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When you donate clothes to charity, is it considered an offering to God? If so, is it a sin to donate used clothes to charity because you are giving God blemished offerings?

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An interesting question!
Let's assume that we are giving God what He is due, in our financial and time gifts to Him, (maybe by tithing, if you agree with that principle)
Now we can further help the poor and starving, by giving our unwanted clothes. Perhaps enough to clothe several. Would it be better to spend a few dollars to buy a single low cost, but new, item of clothing?
Using man's logic, we should give the old clothes. But what does God in HIS logic, say?
---alan_of_UK on 11/8/08


I do not consider donations of clothing to be an offering to God. I believe it is being a good steward. To throw perfectly good used clothes in the trash is wasteful when there are needy people who could use them.
---Madison1101 on 11/30/07


Sheri...I agree. To give anything and expect something in return is not love.
---Susie on 4/26/07


I was only questioning the motive, yes.
We can't give to others expecting a return deposit.
When we make a deposit in someone's life, are you expecting a refund.
I think it's gaggy to drop off your old clothes and expect anything back.
---Sheri on 4/24/07


Sheri...I see what you are asking now. When we give used clothing, it isn't for any kind of glory. It is so that we do what Jesus said to do.....clothe people. If someone comes to my house and is hungry, I might fix them a meal out of leftovers. It isn't to get any kind of glory. It is because someone is hungry.
---Susie on 4/24/07




Joy ... I'm sorry to have misunderstood yuo.
WEhen you said "I think it depends on the type of harvest or return you are expecting". I thiught you meant if you wanted your own choice of some sort of earthly or temporal reward, then you should give.
But blessed are those who give without expecting any reward, save that of knowing that they do God's will.
---alan_of_UK on 4/24/07


Sheri and Alan, I expect whatever God chooses to give me. If he chooses not to give anything, that is okay also. God is a generous and a merciful God and He chooses what actions to bless or not to bless as well as who to bless. Who am I to decide what actions God should bless and what actions He shouldn't bless? Read Mark 11:23 and Luke 6:38. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 4/24/07


The bible says if you see your brother in need help him out. (paraphrasing). About 4 years ago, my husband and I owned a van. We were able to buy us another vehicle so we was going to sell the van. there was a couple in the church that needed a vehicle. God laid it on our hearts to give them that van with a clear title. We didn't do that so we would be rewarded by God. We done that because they were in need. My reward was being able to give.
---Rebecca_D on 4/23/07


God knows the heart. I have a strong feeling that anyone who 'gives to get' will not 'get' what they were expecting. We should give joyously without expecting any reward and without telling others what we have given. God will reward as he chooses and the 'hundredfold' referred to will not be like-for-like. If it were, someone might just get a hundred old coats!!
---m.p.a. on 4/23/07


Doesn't God tell us in the Bible that if we have two coats and see someone that needs one give one unto him? how is that blemished offerings?
---debbie on 4/22/07




Joy ... We should give unconditionally, without expecting anything in return, and no reward.
---alan_of_UK on 4/22/07


Susie, yes, humor.
Are donated clothes considered an offering to God, and is it a blemished offering?
I've not looked at a donation center as an altar or the clothes as a burnt offering.
Not a sweet smell in God's nostrils.
Grandpa had a saying about an uppety lady in church long ago. With nose in the air and a royal look, she would plop her rear in the 'pew'. He called her, "Smells the Stink".
---Sheri on 4/22/07


Joy, are you in a Word Faith church.
Would you expect a return or harvest from a pile of used clothes (maybe some new ones for yourself)?
---Sheri on 4/22/07


I think it depends on the type of harvest or return you are expecting. The scripture say we will reap what we sow or we will get back what we give. But, we also need to remember that even our "blemished" offerings will be considered a blessing to someone less fortunate than us. I think the key is to get started by giving something, anything. Joy9988
---Joy9988 on 4/22/07


Rebecca ... You are so right.
But there are those who will not give to the poor, either food or clothing, because that helps rthem survive, and thus contributes to overpopulation of the planet.
Let them starve ... survival of the fittest!
---alan_of_UK on 4/21/07


Sheri....Just adding a little humor! That would be quite a YUCKY salad!
---Susie on 4/20/07


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I give clothes away that my family doesn't need, outgrown, etc. I do not give to get back. I don't get a tax recipt for this. If someone can get a blessing out of something that I gave away, then Praise God. It is stupid to look at my kid's clothes and say, you are now a bigger size, then poof, they fit my kids. Naw, that is silly.
---Rebecca_D on 4/20/07


So many extremes, Susie, Alan.
If you sprinkle a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) on the clothes, whip them up like a salad, ..... the sacrificial offering would be preferred over a burnt offering.
---Sheri on 4/20/07


Sheri...Or, as some Word of Faith are falsely teaching, we could command our bodies to have instant weight loss so that we could wear some of those used clothes! Jesus said if a man asks for our shirt to give him the one off our backs. That would be used for sure. Of course, there are also those WOF false teachers who would say that we should all have used clothing to give away since we are all so rich! Add an "L" to WOF and you get WOLF!
---Susie on 4/20/07


But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6

And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
1 Samuel 15:22
---Emily on 4/20/07


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We are no longer under the law. It is 'religious' to consider clothes a 'blemished offering'.
Matthew 6:
3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
---Emily on 4/20/07


Matthew 6:
1 "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
---Emily on 4/20/07


It is pious to look upon our 'blemished offerings' or our 'perfect offerings' as righteousness in any form. We are no longer under the law.
---Emily on 4/20/07


Emily, I have never heard that the word sacrifice could mean blemished offerings. I thought it meant 'to make sacred'. Also I have always been told that 'Filthy rags' as used in the verse you quote means menstrual cloths. In other words, our good deeds/works are in the same league as the filthiest thing that man (at the time this was written) could think of. God said things in the way that people could understand then and they would have 'got the message', i.e. works don't save.
---m.p.a. on 4/20/07


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All our righteousness are as filthy clothes (rags).
Obedience is better than sacrifice. (blemished offerings).
---Emily on 4/19/07


Alan, they might as well go all out, and command the clothes to walk themselves over to the donation center. :)
---Sheri on 4/19/07


Sheri ... We could command the old clothes to becoem new, then we would still be able to wear them ourselves. Or we could even tell them to change the style to the latest.
That would save buying ourselves new.
---alan_of_UK on 4/19/07


You could hold a ceremony for the clothes. Speak to the old clothes and command they become brand new, according to Word Faith teaching, then you won't feel guilty.
---Sheri on 4/19/07


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Would it be more pleasing to throw all of it in the garbage dumpster? I don't think so.
---Farmer on 4/19/07


But many here think that we only get saved by grace and not by giving charitable donations.

Are we pleasing God by giving clothes to the poor?

Close to us, there's a bazaar which sells used items to earn money to help animals and we give them and buy from them used items especially books. I wonder if God is plessed with that.
---Caring on 4/19/07


When I give my used clothes to charity, I believe that I am obeying the Lord's command to clothe the poor. Same thing when I buy something new and give it away. I believe it would be a sin for me not to give my good used clothes to somebody who needs them.
---Helen_5378 on 4/19/07


Jesus said that anything you give in his name is like giving to him. If someone is in need,used clothing would be a blessing, not a sin. Give whatever you can to whoever is in need. God bless you for helping.
---john on 4/19/07


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Madison ... In answer to my own question, and a comment on your answer, I agree 100% with you.
But although our gift of clothing is not an offering to God, our giving is an offering to God, in the same way that our visituing the lonely is an offering to God.
The original question seems worthy of Pharisaical legalism
---alan_of_UK on 4/19/07


I prefer to donate clothing to charities who distribute the clothes and don't sell them. Too often when you donate things to many organizations, the items are sold and the money not spent wisely. We live close to Mexico, so there are several groups who distribute clothing there. God doesn't care whether the clothes are new or used. He said to give to those who need.
---Susie on 4/18/07


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