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Study: Christians Who Tithe Have Healthier Finances Than Those Who Don't
The finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year.
Researchers compared tithers to non-tithers using nine financial health indicators, and found that tithers were better off in every category. Among tithers, for example, 80 percent have no unpaid credit card bills, 74 percent don't owe anything on their cars, 48 percent own their home and 28 percent are debt free.
"The weird thing is, a tither looks at that and says to himself, 'Well I'm better off because I give.' A non-tither looks at that and says, 'Oh, they give because they're better off,'" said Brian Kluth, founder of the study and Maximum Generosity, who called the findings "unprecedented."...
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Principles from scripture for giving indicate it is to be voluntary, regular, proportional, and bountiful. This grace giving is in recognition of all material and spiritual needs having been first given by God.
Christopher000 wrote: Thanks...I'm very careful about who I give to as well. As for organizations, I'll give a few bucks here and there to all the usuals when leaving a grocery store, or whatever, but the bulk goes to well researched Christian organizations, like Compassion Int'l where I have been supporting a couple of boy in Brazil for some time.
Our Church establishes 'guidelines' for membership giving. One for the Church, another for the Synod and the last for other charities. Many years ago, the amount given was actually posted on a bulletin board. While that wouldnt fly today the information still gets out. People will still gossip when someone isnt holding up to their commitments
Thanks...I'm very careful about who I give to as well. As for organizations, I'll give a few bucks here and there to all the usuals when leaving a grocery store, or whatever, but the bulk goes to well researched Christian organizations, like Compassion Int'l where I have been supporting a couple of boy in Brazil for some time. As for personal giving, I'll help anyone who I feel genuinely needs it but when it comes to pan handlers, I am ultra cautious and wary. Growing up in Chicago, there were several to every block and it used to be that you couldn't take 10 steps without hearing a down on my luck story. When it comes to beggars, as I did then, I always ask what it's needed for. The answer is always a bus pass or to get something to eat. Well, and I always do this, I say, "come on, I'll buy you something to eat", or, "come on, I'll buy you a bus or T pass" Guess what...I'd say around 95% of the time, they grunt and walk away. They usually want the cash for drugs and booze. I got off track as usual. Anyway, it's so hard to trust that your cash is being used properly, but how I get past the fact that it may not be is I figure that whoever misuses it or misrepresents themselves to aquire it...that's on them and they can deal with God.
I think ( maybe wrong here) that tithing is an old testament legalistic concept. I actually try to tithe because I have certain difficulties that would prevent me from being more free and easy- at present. But really I think we are under grace and not law- and that could mean giving far more than 10% hers some awful testimony about giving- there was a woman in our crowd who was a ' missionary' and she wrote reams of teaching ( which was so voluminous that I just filed and ignored it) and she was skint so I gave some money to her. Long story I'm summarising. It turned out that she was a witch ( email me of you want to hear more I don't want to glorify her deeds and how she was outed). Anyway the moral of the story is pray about giving. I was led to a small missionary ministry that the lord put it on my heart to give to and you know they never wanted the 501 thing and they were really biblical. I used to give to emergency situations that were not run by christia n agencies but no matter how dire a situation I only give as directed by god now. It could be the dire situation is being used to discipline and I'm not going to mess with gods work....
I agree about the 501c3 compromisers. I am a terrible steward, so far, of what I have been allowed to use. I'm very generous, but on an as needed basis and need to start tithing 10%. We are suppose to do that , right? The 10%, that is, as opposed to giving whatever on a consistent basis to church, Christian charity, etc? Has to be 10% or more each week?
Tithing is still legalistic IMHO . I am very strict these days about giving- I would try to avoid giving to a 501 c tax exempt cause ( we have a similar thing in uk) as much as anything because of the nagging letters they generate. Psalm 50 vs 10-12.