Pilgrim said:
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IF people give larger 'tithes' to a church mainly because they can get a tax right off, what does that say about the giver?

Of course, nobody should give larger taxes just to get a larger tax right off; I would agree it does not say much about the giver.
However, that is not what I am talking about.

You give because God wants you to and out of joy to support His Church. However, it makes a lot of sense to claim what you give on your taxes. I see it as good stewardship. unless of course it is at the expense of giving the government the right to tell the Church what it can and can not do.

Of course concerning the later point, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is supposed to take care of that; but it is being trampled on.

Tom