Monday, November 26, 2007

The Backlash Against Tithing - Wall Street Journal

The Backlash Against Tithing - WSJ.com

s Churches Push Donations, Congregants Balk;
'That's Not the Way God Works'
By SUZANNE SATALINE
November 23, 2007; Page W1

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.

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