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Does Ted Cruz Have a Tithe Problem?

The media are reporting that Sen. Ted Cruz may have a tithe problem. For the uninitiated, a tithe is ten percent of a person’s income. Actually, the Bible says it’s on the “increase.”

Some Christians argue that the tithe is no longer applicable under the New Covenant. Then there’s the debate over whether it’s on net income or gross.

“There is reason to doubt the political potency of the tithing issue. Within evangelical Christianity, there are various interpretations of what the Bible actually teaches when it comes to tithes and offerings. Does it include only donations to churches, or do contributions to all charities count? Should it be paid on pre-tax income or will net suffice? But by virtually any measure, research suggests that very few evangelicals contribute a full one-tenth of their income — a reality that might complicate any effort to stoke outrage over Cruz’s supposed shortcomings on this front.”

Does it matter if the President of the United States tithes?

“It’s hard to say God is first in your life if he’s last in your budget,” former Pastor Mike Huckabee told BuzzFeed News.

I want to know if the President will or will not pick my pocket. I’ll bet you that many of the people who are criticizing Sen. Cruz for not tithing have no problem using the government to take money from me to help them pay for the education of their children.

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How many pastors who support tithing have ever preached a sermon on the confiscatory practices of the federal government that many of their church members support and benefit from?

There are farmers in Iowa, many of them probably church goers, who may have opposed Sen. Cruz for not supporting ethanol subsidies or farm subsidies generally.

Subsidies pick my pocket. Someone not tithing does not.

It’s none of my business how someone spends his money as long as it’s his money. It is my business how someone votes to spend my money.

The Clintons donated more than ten percent of their income, and Hillary has no problem raising taxes, spending more money, and supporting Planned Parenthood with my hard earned money.

So who’s more “authentic,” a word Mike Huckabee used for someone who does not tithe — the person who does not tithe and yet votes not to take money from Americans and spend it on unconstitutional and immoral programs, or the person who does tithe and confiscates my money and redistributes it to people who have no right to it?

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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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