What's the Free Methodist position with regard to tithing?

Our formal statements on giving and tithing is as follows:

We commit ourselves to practise the principles of Christian stewardship, for the glory of God and for the growth of the church.

Although as Christians we accumulate goods, we should not make possessions or wealth the goal of our lives. (Matthew 16:19-20; Luke 12:16-21). Rather, as stewards, we give generously to meet the needs of others and to support ministry. (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:6-13).

The support of the Church is to come from the tithes, offerings and gifts of its people. The membership is requested to co-operate heartily by giving not less than one-tenth of their income for the Lord’s work.

Comment:

Jesus berates the teachers of the law and the Pharisees for their legalistic tithing which makes them only technically righteous, but woefully lacking in justice, mercy and faithfulness. Matthew 23:23

The Apostle Paul encourages the Corinthian church to give “in keeping with their income.” 1 Corinthians 16:2. This challenges the rich man to give much more than a tithe and releases the poor man to give only what he may be able to give, if at all.

The giving called for in the New Testament is joyful, worshipful, liberated, sacrificial giving which breaks any hold money and greed may have on our lives. It is full of loving justice and mercy towards God’s world and especially to people in need.


 


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