Is tithing still applicable in todays world?

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No, itu2019s not and itu2019s always kind of rubbed me the wrong way, this tithing thing.

Iu2019ve lived for many years in the Philippines and I recall this church called Iglesia ni Cristo in which members are required to give 10% of their monthly income to the Church, as well as additional donations.

,Meanwhile the leadership of this church flies private jets worth billions of Philippine pesos.

Paid for by the donations of their often dirt-poor flock.

Iu2019ve seen the same issues in America, with Evangelical leaders flying jets and living luxuriously on the dime of their followers.

But the situation is all the more jarring when you see it taking place in a third world country where many people literally struggle to survive each day, making each bill count, often going days without proper meat or vegetables and living off of noodles with, on a good day, an egg at best.

,And it gets worse, too u2014 the political influence of cults like the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in the Philippines is massive.

The church leader, Eduardo Manalo (grandson of founding father Felix Manalo) publicly endorsed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Church members are expected to vote for whoever the church endorses.

Millions of u2018block-votesu2019 tend to result in whoever INC officials endorse, to win the elections.

After Duterte won, Manalo was made u201cspecial envoy for Overseas Workersu201d by the Filipino president.

The corruption is palpable, the greed enormous and the shadiness of it all, down right legendary.