SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
ASSEMBLY OF GOD TITHING STATEMENT
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
SCHREINER, THOMAS SBC
SEARCH INDEX
RENDER TO CAESAR
ARTICLES
FIRSTFRUITS WERE NEVER TITHES
LETTER TO YOUR PASTOR ABOUT TITHING
BUY BOOKS AND VIDEO
BAPTIST ERRORS
ENDORSEMENTS
REBUTTALS OF TITHE-TEACHERS
Bafcley, William
RUSSELL EARL KELLY, PHD
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, PRESIDENT SEBTS
ALCORN, RANDY
Amazon.com Reviews
ANTI-TITHING VIDEOS
ASSEMBLY OF GOD TITHING STATEMENT
BACKLASH AGAINST TITHING, WALL STREET JOURNAL
BAKER, ROBERT A: SBC HISTORIAN
BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE
BAPTIST STATEMENTS OF FAITH AGREED UNTIL 1963
BLACK, DAVID ALAN, TH. D.; SBC THEOLOGIAN
BLOGGING CONDEMNED BY GEORGIA BAPTIST LEADERS
BOOKIDEAS: PROFESSIONAL BOOK REVIEW
BROWN, TOM: WOF MINISTRIES
BURKETT, LARRY AND DAYTON, HOWARD; CROWN
CALVIN, JOHN: TITHING
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING ABCs
CARSON, D A; REBUTTAL ON TITHING
CARTOON
CBS TRANSCRIPT AND COMMENTS
CHARISMA MAGAZINE 3-11-08
CHEUNG, VINCENT: MALACHI
CHRISTIAN TODAY, TITHING, 2016
CHRISTIAN TORAH DOCTRINE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND RECOMMENDED READING
COME LET US GROW TOGETHER: TITHING
CONNER, KEVIN J; MELCHIZEDEK
COPELAND, KENNETH: TITHING REBUTTAL
CORBAN AND FIRSTFRUIT-TITHING
CROTEAU, DAVID, PHD
CROWN MINISTRIES 2012
DANA, H E: SOUTHERN BAPTIST HISTORIAN
DEJONG, PAUL: TITHING
DOLLAR, CREFLO: TITHING REBUTAL
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EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE: NO TITHING
FLOYD, RONNIE
GEORGE, WILLIE; REBUTTAL
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
GRACE-GIVING CHURCHES
GRAHAM, BILLY: TITHING
GRAHAM, FRANKLIN: SALARY-TITHING
GREIMANN, DEAN ON TITHING
HAGEE, JOHN
HANNESSY, SHAWN, TITHING
HAYFORD, JACK; TITHING
HEMPHILL, KENNETH, TITHING; SBC SPOKESMAN
KEN HEMPHILL AND BOBBY EKLUND
HINN, BENNY: TITHING
HOBBS, HERSCHEL: TITHING
HOUSTON, BRIAN: HILLSONG, TITHING
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
JEWISH TITHING CONCEPTS
JOYNER, RICK: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENDALL, R T: TITHING
KENNEDY, JAMES, PHD: TITHING
KOSTENBERGER, ANDREAS: 12-4-2007
"LAW" IN THE BIBLE
LAWLESS, CHUCK ON TITHING
LINKS: SITES AND BOOKS
LIST OF TITHING OPPONENTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY
LIST OF UNSCRIPTURAL BAPTIST TITHING ERRORS
LONDON DEBATE: POINT BY POINT COMMENTS
LONDON DEBATE, MAR 30, 2011 TRANSCRIPT
LONDON TV DEBATE DETAILS PLUS
LUTHER, MARTIN REJECTED TITHING: 1525
MALACHI 3:10 HAS BEEN MISINTERPRETED
MALACHI 3:10: THE TEST-GOD TITHE MYTH
MARINELLI, CHAD, WORD OF FAITH
MARTIN, ERNEST L; THE TITHING DILEMMA
MATTHEW 5:17-19
MAXWELL, JOHN C
MELCHIZEDEK: WAS HE A PAGAN GENTILE?
MEYER, ALLAN: TITHING
MONEY WITH GENTILE IMAGES WAS BANNED
MORRIS, ROBERT: Jesus is the Tithe
MORMON-LDS TITHING
NORTH, GARY COVENANTAL TITHE
NORTH, GARY PERSPECTIVES ON TITHING
NORTH, GARY WIKIPEDIA
OWEN, JOHN --DID NOT TEACH TITHING
PAGAN CHRISTIANITY: BOOK REVIEW
PINK, A W: TITHING
PIPER, JOHN: TITHING
POEMS BY H. K. PYWELL
POSITION PAPER FORCES EMPLOYEES TO TEACH TITHING
PREACHERS, EVANGELISTS AND THEOLOGIANS SPEAK OUT
PRINCE, JOSEPH
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: AVANZINI PLUS
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: Jones and Woodbridge
PROSPERITY GOSPEL REFUTATION
RAMSEY, DAVE: TITHING
RHODE ISLAND BAPTISTS: 1638-1770S
RICH PREACHERS WHO TEACH TITHING
ROBERTSON, NORMAN: TITHING
ROBINSON, VON ON TITHING
ROGERS, ADRIAN: Tithing Rebuttal
ROGERS, ROD: PASTOR DRIVEN STEWARDSHIP
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SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
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SHAFFER, GLENN ON TITHING, RUSS KELLY
SIX MOST QUOTED LIES ABOUT TITHING
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SPROUL, R C: TITHING REBUTTAL
SPURGEON, CHARLES H
ST PETERSBURG TIMES
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TITHING IN THE ASSEMBLY OF GOD

http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/gendoct_06_tithing.cfm

Reviewed by Russell Earl Kelly

www.tithing-russkelly.com  

January 15, 2010

 

AOG: The Assemblies of God has always been a proponent of tithing (or giving one-tenth of one’s personal income to support the work of God).

 

Kelly: No reputable church historian teaches that the early church taught tithing or that it became an enforced law before the 8th century. In the USA tithing was not even studied until the 1870s and gradually became church doctrine between 1895 and 1963.

 

AOG: We believe tithing is a recognition that everything we have comes from God.

 

Kelly: This was also true in the Old Covenant but tithes were always only food from inside Israel. Money is not found in 16 texts which describe real holy tithes for over 1500 years from Leviticus to Luke. The Old Covenant was only given to Israel in order to elevate it above other nations. The Law was never commanded to either Gentiles or the Church (Ex 19:5-6; Acts 15 and 21).

 

AOG: The practice checks our greed, promotes personal discipline and thrift, testifies to our faith, promotes God’s work in the world, and alleviates human need.

 

Kelly: This is also true of freewill generous sacrificial giving. The statement does not prove that tithing is a valid New Covenant command for the church.

 

AOG: While we do not believe tithing to be a condition for salvation, we do believe it is a very important biblical model, one which should set the minimal standard for Christian giving for people in all income ranges.

 

Kelly: Calling the tithe a minimum standard is based on the false assumption that everybody in the Old Covenant was expected to begin the giving level at ten per cent. This is not biblical. Only food producers who lived inside Israel qualified as tithe-payers. Craftsmen and traders who lived in villages did not tithe. The poor did not tithe. And those living outside Israel did not tithe. Jesus, Peter and Paul did not tithe.

 

AOG: Though some people believe tithing was an Old Testament practice not intended for New Testament Christians….

 

Kelly: Nothing about Old Covenant tithing is followed by Christians today. (1) Abraham and Jacob's tithes came from defiled pagan soil and were spoils of war which were not holy under the law. Numbers 18 is the tithing statute. (2) Tithes were only food from inside Israel. (3) Levitical tithes were given to the servants of the priests who correspond to our ushers, deacons, choir, musicians and politicians (1 Chron 23-26). (4) The priests only received a tenth of the tithe. (5) Priests were to kill anybody who dared enter the sanctuary to worship God directly. And (6) tithe recipients were not allowed to own or inherit property.

 

AOG: … the Assemblies of God believes and teaches that tithing is still God’s design for supporting the ministry and reaching the world with the gospel.

 

Kelly: Everything about tithing ended at Calvary: (1) its covenant, (2) its priests, (3) its definition as food, (4) its temple and (5) its sacrificial system. Tithes were never used to fund buildings or missionaries.

 

AOG: Our bylaws state, "We recognize the duty of tithing and urge all our people to pay tithes to God" (Article IX, Section 7a.)

 

Kelly: Who wrote the bylaws? Those who have the most to gain? Do they accept tithes and also own and inherit property?

 

AOG: It is true there is no direct commandment in the New Testament saying, "You must tithe to God one-tenth of your income"; but there is also no statement declaring the Old Testament plan as no longer valid.

 

Kelly: Repeat. Everything about tithing ended at Calvary: (1) its covenant, (2) its priests, (3) its definition as food, (4) its temple and (5) its sacrificial system. Tithes were never used to fund buildings or missionaries. What part of the Old Testament plan for supporting the Temple is still followed today? They had other means of support per Numbers 18:1-20.

 

AOG: Some oppose tithing today quoting Matthew 23:23 as proof text. In doing so they actually twist Jesus’ words to teach just the opposite of what Jesus clearly said. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices... But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness." Stopping at that point in the verse might allow some misinterpretation. But Jesus continued, "You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former."

 

Kelly: The context of Mt 23:23 is "matters of the law." This was before Calvary while the law was still in full effect (Gal 4:4-5). The "you" he was speaking to were hypocritical Pharisees. This was not addressed to the Church after Calvary.

 

AOG: From here we see that Jesus regarded the Old Testament practice of tithing as continuing into the new covenant under which we now live.

 

Kelly: No. "Matters of the law."

 

AOG: The practice of tithing predates the giving of the Old Testament law.

 

Kelly: There is a difference between "tithing" (ten per cent) and "holy biblical tithing" (only food from inside Israel). The fact that tithing was practiced by most pagan idol worshippers of Abraham's day does not make it an eternal moral principle. So also was idolatry, child sacrifice and temple prostitution.

 

AOG: Abraham tithed in response to God’s blessing and faithfulness (Genesis 14:18-20) and was no doubt blessed because of his faithful tithing.

 

Kelly: The Bible does not state that Abraham voluntarily gave. He may have been obeying the law of the land which required tithes of spoils to the king-priest.

 

AOG: Under the law, proceeds from the tithes were directed primarily for the support of the Levites and priests who provided religious leadership (Numbers 18:21-29) and for the relief of the needy (Deuteronomy 14:22-29).

 

Kelly: The New Covenant priesthood consists of every believer and the Temple is within the believer. OT tithes (Heb 7:5) were changed (Heb 7:12) and that change was its disannulment (Heb 7:18).

 

AOG: Today’s church still relies on the support of tithers.

 

Kelly: There is no evidence of this in the Bible or early Christian history. Second Corinthians 9:13 proves too much because it demands much more than tithing to be borrowed from the Old Covenant. In 9:14 the gospel principles are those of grace and faith, not law.

 

AOG: Christians can miss out on God’s abundant blessing by looking on the tithe as the entire requirement for giving.

 

Kelly: No texts.

 

AOG: The tithe is only one aspect of support for the church and its ministry of spreading the gospel.

 

Kelly: There is no text for this. The true biblical holy tithe could only come from inside Israel and most of the Church is outside of it.

 

AOG: The Bible also mentions voluntary offerings given by God’s people over and above the required tithe.

 

Kelly: No texts.

 

AOG: Of course, the attitude with which both tithes and offerings are given is very important. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). The giving of either tithes or offerings with a grudging spirit loses much of the blessing that can come as we faithfully give out of love rather than obligation.

 

Kelly: The first Levitical tithe was cold hard law and must be given only by food producers inside Israel whether grudgingly or not.

 

AOG: The Assemblies of God is also concerned about people who withhold tithes when they do not like decisions and directions espoused by spiritual leaders.

 

Kelly: No texts.

 

AOG: Christians should fellowship with a local body of believers and bring their whole tithes into that storehouse (Malachi 3:10). Though some of the Israelites may not have liked decisions made by Moses and his successors, they were given no alternatives.

 

Kelly: (1) Malachi is only addressed to the nation of Israel under the Old Covenant (Neh 10:20; Mal 4:4). (2) According to Nehemiah 10:37b tithes were brought by the people to the Levitical cities, therefore Malachi 3:10 has been mis-interpreted. (3) The church is never called a storehouse. The early church did not even have its own buildings for over 200 years after Calvary.

 

AOG: While we may designate some of our offerings (beyond the tithes) to ministries outside the local church, the tithes rightfully belong in the church with which the Christian identifies.

 

Kelly: No texts.

 

AOG: If one is not identifying with a local body of believers, he or she disregards God’s instruction that we not forsake assembling together with believers (Hebrews 10:25).

 

Kelly: True.

 

AOG: Some Christians do not tithe, claiming they cannot afford to give up 10 percent of their income. Simple arithmetic may suggest that 90 percent will not go as far as 100 percent in satisfying essential family needs. But God has built a multiplication factor into our giving of tithes and offerings. Malachi recorded God’s words, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse... Test me in this... and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it" (Malachi 3:10).

 

Kelly: The whole law was a test and not merely tithing (Ex 19:5-6; Neh 10:29; Mal 4:4). God now rules the Church according to better New Covenant giving principles. The only way for a Hebrew to claim blessings from tithing was to observe the whole law of commandments, statutes and judgments. See Gal 3:10.

 

AOG: Though we do not give to God in order to get more back, as some suggest we should, God’s promises are still true–if our giving is according to His instruction.

 

Kelly: Only promises in the context of the New Covenant.

 

AOG: The above statement is based upon our common understanding of scriptural teaching. The official delineation of this position is found in the General Council Bylaws, Article IX, Section 7a.

 

Kelly: Again, tithing was not even studied as a doctrine in non-state churches until the 1870s. It is a relatively new doctrine.

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