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Donations To Churches: Charity Or Tithes? by Mordecai(m): 12:58pm On Apr 19, 2020
I came across a post on NL front-page today asking if one should pay tithes from the N20000 palliative expected to be paid to some of our needy citizens.

I asked a friend of his opinion and his response got me aghast. He believes they are obligated to take 10% of whatever they receive to the church.

The bolded above is my bone of contention.

Numbers 18: 21-26 specifically notes that tithes are to be paid to the Levites who are chosen to minister in the tabernacle, and not to any other. This was noted as an everlasting statute.

Exodus 20 also specifically noted that only in the place of God's choosing can one take his offerings, tithes, vows etc to.

In the light of these, is it not a travesty for churches to demand that people bring their tithes to them? Are they Levites? Do their church buildings qualify as the place of God's choosing?

While this should not be misconstrued as a call for churchgoers not to donate to their churches, the point is this:

Churches can levy funds on its members. The individuals can make contributions to the church. But the church has no claim on any fixed percentage of the individuals' earnings as the pastors are neither Priests (descendants of Aaron) nor Levites (descendants of Levi). Every donation by a member is a charity, borne of freewill and is not a tithe.

So coming back to the original question, I do not believe one is obligated to donate 10% of earnings or of the palliatives, to a church. Doing so is entirely a charitable gesture, borne of freewill.

It could as well be given to an NGO and it would still be noted as charity.

Again, I am not saying one should not donate to his church.

Don't just call it a tithe.

And the church should not demand tithes nor fixed percentages of member's earnings too. It has no legitimate claim to tithes or fifths or twentieths or whatever.

PS: Feel free to air your opinions. My opinion is not law nor is it final. If you have dissenting views, present them let's review.

If you throw insults, I won't respond. The mods should then notice you anyway and use the hammer grin
Re: Donations To Churches: Charity Or Tithes? by CodeTemplar: 1:35pm On Apr 19, 2020
Tithe is 10% of increase and as far as I am concerned the palliative is a form of sudden unexpected increase just like harvest, therefore tithe can be paid. it would have been a different the 20k was meant for something specific like a fixed expense (rent, books, fee). In the later scenario it is a money in transit sort of.
Re: Donations To Churches: Charity Or Tithes? by Mordecai(m): 1:44pm On Apr 19, 2020
CodeTemplar:
Tithe is 10% of increase and as far as I am concerned the palliative is a form of sudden unexpected increase just like harvest, therefore tithe can be paid. it would have been a different the 20k was meant for something specific like a fixed expense (rent, books, fee). In the later scenario it is a money in transit sort of.

Given that the prescribed recipients are Levites, are churches eligible to collect tithes? That's the question.
Re: Donations To Churches: Charity Or Tithes? by CodeTemplar: 2:05pm On Apr 19, 2020
Mordecai:


Given that the prescribed recipients are Levites, are churches eligible to collect tithes? That's the question.
Thought I was replying to a sane OP. I am out.

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