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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    Tithes and Offerings

    “Rob not God by withholding from him your tithes and offerings. It is the first sacred duty to render to God a suitable proportion. Let no one throw in his claims and lead you to rob God. Let not your children steal your offerings from God’s altar for their own benefit....COOD 108.3

    “I saw that in the arrangement of systematic benevolence, hearts will be tested and proved. It is a constant, living test. It brings one to understand his own heart, to see whether the truth or the love of the world predominates. Here is a test for the naturally selfish and covetous. They will put down their possessions at very low figures. Here they dissemble. Said the angel, ‘Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully.’ Angels are watching the development of character, and the acts of such are carried to heaven by the heavenly messengers. Some will be visited of God for these things, and their increase will be brought down to their figures. ‘There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that witholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth shall be watered also himself....’COOD 108.4

    “This tithing system, I saw would develop character, and manifest the true state of the heart. If the brethren ... have this matter presented before them in its true bearing, and are left to decide for themselves, they will see wisdom and order in the tithing system.”-Vol. I, pages 221, 222, 237.COOD 109.1

    With a slight modification of keeping account of actual income and giving one tenth of that to the cause of God, the system introduced in 1858 is still carried out. It supplies a steady flow of means into the treasury for the gospel work. Note that from the first the Testimony called it tithes that should be rendered to the Lord.COOD 109.2

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