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Hello all,

I know that tithing has been discussed before on this and other boards, but it's at the forefront of my mind.

My brother and his wife, who are members of the Pentecostal church, have been married for about 5 months. My brother has a rather large chunk of credit card debt (don't know exactly how much), a bank loan of about 5K, and some student loans. He recently finished his schooling, and has been working for the last 10 months making a pretty good salary. His wife is working part time at a day care, but only temporarily. (They live in baltimore and she is working in place of a woman whose father died on 9/11 at the pentagon.)

Frequently, he talks about how he feels like he is never going to pay off his debts. I know they would like to buy a house sometime in the fairly near future. I found out that they are tithing (based on their gross income), which amounts to $625 going to the church.

I don't tithe for several reasons. One big reason is that I didn't grow up in a house which emphasized tithing. We always gave some $$$ to the church, but certainly not 10%. I also am not actively involved in a particular church right now, so I don't know who to tithe to. (I go to a couple of different places). Finally, I am desperately trying to pay off some CC debt and loans, and this debt is so stressful to me that starting to tithe (which would result in taking at least twice as long to pay off the debt) would keep me up at night. I DO give money to charities and church every year--but just not 10%.

I'm curious to know a few things from all of you....

a) do you tithe? (or perhaps a better much of your gross income do you give to church/charities)

b) do you feel that tithing is absolutely required for Christians? (my brother feels this way, but i have heard others argue that tithing is Old Law, and thus something we aren't subject to)

c) how do you feel that your tithe/offering has enriched your life?



off to play in the kitchen with mom
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