Is "Increase Tithing" Valid?
NCW 20, June 1995
Q. I am used to paying "increase tithing" [10% after tax and living expenses]. Can I pay this form of tithing?
In the NCCG you can pay whatever you like or not at all. The NCCG does not expect its members to pay anything. It teaches each member of be personally obedient to the Word and to be led by the Holy Spirit and their own consciences. So whether you pay one of the three methods of tithing, give free-will offerings, or give nothing at all, that is up to you. You are a free agent.
In the Priesthood we expect Nett Tithing to be paid as a condition of membership of this division of God's Church though members of this body may pay Gross tithing too. This has been determined by apostolic authority and is the rule that is followed. This means in practice that those paying Increase Tithing would not be eligible to partake of the Lord's Supper or to hold positions of authority in the NCCG, and this to protect them so that they do not "drink damnation to their souls", for they have a greater knowledge of the Gospel and a responsibility to set a good example to unordained members.
Those coming to the Holy Order are required to continue to pay Nett Tithing until such a time as they are called to live the United Order, which is only practiced in Zionic communities.
So, yes, you can pay Increase Tithing if you wish though this would not entitle you to Priesthood leadership positions (Deaconate or Eldership) or membership in a Zionic community.
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