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  1. I note that someone used Malachi to justify 10% giving. (I used that same scripture while on my mission to teach people to tithe 10%) It intrigues me, nowadays, that many faiths use this passage as evidence God wants people to tithe 10%, but they ignore other parts of the 613 Jewish Law commands as somehow being *fulfilled*. The Malachi passage is also taken completely out of context. It is an admonition against *priestly* corruption. It was the priests who were misusing the 10% of 10% that they received at the temple (the other 90% being kept at local levels to feed Priest
  2. In the UK, historically, and particularly pre-industrial revolution and in mediaeval times, there are records of alms houses, orphanages, and hospitals provided by the church for the relief of the poor and sick. The church also had a part to play in providing education for children... wasn't perfect by any means. Didn't religious foundations provide for the health care of the vulnerable and poor in the States before insurance companies came in and rocked the boat?
  3. Because the author of Matthew concludes that chapter (25) with this.. "Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty an
  4. It's on page 31. The balance is £3.004 million (not 4 to 5). Apologies for getting that wrong, been a while since it came up in discussion elsewhere. I have an English friend who reviews the figures every year.
  5. In the UK, the church is regarded as a Charity, and so must file returns with the Charity Commission (not that difficult, and I was a volunteer responsible for ensuring the balance sheet of a small playgroup charity was filed with the Commission). What surprised me about the LDS filing is that about 4 to 5 million had been donated by UK members into humanitarian aid, but has just been sitting there in the bank for years. At some point they'll need to consider worthy causes deserving of help.
  6. For interest... https://www.ft.com/content/d87f60ec-3cbc-11e7-821a-6027b8a20f23 This details the success of the C of E endowment fund, the interest it made, and its endeavours to invest ethically. It also outlined how a % of the fund is dispersed. " The investment fund supports the work and mission of the Church of England, including responsibilities for bishops, some cathedral costs, clergy pay and pensions. In 2016, it contributed £231m or about 15 per cent of the Church’s overall mission and ministry costs. The Church‘s ethical investment policy dictate
  7. There seems to be mixed opinions among tax specialists as to whether EPA has kept within the law.
  8. But, all types come with a legal expectation to do charitable work from time to time?
  9. Thanks. On page 30, Reference 13, he acknowledges that it is difficult for a whistleblower to know whether EPA is type I, II or III supporting organisation?
  10. If Ensign Peak is an endowment fund, then it seems to have a number of options as to how it is set up legally. The only reference I can find so far (forgive me if this has already been highlighted) is this.. NAICS Code: 8132 NAICS Title: 8132-Grantmaking and Giving Services So EPA has been classified as per the above, which does seem to suggest that it's purpose is to disburse funds as grants and giving? https://secure.utah.gov/bes/details.html?entity=1376719-0140
  11. I found this reference to Endowment Funds. An interesting read. https://www.globalphilanthropic.com/blog/2017/05/endowments-why-your-charity-needs-one-and-how-to-get-one/
  12. *but if he tell you to give on behalf of others in want*.. that's the most important part of the text you quote. *others in want*. If they ask for monies to alleviate the poor and vulnerable, like the widow and orphan, the sick, the blind... whole different matter... That passage indicates that the admonition to take care of the poor rather than judge them for their poverty, was central to the early Christian message. It's the crown of Matthew's message in Chapter 25.
  13. Bernard, the Didache is probably a text with more than one author, but its dating is between 50 CE and then up to the early part of the 2nd Century. It's view of the Eucharist is entirely fascinating, but that's a different subject.
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