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  • Black Christians and the Myth of Prosperity Preaching

    07/20/2014 7:03:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/20/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    With the in-your-face display of greed and arrogance of the so-called pastors on the reality show Preachers of L.A., I began to wonder: when will black Christians wake up and say enough is enough?  Although there are some white pastors of mega-churches who have a net worth of almost triple their congregants as well, I want to focus on the plight of the black saints who sit under the ministry of black pastors (and some white pastors) Sunday after Sunday and continue to live paycheck to paycheck.After some years of attending mega-churches pastored by both black and white men and...
  • Pres. Obama to ObamaCare comrades: “The work you’re doing is God’s work.” [BARF]

    02/26/2014 3:25:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 2/26/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    This from WSJ: President Says ObamaCare Volunteers Doing ‘God’s Work’ [?!?] Barack Obama speaks to his old campaign comrades [That's the right word.] at Organizing for Action.HOLY OBAMACARELast night in Washington President Obama addressed the national meeting of Organizing for Action, the outfit formerly known as his re-election campaign. [If he can't be re-elected to the White House, why is this organization still around?  For this sort of dreck.] Young OFA volunteers have been redeployed to the task of persuading Americans to sign up for new health insurance plans created by the President’s Affordable Care Act. ["Affordable"... right.  Have you lost...
  • Study: Christians Who Tithe Have Healthier Finances Than Those Who Don't

    05/18/2013 10:43:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    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...
  • Render Unto Caesar - Mormon Tithe Not A Necessary Expense In IRS Collection Case

    03/11/2013 4:40:06 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 8, 2013 | Peter J. Reilly
    The Mormons take tithing very seriously. They are very well organized about it. Members are supposed to meet with their bishop for a tithing settlement. Here is a training session on what is supposed to happen in a tithing settlement. At the end the bishop will mark you as a full tithe payer – or not. If you are not a full tithe payer you cannot be admitted to the temple, much less hold offices. Mr. Thompson had a letter from his bishop explaining this to the Tax Court. The tithing rule is so strict that some have argued...
  • If tithes go to pastors, what about Deut 26:12 where tithes went to widows, etc, every 3rd year?

    02/11/2013 12:14:15 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 88 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    In certain passages of scripture it says that tithes are to be given to the Levites, and then the Levites were to give a tenth to the priests. In other scriptures is says to bring ye the tithe into the storehouse, that my house may be full. Deuteronomy 26:12 says that every third year, that in addition to giving to the Levites, some of the tithe must go to widows, orphans, (the down-and-out), etc. Now, if in modern times we give tithes to our local church that we attend and tithes are then used to pay for the pastors salary...
  • Mormon church earns $7 billion a year from tithing, analysis indicates

    08/13/2012 4:11:37 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 115 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Peter Henderson
    SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Mormon church were a business, wealthy adherents like Mitt Romney would count as its dominant revenue stream. Its investment strategy would be viewed as risk-averse. It would also likely attract corporate gadflies protesting a lack of transparency. They would call for less spending on real estate and more on charitable causes to improve membership growth -- the Mormons' return on investment. Those are a few of the conclusions that can be drawn from an analysis of the church's finances by Reuters and University of Tampa sociologist Ryan Cragun.Relying heavily on church records in countries that...
  • Church Shames Congregation Into Cheerless Giving

    05/06/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 58 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 6, 2012 | JP
    My wife and I have traveled back and forth across the country the past year. It has given us the opportunity to visit a number of churches. We have felt the movement of the Holy Spirit in every service we have attended. That is, until recently, when he heard a message we found quite disturbing. It actually wasn’t the main topic of the pastor’s sermon. Rather, it was a sidebar at the end of his message. It concerned the church’s finances. He told the congregation that weekly collections had not met budget all year long. And he admonished church members...
  • Jesus Talks Taxes - Vanity

    04/15/2012 6:12:14 AM PDT · by TruthBeforeAll · 5 replies
    The Bible | 80–90 AD | Matthew
    When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?” Peter said to Him, “From strangers.” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And...
  • Romney's tithing raises issue in other churches

    01/26/2012 9:34:45 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 180 replies · 2+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jennifer Garza
    Mitt Romney's tax returns reveal that the Republican presidential candidate does something fewer Americans do these days: He tithes. Romney's 2009 and 2010 tax returns, released Tuesday, show that he and his wife, Ann, gave 10 percent of their income, about $4.1 million, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The couple reported income of about $43 million for the two years. LDS church members must tithe to participate in temple rituals. Nearly 80 percent of Mormons tithe, a poll released this month by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows. While tithing among Mormons is...
  • Mitt Romney Sent Millions to Mormon Church

    01/18/2012 7:46:32 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 504 replies
    ABC ^ | January 18, 2012 | MATTHEW MOSK and BRIAN ROSS
    .......... the private equity giant once run by the GOP presidential frontrunner carved his church a slice of several of its most lucrative business deals, securities records show..-SNIP-As part of just one Bain transaction in 2008, involving its investment in Burger King Holdings, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal that an unnamed Bain partner donated 65,326 shares of Burger King stock to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holdings then worth nearly $1.9 million. And there were numerous others, giving the church a stake in other Bain properties, such as Domino's Pizza, the electronics manufacturer DDi,...
  • Pressured to donate to United Way

    12/02/2010 6:54:35 AM PST · by Ro_Thunder · 79 replies
    Vanity | 02 December 2010 | Self
    So, my place of employment has been pressuring us with high-profile donation campaigns for a month or so. Now, I'm getting emails from the Chairman of the Board who has pledged a one-for-one dollar donation, and wants me to be a first time donor. I have several problems with this, mainly that the United Way nationally does fund Planned Parenthood. Now, locally they say they do not. However, United Way says you can make donations to specific charities. The issue I have with that is does United Way take something of the top for handling these donations? If so, why?...
  • Catholic Tithing and Almsgiving [Catholic Caucus]

    08/30/2010 4:10:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Aquinas and More ^ | not given | James Rutherford
    Catholic Tithing and Almsgiving “[I felt] free, the opposite of heavy.”Karl Rabeder lives an opulent lifestyle.  He has a talent for making and spending money.  He's been blessed with all the worldly possessions most people could imagine.  He has a villa overlooking the Alps, an $850,000 farmhouse, gliders, expensive cars and a fortune worth about five million dollars.But he's trying to get rid of it all.Mr. Rabeder says that while vacationing with his wife in Hawaii it hit him how soulless his five-star lifestyle was. He felt like everyone around him was acting and it prevented him from knowing real...
  • Ananias and Sapphira, Original Sin in the Church:-TITHING

    06/26/2010 10:13:41 AM PDT · by restornu · 565 replies
    Houston Catholic Worker, ^ | Vol. XXII, No. 7, December 2002. | by Jorge Domínguez Rojo
    The Story of Ananias and Sapphira reads as follows:The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. . ....
  • Dave Says-Should I Reduce My Tithe?

    04/27/2010 4:13:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies · 1,472+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2010 | Dave Ramsey
    Dear Dave, My husband and I are on Baby Step 2 of your plan, and we’re working hard to pay off all of our debt. We’re Christians, but would it be a good idea to decrease our traditional 10 to 15 percent tithe while we work through the debt snowball? Janelle Dear Janelle, I’ve studied Scripture on this subject for about 20 years and taught in Christian settings. But I don’t want you to take my word as the final authority. What we’re about to get into comes from God, not some guy with a radio show, okay? When you...
  • AUDACIOUS HAUL: President Obama and the first lady on Thursday reported earning $5.5 million in 2009

    04/15/2010 9:48:55 AM PDT · by quesney · 116 replies · 2,905+ views
    President Obama and the first lady on Thursday reported earning $5.5 million in 2009, the majority of which was from the sale of Obama’s books, the White House said. By contrast, former President Bush and Laura Bush reported a taxable income of $719,274 in 2007. The Obamas paid nearly $1.8 million in federal income tax and reported giving $329,100 to 40 charities. Their tax return is here. ---- Some context: The Obama's household income jumped from $991,296 in 2006 to $4.2 million in 2007. It was $2.7 million in 2008. ---
  • Calling All Christians: Honest skeptic wants to know where to tithe. (VANITY)

    01/15/2010 1:50:03 PM PST · by ROTB · 56 replies · 972+ views
    Me | 1/15/2010 | Me
    Brothers and Sisters In Christ - In my locale, there is a public place where street preaching goes on we have some regular hecklers who show up to ... make things more interesting. One of them has softened up over the years. He used to be somewhat contemptuous of Jesus, but now though still an agnostic, speaks well of Christ and Christians. He is tithing, wanting to see God reveal himself per Malachi 3:10. Question: What biblical standards exist for God to bless him abundantly in an obvious way? He wants to be sure he is not making a mistake...
  • LDS Church returned $200K in Southwick Tithing

    09/14/2009 7:13:50 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 23 replies · 1,053+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 14, 2009
    Settlement papers show Mormon church leaders agreed to return more than $202,000 in tithing money paid by a man convicted of bilking investors out of more than $142 million. U.S. District Court filings show Val Southwick paid The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints $202,761.74 between 2001 and 2006. In 2008, the LDS Church Corporation of the Presidency agreed to return the money as part of a Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action. Spokesman Scott Trotter says the church has a policy of not profiting from alleged ill-gotten gains. Southwick was convicted of securities fraud and is serving nine...
  • Tithing picks up among Christian business owners (Ecumenical)

    08/22/2008 9:19:50 PM PDT · by restornu · 14 replies · 242+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2008 | By Denise Linke
    Tithing picks up among Christian business owners Charities, both religious and secular, benefit as entrepreneurs give them a portion of their profits Contractor Tom Barry stopped at the Cup of Joy Cafe in Wasco on his way to a job site on a rainy Thursday afternoon and bought a small latte. Barry chatted with owner Chris Fisher for a few minutes, then stepped to a set of boxes mounted on a wall and stuffed his receipt into a box that benefits King's Garden Orphanage in Haiti. The orphanage got a 21-cent donation, and Fisher got a warm glow in his...
  • The Backlash Against Tithing

    11/23/2007 4:54:21 PM PST · by Cecily · 39 replies · 50+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2007 | Suzanne Sataline
    Can you put a price on faith? That is the question churchgoers are asking as the tradition of tithing -- giving 10% of your income to the church -- is increasingly challenged. Opponents of tithing say it is a misreading of the Bible, a practice created by man, not God. They say they should be free to donate whatever amount they choose, and they are arguing with pastors, writing letters and quitting congregations in protest. In response, some pastors have changed their teaching and rejected what has been a favored form of fund raising for decades. The backlash comes as...
  • US Border Churches Change Attitudes Toward Stronger-Dollared Canadian Members

    11/19/2007 6:24:21 AM PST · by ensignsj · 123+ views
    The Holy Observer ^ | The Holy Observer
    Years of ridicule end for many as loony outpaces greenback OGDENSBURG, NY – It’s a brisk November afternoon in this small town perched near the top of New York State, and Pastor William Barth is huddled behind the desk in his modest office at Ogdensburg Presbyterian Church. All four walls are plastered with pictures of Barth’s family, Thomas Kinkade prints, and a bevy of other items that speak to his decades of service as a minister. But one 24- by 36-inch spot of bare wood paneling begs an obvious question. “Yep, that’s where the ‘Canada: America’s Hat’ poster used to...
  • FUNNY: Top 10 Tithe Check Memo Notes

    10/16/2007 7:21:17 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 3 replies · 1,371+ views
    The Holy Observer ^ | 10-15-07 | The Holy Observer
    10. Gross, not net—as usual! 9. Hush Money 8. Casino winnings! 7. For voice lessons for worship team!
  • SecureGive takes tithing to the touchscreen

    08/01/2007 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 9 replies · 254+ views
    Kiosk Marketplace ^ | 28 Nov 2006 | James Bickers
    SecureGive takes tithing to the touchscreen by James Bickers, editor * • 28 Nov 2006 Amy Forrest works in the communications department of a non-profit organization in Ward, S.C. A member of Stevens Creek Church in Augusta, Ga., she was one of the first to use the church’s SecureGive kiosk program, a touchscreen system that allows electronic contributions."My impression of the kiosk when I walked into Stevens Creek for the first time was, ‘This place gets how I live,’" said the 31-year-old. "I never carry cash, therefore I rarely gave an offering. Then I felt like a heel for not giving...
  • Tithing is Unscriptural Under the New Covenant

    08/07/2005 8:04:09 AM PDT · by Navydog · 77 replies · 1,279+ views
    Bible Truths.com ^ | Ray Smith
    Tithing is Unscriptural Under the New Covenant [A Scriptural Exposition on the Fraudulent Fleecing of the Flock] Since first posting this tithing paper on bible-truths.com, we have had over 100,000 visitors seeking information on this topic. Many have written me personally thanking me for freeing them from this illegal and abusive practice of the Church. I have also received emails from some who are sure that tithing is a bonafide legal obligation for members of the New Testament Christian Church. Objections to my paper range from simply quoting the prophet Malachi sent to the priests and nation of Israel: "Wherein...
  • New England states make more, give less, annual survey of charitable giving finds

    11/10/2004 11:19:20 AM PST · by chambley1 · 20 replies · 900+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 11/10/04 | LAURA WALSH
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut ranks first when it comes to making money - but joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island at the bottom of an annual index of charitable giving. The Catalogue for Philanthropy's 2004 Generosity Index showed Mississippi, for the eighth straight year, as the nation's most giving state. It was followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee. The survey is based on residents' average adjusted income and itemized charitable donations reported on 2002 federal tax returns, the latest year available. The index does not take into account non-itemized giving or volunteering, said Carol Schofield of the...
  • Any Christians Out There Remember "Tithing"? (fair use excerpt from Hugh Hewitt)

    10/15/2004 6:02:07 PM PDT · by jmstein7 · 64 replies · 1,444+ views
    If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat (fair use excerpt - pp.131-33) | Hugh Hewitt
    Evangelical Christians are familiar with the concept of tithing. For those of you new to the concept, let me summarize it this way: G-d is owed a tenth of everything you make. "Owed," mind you. The first 10 persent of everything BELONGS to G-d for use in building His kingdom. Genuinely grateful people give above the 10 percent mark. Now the vast majority of evangelical Christians don't tithe. The average annual donation to a church by a family is a few hundred dollars, not a few thousand. But the standard is often discussed by pastors as a means of inspiring...
  • Tithing Down 62% in the Past Year

    05/21/2003 2:24:17 PM PDT · by Onelifetogive · 75 replies · 163+ views
    Barna Research Online ^ | May 19, 2003 | Barna
    Church revenues are down in the past 12 months. One reason may well be the decline in the proportion of Christians who tithe. Among the highlights of this week’s report, regarding tithing, are the following: The proportion of adults who tithe has dropped by 62% in the past year. Just 6% of born again households tithed to their church in 2002. Tithing, when it occurs, is generally among Protestants: 5% of adults who attend Protestant churches tithed last year, compared to less than one-tenth of 1% among Catholics. Among the groups most likely to tithe are people over 55, college...
  • Does God require me to give a tithe of all I earn? (10% issue?)

    02/24/2003 4:08:16 PM PST · by anncoulteriscool · 15 replies · 310+ views
    Grace To You website ^ | N/A | John Macarthur Jr
    Does God require me to give a tithe of all I earn? Two kinds of giving are taught consistently throughout Scripture: giving to the government (always compulsory), and giving to God (always voluntary). The issue has been greatly confused, however, by some who misunderstand the nature of the Old Testament tithes. Tithes were not primarily gifts to God, but taxes for funding the national budget in Israel. Because Israel was a theocracy, the Levitical priests acted as the civil government. So the Levite's tithe (Leviticus 27:30-33) was a precursor to today's income tax, as was a second annual tithe required...