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Proper To Tithe To Rich Churches

Is it right giving tithes to rich churches in view of Matthew 25:41-45? "Then He will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; 'I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink.

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 ---Randy on 2/18/07
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Does not mater how rich a church is. We are still to give if this is our church home. Giving bring blessings and instills obedience. If a church has ministries to help the poor and needy, for the rich don't need material things ,then I want to be a part of that outreach to them. I want my church to do the right thing and do as we are instructed to do: save souls for Christ and do the works that Jesus did when he walked this Earth over 2000 yrs ago(feeding,healing,evangelizing etc... )
---Robyn on 9/19/07

Christians are not under law, there is no need for them to tithe.
---Ryan on 9/19/07

Thanks for that clarification, Ryan. God bless!
---AlwaysOn on 2/22/07

#1 AlwaysOn, I am sorry I misunderstood what you were asking. Yess the tithe was given to the tribe of Levi, for their inheritance. They received no land and the tithe produced basic agricultural goods to support commerce in their 48 cities.
---Ryan on 2/21/07

#2 AlwaysOn, Alms went to the poor. As to how alms were collected and distributed I am not entirely sure. I do think the poor woman giving alms at the temple is an illistration that the temple/synagogue may have had some part in collection and dispursement. The tithe of the third year was also designated to the poor.
---Ryan on 2/21/07

Thanks for the reply, Ryan, & I agree on the importance of offerings be given with a cheerful heart. However, I was speaking of to whom tithes are to be given to vs. to whom alms are given. In scripture I don't recall tithes being given directly to the poor. They were given to a high priest whereas alms were an offering given directly to the poor. I was looking for your correction or verification of this because I know you're very well studied on the topic whereas I may have missed something.
---AlwaysOn on 2/20/07

Churches (not all of them) do need donations and tithing is good practice in creating discipline with your finances, it teaches you to put God first with your money and no human life is anything less than the sum of it's habits.
Generosity is a good habit, give more if you can then you might even be a cheerful giver as some describe.
---Pharisee on 2/20/07

We wouldn't belong to a church where we didn't know where the money was going.
---Susie on 2/19/07

We recently found a "home" church that we will be attending after visiting several in the area to which we just moved. The pastor is an older man. He and his wife are both working minial jobs to support the church. We will gladly go to this church and help this couple who have spent over 40 years serving the Lord and have no material things to show for it. They are sincere and love the Lord and took this church a couple of years ago to keep it from closing.
---Susie on 2/19/07

AlwaysOn, Christians are commanded to give with a cheerful heart. If you belong to a congregation that fills the need of the community and God has blessed you with financial prosperity and prompts you to give to sucha ministry, than by all means do so. If you encounter a poor person and you are in position to give to them than do so. There aren't any rules when it comes to giving, other than give with a cheerful heart.
---Ryan on 2/19/07

Hi Randy,

The question assumes rich churches aren't giving to the poor, but many do so on a large scale. To answer your question though, it's not wise to give to any ministry that isn't helping others.

On giving tithes directly to the poor, is such biblical? Weren't tithes always given to a high priest and alms given directly to the poor? Ryan, I know you've studied this (and I know your position), can you verify this or correct me if wrong? Thanks!
---AlwaysOn on 2/19/07

I will not tithe to a church that I wouldn't know where the money is going. I tithe to my church. I know that my money is meant for the church and the needs within the church.
---Rebecca_D on 2/19/07

Get your eyes off the church and get them on Jesus. You don't give to a church you give to God. What a church does with the money you give is between them and God. It isn't our job to police churches or other people,it is our job to be obedient to God and what he leads us to do for Him and leave everything else to God to take care of. You can always pray use my money for your work,then let go.
---Darlene_1 on 2/19/07

I wouldn't give a dime to a church who isn't giving a large percentage of it's income to do what Jesus taught there. If the church is rich just give it to the needy yourself. There's no law that says you have to give it to the church. As you have done it to the least of these you have done it to Jesus.
---john on 2/18/07

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