Now that I've got your attention..... Actually I've got some questions about tithing. However, this thread's title comes from a statement I once heard on one of my many travels. Seems that this IFB pastor whose church I happened to visit one time spent part of his message on tithing. He was of the opinion that the tithe belongs solely to the local church of which a person is a member. But then he went on to make a couple statements I've never heard of before and for which I'd appreciate your comments. "Your tithe should be the very first check that you make each week." (As I recall, he related that to the concept of the first fruits mentioned in the OT law.) But then, he went on to make this statement: "And it should also be for the largest amount of all the checks you write out that week! How dare you as a Christian give more to man than you give to God!!" [Emphasis mine] That really threw me for a loop! He never backed that statement up with any relevant scriptures, and I'm still puzzled about that remark. Any of my BB friends care to comment on these statements this preacher made?