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[I thought that this post was a great reminder about the purpose of giving in Christianity.  This is from September 5, 2008]

Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. (2 Cor 11b-13)

I came across this passage today and wanted to draw some attention to it.  The Bible is consistent that a person should give what they are able to give and not feel like they should give beyond what they are able.  Some churches teach that a person should give 10% of their income (tithing) but the Bible does not teach this.  God does not want you to go poor in order to help the poor and He doesn’t require the poor to help the poor.  He wants those who have to help those that don’t.  If you aren’t able to give, you shouldn’t feel bad about it.  If a preacher tries to guilt you into putting more in the collection plate, that preacher is wrong.  God wants you to give whatever you can cheerfully and responsibly give.  The part at the end where it says “there should be some equality” I think arrives at the point.  The rich should help the poor so that their is “some equality”.  If you are struggling to make ends meet (which I am right now) you should not be giving to other needy people.  You should be trying to increase your wealth so that you will not be needy anymore and can give to those who are.  Any preacher who tells you differently is probably after your money.

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Written by freeinchrist

April 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

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