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Results from a study by the national Association of Evangelicals show that a majority of evangelical leaders do not believe the Bible requires Christians to tithe. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents said they do not think giving 10 percent of their income is mandated by New Testament teaching, while 42 percent said they did. Many of those surveyed clarified their response by stating they Christians should give out of generosity, with most affirming that they give at least ten percent.

Dr. Kurt Fredrickson, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Seminary in California said he is hearing a lot of leaders advocate “whole life stewardship.” He points to John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement who gave away about 90 percent of his income and lived on the remaining ten. Dr. Fredrickson believes stewardship involves many things. He said, “It is about how we give our whole selves to God, which includes money of course, but also our time and gifts.” He added, ”There is certainly the sense that the way we spend our money says an awful lot about who we are as a person.”

Most Evangelical Leaders Say Tithe Not Required by Bible, http://www.christianpost.com/news/most-evangelical-leaders-say-tithe-not-required-by-bible-49744; April 7, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (CEV) “Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don't feel sorry that you must give and don't feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. (8) God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others.”

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