TITHES & OFFERINGS
Questions Nos. 647 to 653B
Question #647 : "What is a
'Church offering' and how is it to be used?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: This is a gift
of honour to the Lord that is not compulsory, liken unto the widows mite and the
freewill offerings brought by the Israelites unto the Lord, to express
appreciation and thankfulness. Such offerings are used by the discretion of the
pastor for various needs of the church, to pay bills, give a love
offering to the poor and needy saints, etc, whereas tithes are not for
building funds, nor used as a freewill offering. Tithes are for the five-fold
ministry, upon the discretion of the pastor. However, a good pastor will use the
tithes even for the needs of others, as we see Brother Branham done in his
ministry. He ventured to give ninety percent away and keep ten percent, but was
stopped by the law of the land.
Question # 648: "Pastors in
India are more interested in tithes. Who should look after the money matters in
E.O.D.H. Answer: Tithes belong to
the pastor and the rest of the ministry-the Levites. How the money is spent it
is between him and God. Scripturally, it belongs. Sometimes people feel that the
pastor is not using the tithes right. They give their tithes to a poor
and needy brother. That's wrong. You are paying your one tenth to God. Place
God's money where it is supposed to be. Hirelings are illegally
collecting God's money: tithes. They are thieves and robbers because they are
not true shepherds. They are greedy of filthy lucre.
'Who should look after the money matters in the church?' Trustees and
treasurers are appointed by the pastor, sanctioned by the congregation. These
officers are not to spend the church money. They are to take record and make
submission to the pastor. Every transaction must be authorized by the
Question #649 : "Unto whom
should I pay tithes, my pastor or any minister?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: Tithes should be
paid to your pastor if you have one. If you do not have one you can pay it to a
minister who feed you sheep food, locally or otherwise
EVERY CHRISTIAN IS OBLIGATED TO PAY TITHINGS
Quote W.M.B.: p. 604 "…I do believe that every
Christian is obligated to pay tithings because it is a commandment of the
Lord. 'And blessed are they that do all the commandments, that they might have
a right to enter into the Life, the Tree of Life.'… Tithe-Paying Is
Essential To A Christian Experience."
EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD PAY TITHES
Quote W.M.B.: "Brother Branham, don't you feel that
everyone who claims to be a Christian should pay tithes; pay their tithes into
the storehouse of the Lord? Please give Scripture to this question.
That is right, that the Bible said in Malachi, the 3rd chapter, 'Bring all
of your tithe and offerings into My storehouse, and prove Me, saith the Lord,
if I will not open up the windows of Heaven, and pour out a blessing that
there'll not be room enough to receive. That's a challenge to any
individual... That's a challenge to anybody… Every Christian should pay
tithes! That's right. It should be done. (COD, page
EVERY CHRISTIAN IS DUTY BOUND TO PAY TITHES
Quote W.M.B.: "You see what a strict thing it is to pay
tithes? Every Christian is duty bound to pay tithe. That's right. Never has
been changed. (Hebrews Book, Chap 7, part 1)
"But woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of
herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have
done, and not to leave the other undone. - This ye ought to have done, is
"tithes." (Luke 11:42).
"And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in
Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him."
(Hebrews 7: 4-10).
I PAY MY TITHES
Quote W.M.B.: 1034-184 "But just as loyal as I ever
could, I paid tithes. And when I took my own money from the church here
or from my campaigns, I'd take more... I'd give a tenth. Then I'd give
it out to the ministers, and give the rest of it to ministers… Then just take
a wage out of that of a hundred dollars a week; and I pay my tithes from that.
Yes sir. I believe in paying tithes. It's one of God's blessings that's proven
to be a blessing. You say, "That's of the Old Testament." It is of the New
Testament too. Yes, sir." (Questions And Answers
MY FIRST DUTY TO GOD
Quote W.M.B.: 13 "First thing, Mr. Mason, as my duty to
God, I owe Him my tithes. I want to pay Him my tithings first." (Christ
Revealed In His Own Word 65-0822m).
TITHES IS FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT TOO
Quote W.M.B.: "I believe in paying tithes… You say,
"That's of the Old Testament." It is of the New Testament too. Yes, sir."
(Questions And Answers 64-0823e).
TITHES IS TO GO TO THE MINISTER
Quote W.M.B.: 680-Q-161 "Tithes is to go to the
minister. That's right… In the Old Testament… all the tithings went to
their priests, their pastors. Yes, tithings are to go for nothing else. I
know people take their tithes and give them to a widow woman. That's wrong. If
you've got anything to give the widow woman, give her, but don't give her
God's money. That's not yours in the first place. That's God's." (Questions
And Answers 61-1015m).
"But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as
an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to
inherit."(Numbers 18: 24-26).
Quote W.M.B.: "But when you pay tithings... Really,
where you owe tithings is where you get your food. "Bring ye all your
tithings into My storehouse, saith the Lord. (That right?) And prove Me
wherein saith God, that if I'll not open the windows of heaven and pour out a
blessing that you would not have room enough to receive it." I challenge any
man or woman that's not a tithe payer to accept that." (Questions And Answers
Question # 650: "Who is to pay
tithes? Is it for only workers, or is a child also suppose to pay tithes from
his pocket money given him or her by the parents?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: Tithes paying is
for both Old Testament and New Testament (Malachi 3 and Matthew 23:23).
Christians will pay their tithes. It's their obligation.
Working people must pay their tithes; it is one tenth of their take home
salary and not gross income before taxes and other governmental charges.
Children should be taught to pay their tithes from all their allowances,
and when they grow older, they would not depart from it.
Question # 651: "On what are you
suppose to pay tithes?"
Some pay tithes after instalments for car, house etc. are taken out by the
bank. This is wrong.
Tithes must be paid from all cash incomes, salary, gifts, inheritance etc.
Tithes should not be paid on government taxes and other compulsory
charges, but on tax return money.
Question # 652: "Is it right to
pay tithes to any minister?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: No, it is not
right to pay tithes to any minister, such as hirelings and false
prophets. If someone has a home church, they owe their tithes to that ministry,
church, pastor etc. If they do not have a home church, they can pay their tithes
to any faithful minister. If you pay your tithes to heretics, it will support
heresies and the kingdom of Satan.
Question # 653: "Are you out of
the faith if you fail to pay tithes?"
E.O.D.H. Answer: Tithe paying is
a part of the faith like any other ordinance: communion, feet washing etc. To be
in the faith, a Christian must be faithful to such ordinances.
Question # 653B: "Around the
message there is a prevailing attitude of ministers living luxuriously, because
of much income through tithes, offerings and special collections of funds. Is
E.O.D.H. Answer: : Absolutely
not! This is a spirit of the Catholic Church and other organizations,
which patterned after that and inherited that Judas spirit. A minister around
the message who manifests such attitude cares more about himself, the
wool of the sheep and not the salvation of the sheep. A minister that
really loves the sheep will feed them as Jesus commanded, and would live in such
a manner that would not cause the sheep to stumble. He will separate himself
very far from what is manifested in way of luxury, by the religious world and
The correct example of a minister using tithes and offerings is found
in Jesus our Lord, Paul the apostle, other apostles and the prophet William
Branham. They did not live in Luxury with big homes, expensive motor vehicles,
helicopters, airplanes and joy riding around the world. All lived as the common
saints. They refused to take cash gifts and material things from the people, on
occasions. This was done that the gospel would have the effects on people lives
by their ministry, even as the Lord Jesus, and not be placed in the same
category, as money loving preachers.
All ministers are not contented with food and raiment, and the average
necessities of life. When they come to the ministry of Christ and are given
power over money, they show their true colours and greed for this natural world,
even like Judas Iscariot manifested and was destroyed.
Some ministers, who are true to the cause of the gospel, are led away by the
ambitious and greedy appetites of their families, and patterns after the world.
They use tithes in a luxurious manner, to eat, drink and make merry, even
without restraint; buy expensive items and are not conservative because they
have access to church finance, which rightfully belongs to the ministry. Such
ministers become self-centred and do not share with other ministers and poorer
saints of their own churches, and far less with others.
A true servant of God would share the tithes with the rest of the
five-fold ministry and give to the poorer saints. He will be fully conscious not
to live luxuriously, but will be in fear and trembling that he does not
stumble a soul out of the way, by such living. He will treat the tithes
and offerings as the Lord's money, and will be fully conscious, knowing
that he will one day give an account for it. He will handle such funds with
respect, reverence and a lack of greed. He will treat it as hard earn labours,
and will be mindful of saving and not wasting a penny of the Lord's money, which
can be used for the sake of the gospel. Message ministers are patterning after
the rich, educated, social and religious system of organizations.