The LDS church often cites the old testament to back up its claims about the practice of tithing; Abraham paying tithes to Melchizedek, and the windows of heaven opening. How was tithing practiced in the ancient world, and does it resemble the modern tithe in Christian churches today?
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I was told by a recently called ward Relief Society President that the new policy regarding church welfare when someone goes to the ward for hep is as follows. 1. Get a better job. 2. Go back to school so you can get a better job. 3. Ask a family member for assistance. 4. Apply for government welfare BUT…..she was told in this meeting “Of course, we’d never let you go hungry!” I remember the day when the church’s welfare system was something to marvel. Dignitaries were often taken to Welfare Square to see how we “provide for our own”. Now needy members have to go through a humiliating 5 step process before the ward will help them out. This is absolutely an abomination coming from a church with billions of dollars, ‘Saving the wealth for a rainy day!” Today is a “rainy day” for many members. Truly, one must ask, “Is saving for a Rainy Day ” what Jesus would do with the money?????
I have a funny story about the bishop’s storehouse that I forgot to mention in that episode. Maybe I’ll share it next week. The only time I ever went to the bishops storehouse was right after getting a promotion at work and it came with a brand new company car 2018 at the time. I rolled up to the storehouse and loaded up a bunch of groceries into a brand new car. Internally I was laughing the whole time wondering if the workers there were judging me for having a brand new car and getting assistance.
Thanks for the comment. The number of hoops that people have to jump through are ridiculous. I understand asking some questions and getting to know a person’s situation, but the whole process is so invasive.