SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING ABCs
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
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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
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AKIN, DANIEL, PRESIDENT SEBTS
ALCORN, RANDY
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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
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Et essay: Tiende er ikke en kristen lære
Dizimar não é uma doutrina cristã
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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
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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
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Should the Church Teach Tithing?
A Theologian's Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

Video Tithing Essay on You Tube

Video tithing debate

The ABCs of Financial Success, Barry Cameron

Chapter 3, Eight Principles of Tithing, pages 79-85.

Original statements by Barry Cameron

Additional comments by Rick Stedman

Critique by Russell E Kelly

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CRITIQUE: From Russell Earl Kelly: When compared to other pro-tithing articles I have read and critiqued, this the worst one.

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“I believe they are all great valid questions that deserve straight answers –biblical honest answers.”

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CRITIQUE: If you really mean this, then you will be open-minded to a full and in-depth study of tithing in your church. Yes, we all deserve “straight answers – biblical honest answers” and this presentation is extremely shallow and ignores the context.

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1.  The tithe belongs to the Lord.

Lev 27:30 “A tithe of everything …belongs to the Lord.”

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CRITIQUE: Why does Cameron (and almost every tithe-teacher) insert “…” when quoting this text? It is because the omitted words are “food.” Although money was already an essential item from Genesis to Deuteronomy, God only expected tithes from landowners and herdsmen who profited from His increase from His holy land. The 15 texts which describe tithes covering over 1500 years never include anything other than food. Skilled laborers who produced their own profits were not included as tithe-payers. They gave freewill offerings.

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2.  We are to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse” Mal 3:10. The storehouse in the OT was the temple. In the NT it’s the local church.

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CRITIQUE: Tithe-teachers completely ignore Numbers 18, the Levitical cities and the 24 courses of priests who took turns ministering in the Temple in one-week intervals. Contrary to what most teach, the “whole” tithe was brought by the people to the Levitical cities where it could feed 98% of the Levites and priests who were not at the Temple (Neh 10:37b). The older males of the course which was ministering brought their “whole” portion to the Temple for that week. In Malachi God cursed the priests who had stolen the Levite’s portion of the tithe out of its storeroom in the Temple (Neh 13:5-10; Mal 1:14).

 

The NT church does not correspond to the OT Temple. The NT “temple” is within every believer-priest.  Since Christianity was an illegal religion, it did not have buildings or storehouses for many centuries after the NT was written.

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3.         We’re to bring the whole tithe. Mal 3:10

Partial obedience won’t bring partial blessings.

Partial obedience is total disobedience.

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CRITIQUE: This is a scare tactic. In the Bible the large landowners paid the tithe while their day-laborers, the poor gleaners and those who did not earn a livelihood (off the increase which God provided from His land) had nothing to tithe. While one course ministered in the Temple, the other 23 courses, their wives, their younger children and their servant/slaves ate the tithe in the Levitical cities.

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4.         We’re to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, Mal 3:10. Not your house for you to decide how to use. It’s to be brought to His house and used for His purposes. It’s His tithe.

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CRITIQUE: (1) Malachi 1:6 to 3:7 is clearly addressed to dishonest priests whom God cursed four times. Early church history reveals that offerings were equally distributed among all church members and special care was given tot the poor who had nothing to give. “This whole nation of you” means “of you dishonest priests,” “every priest in the nation” (Mal 1:14; Neh 13:5-10). (2) The first whole OT tithe went directly to the Levites and not to the priests. The Levites who were paid by the first tithe functioned as servants, carpenters, craftsmen, guards, choir members, bakers, treasurers, judges, soldiers and politicians. Churches ignore this primary principle of how the tithe should be used. See Numbers 3 and 1 Chronicles 23 to 26.

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5.         We’re to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse on Sunday, the first day of the week.

1 Cor 16:1-2. The context is a missionary offering.

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CRITIQUE: The text says absolutely nothing about tithes, pastoral support, missionary support, or local church support. It does not imply that some of the offerings stayed in the local church. The headquarters church in Jerusalem would be offended if they were told that famine relief food was a “missionary” endeavor. It is also noteworthy that OT tithes were NEVER used to send out missionaries to the Gentiles. There is no direct correlation.

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6.         The tithe belongs to God. We are not free to designate it, divide it, or direct it wherever we want. [1 Chron 29:14 David’s giving.]

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CRITIQUE: (1) In Acts 15 and 21 the entire church body participated in the discussions. How to spend church money should include the entire body; the elders make the plans and entire church approves them. (2)  As king, David owned land in every tribe and was extremely wealthy. The Bible records his great freewill offerings to build the Temple but does not mention David tithing. (3) Look at 1 Chron 26:29-32. Levites functioned as BOTH religious AND political employees of the government. This principle is not followed today.

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7.         In the OT priests administered the tithes and offerings. Today church leaders are in charge of that responsibility. [1 Tim 5:17 elders; double honor]

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CRITIQUE: This is a biblically false statement. The vast majority of the first tithes were received by OT Levites and not the priests (Num 18:21-24; 1 Chron 31:15-19; Neh 10:35-38). The priests only received one tenth of the first tithe (Num 18:25-28; Neh 10:35-38). A second OT festival tithe was brought to Jerusalem as a pot-luck meal for all to eat. A third-year tithe was kept at the homes throughout the land to feed the poor.

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[7.] Rick Stedman: The MPW team decides what amounts from the tithes and offerings should go to which missionaries. It is vitally important that [ordinary] church members [do not interfere].

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CRITIQUE: This inserted statement by the local pastor reveals the desire for total control of the church funds to be in the hands of an elite group. This kind of decision should really be voted on by the entire church body in a called business session. However, again, since the OT did not use tithes to fund missionaries, then the whole discussion is unbiblical for the NT church.

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8.  It is Biblical for leaders to set aside a sum of money from the tithes and offerings from God’s people for mission work. [1 Cor 16]

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CRITIQUE: 1 Cor 16 is not discussing funds to be kept at the local church for any purpose. Paul was telling the people to bring whatever food supplies they had previously stored at home for the famine and be ready to load it on his ship when he arrived. Store it at home ahead of time on the first day of the week. Do not wait until the last minute to decide what to give. All of it would go to relieve the famine in Judea. None of it is to pay salaries.

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Prov 10:22 blessing of the LORD brings wealth

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CRITIQUE: Read and compare all of what God’s Word says about the poor. Sincere born-again Christians will always be among the poor.

God honors the amount of sacrifice in giving more than the value of the things given (Mark 12:42-44). He makes it clear that oppressing the poor is sin (Deut. 10:19; Prov. 14:31; Jer. 22:16-17; Ezek. 16:49; Amos 2:6-7; 4:1; 5:12; 6:4; Zech. 7:9-10; Mal. 3:5-6). God will certainly punish those who oppress the poor (Isa. 3:14-15; 10:1-2; 11:4), and the righteous will be known according to their treatment of the poor (Deut. 12:13; 15:11; Ps. 140:12-13; Prov. 19:17; 31:20; Jer. 22:16).

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