STAND ALONE NARRATIVE
Individual Name Customization of Tithe Envelope in Redeem Church
Good day Stella.
Hubby and I just joined redeem church in my area this year. We stopped going to winners chapel Canaanland because of distance. We have no problem with the church services. Am not working yet, only my hubby pays tithe so i did not notice anything. But what i observed was that any day he paid his tithe, he was always moody throughout that day. I summoned courage to ask him one day and what he told me was unbelievable. He said the first time he wanted to pay tithe as per the way it is being done in our former church, he asked for an envelope.
To his surprise he was given a brown customized envelope with a space to write his full name and boxes to thick each month after paying his tithe. He felt uncomfortable at first but overlooked it, put his tithe in the envelope and dropped it inside the tithe basket.
After the service, he went to meet the lady in charge of the tithe because she once introduced herself, and to his surprise, he saw her bringing out the tithe from the customized envelop one by one and registering it in a book with the amount beside each name and estimating the monthly income. He said he was furious and asked why she was doing that.
She said that is how they do in the church. It helps them know how much each member is paying as tithe and to call to order when individual tithe is not regular. My hubby said he politely told her that they are intruding into his privacy as such doing and meddling into his business with God.
He said there is no biblical justification for what they are doing. The next month he wanted to pay tithe, he said he did not collect the brown envelop but instead picked the normal white offering envelop and wrote tithe in one corner and dropped it in the offering basket( not the tithe basket), and to his surprise, after the service, the lady in charge of the tithe record came to meet him that " sir have you paid your tithe?" and hubby replied her that he has paid. And she replied OK....your tithe was found in the offering basket.
I knew it was yours because after i checked my record, i noticed i haven't ticked the box for your tithe this month and while checking the offering basket i saw a tithe envelop there, i checked and i knew it was yours because you paid so and so amount last month. When hubby got home, he told me he wanted to flare up and told them loudly that they are intruding into his privacy.....taking record of his finances and he doesn't appreciate that.
Now he told me that he will ask for biblical reference to the manner tithe is being collected in that church and if it can't be proved he will start taking his tithe to another church but still worship with them. If there is an objection to worshiping with them, but paying his tithe elsewhere....then he would outrightly stopped going to that church.
My questions are:
1) Is this applicable to all redeem church
2) Was my hubby right to have objected to the way tithe is being collected.
3) Is it possible to worship in a church and pay tithe elsewhere, since it is a business btw him and God and he still honors it.
Stella please this is urgent as my hubby wants to take his decision and i don't even know what to tell him. A lot of people are confused in their christian work because of various doctrines that are not biblical. He introduced me to your blog many years ago and i know he will read this.