Are the members of the Church of Christ―Iglesia ni Cristo compelled to give ten percent of their earnings or wealth to the Church?    Do the Iglesia ni Cristo practice tithing?
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"On the giving of tithes"

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, July 2002, p.2

I ATTENDED A worship service in your church and noticed you are collecting monetary contributions, Are your members compelled to give ten percent of their earnings or wealth to the Church? Do you practice tithing?

Derick Manning
Berkeley, California, USA

Editor's reply:

The members of the Church of Christ give voluntary contributions during congregational worship services. However, contrary to what some people believe we do not practice the giving of tithes. Neither are we being forced to give our contributions.   We  give our offerings on a voluntary basis, out of our faith and understanding of the biblical teaching concerning religious offerings. The Apostle Paul teaches:

Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give. A person should not give if it makes him sad. And a person should not give if he thinks he is forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily." (II Cor. 9:7, Easy-to-Read Version)

This is the teaching that applies to the Christian era. God's people are not mandated to give a specific percentage of their earnings or a particular amount of their wealth. Each one should give according to what he has decided in heart. Hence, tithing is not practiced in the Church of Christ of Christ.

Furthermore; we give our offerings to please God. If we give grudgingly or sadly, He wouldn't be pleased because He wants us to give happily and willingly. Hence, offerings should be voluntary and not compulsory.



Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.

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