Often articles attacking Mormons focus on their requirement of tithing. One writer said that most churches teach it but don’t require it and many writers assign a negative attitude toward being expected to pay tithing, even those who belong to other religions. This attitude fascinates me because it helps to outline one problem religious people today face—putting God before ourselves.
While many churches do not require the payment of tithing, God does. In Genesis 14, Abraham paid his tithing to Melchizedek. Malachi also taught tithing.
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it (Malachi 3:8-10). (more…)