|Secular Education:||B.S. Degree in Accounting - Fresno State College|
Doctor of Biblical Studies - ULC Modesto
Doctor of Divinity
Certified Professional Money and Finance Minister
Cost Accountant - 1 year
Tax Auditor for the State of California - 22+ years
Tax Preparer - self employed - 2 years
Teacher - at a Christian school - one year fill-in
Having a strong background in accounting and taxation, the first time I heard a pastor tell his congregation they were to tithe on their gross income, I knew something was wrong. Since the term "gross income" is an accounting term, I knew it was unlikely the pastor, himself, even knew the definition. I also knew it was unlikely that many, if any, of the members of that church would know the definition. At the time, it didn't bother me too much, so I let it go.
Many years later, because of my background in accounting and taxation, I was asked to teach a Sunday School Class in Finances. It was at that time I decided I better learn everything about tithing that I can as the topic would have to be discussed in a finance class.
Before beginning my research and study, I prayed for guidance. Never before in my life had I felt the Spirit guiding me this way. The more I prayed, the more I understood. The Spirit led me to scripture that I never really noticed before, and gave me understanding like never before. Because of my background, I was able to recognize the difference between the words used in the scriptures and those being used by many pastors.
The material on this website is a result of that research and study. I have spent hundreds of hours making sure the material is relevant and accurate.
I hope you will take the time to read and study this material. It is my gift to those who will receive it. It is just one way I can give back for all that God has given me.
Brother Gary Arnold