Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the Law in which the Israelites were to give 10 percent of the crops they grew and the livestock they raised to the tabernacle/temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes—one for the Levites, one for the use of the temple and the feasts, and one for the poor of the land—which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.
After the death of Christ fulfilled the Law, the New Testament nowhere commands or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. The New Testament nowhere designates a percentage of income a person should set aside but only says gifts should be “in keeping with income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). Some in the Christian church has taken the 10 percent figure from the Old Testament tithe and applied it as a “recommended minimum” for Christians in their giving.
The New Testament talks about the importance and benefits of giving. We are to give as we are able. Sometimes that means giving more than 10 percent; sometimes that may mean giving less. It all depends on the ability of the Christian and the needs of the body of Christ. Every Christian should diligently pray and seek The Divine wisdom in the matter of participating in tithing and how much to give (James 1:5). Above all, all tithes and offerings should be presented with pure motives and an attitude of worship to the Divine and service to the body of Christ. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
We will never pass out collection plates during any of our masses, conferences, workshops, or events nor ask for money. If you are blessed and feel our ministry has fed you spiritually and would like to offer a love donation to the parish, we have made it possible through the PayPal link below or you may request gift envelopes to be sent. We are working on two new ways for you to donate, via text and an app. Stay tuned!
We understand that you might feel that other ministries need your love donations and that is fine with us.
We feel that how you give your money is a matter between you and the Divine.
100% of all donations received will go back into the operations and ministries of the parish. None of our funds go towards clergy salary. All of our clergy are on a volunteer basis and receive zero benefits and or remuneration from the church.
Parish clergy may receive honoraria and gifts for baptisms, weddings, quinceañeras, and funerals, but it is important to note that clergy never charges any fees for his or her services. Free-will offerings (The Law of Amra) are often made to him or her or the parish. As given to us by Christ (Matt 10:8), it is sinful, sacrilegious, and rude for any cleric to ask for money while performing his or her sacred ministry
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