SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
GEORGE, WILLIE; REBUTTAL
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, 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
Bafcley, William
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
Et essay: Tiende er ikke en kristen lære
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Un ensayo: el diezmar no es una doctrina cristiana
EVANS, TONY
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
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
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
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
RENDER UNTO CAESAR
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
ROSS, CHARLES: TITHING
SBC CHURCH WANTS YOUR BANK ROUTING NUMBER FOR TITHE
SBC FINANCIAL ABUSE
SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
SCHREINER, THOMAS SBC
SCHREINER, THOMAS R, PHD, SBTS, TITHING
SHAFFER, GLENN ON TITHING, RUSS KELLY
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
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD
www.tithing-russkelly.com

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video tithing debate

Russell Kelly comments on Tithing Sermon by Willie George, Church on the Move, Tulsa, Ok

 

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17443/The%20Church%20and%20the%20Tithe.mp3

 

1.                 He totally misunderstands the biblical idea of Law. The OT Law was only given to national Israel which was forbidden to share it with Gentiles. That part of the Law which was moral and reflected the character of God was repeated to the Church after Calvary in terms of grace and faith. Tithing was not repeated.

2.                 He does not correctly define holy tithes. True biblical holy tithes were always only FOOD from inside Israel which God had miraculously increased. Money was never tithed.

3.                 He quotes Ps 24:1 and 50:10 to claim that God deserves the tithe from everything. That is not true. Although God owned everything in the OT he only accepted tithes from his holy land of Israel.

4.                 He mentioned the rich young ruler. Why? Jesus did not tell the rich young ruler to tithe.

5.                 He pointed out that Abraham tithed before the Law. Yet Abraham’s tithe of spoils of war is not comparable to holy tithes under the law off God’s holy land. Abraham only tithed spoils of war and gave the 90% to the King of Sodom. We do not follow those examples.

6.                 He uses Malachi 3 in error. Malachi is about the sins of the priests who are the “you.” See 1:6; 2:1, 17 and 3:1-5. Every priest in the nation had stolen tithes per 1:13,14 and Neh 13:5-10. Tithes in Malachi are only FOOD from inside Israel. Christians cannot be cursed per Gal 3:10-13.

7.                 He pointed out that God’s character does not change. True, but the way God deals with OT Israel under the Old Covenant is different from the way God deals with the Church under the New Covenant. We do not kill disobedient children per Ex 21:15, 17.

8.                 He said that there was only one storehouse for the tithe which was the Temple. Read Neh 10:37b-39. First, the Temple only had two small rooms to hold the tithe (Neh 13:5; 1 Kg 6:6). Second, 98% of those who needed tithes for food lived in the Levitical cities (many texts). Third, only Levites and priests had been commanded to bring tithes to the Temple per Neh 10:38; Mal 3:10).

9.                 The NT church had no legal buildings for over 300 years after Calvary and was not a storehouse. The Temple and priesthood were both replaced by the priesthood of all believers.

10.            Malachi says tithes and offerings: tithes from food producers who lived inside Israel and offerings from everybody else. The formula is not tithes PLUS offerings.

11.            Tithing is not an “ongoing ordinance.” It was in that part of the law called “ordinances” and “statutes” which ended at Calvary per Eph 2:12-17; Col 2:12-17; Hebrews 7:12, 18 and numerous other texts. Actually the entire OT Law (only given to Hebrews) ended at Calvary when Jesus died and the veil ripped.

12.            He quoted a small part of Leviticus 27:30 which says that the tithe was holy. Almost everything called holy and most holy in Leviticus is not holy under the New Covenant. He did not point out that the tithe was only FOOD and only from THE LAND of Israel. The tithe was never money or income either from inside Israel or outside Israel. Defiled pagan land could not produce holy tithes.

13.            He complained that a lack of tithing means that the church cannot send out missionaries and build churches. However OT tithes could not be used for either mission work or for buildings and maintenance.

14.            He misused Jacob’s tithe reference in Genesis 28:20-22. Jacob the supplanter set the terms and told God what to do. Jacob’s tithe came from pagan Haran in Syria and was not a holy tithe. It would have been rejected under the law. And it was not given to support any preacher. It was probably given to the poor.

15.            The NT priesthood is: (1) Jesus the High Priest and (2) all believers are priests (1 Pet 2:9-10) who do not tithe to themselves. There is no NT text which says to support gospel workers with tithes. They are more like OT prophets who were either self-supported or received freewill offerings.

16.            He abuses Hebrews 7 and stops at verse 8. Hebrews 7:5 introduces the words “commandment,” “tithes” and “law.” 7:5 says that there is a “necessary change of the law (from 7:5) and 7:18 says that the commandment (from 7:5) has been disannulled. The tithe was not changed from the Levitical priests to the gospel preacher. The context MUST at the very least include the disannulment of tithes.

17.            While quoting Heb 7:4 he stresses “the tenth” and ignores “of the spoils.” Hebrews 7 using tithing to demonstrate the superiority of Christ’s High Priesthood.

18.            He quotes Hebrews 7:8 as if Jesus is still in heaven receiving tithes from Christians. Since the Temple was still functioning when this was written, it means that tithes were spiritually being received by Jesus the real High Priest.

19.            He says that “the purpose of the tithe is to bless you.” The purpose of the tithe was threefold: (1) Levitical tithes were taxes to support the Levites and priests; (2) festival tithes were eaten in the streets during the religious festivals and (3) the poor tithe was kept in the towns to feed the poor and Levites.

20.            He said that “Scripture teaches that the tithe is to go to the local church.” This is not true.

21.            He said that those who oppose tithing “almost give nothing.” This is not true. The early church prospered while giving freewill offerings. According to Acts 21:20-21 Jewish Christians continued to tithe to the Temple system. Many great scholars, churches and schools did not and do not teach tithing. See http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id2.html.

22.            He referred to Galatians 6:6 and said it teaches tithing. That is not true. Tithes are not mentioned in pagan Galatia.

23.            He abuses 1 Timothy 5:17. First, from verse 1 it is in the context of discipline. The church is to be double-cautious when disciplining its head elder. No reputable honest translation says that this means double salary.

24.            None of the OT tithing statute of Numbers 18 is obeyed by any church today: (1) tithes are only food from inside God’s holy land of Israel, (2) only Levitical priests can enter the sanctuary, (3) Levitical priests are to kill anybody attempting to worship God directly, (4) Levitcal tithes are to be given to the servants of the priests such as ushers, deacons, musicians, choir, treasurer and politicians, (5) priests only get 1% of the whole, or a tenth of the tenth, (6) recipients of Levitical tithes cannot own or inherit property.

 

Russell Earl Kelly, Author of Should the Church Teach Tithing?

www.tithing-russkelly.com

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