Article XVIII – Christian Giving

We believe that Christians are to tithe, make offerings and give alms.  The tithe is one tenth of all one’s increase.  It is the Lord’s and his ministers are to partake thereof.  Tithing is the principle means that God uses to provide for his ministers.1  Offerings can be made for many purposes, such as: providing for the creation and maintenance of a place of worship, God’s ministers, and the poor.  It is in offerings that one’s liberality or lack thereof shall be measured back to him by God.2  Alms are to be done in secret, not before men.  Alms benefit the poor and store you up treasure in Heaven.3

Scripture References:  1Genesis 14:17-20, Genesis 28:22, Numbers 18:20-32, Nehemiah 13:10-14, Malachi 3:8-12, I Corinthians 9:1-14, Galatians 6:6, I Timothy 6:18-19, Hebrews 7:1-10 and Hebrews 13:16.  2Genesis 4:3-7, Genesis 8:20-22, Genesis 22:1-14, Exodus 35:4 – 36:7, Proverbs 11:25, Luke 21:1-4, Acts 4:32-35, I Corinthians 16:1-4, II Corinthians 9:6-7 and Philippians 4:14-18.  3Matthew 6:1-4, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 12:22-34, Luke 14:12-14, Luke 18:18-23, Acts 9:36-42, Acts 10:1-8 & 19-48, and Acts 24:10-21.