Are those that are disabled and on welfare have to pay tithing?

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

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Dear Gramps,

I would like to know if members who are disabled and on welfare have to pay tithing, and if so, how much. I need to know. Please give me an answer. Thank you and God bless you.

Sister Aubuchon

Dear Gramps,

Is it right that people on welfare or on disability should pay tithing? Pleases give an answer, I need to know. Thank you.

Sunshine Lady

Dear Sisters,

Tithing is a principle of the gospel in the same sense as all the other principles. Do you think it would be all right not to take the name of God in vain except when angry; or to honor one’s father and mother except when they treated you unfairly; or not to steal except when in need; or not to bear false witness except when it was to one’s advantage to hide the truth? Should we only pay tithing when we are affluent? Obedience to the word of God should be without exception, and when we obey the Father we are always and without exception blessed for our obedience.

There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. (D&C 130:20-21)

And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you. (Mosiah 2:22)

The blessings associated with the payment of tithing are specifically declared, and benefit particularly those who are in financial need.

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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:10-11)

It doesn’t take extra money to pay tithing, it just takes extra faith. If we trust in the Lord and put ourselves in His care, exposing ourselves to His providence, He will provide for all our needs. He won’t promise that we will become rich, not because being poor in itself is a blessing; but how many of us who, if were amply endowed financially, would remember the Lord and would remain humble and be free with our bounty? There is a particular blessing promised to those who have the faith to be obedient to the Lord when such obedience represents a personal sacrifice.

For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. (D&C 58:2)

But the practical question is, How shall we survive, if we don’t have enough for the necessities of life, and yet pay our tithing? He who is a full tithe payer and who keeps the other commandments of the Lord has call upon the Lord’s storehouse for his sustenance. I would recommend that if you are in such need, that you put the payment of tithing at the top of your list of bills to pay each month. Take your tithing to your bishop, explain to him your circumstance, and as the Lord’s representative he will counsel you in how to manage your affairs, and will use the supplies that are at his disposition in the Lord’s storehouse for your benefit as he deems appropriate.

Gramps

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Tithing is a principle of the gospel in the same sense as all the other principles. Do you think it would be all right not to take the name of God in vain except when angry.
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    If you are already on church assistance for food, and you still cannot make your bills while getting some government assistance, who can we pay tithing when we are already in the hole to start with. If you were making say 1500 net per month, then lose wages down to 1000, and your monthly bills are more than you take in even after food is taken care of, what is more important, power and water or tithing? The blessing of heaven are great but when you have children keeping the water and lights on to me seems more pressing. As mentioned in the UK, the church refuses to help with bills other than food. I am in that situation and have asked for help and was told that food would be provided for and nothing else, but even though when sitting with the bishop he could see there was a shortfall after the food assistance, he reminded me I was expected to still pay tithing which will put me even further behind and unable to make all my bills.
    I am actively seeking another job, a 2nd job, but until I get one, I pay tithing or I pay utilities.

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