If you were to read the entry on tithing in the Church book, True to the Faith, you’d notice something very peculiar. The actual scripture that the current law of tithing is based on is not in the entry. There is a reference to D&C 120: 1, which is the revelation creating the Council on the Disposition of Tithes and there is a reference to Malachi 3: 10, which talks about the blessings promised to the ancients who gave tithes and offerings to the poor (“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house,”) and there is a reference to 1 Nephi 4: 1, which has nothing whatsoever to do with tithing, but merely talks about having faith in God’s commandments. Why, I wonder, isn’t the actual revelation on tithing mentioned in this book?
Another curious thing I’ve noticed is that whenever blessings of tithing are mentioned, either Malachi 3: 10 is quoted (which has nothing to do with the current law of tithing which we have, but was a blessing promised to the children of Israel for charitable donations to the poor,) or D&C 64: 23 is quoted (which is the oft quoted “fire insurance” verse, but that also is dealing with charitable donations and not the currently practiced law of tithing.) In fact, in virtually no talk given in sacrament meeting or in ward or stake or general conference, or even in classes, is the actual revelation on tithing either quoted, referenced or discussed. In those talks in which it is mentioned, it is only in the briefest of terms, giving nothing more than a snippet.
What is it about D&C 119 (the revelation on tithing) that has all the speakers tight-lipped? I hope to discuss this in part two.
In the meantime, has anyone else noticed the lack of section 119 being cited and discussed?
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