OK, I admit it. This is a rip-off of the tithing thread for Baptists Only... (Tithing is Rare)... Not being a Baptist by denominational affiliation the rules will not allow me to join the thread... And, I have oh so much to share... Dr. Bob posted a short blurb over there for me you may want to read for background... I have some very mixed feelings about the Doctrine of tithing as now taught and practiced in most denominations... From my background Tithing is taught as an obligatory requirement, nearly under pain of the loss of ones salavation, from the gross paycheck, and only to the local church... There is a lot of legalism and condemnation in much of the teaching on tithing in many churches... In fact, I feel rather strongly that there was actually more Grace Extended under the law concerning the Tithe than we see in most churches who cry "Grace not Law". While I can make a case totally blowing tithing out of the water... I do not think that giving more excuses for not being liberal with God, who has already been so liberal to us with His Son Jesus... Is proper.. But, I am strongly incline to believe that *if* a full message on Personal Finances, Stewardship, yes, Tithing were taught with Grace Extended... Giving would increase not decrease... That is just what a Black Pastor in Norfolk, Virginia has discovered... http://www.goodsenseministry.com/forum/articledetail.asp?artID=16 This is an file download of an MSNBC posting of the original WSJ article. Save-It Open-It http://digitalcoven.com/file.php?id=826&file=826-copy.html More Later... Mike Sr.