Study: More Than Half of Christians Are Counting Secular Charity Donations as Tithing

While more than half of American Protestant Christians report tithing at least 10 percent of their income, not all tithes go to the Church, according to LifeWay.

A report from LifeWay found that many Christians believe that donating money to a non-church entity can count toward their tithes. Although 98 percent of Christians say that their tithe money goes directly to the Church, nearly half (48 percent) say it’s fine give it to Christian ministries instead, and up to 34 percent say that their tithing funds can instead go to a person in need. And notably, 18 percent say that donations to a secular charity are considered a part of their tithe.

Overall, 83 percent of believers think that tithing is a biblical command that still applies today, and only 8 percent disagree.

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Source: Relevant Magazine

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