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Catholics are not required to give a tenth of their income. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1351 From the very beginning Christians have brought, along with the bread and wine for the Eucharist, gifts to share with those in need. This custom of the collection, ever appropriate, is inspired by the example of Christ who became poor to make us rich: ...


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The Jewish Historian Alfred Edersheim seems to have done a fair bit of research on this subject. Basically, the subject is far more complex than a simple 10%, and would usually have amounted to more under Old Testament law. In fact, I am not sure I fully understand what Edersheim has explained—but that helps to convey just how complex it really was. The ...


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Your question seems to imply there must be some secret source, some behind the scenes force. I'm not sure what you expect to find, but money doesn't grow on trees for Catholics any more than for Protestants. In fact, if anything, Protestants have a harder time with this than Catholics do. The question you linked to has answers that explain very clearly that ...


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All quotes in this post are taken from "A Chance to Start Over: Church Disciplinary Councils and the Restoration of Blessings" by Elder M. Russell Ballard (an LDS apostle) in the September 1990 Ensign, an official LDS publication. There are two levels of discipline in the Church: informal discipline (at a Bishop's discretion) and formal discipline (...


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No Protestant churches that I know of ever require members to submit proof that they are tithing (though there certainly may be some). Tithing is generally considered to be something that the members ought to do, but is between them and God. This may flow out of the doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers. Each person is directly accountable to God ...


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Tithing has its roots in the Levitical law. In Leviticus 27, it states: 30 A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 The entire tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that ...


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As in the Bible, tithes in the LDS Church were once commonly paid in-kind, that is in livestock, crops, land, etc. Nowadays, tithing is usually paid with money because (1) that is what most people earn (2) it is easiest to account for and (3) financial contributions are easiest to process/use. (You can't build a church out of oranges.) That said, the LDS ...


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TL;DR We're not commanded to give to The Church. Giving to the poor is giving to God. Giving is about demonstrating our thanks to God for providing for us in the past and our trust in God to provide for us in the future. In what way are we commanded (or even urged) to give? I don't see a command in the NT mandating details (quantity, timing, etc.) of ...


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I don't think Pascal intended the Wager to be pulled from Pensées and used as an independent, discrete argument for God. But don't take my word for it, here's what the man says himself: Let us now speak according to natural lights. If there is a God, He is infinitely incomprehensible, since, having neither parts nor limits, He has no affinity to us. ...


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The tithe is seen by many to be an Old Testament law for people in the covenant and not binding on New Testament Christians. That being said, the tithe is also seen as a good principle to start from. I personally try to give more than 10% and hope to increase the percentage over time. (However, the government keeps taking more of my money, which makes ...


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The word tithe literally means "tenth", so by definition, a tithe is a tenth. I believe that's why the teaching originated the way it did. The idea of the tithe comes originally from Genesis 14, when Abraham gave Melchizidek a tenth of everything he had: And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he ...


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It's a precept of the Catholic Church that her members should "provide for the needs of the Church", it's right next to going to Mass on Sundays and holy days and confessing your sins. The fifth precept ("You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church") means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each ...


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We don't. There is no point where you are required to donate any amount of money. That's just silly. This is largely because a strict tithing rule is bordering on Pharisaic – someone in absolute poverty should not be required to On the other hand charity is a requirement. Now, charity does not mean a gift of moneys, though that helps, rather it means a ...


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First, the word salvation needs to be defined. In the LDS church, salvation "means to be saved from physical and spiritual death." (See Salvation and Exaltation by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.) In the LDS church, members strive for exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom, which is the highest glory one can obtain in the next ...


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"Those who pay tithing do not do so under the duress of legal compulsion. No one is disfellowshipped or excommunicated because he fails to pay." —Gorden B. Hinkley, "My Testimony", General Conference, October 1993. Declaring yourself a full tithe payer is one of the qualifications for holding a recommend to enter the temple. Tithing is ...


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Tithing [or more generally "giving"] is as noted in another reply "encouraged" by most Baptists. It is interesting that in some of the earliest Baptist confessions tithe is not mentioned as an ordinance. In fact any reference to money in regards to the church is incidental: The 1644 London Confession, http://www.reformedreader.org/ccc/h.htm Article 38: ...


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A tithe is a gift in support of the ministry. In barter economies, giving good as opposed to currency might seem quite natural. Yet, even today, it's not uncommon for someone to provide a donation of physical goods or labor in lieu of or in addition to money. Coming to church with a steer might seem a bit odd (unless you live in a ranching community) but ...


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Based on the frequency with which the word "tithe" is mentioned in Reformed churches, one might expect that Reformed theologians overwhelmingly believe in an obligation for giving 10%. But in fact, many prominent Calvinists do not believe it to continue as a command, such as John Owen, Francis Turretin, and John Gill.1 Many accept the tithe as a ...


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The Tithe System in the Ancient World Through much of history tithing has meant the right of a person, or institution, to a proportion of the crops grown, or livestock reared, on land owned or tenanted by someone else. This right implies a corresponding obligation on the occupier of the land to remit it. The economist Adam Smith, in his Wealth of Nations ...


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Christians have a bigger obligation, than just giving a tenth to the Church Absolutely! The point of Jesus' message is that the Pharisees were giving a tenth of their earthly goods (perhaps just those spices, since they could possibly be considered "extravagances" where a 10% gift would not be missed) but neglecting real needs of others. His last statement ...


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Depends also on the country. For example in Germany the Catholic church has a deal with government to collect taxes on their behalf. It's called "Kirchensteuer". (see for example http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirchensteuer_(Deutschland)). If you are an official member of the Catholic church, 8%-9% (depending on state) of your income will directly be deducted ...


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No, most protestants are not required to tithe. I am a protestant, and I have never had to submit proof of my salary. If I were, I'd probably leave whatever church that asked that of me. If I fail to meet a full 10%, then, well, nothing really happens. The sin, if it's even called that, is simply not giving, which most would say isn't even really a sin. ...


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Catholics in Germany pay 8%-9% of their income tax to the catholic church. It's deducted directly from the paycheck like a tax and it's actually called Church Tax (Kirchensteuer). That seems to qualify as tithing. Now the church may claim that this is an artifact of German law and not their doing. However, they sure as heck take the money and I've certainly ...


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Your question is a good one but I don't think there's a clear black or white answer. For instance, the doctrine in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints states that children who die before "the age of accountability" which is age eight are "automatically saved in the celestial kingdom of heaven" (Doctrine & Covenants 137)...even if they didn't ...


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Since the question was edited to specify Baptist teachings, here's a quick note that should provide the shortest answer... Baptists encourage tithing, but do not require it. More frequently, they equate "stewardship" with obedience, and their definition of stewardship includes cheerful and sacrificial giving, which "goes beyond the tithe" to also include ...


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I was a Presbyterian deacon (Presbyterian Church of America); one of my duties was counting the money received from offerings. The Book of Church Order (BoCO) has no rules against bringing cattle into the church. I suspect other denominations are similar. I never had this situation happen, but we did once have a check made with Canadian funds. We checked ...


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The Tithe was effectively a tax to support the Jewish religious system, and in particular the Levites and priests who ran the temple. So Tithing is not the correct term to use for giving to support ministry in church and around the world. As Narnian said the key verse for Christians is 2 Corinthians 9:7: Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, ...


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It should be noted that Jesus does affirm tithing in Matthew 23:23, although He points out that there are weightier matters -justice, mercy, and faithfulness. I believe that the tithe (10%) is an old covenant minimum standard for most Christians' giving. As you point out, high income people can actually do better than this, while some people who are ...


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