According to a new Barna study, most pastors do not believe Christians are mandated to tithe 10 percent of their income.
The study, titled Revisiting the Tithe & Offering, revealed a minority of Americans who profess to be Christians give 10 percent of their income to their church.
The surveyed pastors held various views on the practice, including 70 percent who said tithing isn’t strictly financial and 33 percent who said the traditional10 percent is an acceptable tithe.
Another 21 percent of pastors did not encourage a specific amount of income in tithing, suggesting that it should simply be “enough to be considered sacrificial.” Meanwhile, about 20 percent of pastors believe Christians should tithe as much as they are willing.
According to The Christian Post, U.S. adults and Christians who partook in the Barna study did not fully understand the concept of tithing. As Christian Headlines previously reported, about two in five U.S. adults in the study knew…