I have published a new article on Associated Content on tithing called “Tithing and the Debate Over Free”. Here is an excerpt:
Believe it or not, there is an online debate over “free”. On Squidoo, an online social networking/blogging/create-your-own-webpage site, Seth Godin created a “lens” (Squidoo-speak for webpage) about “The FREE debate”. Godin, if you don’t know, is a marketer and best-selling author.
The digital age has made the cost of distribution so low that some have taken it for granted that many things should be free: News, YouTube clips, etc. In contrast, the music industry is particularly aggressive in pursuing copyright violations resulting from electronic distribution of “their” music.
…Perhaps not a “marketer” as we think of today, but there was an advertiser once who decided to give things away as well. He found the concept in the Bible, though, as in “freely ye have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8). This advertiser, of course, was Herbert W Armstrong, and this was before the Internet.