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Thanks for Q&A. It is great to read all the questions and answers.
My question is,
When you give money to your church isn’t it wrong to turn around and take it as write off on your tax return? It doesn’t really seem like your giving if your just getting it back every year. I personally don’t claim that money it seems I’m not really giving. What’s your advice—thanks in advance.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Chris thank you for the question and you are very welcome. As always we thank our readers for submitting questions so we can provide this section of our site!
If a church decides to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit (which I do not agree with) then you are entitled to deduct your donation from your taxes. If you donate $20 and you deduct that from your taxes your are not really getting back the $20 you donated. You do get back a portion of it though. In either case, do what you wish, but I do not think it is wrong for you to take the tax deduction.
Question: I have recently been approached by a neighbor/friend questioning me on my recent declaration of faith in our Father and Jesus Christ. I am not yelling on any street corners or anything like that but have posted to Face Book our fathers word a few times. As you may remember I am new to our Father’s word as I answered a penetrating call a few months ago. I am not sure how to handle this as listening to Pastor Murray he always states to plant a seed but gently. (something like that) This child of God is very lost and does not believe and I know that I need to lend a hand to her but she is challenging me and I am not sure how to point her in the right direction. She claims the Bible is the most violent and sexual book of fiction ever written. She remembers when I was not a believer but believed in a supreme being and studied Buddhism. I have made our Father a huge part of my life and constantly pray to him for guidance on every part of my life.
Do you have any suggestions?
Also I would like to tithe to your ministry, I do not see anywhere on this website or the older Shepherd’s Chapel website information as to how this is done. I live remotely and do not have a church that teaches the bible chapter by chapter verse by verse so you are my church. I listen to Shepherd’s Chapel every morning and I cannot tell you how much your teachings have helped me learn to walk in the light of love of our Father and abide by his laws.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Patty thank you for the question. Let me open stating we are not the Shepherd’s Chapel nor are we affiliated with them.
Our site is World Events and the Bible and no we do not take donations at this time.
Now to your question. I think it is absolutely wonderful that you have now devoted your life to our Father. Further, I love that you ask for guidance in your life from Him as well.
Is your friend challenging you in a positive way or a negative way? If I were in your situation I would point them to the beginning. We have a study on this topic titled, “The World That Was, The First Earth Age“. Many atheists disregard the Bible as Christians commonly believe the world is only 6,000 years old which we know is not the case. The referenced study will document that for you and give your friend a good place to start.
If your friend wants to learn, teach them what you know. If they ask a question you do not have the answer to tell them you will find the answer for them. You can use us as a resource for that and we will document the answer in the scriptures. Then you can take that information back to your friend.
Just plant those seeds as Pastor Murray used to say. Do not force them to grow. Just plant the seeds and let them be. If it is our Father’s Will they will grow and that person will start to inquire more about God’s Word.
Keep up the good work Patty.
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