“Of all our income we should make the first appropriation to God.” C.S. 68
WCAS (World Church Affirmation Sabbath) began and continues as an audible voice in support for the world church of Seventh-day Adventists. Because the issue of offerings/fund raising have never been at the forefront of our focus; because each event, now spreading across the country, has always self-funded with a single offering collection, WCAS hasn’t needed to address the issue of tithing.
However questions are beginning to arise and already inaccurate assumptions are being made. Clarification has become necessary.
In the same way that WCAS supports the world church of SDA’s, we urge that members follow the Fundamental Belief, No. 21 entitled, “Stewardship,” in which we are held responsible to God for the proper use of the blessings and resources with which He entrusts each of us. That includes “returning titles and offerings for the proclamation of His gospel and support and growth of His church.”
“The special system of tithing was founded upon a principle which is as enduring as the law of God. This system of tithing was a blessing to the Jews, else God would not have given it them. So also will it be a blessing to those who carry it out to the end of time.” 3T, p.404-405
Malachi 3:10 clearly states where tithes are to go – “into the storehouse.”
WCAS has not and will not accept any donation of tithe. Any offerings given beyond tithe are gratefully accepted, however, tax-deductible receipts cannot be provided. In May of 2017, WCAS filed for and received a non-profit organization status in the state of Washington however WCAS does not have a 501 (C) (3) status.
On a personal note, I like what Christ says in Matthew 5:24 --- “Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way.” The phrase “go thy way” tells me all will be well with the funds returned to God. I can almost imagine Christ continuing on with a reassurance for to those who are concerned today --
‘Don’t look back. Don’t worry where it goes.
Don’t fret over who handles it. I’ll take care of it now.
Remember, it’s was Mine first.’
Tithing is not giving. It is returning. We must have faith and be content that the “storehouse” is under divine management. And beyond the “storehouse” there is a blessing in additional giving.