Date: November 28, 2017 11:21AM
“Tithing: it's just the start” could be LDS’s catch-phrase
Mormon tithing historicity, along with its succeeding perversions and changes over time (even comparing tithing slips’ fine print over decades), “tithing settlement” (sounds like a law! or a refugee crisis), as it is preached in Mormonism today, is rife with unreasonable expectations/ punishments/ extortions/ orders/ commands/ demands/ promises/ false-scriptures, ignorance (of truth-facts), lies and misinformation and is LDSinc’s way to get what it wants out of its followers (pants down, bent over, OPEN WALLETS) and what it needs to operate (on the hearts of its members): EXCEEDING WEALTH and [the appearance of] POWER [over its members, otherwise they wouldn't be fearful and OBEY], a LARGE - but EMPTY - agenda, and millions of blind eyes and followers/ supporters [Whose lives it strives to tarnish, ruin and lay to waste].
Think about tithing the way it is supposed to be portrayed, preached, and 'practiced' - increase! You don't increase every day/ week/ month/ year, etc. and so you don't Pay The Church NEAR as much (or as often, and without fanfare or interviews) as you think you suppose you do or as Much as it wants, expects or thinks you should.
2% is MUCH more common [in traditional churches (much less cults)] and given freely - without demand - for the church to DO GOOD, as it should.
Are we paying TOO MUCH tithing?
"If paying tithing means that you can’t pay for water or electricity, pay tithing. If paying tithing means that you can’t pay your rent, pay tithing. Even if paying tithing means that you don’t have enough money to feed your family, pay tithing." (Aaron L. West, Sacred Transformations, December 201
First, some background: On December 7, 1836, Bishop Edward Partridge and his counselors officially defined tithing as 2 percent of the net worth of each member of the church, after deducting debts. This money was put to covering the operating expenses of the Church, and it appears to have been adequate for a time. Still, this was man's law, not God's. Apparently no one in the young Church had thought to ask God about it yet, so He had not weighed in on the matter.
Two years later, when the Church was eight years old, some 15,000 converts had already emigrated from their homes and gathered to Missouri, the new Zion. Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, who constituted the First Presidency at the time, were spending all their time dealing with and settling this huge flow of immigrants, to the exclusion of being able to provide a living for their own families. Things were at a point where Joseph and Sidney must either be compensated for their time, or they were both going to have to stop what they were doing and go out and get a real job. On May 12th the two men took the matter before the High Council of the Church. George W. Robinson recorded the minutes:...
The High Council voted eleven to one (George Hinkle vigorously opposed "a salaried ministry") to further contract the two men for their services, being careful to note that the money was "not for preaching or for receiving the word of God by revelation, neither for instructing the Saints in righteousness," but for work in the "printing establishment, in translating the ancient records, &c, &c." (ibid.)
Richard S. Van Wagoner, in his biography of Sidney Rigdon, further explains:
After negotiations, they agreed to offer Rigdon and Smith an annual contract of $1,100 apiece, more than three times what the average worker of the day could earn. Ebenezer Robinson, the High Council's clerk, later wrote that "when it was noised abroad that the Council had taken such a step, the members of the Church, almost to a man, lifted their voices against it. The expression of disapprobation was so strong and emphatic that at the next meeting of the High Council, the resolution voting them a salary was rescinded." (Richard S. Van Wagoner, Sidney Rigdon, Pg 230.)