Single Mother sent 1,000 bill for Church Tithe

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Attending church has truly change  over the years. One single mother from Tampa, Florida, was church demanded to pay $1,000 in delinquent tithes or be removed from the church’s roll.

According to WFTS-TV, Candace Petterson began attending Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in February 2015.

However, she recently received a notice from the church which claims that she owes $1,000 and must pay in order to remain a member. The church requires that members pay a $50 monthly fee along with a $250 anniversary fee and $150 Mount Moriah Day fee.

The church wanted Petterson’s kids to pay up, too. Her 11-year-old daughter was required to pay $5 per month and two annual $15 fees.

Petterson posted her $1,000 bill from the church on her Facebook page and was blasted by some church members who viewed her act as being a “disobedient” Christian.

Patterson wrote: “if I knew a church charged 50.00 a month I would have never joined…especially if I’m a single parent trying to make ends meet…

The church maintains that the money is used to pay off the church’s debt. However, it’s illegal for a church to require members to tithe if the church is tax exempt.

Patterson told ABC News, “It’s like you say to me, if you want to be a member of this church, you need to pay this. If you want to find God, it don’t say anything like that in the Bible.”

Petterson is currently looking for a new place of worship.