‘Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.’ 2 Corinthians 9:7
“First Presidency Message
Marion G. Romney
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
A Legal Obligation to the Lord
…tithing is a debt which everyone owes to the Lord as rent for using the things that the Lord has made and given to him to use. The Lord, to whom one owes tithing, is in a position of a preferred creditor. If there is not enough to pay all creditors, he should be paid first. You may be a little shocked by this statement, but it is true. …Protection Against the Burning
The payment of tithing is also worthwhile as fire insurance. …
“For after today cometh the burning … for verily I say, tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon…(D&C 64:23–25). … it will be a wonderful thing to have a recordthat you can rely upon to give you a place in the presence of our Father in Heaven with the righteous of all ages. This you can earn by observingfaithfully day by day, and year by year, the law of tithing and the other requirements of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” [emp. added]
Now, keep this in mind as we look at another statement the Church made. I came across this conference talk a few days ago which reminded me of Mr. Romney’s statement above.
Conference Report, ‘Commercialism and Tithing,’ April 1912“COMMERCIALISM AND TITHING. … The Church is charged with commercialism. There is not the least resemblance of it, in truth. The Church is neither buying nor selling goods or chattels. It is not engaged in merchandising of any description, and never has been; and there could not well be a more false and groundless statement made against the Church than to charge it with commercialism.
It is true that, unlike other churches or religious organizations, the people of this Church observe the law of tithing, which is the law of revenue of the Church. We do not pass around the hat to you, nor the collection box, for means to defray the expenses incident to carrying on of the work of the Church. You give it voluntarily.” — Joseph F. Smith
Apparently their self-imposed meter of what not to spend money on has changed because in 2013 they spent over $565 million in buying up 2% of Florida.
The real issue for today is why they go out of their way to lie? The Church has always demanded a law of tithing – always. In the early days of Mormonism, not everyone was faithful in giving to the Church so they had to lay down the law. We’ll be looking at some examples of that later this month.
The other false teaching is when Romney stated you have to tithe, or burn. Where does it say this in the New Testament? See Mandatory Tithing for Mormon Salvation.
Lastly, the biggest lie in Joseph F. Smith’s comment is the claim they give money voluntarily. Their founder’s revelation from Doctrine and Covenants refutes that! The LDS Church may not pass the hat around, but the envelopes to put money into are in a little placard just outside the offices of every bishop. Then there’s also the yearly tithing settlement meeting with the bishop… See Tithing Quotes for more info.
If you’re LDS please know we’re praying that you’ll open your Bibles to find God’s truth and your heart to allow God to help you!
With Love in Christ;