Tithing – on Gross, Net, or Surplus?

30 Apr

What do we pay our tithing on?  The links below represent various different Latter-day Saint views (and some Christian ones) that seek to answer that question –

Four part series on Tithing from LDS Anarchist –
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Tithing on Gross or Net?
Thoughts from the Great and Spacious Building

Tithing and the Poor
Commentary from By Common Consent

Also some Questions on Tithing they covered

Tithing, Barter & Consumption
From the Splendid Sun blog

A Modern Look at Tithable Income (Sunstone)
HTML version | PDF version

Quinn’s overview of Tithing history in Mormon Hierarchy – volume 2

Tithing and Residual Income thoughts

A renegade Mormon shares his views

An ex-Mormon perspective on Surplus

Some general Christian views –

D&C 119 is the revelation that defines tithing –
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put into the hands of the bishop of my church in Zion,
2 For the building of mine house, and for the laying of the foundation of Zion and for the priesthood, and for the debts of the Presidency of my Church.
3 And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people.
4 And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.
5 Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you.
6 And I say unto you, if my people observe not this law, to keep it holy, and by this law sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statutes and my judgments may be kept thereon, that it may be most holy, behold, verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of Zion unto you.
7 And this shall be an ensample unto all the stakes of Zion. Even so. Amen.
See also –
JST Gen 14:39 Wherefore, Abram paid unto him tithes of all that he had, of all the riches which he possessed, which God had given him more than that which he had need.
Alma 13:15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.

Posted by on April 30, 2009 in Money


5 responses to “Tithing – on Gross, Net, or Surplus?

  1. mahonri

    May 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Some more Christian links on Tithing –

    Tithing in the New Testament

    Tithing – Money back guarantee?

    Tithing alone does not bring financial increase

    Stop tithing & get out of debt

    The opposite view – Tithing while in debt

    Whats a tithe of nothing?

    An antagonistic view of LDS tithing, which nevertheless contains some interesting information and questions –

  2. Ross Michel

    June 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve written a book on the subject of tithing called The Tithing Hoax. I adddress this question in the book. The bottom line is that the Bible does not command Christians to tithe.

    However, giving is encouraged. When giving one should give from their abundance. Your abundance is what you have left over once you have taken care of your financial obligations (e.g., mortgage, car note, utilities, etc.).


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