Law of Tithing – Part 2

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In Mormonism, tithing is part of the duties of sacrifice and consecration members are to follow.

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“…for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.”

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 64:23

“…those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, OR they shall NOT be found worthy to abide among you.”

Doctrine and Covenants, Section 119:5

Fear is often used as a motivator to get Mormons to pay a full tithing.

We believe it is a law and commandment of God.

LDS.org Article

LDS members are called into tithing settlement at the end of the year to meet with their Bishop and be reminded to settle any unpaid tithes.

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If tithing was a New Testament law, shouldn’t it be considered a gift rather than an obligation as the LDS Church teaches?

Nowhere in the New Testament is such giving regulated in the form of tithing.  God does not expect a specific amount or percentage.  Nowhere under the New Covenant does God threaten believers with the fires of judgment, if they fail to pay a tithe or even neglect to give money or offerings of any amount.  God is a generous, giving God, and his people SHOULD be generous, giving people.  Tithing is not a mark of true Christianity.

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Article Bible References

  • Genesis 14:20

  • Hebrews 7:4

  • Leviticus 27:30-32

  • Numbers 18:23-28

  • Deuteronomy 12:6, 11, 17

  • Matthew 23:23

  • Luke 18:10-14

  • Luke 16:13-16

  • Hebrews 7:22

Tithing – Part 1

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LDS Church Teaches:

Tithing is Essential for membership.

LDS.org Article

Those who do not pay tithing rob God.

Malachi 3:8

Those who tithe will not burn.

Doctrine and Covenants 64:23-25;

Tithing is required to build LDS temples.

Doctrine and Covenants 97:10-12

Those who don’t pay tithing are not worthy.

Doctrine and Covenants 119

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The Bible Teaches:

Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils of war – not a tenth of all his personal possessions or increase.

Genesis 14:20;  Hebrews 7:4

Under Mosaic Law tithes were paid to the Levites as they served in the tabernacle/temple.

Leviticus 27:30-32;  Numbers 18:23-28;  Deuteronomy 12:61117;  Deuteronomy 14:22-2328-29;  Deuteronomy 26:12-14

2 Chronicles 31:5;  Nehemiah 10:38;  Hebrews 7:5-68-9

Tithing as a commandment is not found in the New Testament.

Matthew 23:23;  Luke 18:10-14

Christ fulfilled the law, making mandatory tithes obsolete.

Luke 16:13-16;  Hebrews 7:22

Cheerful freewill giving comes from the heart.

Matthew 6:3-4;  Luke 6:38;  2 Corinthians 9:7

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