Christianity

ByMary Kuzmenko

What Would Happen if the Church Tithed?

Giving is a heart issue, not a money issue

Giving is a heart issue, not a money issue

The church of today is not great at giving.

This isn’t exactly news. But it is a statistical fact:

  • Tithers make up only 10-25 percent of a normal congregation.
  • Only 5 percent of the U.S. tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving 2 percent of their income.
  • Only 5 percent of the U.S. tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving 2 percent of their income.
  • Christians are only giving at 2.5 percent per capita, while during the Great Depression they gave at a 3.3 percent rate.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

8 Reasons Why We Need to Tithe

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithe is the one tenth of annual produce or earnings. God viewed the tithes as the part that was rightfully His in all His people produced or did. The tithes helped feed and pay the priests who kept the temple.

Nowadays, tithing is one of the most controversial topics in the churches. Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Tithing In The New Testament

6As long as I have been a Christian, I can remember people arguing and debating about tithing. Some say it was only an Old Testament Law that doesn’t need to be followed as believers under the New Covenant. And some say that it is just a relevant to New Testament Christians as it was in the Old Covenant.

I recently wrote about my tithing experience and I’d like to offer my thoughts on tithing in the New Testament…

It Isn’t A Means Of Salvation

You can’t earn your way to Heaven by giving and you won’t be excluded from Heaven by your lack of giving.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Out of our Faith, our good works manifest. So, in my opinion, if someone truly understands how great of a gift they have been given, they will expend a lot of energy giving back.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

5 Bible Verses About Money Every Christian Should Know

Let me start by saying that it was difficult to create this list. Think about it, I am trying to pick the best verses from the Bible about a particular topic. 5 Bible verses about a money we all should memorize…These are the 5 verses that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life. I hope you allow them to impact you as well….Are there really best verses, or are there just those that have impacted us more than others? I tend to think the latter.

So, this list is just that. These are the 5 verses that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life. I hope you allow them to impact you as well.

1. Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

If you have lived much life at all, you are probably well aware that putting your trust in the economy, your employer, or your bank account is not a good idea. They are all fair-weather friends. They all can be helping you greatly one minute, and then the next everything has changed.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Christians Who Tithe Have Healthier Finances Than Those Who Don’t, Study Says

Without this group of givers, most churches would cease to exist within months

Without this group of givers, most churches would cease to exist within months

Finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year.

Researchers compared tithers to non-tithers using nine financial health indicators, and found that tithers were better off in every category. Among tithers, for example, 80 percent have no unpaid credit card bills, 74 percent don’t owe anything on their cars, 48 percent own their home and 28 percent are debt free.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Что говорит учение Старого и Нового Завета о десятине, Христе и сути Евангелия, наставничестве Духа Святого

Жертвование – это шаг веры! Человек берет из своего настоящего нечто существенное, дающее ему чувство стабильности, и сеет это в Бога и свое будущее

Жертвование – это шаг веры! Человек берет из своего настоящего нечто существенное, дающее ему чувство стабильности, и сеет это в Бога и свое будущее

Давайте взглянем на каждое место Писания, упоминающее десятину, и проанализируем казалось бы привычные нам догматичные учения. Святой Дух – Наставник и Учитель, но если мы не будем задавать Ему вопросы, то на что Ему отвечать?
В религиозной системе пассивное согласие возводится в добродетель и в признак духовности.
Фундамент каждой религиозной системы – заставлять людей чувствовать вину при попытках подвергнуть что-то сомнению, задавать вопросы или проявлять несогласие с учением. Каждый культ возводит послушание и подчинение в великую добродетель, нередко цель этого – с легкостью подвергать людей манипуляции с помощью этих «ценностей» и контролю со стороны руководителей. Иисус любил беседы, построенные вопросами-ответами.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

What is the history of Zakāt (poor-due) practice?

Zakah is a duty enjoined by God and done by Muslims in the interest of a society as a whole, and to help those in poverty.

Zakah is a duty enjoined by God and done by Muslims in the interest of a society as a whole, and to help those in poverty.

Zakah is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is not just a form of charity, alms-giving or a voluntary contribution to a cause. Nor is it simply an expression of kindness, but it is all of these combined and much more. Zakah is a duty enjoined by God and done by Muslims in the interest of a society as a whole, and to help those in poverty.

The literal meaning of the word zakah is ‘purity’. However, the practical meaning of the word is the annual amount of wealth an able Muslim must give to the rightful recipients. It is an obligation ordained by God upon every Muslim who becomes the owner of a specific amount of wealth known as the nisab. If ones wealth is equal or more than this specific amount, zakah will become obligatory upon them, and they must give away 2.5% of their yearly earnings as zakah. The nisab is the equivalent in cash, gold, silver, merchandise, etc of 613 grams of silver or 87.48 grams of gold. Scholars usually consider the nisab to be whichever is less between the gold or silver.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Giving as an Expression of Worship

Giving is an an act of affection and devotion, motivated by the love of Jesus himself, each Christian must contribute into the church treasury each Sunday

Giving is an act of affection and devotion, motivated by the love of Jesus himself.

Is the Christian’s giving into the treasury of the church on the Lord’s day an expression of worship to God? This is a question of supreme importance.

In part, at least, worship may be described as an expression of awe, devotion, and love — from man, the creature, to his Creator. One aspect of this reverential disposition can entail the presentation of gifts.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Philosophy and Principles of Tithing  according to the Rule of St. Michael

Give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything God has given

Give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything God has given

From the Constitution (based on the brochure: “Where Your Treasure Is …” by Rev. Fr. Joseph Champlin, (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1983):

294. Principles and Philosophy of Tithing: Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II said: “We cannot stand idly by, enjoying our own riches and freedom if, in any place the Lazarus of the twentieth century [or any century] stands at our doors.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 states:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

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ByVal Girilovitch

The Great Example

Appeal is made, however, to a higher standard than even the liberality of those churches. The great incentive is the grace shown in the poverty of Christ and the enrichment we have derived from it. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye though His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). With this we may put into connection that other word on grace in 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work” (five comprehensive “all’s” and “every’s,” representing various forms of one word in the original). The example of Christ (8:9) and the power of God (9:8)! These are designed to kindle our liberality. That the grace of ministering to need is specially in view is clear from what follows: “As it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor: his righteousness abideth for ever.”