Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

“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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