The entire tithe of the herd and flock–every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod–will be holy to the LORD. Lev. 27:32.
The age old question: do you tithe on the gross or the net salary? You need to decide that before the Lord. Since the shepherd lost some sheep to wolves, and some to disease, it appears that the tithe comes from the net. (An aside, I never took any economy or accounting courses in school. However, I have been schooled by Bill Gates’ favorite teacher: Salman Khan. Sal teaches classes on You Tube at the Khan Academy. Here is a sample 13 minute class on business. This is well worth your time! It taught me the difference between Gross profit and Net profit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxsYHiDVNlk&feature=fvsr
Here is the best way that I found to handle my tithe. At your bank, set up a saving account that is dedicated to the Lord. All the money that goes in here is holy. It belongs to the Lord. We call it the Lord’s Account. Call the payroll department at the YLSC (or your company), and ask them to set up a direct deposit into the Lord’s Account. Tell them the amount or percentage that you want to go into this account each month. Presto! On the first day of the month, the Lord’s tithe is in His account before you pay your first bill. You live on the 90%.
Knowing the Lord’s grace, I believe (you ask Him) if you are in a financial crunch, and don’t think there is any way in the world that you can live on 90%, then pick some percentage to live on with a dedicated determination that you will raise the tithe 1% every 6 months until you are giving the whole tithe. I have seen that there is an umbrella of protection that comes to a tithing family. We have more than enough after 40 years in ministry and living on a single income, having put 3 kids through college. (They all came away with college debt)
Please give me your comments below:
Do you think the tithe (10%) needs to go through your church?