Dr Sam Storms
Forgive me again for replying to your note. Yes, I was
inflammatory. It is rare that I lash out but your credentials and your alma mater infuriated me. Neither Dallas, Moody,
Wheaton nor Masters teach tithing.
Recently Dallas graduates such as yourself and Rod Rogers
have gone against the plain teaching of its founder Lewis Sperry Chafer and have redefined tithing in order to bring it into
the church as a minimum standard. God has no “minimum standard” for either the rich or the poor and you know it.
Up until your conclusion your exposition and hermeneutics
were excellent and you reached the same conclusion as myself and Dr. Chafer and company.
How, with all of your education and with all of your
correct hermeneutics you could then conclude exactly the opposite from what you had just finished teaching is beyond any credibility
for a scholar such as yourself. Am I angry at you? Yes. Your twisting of God’s Word is incredible and you rightly
deserved my inflammatory words.
(1) Like Rod Rogers you have personally redefined “tithe”
to suit your own needs. After you correctly defined tithe as food from inside God’s holy land which was the miraculous
increase of God’s hand, you incorrectly redefine it as income increase from all Christians. Where is your biblical
(2) How can you “strongly recommend” tithing?
Do you collect it as only food from Israel? Do you only give it to Levite servants to the priests? Do you as a tithe-recipient
excuse yourself from owning property? Do you refuse to use tithes for mission support? I dare say that you agree with NONE
of the 25+ tithing principles or the Old Covenant.
You contradict yourself when you correctly state that
8% or 12% is acceptable if it is sacrificial, but you cannot legitimately call anything (including 10%) a true biblical tithe.
Why? You know that Jews who lived outside Israel could not tithe. You know that craftsmen and those who did not work the land
as farmers and herdsmen could not tithe.
So why use the word when you are forced to use erroneously?
Tithing was neither a principle nor a minimum for the majority of those under the Old Covenant.
“To give only 8% or to give 12% is equally permissible.
Not to give at all, or to give disproportionately to your income (which is the case with most Christians today), or to give
grudgingly, is indeed sin. Let us be joyful and generous in our giving. After all, everything we own belongs to God anyway!”
Yes, yes, yes. God bless you. So please stop calling
Spirit-induced godly freewill giving “tithing.” That is all I ask.
Is tithing an unimportant doctrine? Not if it places
the church under bondage to a law principle which it does not understand.
Russell Earl Kelly, PH. D.