Purpose of tithes and offerings
Is it true that the IRS does not allow churches to make monetary gifts to an individual from the tithes and offerings funds?
We had a guest minister who served our church for a period of 2 months without any type of remuneration. As he was going on vacation, we decided that we should bless him with a small donation. We were told by our "sponsor" church that what we did was illegal because the IRS does not allow tithes and offerings funds to be used as gifts. They said that we were supposed to collect a special offering from the congregants for that purpose. That sounds very weird to me because I don't understand why we can encourage our folks to give ( " so that there can be food at the storehouse" ) yet we cannot bless someone with what we receive.
Could you please shed some light over this matter?
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