Systematic Benevolence Related to the Tithe
This plan, developed by leading men in the church, became known from the outset as "Systematic Benevolence." Almost from the first the close relation of Systematic Benevolence to the tithe was observed. In early 1861 James White, in a little-known and short-lived printed sheet, referred to the Systematic Benevolence as the tithe.
We propose that the friends give a tithe, or a tenth of their income, estimating their income at 10 percent of what they possess (Good Samaritan, January 1861).
Next come the personal donations. Let the young men who have no taxable property come up nobly here, also the young women (RH, Apr. 9, 1861).