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Is it right for Christians to stop other Christians from giving offering in Church because the money is little? At my church once in a month they say we are not accepting below a certain amount like $10 and all amounts below will not be accepted.

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 ---runya9977 on 7/29/05
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Aware of things like this going on in the churches how can people continue to support and uphold these denominational, building oriented, hands out policies of what we call the church. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, many will be found wanting, as they loudly and openly proclaim what all they have done in line of working with the churches. The early Christians turned the world upside down(Biblical fact), and they had no church buildings, no choirs, no building funds, and very few preachers. The results were achieved, because each person acted as a messenger for the Lord Jesus Christ.
---mima on 7/7/08

Find another church as quick as you can. This is not a church. This is a business and a bad one at that. I would close my wallet and handbag as tight as I could and run with no thought of looking back. God is not pleased with these confidence houses of repute.
---Robyn on 7/5/08

If we are not supposed to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing I'm sure we are not meant to let even the person sitting next to us know what we put in the offering, never mind the heirarchy of the church. I'd want to speak to whoever made this rule and ask them what scriptural reference told them that this was acceptable. If they could not justify this and continued the practice I would not stay there.
---RitaH on 7/2/08

, that is a church that refuses to see the beauty Jesus saw in the widow putting her two pennies in the temple offering. point this out to the church's leaders, and see if they will change.
---steve on 7/1/08

No-one in your church should have the slightest clue as to how much anyone is giving. Your giving should be in total secret whether it's a penny or a million pounds/dollars. I could not stay in a church with the attitude you describe and you can be sure that God is not smiling down on them when they tell you this. I've heard of preachers at huge evangelistic crusades saying things like this (and it's wrong then also) but never in a church to its own members.
---Xanthi on 5/19/07

well apparently they don't know or care what the bible says about giving. This church is wrong in doing this, and I wouldn't go to a church like this.
---Rebecca_D on 3/20/06

So they want at least $10 - Sounds like they are interested only in money. An amount should not be set by the church.
---Thomas on 3/20/06

I agree with Eloy's suggestion. It is unlikely to happen though because the church would have changed or closed long ago if people had been prepared to take this action. Either the majority of members agree with this policy or they are too weak to stand against it. If this were in my U.K. church I'd be tempted to drop in 50 x 20p pieces instead of a 10 GBP note (or better still 200 x 5p piece !!!). That might just make a point.
---emg on 1/21/06

Leave that church and find another. On your way out, let the Elder board know why.
---Madison on 1/20/06

I agree with Susanna, find another church. I guess the widow with her 2 mites would of been in bad shape in that church.
---Kacee on 1/20/06

find another church!!!!!
---susanna on 1/20/06

Some merchants have a required minimum purchase order if you want to buy something from them, and they refuse to sell to you unless you buy the minimum amount of $ they stipulate. The root of this is greed and it has nothing to do with charity or following Christ. To teach those in error, every member of the church should abstain from giving any amount of money at all for about a few months, then see if the so-callled christian church will be willing to accept small change.
---Eloy on 11/14/05

It makes no difference whether it's a fund raiser or anything else. No-one has the right to tell anyone else how much to 'give'. If anyone does, it is no longer a gift, it is a charge. I would have very stern words with whoever is in charge of a church like that, and, unless that policy was dropped, I'd find a new church.
---M.P. on 11/14/05

Since you say it's "once in a month that your church does this" sounds like it is "not the norm for them to do this practice"..perhaps it's a "fund raiser" type of thing and not "offering"??..
---Cathi on 11/13/05

Your church should be very, very rich! In my country, a minimum of ten US dollar offering is not a joke. It is not affordable! It is the amount needed to buy 25 kilograms of rice or a half-sack of rice! In other words if you have a dollar, then you can buy more than 2 kg of rice that could feed the poor and the hungry! Churches that chose the amount to be received as offerings, have simply forgotten the poor and the needy among them, and refused the blessings that God is giving them.
---bebet3754 on 8/10/05

Mmmm... the parable of the widow's mite comes to mind.
---NurseRob on 8/9/05

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there is probably a financial technicality with the church . if the pastor says it, then those who don't have enough should pool their money together then give. don't just abandon your brothers and sisters but for love's sake please likemindedness means listening eachother. God said come let us reason together
---matthew on 7/31/05

The word of God sys in Romans 16:17-18' Now I beseech you,brethren,mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly;and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple'.WHAT THEY ARE TEACHING IS NOT THE WILL OF GOD!
---david8634 on 7/31/05

Boy, that church would have had a big problem with the poor widow who only gave a mite. The $10 minimum stance is the very definition of Phariseeism. The Pharisees added their own rules to the law of God and became unrighteous in their hearts. I feel sorry for the leadership, because God was not the source of this edict.
---D.R. on 7/31/05

Where in the world did that church come up with above $10 only offering? ALL THAT WE HAVE BELONGS TO GOD! Dear ones, we don't own a thing! The blessings chase us down the road when we give offerings above and beyond the 10% tithe. One church I know doesn't even have an offering time in the service; a wooden box is placed at the back of the church. I suspect those folks already know that it all belongs to Him because they do fine! When we do it His way; He takes care of us!
---Elsie on 7/31/05

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This has to be a "first" for me. The amount is not important - it's the attitude in which it's given that counts. Have the church read Mark 12:42
---Ray on 7/31/05

I would suggest typing out Matthew 6:1-4 and putting it in the box instead of your offering - every time until someone in your church gets the message. It's the part about giving in secret, not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing and God rewarding that kind of giving rather than the showy kind.
---F.F. on 7/30/05

if a church told me how much I had to give I would walk out and never return. I give what I have each week and if I only have 5 pennies I give 5 pennies. Giving tithes not only means money but giving of our time and talents as well. I have more time and ralents so that is what I give when I can not give cash. God can take the smallest amount we give and enlarge it and those who ask for more lack faith and need to take a good hard look at thier rules.
---Marla on 7/29/05

If a church said that to me I'd leave. And not come back.
---sue on 7/29/05

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I can hardly believe that such a church exists. I would be out of there in no time at all if that policy were not changed.
---Pierr7958 on 7/29/05

Steve, not just the beauty in the widow giving so little yet all that she had, but in the power of it too. Man doesn't see the sacrifice or the holding back that God sees so the church is wrong to set limits. They are missing out themselves by doing this not only in the small amounts adding up but in the blessings that awaits the sacrificial yet small giver. For it not only blesses the giver but the church. After all its God's house and he is the overseer.
---lisa on 7/29/05

Perhaps what was meant was they were not going to offer reciepts for charitable contributions?
Other wise, it seems someone needs to take up bible reading. Mark 12:41-44
---Bruce5656 on 7/29/05

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