I think this is a good rule:
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Cheerful Giver
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
So Christ would not be happy with any pastor who guilted people into giving. And to bring this full circle, he certainly wouldn't be happy with Mormons who use tithing as a means to move up a hierarchical ladder. And that's the least of their worries
Gotta go get some sleep. Have a nice evening.
posted on 01/26/2012 11:25:51 PM PST
(Hypocrites in High Places)
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Scripture sums it up well. Plus, nowhere in that does it say $ = giving. What we give, $ or otherwise, is between us and God. I think I’m properly interpreting scripture here, but if someone disagrees, I’d like to hear their point of view.
posted on 01/26/2012 11:35:03 PM PST
(Bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can be it. Being good? Now that's something special!)
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