Tithing in the News


Surprisingly, tithing made the news this week:

Financial advice from the Bible a growing trend
Chicago Tribune – July 26, 2009  by Gregory Karp
Discussing money and religion can be dicey, even as it’s more common.

As people turn to a faith-based view of personal finance, the number of sources speaking to them is growing. Among the most popular might be get-out-of-debt guru Dave Ramsey, who dispenses advice on radio and TV via Fox Business News. He ends each radio show saying: “There’s ultimately only one way to financial peace and that’s to walk daily with the prince of peace, Christ Jesus.”

…Matt Bell relates his advice to the Bible and its more than 2,000 verses on money and possessions. “You could say it’s the best-selling personal finance book of all time,” Bell said.

Whether you’re religious or not, biblical notions about money and spending might provide guidance.

Get the order right: “Once you have money, there are only a handful of things you can do with it — you can spend it, you can save it or you can give it away,” Bell said. A more Biblical order is giving, saving and then building a lifestyle on what remains, he said. “But it flips the cultural teaching on its head,” he said.

Giving first: The Bible talks about giving in many ways, including a tithe, defined in the Old Testament as 10 percent of earnings. “Ultimately it’s a heart issue,” Bell said. “Giving is not about God’s need for money. It’s a training tool to remind us God is No. 1 in our lives.”

Saving and planning: The Bible repeatedly says you should save and plan for the future and lean times. In Proverbs 6:6-8, it uses an ant’s storage habits to admonish non-savers.

Spending and debt: “Spend less than you make” is a constant refrain of personal finance experts, and it harkens to the Bible. “I think sometimes Biblical money management gets cast as this obsessive, frugal life — to save a nickel on every can of tuna we buy,” Bell said. “It’s not that; it’s about being wise.”

Money is not evil: One of the most misquoted Bible verses is “money is the root of all evil,” when it really says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.”

The Bible “gives so much practical advice, it’s clear God knew we would need help in this area,” Bell said. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sns-yourmoney-0726spending,0,1311188.story

I believe that tithing instills a certain financial discipline and encourages proper budgeting.

We in the Living Church of God practice tithing as the Bible instructs.

Two articles of related interest may include:

Tithing Questions and Some Answers Addresses some non-biblical arguments against tithing. Should people tithe?
Is Third Tithe Still Valid Today? Are there multiple tithes in the Bible.  Some in the COGs no longer teach payment of third tithe, is this biblically correct?

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