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The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Tithe
Plain Truth Magazine
April 1973
Volume: Vol XXXVIII, No.4
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The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Tithe
Herbert W Armstrong   
Church of God

Born: July 31, 1892
Died: January 16, 1986
Member Since: 1928
Ordained: 1931
Office: Apostle

Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Worldwide Church of God in the late 1930s, as well as Ambassador College in 1946, and was an early pioneer of radio and tele-evangelism, originally taking to the airwaves in the 1930s from Eugene, Oregon.

It was late in 1933 - the very depth of the great depression. Ed Smith was a well-driller by profession, but nobody seemed able to afford to have wells drilled. Ed and his wife, Emma, attended services I was then holding in a one room country schoolhouse –twelve miles west of Eugene, Oregon. Ed made no profession of Christianity until later. But he attended services and went up and down the countryside discussing Bible doctrines with his professing Christian neighbors. "You've got to pay tithes and obey God," he insisted. "The Bible says so. It's PLAIN!" One of his neighbors became irritated. "Look here, Ed," the neighbor exploded, "why do you come around here trying to talk me into these things, when you don't obey the Bible or pay tithes yourself?" "Because," came Ed's quick and ready answer, "I don't profess to be a Christian, and you do. Besides," he added, "I can't afford to tithe, anyway."

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Plain Truth MagazineApril 1973Vol XXXVIII, No.4
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