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“Tax Deductible Pt. 3”


(This question is a follow-up to “Tax Deductible Pt. 2”)

So... if this line of reason is followed, it is NOT acceptable for me to give financially on say, Friday or Tuesday?  Was it not just out of convenience that they were told to collect when they met together on the first day of the week?

Cheerful Giver

Dear Cheerful Giver,

1 Cor 16:1-2 is a commandment for how a congregation is supposed to collect funds.  An individual has the freedom to give to any cause and any need whenever they please (Gal 6:10), but a congregation should never solicit funds except on Sunday and only from its members.  There are commands for individual christians, and there are commands for congregations.  1 Cor 16:1-2 specifically says that it is a command to local churches.  The Scriptures never say that the timing was only a matter of convenience; instead, they specifically state that it was an apostolic command.  We are warned to not go beyond what is written in the Scriptures (1 Cor 4:6).  If we begin to say that certain Bible commands are only issues of convenience – we are stating something that can’t be found in the Scriptures.