THAT’S A COMMON question we receive. The following is a response to that question and we hope it helps you if you’re struggling with this issue.
First, we won’t tell anyone whether to leave, remain or join a church because that’s a deeply personal matter. However, here are some things worth considering when making that decision.
Seek Spiritual Guidance
Pray and seek guidance from The Most High
Some churches/denominations don’t teach tithing as part of their doctrine. So visit and research different churches/denominations before choosing a church home.
Consider the Church’s Culture
Does the church overemphasize tithing of your income? Do you feel pressured to tithe? Does the church make you feel guilty or condemned if you don’t tithe or don’t tithe as much as they say you should?
If you answer yes to any of these questions you may want to consider finding another church. Ideally, the church is a place that nurtures and empowers you. It shouldn’t have you feeling stressed out over anything especially so-called tithes.
Consider Tithing Alternatives
There’s nothing wrong with supporting your church financially. However, your voluntary financial contribution should not be a burden or a hardship for you (2 Corinthians 8:11-14). Also, your support of the church is not limited to giving money. You can always volunteer your time, skills or talents.
If a church does not respect your financial circumstances and pressures you for more money or so-called tithes then you should consider seeking a new church home.
A Final Thought
Keep in mind that no matter what church you attend you may find that you don’t agree with all the teachings. Churches and denominations have differing views and interpretations of scriptures. So it’s important that you read and study the Bible for yourself and remain open to guidance from The Most High.