SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?

BLACK, DAVID ALAN, TH. D.; SBC THEOLOGIAN: TITHING

Should the Church Teach Tithing?
ARTICLES
BAPTIST ERRORS
BLOGSPOT BLOG LIST SINCE 2005
BUY BOOKS AND VIDEO
ENDORSEMENTS
FIRSTFRUITS WERE NEVER TITHES
REBUTTALS OF TITHE-TEACHERS
RUSSELL EARL KELLY, PHD
SEARCH INDEX
THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
INTRODUCTION
1. Origin and Definition of Tithing
2. Genesis 14:20 Abraham, Melchizedek, Arab Custom and Tithing
3. Genesis 28:22 Jacob's Bargain With God
4. Numbers 18: The Obscure Statute/Ordinance of Tithing
5. Leviticus 27:30-34 Tithing and Holy and Most Holy Statutes
6. Tithes Replaced Land Inheritance
7. How Many Tithes? 10%, 20%, or 23 1/3rd%?
8. Deuteronomy 12 and 14: Strange Facts about Tithing
9. The Poor and Jesus Did Not Tithe
10. Kings, Tithes and Taxes: Levites with Political Jobs
11. 2nd Chronicles 31 Explains Malachi
12. Nehemiah 10-13: Historical Context of Malachi
13a. Commentary on Malachi 1 and 2: Cursing the Priests for Stealing
13b. Malachi 3 and 4
14. Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42 Supporting the Old Covenant and Its Interpreters
15. Luke 18:12 A Pharisee's Boast about Tithing
16. Acts 15 and 21: Compromise Divided the Jerusalem Church
17. Hebrews 8; 2nd Corinthians 3; A Better New Covenant; MARTIN LUTHER
18. The Mosaic Law and the "Law" of Christ; MATT 5:17-19
19. Hebrews 7: Extremely Important
20. Ephesians 2:14-16; Colossians 2:13-17: Law Ordinances Ended
21. 1 Peter 2:9-10: Your Priesthood Abolishes Tithing
22. 1 Corinthians 9: Using Christian Liberty to Refuse Christian Rights [2007]
23. 1 Corinthians 16: Principles for Giving to the Needy
24. 1 Timothy 5:17: Worthy of Double Honor
25. Miscellaneous Objections
26. Chafer and Walvoord on New Covenant Giving
27. 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: Principles of Grace Giving
28. Acts 20:16-35: Paul's Sermon is Not Preached
29. Secular History of Tithing
30. Tithing Principles for Tithe-Teaching Churches
31. Spreading the Gospel
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PAGE #
58% of Evangelical Leaders Reject Tithing, April 2011
140 QUESTIONS FOR TITHE ADVOCATES
1873: TITHING FIRST SUGGESTED IN USA
20% OF SBC PASTORS AND 31% OF OTHER PASTORS AGREE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS BOOK
AKIN, DANIEL: TITHING
ALCORN, RANDY: TITHING REBUTTAL
ANTI-TITHING VIDEOS
ASSEMBLY OF GOD TITHING REBUTTAL
BACKLASH AGAINST TITHING, WALL STREET JOURNAL
BAKER, ROBERT A: TITHING; SBC HISTORIAN
BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY: TITHING
BAPTIST TITHING STATEMENTS OF FAITH UNTIL 1963
BARCLAY, WILLIAM: TITHING REBUTTAL
BLACK, DAVID ALAN, TH. D.; SBC THEOLOGIAN: TITHING
BROWN, TOM: WOF MINISTRIES
BURKETT, LARRY AND DAYTON, HOWARD; CROWN MINISTRIES: TITHING
CALVIN, JOHN: TITHING
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING REBUTTAL
CARSON, D A: TITHING
CARTOON: TITHING
CBS TRANSCRIPT: TO TITHE OR NOT TO TITHE
CHEUNG, VINCENT: TITHING REBUTTAL
CHRISTIAN TODAY, TITHING, 2016
CHRISTIAN TORAH: TITHING
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: TITHING
CONNER, KEVIN J; TITHING REBUTTAL
COPELAND, KENNETH; TITHING REBUTTAL
CORBAN AND FIRSTFRUIT-TITHING
CROTEAU, DAVID, PHD: TITHING
DANA, H E: SOUTHERN BAPTIST HISTORIAN: TITHING
DEJONG, PAUL: TITHING REBUTTAL
DOLLAR, CREFLO: TITHING REBUTTAL
Et essay: Tiende er ikke en kristen lære
Dizimar não é uma doutrina cristã
Un ensayo: el diezmar no es una doctrina cristiana
EVANS, TONY
EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE: NO TITHING
FLOYD, RONNIE: TITHING REBUTTAL
GEORGE, WILLIE; TITHING REBUTTAL
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
GRACE-GIVING CHURCHES
GRAHAM, BILLY: TITHING REBUTTAL
GRAHAM, FRANKLIN: SALARY-TITHING
GREIMANN, DEAN ON TITHING REBUTTAL
HAGEE, JOHN: TITHING REBUTTAL
HANNESSY, SHAWN, TITHING REBUTTAL
HAYFORD, JACK; TITHING REBUTTAL
HEMPHILL, KENNETH, TITHING; SBC SPOKESMAN
KEN HEMPHILL AND BOBBY EKLUND
HINN, BENNY: TITHING
HOUSTON, BRIAN: HILLSONG, TITHING REBUTTAL
HOW TO BECOME A PROSPERITY PREACHER
If We Don't Preach Tithing, How Do We Pay the Church Bills?
JAKES, TD; 49 LIES TOLD ABOUT TITHING
JEREMIAH, DAVID: TITHING REBUTTAL
JEWISH TITHING CONCEPTS
JOYNER, RICK: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENDALL, R T: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENNEDY, JAMES, PHD: TITHING
KOSTENBERGER, ANDREAS: 12-4-2007: TITHING
"LAW" IN THE BIBLE
LAWLESS, CHUCK: TITHING REBUTTAL
LETTER TO YOUR PASTOR ABOUT TITHING
LINKS: SITES AND BOOKS
LIST OF TITHING OPPONENTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
LIST OF UNSCRIPTURAL BAPTIST TITHING ERRORS
LONDON DEBATE: POINT BY POINT COMMENTS: TITHING
LUTHER, MARTIN REJECTED TITHING: 1525
MALACHI 3:10 HAS BEEN MISINTERPRETED
MALACHI 3:10: THE TEST-GOD TITHE MYTH
MARINELLI, CHAD: TITHING REBUTTAL
MARTIN, ERNEST L; THE TITHING DILEMMA
MATTHEW 5:17-19
MAXWELL, JOHN C: TITHING REBUTTAL
MELCHIZEDEK: WAS HE A PAGAN GENTILE?
MEYER, ALLAN: TITHING REBUTTAL
MONEY WITH GENTILE IMAGES WAS BANNED
MORRIS, ROBERT: TITHING REBUTTAL
MORMON-LDS TITHING REBUTTAL
NORTH, GARY COVENANTAL TITHE
NORTH, GARY PERSPECTIVES ON TITHING
NORTH, GARY WIKIPEDIA: TITHING
OWEN, JOHN --DID NOT TEACH TITHING
PAGAN CHRISTIANITY: BOOK REVIEW: TITHING
PINK, A W: TITHING REBUTTAL
PIPER, JOHN: TITHING REBUTTAL
PREACHERS, EVANGELISTS AND THEOLOGIANS SPEAK OUT
PRINCE, JOSEPH: TITHING
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: AVANZINI PLUS
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: Jones and Woodbridge
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: TITHING
RAMSEY, DAVE: TITHING REBUTTAL
RHODE ISLAND BAPTISTS: 1638-1770S: TITHING
RICH PREACHERS WHO TEACH TITHING
ROBERTSON, NORMAN: TITHING REBUTTAL
ROGERS, ADRIAN: Tithing REBUTTAL
ROGERS, ROD: TITHING REBUTTAL
ROSS, CHARLES: TITHING REBUTTAL
SBC CHURCH WANTS YOUR BANK ROUTING NUMBER FOR TITHE
SBC POSITION PAPER FORCES EMPLOYEES TO TEACH TITHING
SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
SCHREINER, THOMAS R, PHD, SBTS, TITHING
SHAFFER, GLENN: TITHING REBUTTAL
TITHING LIES: SIX MOST COMMON
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ENCYCLOPEDIA: TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST TITHING BROCHURES
SPROUL, R C: TITHING
SPURGEON, CHARLES H
ST PETERSBURG TIMES
STOREHOUSE TITHING
SUBMISSION THEOLOGY: REBUTTAL
SWAZILAND, POVERTY, AND PROSPERITY PREACHERS
SWINDOLL, CHARLES (CHUCK): TITHING
TBN: THE CROUCHES: TITHING REBUTTAL
INDEX TEXT FOR 2007 EDITION
TITHING THEOLOGICAL DOUBLE-TALK
TITHE MAPS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE
TITHES: NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA
TITHING ABUSE STORIES
TITHE AND OFFERING SCRIPTURES.COM/LEON
WALL STREET JOURNAL: TITHING, KELLY LETTER
WARREN, RICK : TITHING REBUTTAL
WE ARE NOT ALONE: VERY STRONG SUPPORT
Web Sites Which Discuss This Book and Tithing
WESLEY, JOHN: TITHING
Where in the Bible Were Tithes Abolished?
WIDOW'S MITE: TITHING
WOODWARD, GEOFF: TITHING REBUTTAL
WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY; F F BRUCE: TITHING
WYTSMA, KEN: TITHING REBUTTAL
YOUNG, ED: TITHING REBUTTAL

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Essay, 12-12-04    

Should Christians Tithe?

 David Alan Black 

 

“Before the Word, everyone must give way.”  – Martin Luther

 

When most Christians think about supporting their churches financially, they think about giving ten percent of their income. After all, they have been told that this percentage of their income “belongs to God.” Yet the New Testament knows nothing of the tithe. In contrast to our man-made ecclesiastical traditions, the New Testament teaches that all of our income belongs to God, and that the percentage we give in our offerings is up to the individual Christian’s conscience.

 

If the New Testament fails to teach the tithe, then why do most of us continue to believe it is Scriptural and therefore binding? Perhaps one reason is the support tithing receives from pastors. To cite but one example, here’s a quote from a booklet I recently received from David Jeremiah of Turning Point (whose ministry our family supports):

 

Why should we tithe? We should tithe because if we don’t, we are disobeying God. God has given us everything we have, but He wants us to be obedient and give 1/10 of it back to Him. He doesn’t need our money, but He does require our obedience (see Malachi 3:8-10).

 

While I love Dr. Jeremiah as a dear brother in Christ and greatly appreciate his ministry, what he has written does not square with the New Covenant teaching on tithing. There is not one word in the New Testament to suggest that Christians ought to tithe.

 

Some will say, “The New Testament is vague on the topic of giving.” That is not true. The New Testament is as clear about giving as it is on any other doctrine. The Old Testament tithe (altogether amounting to about 23 percent) was not adopted by the New Testament church. Christians were encouraged to give liberally (Rom. 12:8), but the New Testament never gives a percentage as a required standard for our giving. Instead, it says, “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). Notice that believers are not told how much to give. Paul does not give them a fixed percentage as a standard. He simply tells them that they should give whatever they have “purposed in [their] heart,” that is, whatever they have decided to give beforehand. He insists that we should be faithful to follow through on what we have decided to contribute to the Lord’s work, but the amount is up to us. There is to be no compulsion whatsoever in our giving; the amount must be our own decision.

 

In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Paul adds: “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week let each one of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come.” Here Paul instructs the church in Corinth to give proportionately to how they have been prospered by God. Again, no mention is made of the tithe. Believers are simply instructed to give proportionate to their prosperity.

 

Paul also writes in 2 Corinthians 8:3-4: “For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints....” Here Paul emphasizes the fact that the churches of Macedonia gave “of their own accord.” Nobody twisted their arm. Believers are always to give voluntarily. God wants us to give because we want to do so. Our gifts should be “generous” (2 Cor. 9:5) and given with “liberality” (2 Cor. 9:11), for God will see to it that the generous giver will not suffer want.

 

Finally, what should our attitude be when we give?  Note again 2 Corinthians 9:7: “Let each one do just as he has purposed in his heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver.” Giving is a joyful privilege, not a joyless duty. God wants us to give from an attitude of cheerfulness, not out of a sense of obligation. It is interesting that the only passage in the New Testament that describes the mind-set with which we are to give describes it as joyfulness! Such cheerful giving is the appropriate response to God’s “indescribable gift,” His own Son (2 Cor. 9:15).

In short, whereas the Old Testament tithe was required by the Law, the New Testament emphasizes the complete voluntary character of giving. This is exactly what Abraham did before the institution of the Law, and it is what Christians are to be doing today. We are free to give any amount we choose – whether it is 10 per cent as Abraham did, or 50 per cent, or 90 percent, or any other percentage.

 

If the ideas presented in this essay are true, isn’t it obvious that many of our churches have departed from the teaching of Scripture? How can we claim to take the New Testament seriously and yet turn a deaf ear to the clear, undeniable pattern that marked the early apostolic church? If we are to see revival in our churches, we must speak out against false traditions and begin to conform all of our practices to the New Testament patterns. As John Stott has said (“Basic Stott,” Christianity Today, January 8, 1996):

 

The hallmark of an authentic evangelicalism is not the uncritical repetition of old traditions, but the willingness to submit every tradition, however ancient, to fresh Biblical scrutiny and, if necessary, reform.

 

December 12, 2004

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