The RED INK on FINANCES
“Freely you have received, freely give…”
-- Jesus --Matthew 10:8 (NKJV)
We obey this way: No plates, No baskets, No begging, No sales, No guilt!
“But when you give, let not your left hand know what your right hand does: That your gift may be in secret:and your Father which sees in secret …will reward you.”
-- Jesus --Matthew 6:3-4 (NIV)
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Biblically, there is actually a three-fold tithe. The first tithe is for the ministry. The second tithe is primarily for the Feasts. The third tithe is given every three years, and is set aside for those in need – widows, orphans and Levites (non- working Ministers). (Read more…)
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1) Ten percent of my personal increase is for the work of ministry. The fiscal spending of money for the ministry all comes from “First Tithes” sent to this ministry. When devoid of the waste and frivolity of modern religion and expectations of modern clergy, it will be found to be more than enough to preach the gospel around the world.
2) Ten percent of my personal increase is set aside for the expenses of the Feasts : travel – food costs (we only buy the best for YHVH). The material needs of the Feasts such as tents, tables, facility costs, etc. all come from “Second Tithe” (Sojourners) sent for this purpose.
Some people who attend buy all they need for the Feasts and then give the remainder for facilities or travel expense for others. The abundance of food is given to the poor in the community. (Sojourner’s offering) When this ordinance is followed, there is never an excuse that the Feasts cannot be kept or attended.
3) The “Third Tithe” (Levite, Needy) is set aside as a personal account to make sure we have plenty to give to those in need. This tithe amounts to only 3.3% of annual increase.
The Levite is mentioned along with the widows and orphans, because they had no inheritance and owned nothing. They had no land, no possessions and made their “living” by the kindness and obedience of YHVH’s people. The Levite, whose life was given to service, owned nothing; yet he had needs like everyone else. This is why we read in Deuteronomy 12:19 “Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.”
Although those of us who have chosen to live this way are poor in man’s eyes, we are dear to the heart of the One we serve. Nearly no one is in this situation today. (Ministry comes with a retirement plan today!)
I never thought the third tithe was enough to alleviate the needs of the poor. However, if everyone does it, it may be more than is needed for the widows (indeed), the fatherless and the Levite.
My commitment is to not spend the tithe (neither ours nor the tithe given to the ministry) for personal items. No one takes and will never take a salary from the tithe. The needs of the Levite are to come from the third tithe — not the first.
Please designate your gifts accordingly (First, Second, or Third Tithe).
Don C. Harris
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Don C. Harris