Article on CNN money of Couples Living on 46k

The link below is to an article about couples who are living on the average income in their region. This specific link talks about a couple who tithes to their church, and struggles to make it, but yet they, “had to apply for food assistance for their children.” If you go to the next page of the article you can see the stats that they give a tithe to the church.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/pf/0702/gallery.median_income/3.html

This just blows my mind away. What is wrong with these people? First of all, what a horrible testimony for Christ. Second of all, “if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Third of all, how could this couple not feel guilty about this(but of course, they’ve been brainwashed into the Malachi 3 thinking). Fourth, this is a perfect opportunity for the government to stick their fingers into the church and control them. If i was the government, I wouldn’t allow churches to pass of their own to feed off the welfare of others. That’s what the church is for and that’s why we give to the church body. The government knows that the church claims non-profit in order to provide for the welfare of others, but soon, Satan’s gonna attack legislature to pass laws to control how this money is spent. If the church continues this poor stewardship then the lawmakers will pass laws like they did the “tithing bankruptcy” law, to prohibit the liberality of the church. Truthfully, I applaud the tithing bankruptcy law. Someone’s gotta stand up to biblical principles of debt if the church doesn’t do it. I could go on and on here.

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Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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15 comments on “Article on CNN money of Couples Living on 46k
  1. Bunnie says:

    Thank you. Now I don’t feel so bad about what happened to me at a large, internationally known Megachurch with locations in NYC and Atlanta. I tithed religiously (pun intended), then fell upon a hard time and ask for assistance in Atlanta. Without even pulling my record or verifying my membership, the lady in the helps office gave me a list of charities and told me to go to the United Way. I was devastated and utterly humiliated, and quit tithing or giving money immediately. The bitter taste is still in my mouth over 4 years later, and even though I married and my husband was baptized at another large church, I’m still having issues with giving tithes to people who drive better cars, wear better clothes and live in way larger houses than I do, especially during a recession when so many people are in need. Guess the truth about prosperity gospel is really revealed when you, as a member of a prosperity church, need real help.

    • smiley says:

      Bunnie,
      What you have said is the absolute truth! A similar situation happened to me. I cannot believe how hypocritical these churches can be. After all, where are we supposed to go when we need help. Jesus did not send the 5,000 he fed to anyone else. My heart bleeds every time I think of how the prosperity gospel and tithing has robbed so many people and has hurt the people of God so bad.
      Smiley

  2. S.A. says:

    I think Christians need to start researching what they are being taught and reading their own bibles. If they had done so they would know the difference between Old Covenant law keeping to try to merit  God’s favor from to the New Covenant, gift of Grace freely given because of the payment Jesus made for them on his cross. They would understand Jesus last dying words on that Cross were “Paid in Full, NOT PAID IN FULL!

    The Tithe Police making God’s redeem live in fear of a curse for not paying tithes and quoting an Old Testament verse over them in Malachi 3:8-9 should have sense enough to conclude that the verse in the New Testament in Galatians 3:13 declares “CHRIST HAS REDEEMED US FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW” means the previous Malachi verse is voided.
    Jesus did not come to abolish the law and the Prophet but to fulfill it. What do they think It is finished as in paid in full means? There is not one demand and mandate to pay tithes or keep the Sat, Sabbath or keep the circumcision or no pork eating laws AFTER Jesus died on that Cross. Note the words After Jesus died that was when Grace was given. Grace means unmerited an unearned favor is free in Jesus name!    

  3. S.A. says:

    Correction: Jesus words were Paid in full not Pay in full. 

  4. S.A. says:

    CORRECTION:
    Jesus said Paid in Full on the Cross, NOT Pay in full

  5. GraceAMEN says:

    After 20 yrs. of Christian television featuring Prosperity teachers like Fred Price, his gold plated copycats like Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar this economy has taken a nose dive and many Tithers who have tried to buy a blessing are out of work and adversely affected. What is God trying to tell us?

    The Prosperity Gospel blames the poor for not tithing their way out of poverty like they tell you is possible but is really a myth because the Old Testament never commanded the poor to tithe, they were given the tithes paid in food.

     The Prosperity gospel is wrong on so many levels but the way it blames and shames the poor is atrocious! Jesus promised to meet and supply our needs, not our greed. He spoke against greed and covetousness.

    Jesus did not promise a bed of roses for following him in this life but persecution and hatred from this evil world. Jesus said if anyone wanted to follow him they must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him. The cross was Not a fashionable piece of Jewelry, in Jesus day it was an instrument of death, suffering and shame.

    The cost of discipleship is not money, happiness and a life of ease. Look at the life of the first Apostle’s and most of them suffered or died a Martyr’s death. They never had Chariots and fine linen and a truck load of riches to heap on themselves but lived a life of service to God and the body of Christ. 

    People this world is not our home and you bought nothing in and will take nothing out. One thing you will carry with you are the souls you won to Christ. All the money in the world will not win them if the Holy Spirit is not in it and they will see through those trying to  fake them into it.    Some of these people we call heathens have more discernment than many of us Christians.  Read your bibles learn the differences in Grace and Law, Old Covenant an New.  

    • joel says:

      Amen, Thank you for the truth not many will agree with you beacause they are deceived.
      False teaching and greed will argue with you all day about their blessings and inheritance.
      Please continiue to teach the truth about Christ
      Bless you

      • GraceAMEN says:

        Joel you said it well they will argue all day on what they paid for their blessing and not what Jesus paid and freely gave along with Salvation. Ever notice how Tithers credited their own works and payment for what they have and not Jesus?  

  6. GraceAMEN says:

    John 1:16 “And of his fullness we have all received grace upon grace” Some translations say one blessing after another.

    Romans 10:4 “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness for every believer”
    Galatians 4:22 Abraham had two sons one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman
    23 but he who was by the free woman was the child of the promise’
    Galatians 4:24 Now this is a typology (some verses say allegory of the TWO COVENANTS.
    NOW CONNECT THE DOTS
    Galatians 3:21 ” I do not frustrate the Grace of God for if (our) righteous came by the law Christ died in vain.
     
    Galatians 3:34 The law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith
    25 but now that faith has come we are NO longer under a schoolmaster.  
     

  7. GraceAMEN says:

    Beloved saints we now have the better Covenant under better promises Hebrews 8:6
    The better covenant than the old types and shadow of the real thing is the real thing!
    We now have Jesus and the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth plus on how to give and how to live! The Old Covenant believers only had 613 laws in Hebrew called Mitzvoh,
    Type in 613 commandments into your internet search or Judaism 191 613 Commandments, if you don’t have the patience to read Leviticus to see what they all are    

  8. GraceAMEN says:

    Excuse the typo It is Judaism 101 613 Commandments or Mitzvot! It would help you to know that The Day of Atonement was Oct 8th 2011 called Yom Kippur and hardly any Christians know about it  outside of Messiah Jew (Jews for Jesus). So why is only tithing pushed and not the other required laws and Holidays. Think and wake up!    

  9. GraceAMEN says:

    I meant Galatians 2:21 (NOT 3:21) — I do not frustrate the grace of God for if righteousness came by the law Christ died in vain.
    Thanks for your patience1 TRYING TO MULTITASK AND TYPE IS NOT WORKING FOR ME.  

  10. SUE ANNE says:

    Your Galatians 3:34 SHOULD HAVE BEEN Galatians 3:24 The law was our school master to bring us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.

    Just goes to show the Lord want us to be able to spot typo’s or mistakes and not just follow everything someone says. No one is infallible but God Jesus and the Holy Spirit!

  11. GraceAMEN says:

    Wish there was an edit button!!! Plus I need my reading classes. I would suggest the whole book of Galatians and with a study bible or commentary! 

  12. Don says:

    How in the world can someone  teach the Christian Bible for years and  not know the major differences in the Old Testament and the New Testament.  One was after Jesus died and the other was before he died.

    Christian tithe legalist, if you are reading this and it’s Friday night you just broke the Sabbath law which begins to this date for devout Jews Friday when the Sun goes  down and ends Saturday when the Sun goes down. Devout Jew light candles and don’t even drive their cars on Saturday morning to their Synagogues– they walk! the problem is Christians don’t know the difference in Judaism, Christianity, Old Testament and Old Covenant based on laws vs New Covenant under the Dispensation of Grace.

    This tithe law has benefits that the other laws don’t IT PAYS THE BILLS FOR SALARY FOR THE MINISTERS. they will never give up that law because they can’t trust us to give voluntarily like 2nd Corinthians 9:7 commands. They feel most will only support the Church if they scare us half to death with a curse in Malachi that God never gave people that are redeemed from the curse of the law according to       
    GALATIANS 3:13-14 

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