Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions

Q: If a person can’t tithe (i.e. give 10 percent of their income as an offering), does God look down on them?

A: It’s easy for believers to slip into a perspective of merit or obligation in regards to charitable gifts. This is because just about everything in our world (religious or otherwise) is based on some kind of merit system. The merit system tells us we have to do things for God-gods-the universe in order to get good things from them. Everything is “paid for” by our good works. While Christians (and sometimes pastors and entire churches!) can mistakenly twist Christian charity into a me...


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