Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mormon Tithing

I feel very strongly that the Church leaders are purposely misleading people to believe that they are supposed to pay 10% of Gross Income, which is NOT Correct Mormon Tithing Doctrine. I have been told by our Bishop that "income" means Gross Income.

But in my research I have found that to Not Be True At All. Our scriptures say that we are to pay a Tithe on that which is beyond what we have need. That means we are to take care of our needs, and by extension the needs of our family, Before we pay 10% Tithe on what is left.

It should be clarified, not left to individual interpretation, which is really what the Church does about most things. If you want to pay more than God requires according to scripture, great. If the Church wants to Encourage people to give more, great, do that. But making people believe that they are Required to pay more? Not cool.

From Handbook 1:
Definition of Tithing

The First Presidency has written: “The simplest statement we know of is the statement of the Lord himself, namely, that the members of the Church should pay ‘one-tenth of all their interest annually,’ which is understood to mean income. No one is justified in making any other statement than this” (First Presidency letter, Mar. 19, 1970; see also D&C 119:4).