“To tithe or not to tithe”

One of the most overused, misused, and misunderstood words in the church world is the word tithe.

Webster defines tithe as a noun and a verb:

noun: an amount of money that a person gives to a church which is usually equal to 1/10 of that person’s income

transitive verb:  to pay or give a tenth part of especially for the support of the church
What do people really mean when they say “I tithe.”
  • Does that mean they give 10% of their income to their church or does it mean they give regularly to their church?
  • Do they give more than 10% or less than 10%?
  • Do they give on gross income or net?
Over the next several posts I plan to address the problem of today’s interpretation of the word tithe?  I will have several guests weigh in on the topic and offer their perspectives.  My desire is to begin a conversation as I want to learn from you.
In the meantime I’d love to know what you think about the word tithe?  What does tithe mean to you?

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