One more question about tithing:
There are a few Christian charities that I mail checks to … organizations that are helping Christians in the middle east. Since I am mailing a check (along with all of the personal data that is printed on a check ie name, address, etc) I am not giving “in secret” as the bible says. Is this wrong? It is only a “secret” from my family and friends. Your advice would be welcomed.
The people you write checks to you don’t know you and have no way of telling your family and friends how generous you are. If they’re like most ministries, they thank the Lord for your gift because they know that’s who motivated you to give it. Therefore you’re getting no public recognition for giving. Your secret is safe.