Tithing and Offerings: Is enforced Tithing a Biblical Mandate?
Argues the thesis that pegging church membership on enforced tithing is due to fear of a loss of faith in God and in biblical grounding, but also leads to loss of church income and membership; and moral, ecclesiastical utilitarianism, and ethical failure.
# 153806 | 2,108 words | 8 sources | APA | 2014 |
Published on Jan 29, 2014 in Religion and Theology (The Bible) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)
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This paper explores and addresses the rationale that enforced tithing relieves pastoral leaders of the unscriptural pressure of having to beg for funds, from its members from the pulpit, needed to develop, grow and operate the church. This rational also argues that the scripture only supports using the pulpit to fundraise for special causes such as missionary work or special missions . Thus, this paper challenges the validity and the biblical grounding of this rationale and aims at showing that pegging church membership on enforced tithing on one hand is a result of fear coming from loss of faith in God and in biblical grounding, and on the other had leads to counterproductive ends, such as loss of church income and membership; and moral, ecclesiastical utilitarianism, and ethical failure.
From the Paper:"Today, no system exists that is right for all the churches because different churches are of different nature, have different pastors, missions, and vary in sizes; thus, they are forced to come up with varying financial systems to suit their and enable them meet their needs . Despite these differences, the question remains: is it then morally and ethically okay for churches to force their members to pay 10% of their income to the church? A 2003 article by Paul Richards argues in the contrary; he asserts that it is the voluntary obligation of church members to contribute the tenth. They should not be forced to since it is a spiritual commandment to contribute 10% of their income to the church so that they can facilitate the functioning and growth of the church ."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bearden, Michelle, and Baird Helgeson. "Church Employee Says She Lost Job Once Tithing Dipped." TBO-The Tampa Tribune. March 23, 2013. http://tbo.com/news/church-employee-says-she-lost-job-once-tithing-dipped-71662.
- Fuchs, Marek. "To Tithe or Not to Tithe - These Days The Issue Only Starts There." The New York Timesw York TImes. December 30, 2006.
- North, Gary. Tithing and the Church. Tyler,Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1994.
- Richards, Paul. "Does Paying Tithing Make You a Voting Shareholder?" Dialogue 26, no. 3 (2003): 59.
- Rust, Brian, and Barry McLeish. The Support-Raising Handbook - A Guide for Christian Workers. 7th ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1984.
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