SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
TIMELINE: BAPTIST, SBC and REK BOOK
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
LATEST ADDITIONS
SEARCH INDEX
LINKS: SITES AND BOOKS
ARTICLES
FIRSTFRUITS WERE NEVER TITHES
LETTER TO YOUR PASTOR ABOUT TITHING
BUY BOOKS AND VIDEO
BAPTIST ERRORS
ENDORSEMENTS
REBUTTALS OF TITHE-TEACHERS
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 TORAH DOCTRINE
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND RECOMMENDED READING
Comparing Kelly and Croteau's Books onTithing
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
DONATIONS
Et essay: Tiende er ikke en kristen lære
Dizimar não é uma doutrina cristã
Un ensayo: el diezmar no es una doctrina cristiana
TONY EVANS
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
HAGEE, JOHN
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
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
ROGERS, ADRIAN: Tithing Rebuttal
ROGERS, ROD: PASTOR DRIVEN STEWARDSHIP
ROSS, CHARLES: TITHING
SBC CHURCH WANTS YOUR BANK ROUTING NUMBER FOR TITHE
SBC FINANCIAL ABUSE
SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
SCHREINER, THOMAS R, PHD, SBTS, TITHING
SIX MOST QUOTED LIES ABOUT TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ENCYCLOPEDIA: TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST TITHING BROCHURES
SPROUL, R C: TITHING REBUTTAL
SPURGEON, CHARLES H
ST PETERSBURG TIMES
STOREHOUSE TITHING ERROR
SUBMISSION THEOLOGY
SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON ON TITHING; JANUARY 28, 2007
SWAZILAND, POVERTY, AND PROSPERITY PREACHERS
SWINDOLL, CHARLES (CHUCK): TITHING
TBN: THE CROUCHES: TITHING
TEXT INDEX FOR 2007 EDITION
THEOLOGICAL DOUBLE-TALK
TIMELINE: BAPTIST, SBC and REK BOOK
TITHE MAPS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE
TITHES: NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA
TITHING ABUSE STORIES
TITHE AND OFFERING SCRIPTURES.COM/LEON
WALL STREET JOURNAL: RUSSELL KELLY LETTER
WARREN, RICK ON TITHING
WARREN, RICK: TITHING 2015
WE ARE NOT ALONE: VERY STRONG SUPPORT
Web Sites Which Discuss This Book and Tithing
WESLEY, JOHN
Where in the Bible Were Tithes Abolished?
WIDOW'S MITE
WOODWARD, GEOFF: TITHING
WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY; F F BRUCE
WYTSMA, KEN: TITHING REBUTTAL
YOUNG, ED: TITHING REBUTTAL

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SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
A THEOLOGIAN'S CONCLUSIONS ABOUT A TABOO DOCTRINE

TIMELINE: FOLLOWING RUSSELL EARL KELLY'S BOOK and HISTORICAL CHANGES in the SBC

 

1644: First Baptist statement of faith teaches a hireling ministry --pastors should be self-supported. See http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id97.html.

 

1895: The SBC first attempted to teach tithing and it is rejected by the people. See http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id135.html.

 

1925: SBC Faith and Message does not contain any reference to tithing and does not contain any texts under Stewardship which include tithing.

 

1937: Robert A. Baker, the leading SBC historian wrote in  A Summary of Christian History  (Nashville: Broadman, 1959 edition), 11, 43, 44. "The leaders [before A.D. 100] usually worked with their hands for their material needs. There was no artificial distinction between clergy and laity." ... "The earliest bishops or presbyters engaged in secular labor to make their living and performed the duties of their church office when not at work."

 

1963: For the first time since Baptist statements of faith began in 1649 tithing texts are included in the SBC Faith and Message. The word "tithe" still does not appear.

 

January 2001: Russell Earl Kelly's book, Should the Church Teach Tithing? A Theologian's Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine, was published and his web site went up shortly thereafter. At that time his book was sent out to all SBC seminary and he received "thank you" notes from all of them. Dr. Daniel Akin at SEBTS was especially interested and asked for two copies. In less than two months after being listed on Amazon.com the book has remained in the top five slots and is usually in the top two.

 

July 2003: Christianity Today published an extremely glowing review of the book in a letter to the editor. “Next to the Bible this book will change your life. It is that theologically sound and powerful. There are many good theological books on this subject, but this book (theological, academic, not for the faint of heart) should be read by anyone wanting the ‘facts’ as related to scripture, time and history and the church.” The Ancient Rise and Recent Fall of Tithing was origianlly on June 5, 2003 and was republished on August 8, 2008.

 

2003 to 2004: Three significant advances occurred. First, the Church of Scotland reaffirmed its opposition to tithing and listed Should the Church Teach Tithing? for recommended reading. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id152.html. Second, The Worldwide Church of God (formerly Herbert W. Armstrong) reversed its doctrine, stopped teaching tithing and listed Kelly's book for suggested reading. Third, New Jerusalem Ministries, a major home church web site, listed the book for suggested reading. http://newjerusalemmin.tripod.com/id7.html.

 

12-12-2004 Dr. David Alan Black at SEBTS published an essay in tithing in agreement with Kelly. See http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id113.html.

 

April 2005: Kelly was contacted by Rob Fox and asked to join the Tithing-Study blog as Yahoo Groups. After posting a link to the blog on all of his emails, the group has added hundreds of participants

 

August 2005: David Croteau first contacted Dr. Kelly to assure him that his prayer for seminaries to research tithing had been met. Croteau had just received approval from the SEBTS to produce a Ph. D. thesis in agreement with Kelly's position. His teacher was Andreas Kostenberger and his reader was Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary, an independent Baptist school. Croteau graduated with a Ph. D. later in 2005 and was employed by Liberty University in 2006.

 

March-April 2006: Christianity Today secured agreement with Randy Alcorn to debate Kelly in its pages. However, after reading Kelly's rebuttal of his views, Randy Alcorn refused to debate. The editorial staff refuses to print only his viewpoint (although it often prints the pro-tithe viewpoint alone).

 

March-April 2006: The SBC Facts and Trends magazine published a survey on tithing. Twenty per cent (20%) of both SBC pastors and SBC members do not agree that tithing is as mandate for the church.

 

November 6, 2006: Biblical Foundations published an article by Dr. Andreas Kostenberger and David Croteau of SEBTS, (SBC) Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC opposing tithing.

Dr. Croteau now teaches at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

 

November 27, 2006: Moody Broadcasting's Prime Time America, broadcast an interview with Kelly and Howard Dayton of Crown Ministries. The book was mentioned. This interview has since been re-aired many times.

 

February 2007: Russell Kelly was included in the original Trevor Glass (New Zealand) video documentary, Suffer the Children, about financial abuse in the church. Glass visited Kelly's home in Georgia.

 

November 23, 2007: The Wall Street Journal published an article by Suzanne Sataline, The Backlash Against Tithing, in which Kelly had been a major contributor of material for almost a year. She was unaware that references to him had been edited out.

 

November 27, 2007: In response to the WSJ article, the BPNEWS, Baptist Press, published an article, The Bible and Giving, by Dr. Daniel Akin, President Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on The Bible and Giving. Except for his opening statement, the article is exactly what Kelly teaches in his book and on his web site. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id126.html

 

12-04-2007: A week after Dr. Akin's article in BPNEWS, Dr. Andreas Kostenberger of SEBTS published his own article on his own website in opposition to tithing. See http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id129.html.

 

2007: WAVA-FM in Washington, D. C. mentions Russell Kelly, his book and web site. See http://www.wava.com/11567702/http://www.wava.com/11567702/

 

December 18, 2007: The Wall Street Journal publishes a letter from Russell Kelly, Here With Another View on Christian Tithing. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id132.html

 

March 2, 2008: As a result of the WSJ articles Kelly was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning News cover story, To Tithe or Not to Tithe. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id141.html. The video has remained very popular online.

 

March 7, 2008: BPNEWS, Baptist Press, published a long rebuttal of Kelly's 2 minute CBS News comments by Dr. Kenneth Hemphill in which both his name and book were mentioned. Kelly has since repeatedly attempted to persuade Dr. Hemphill to dialog with him and Hemphill has refused. Crosswalk.com also published the article. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id142.html

 

March 11, 2008: Charisma Magazine mentioned Russell Kelly and the CBS article on the first page of its online edition. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id143.html

 

July 18, 2008: In a rare occasion the Texas Baptist Standard (SBC) printed Kelly's comments in response to a tithing article. http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8275&Itemid=9&fontstyle=f-larger

 

September 14, 2008: The St. Petersburg Times mentioned Russell Kelly and his book, Should the Church Teach Tithing in a news article. http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id151.html

 

January 6, 2010: Russell Kelly told Timothy Guthrie in Guthrie's blog that Dr. Andreas Kostenberger at SEBTS and Dr. David Croteau at Liberty University agreed with him. Somehow this blog information was received by Les Puryear, a 2008 nominee for President SBC.

 

February 2010: Les Puryear contacted the presidents of SEBTS and Liberty University and suggested that these two professors be fired. Neither was disciplined.

 

Puryear should have done his homework first. He could have saved himself a lot of embarrassment. Most certainly Dr. Akin at SEBTS was already aware of Black's essay of 12-12-04, Croteau's PH. D. approval of August 2005, Kostenberger and Croteau's 11-27-06 published article in Biblical Foundations, his own sympathetic article of 11-27-07 publlished in BP NEWS and Kostenberger's 12-4-07 essay.

 

And at LIberty it is inconceivable that they would hire a theologian without first knowing what his Ph. D. concerned.  Croteau had been openingly working on a book about Four Views of Tithing for several years. Within the last month both that book and his own thesis have been published. None of this was done in secret.

 

Both seminary presidents had been fully aware of the published writings of their professors long before 2010. And the current Baptist Faith and Message still recognizes a plurality of opinions of this doctrine since it still does not even contain the word "tithe."

 

February 2010: Dr. David Croteau's book, You Mean I Don't Have to Tithe? Is published by Wipf and Stock. It is endorsed by Dr. Andreas Kostenberger, SEBTS; Dr. David Alan Black, SEBTS; Dr. Greg Habermas, Liberty University; Dr. Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary and Dr. Wayne Strickland, Multnoman College. See http://www.amazon.com/Mean-Dont-Have-Tithe-Deconstruction/dp/1606084054/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266711181&sr=1-2

 

And the march forward goes on. Pray for all of us in this struggle to remove the vestige of the Law from our New Covenant churches.

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