROSS income as God Biblically requires, then majority of your tax refund is simply a repayment of your federal taxes. As far as tax credits are concerned, I’ll leave that between you and God to determine what’s an “increase” or a “reimbursement”…  Inheritances should have already been tithed upon in the past by the deceased member who is bequeathing their personal estate; the only exception is insurance payouts…  Most of the time, we don’t contribute (in insurance premiums) more than 10 to 30% of the face value (life insurance policies payout), therefore I believe life insurance policies are major “increases”, and that tithes should be paid on the difference of the insurance premiums paid and the actual life insurance policy payout…  They’re just another investment in our portfolios as far as I’m concerned… As far as other types of insurance policies (renter’s, auto, medical, etc…), I’ll leave that between you and God, concerning what’s an “increase” or a “reimbursement”.  Last but not least, in terms of financial aid, anything that is not a loan is an “increase” (scholarships, grants, work study, etc…) and the student should pay tithes on this amount.

 

Now I know some people can careless about what I have to say about “their” money, because they believe that it’s in their wallet or checking account, and I have no right telling them how to spend their money.  You’re partly correct… God has every right to tell you how to spend your money…  And I pray that you realize this sooner, rather than later.  I have heard, read, and witnessed countless horror stories of people who don’t pay their tithes, and the drama their household went through… We aren’t done with this subject; we will be discussing it more on tomorrow… God bless and take care!

Assignment of the Day: Research the matter for yourself… Make sure to use reputable sources, and pray to the Lord for revelation and understanding.  Also, if you’re bold enough, post any questions you would like addressed in the comment section below.

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