SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
LIST OF UNSCRIPTURAL BAPTIST TITHING ERRORS
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
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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
Dizimar não é uma doutrina cristã
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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SOUTHERN BAPTIST TITHING ERRORS

by Russell Earl Kelly, Ph. D.; russkellyphd@earthlink.net

Author of Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

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    Before 1870 tithing was not even discussed in Protestant churches in the USA.   After a Baptist history of over 300 years without tithing texts (1649-1963), the Southern Baptist Convention first introduced tithing references in The Faith and Message in 1963. Now they act like those who oppose tithing as a biblical doctrine are suddenly all heretics! Already most Baptist churches un-biblically require tithing from its church officers which implies that spiritual gifts only reside within financially capable persons. Thus it is becoming mostly a leadership of the elite. They are also slowly moving towards making tithing an un-biblical requirement even for church membership. Thus the poor and financially cripple will be pushed out of their view of God’s kingdom against Christ’s declarations.

            In the opinion of this Baptist, the SBC (and others who do this) are guilty of promoting a false doctrine which they refuse to defend using sound biblical hermeneutics, biblical history, early church history and even Baptist history. Although their own church historians and leading seminary theologians usually disagree on tithing, leaders at the church level are demanding it be taught. Its paid employees (whose marching orders are found in the official Position Paper which is hard to find) must teach tithing! The methods they use to promote tithing clearly border on dishonesty.

 

The following statement from the un-circulated Position Paper on tithing allows no deviation or discussion. The entire paper is discussed elsewhere on this site.

 

“Tithing is the biblical standard for the stewardship of possessions. Giving the first and the best of possessions to God is a biblical model that must not be supplanted by any other standard. Believers may fall short of biblical standards, but the standards themselves must not be compromised by implying that something short of the standards is acceptable and pleasing to God. We will focus stewardship education on tithing as the standard and the beginning point that God has established for believers in their stewardship of possessions. … We will focus stewardship education on tithing as an expectation God has for obedient believers.”

 

The following list of errors must be addressed before the spiritual decay of conservative Christianity copies that of liberal Christianity. When money-gathering programs replace personal-evangelism programs, the organization falsely called the “church” will rot from within. Naturally, not every one of the following lies is found in every tithe-teaching Baptist church. While some are overtly stated and others are implied most of them are floating around ready to grasp the average church member and control him or her. See my essay on page one, Tithing is Not a Christian Doctrine and see my book, Should the Church Teach Tithing? A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine.

 

 

ERROR #1: Post-Calvary giving principles are not good enough for the church. While founding all of its other doctrines almost solely on New Covenant texts and principles, church finances must depend on principles found only before Christ’s death. (Chapter 27; Essay #1.) This violates Baptist history for many centuries.

 

ERROR #2: “Tithe” includes money. Food was used as barter in the early Old Testament because money was not widely used or expected for payment. (Chapter #1; Essay #2, 3.) A simple word study proves this to be wrong.

 

ERROR #3: Everybody under the Old Covenant paid tithes with no exceptions. Tithing was the minimum beginning expectation of every Israelite. (Chapter 25; Essay #2.) Actually only OT farmers and herdsmen who lived inside Israel were required to tithe.

 

ERROR #4: In Genesis 14 Abraham freely tithed and he is an example of pre-Law tithing for the church to follow. (Chapter 2; Essay #4. Actually Abraham is only an example of tithing pagan spoils of war and giving 90% of them back to pagans which the church does not teach.

 

ERROR #5: Since the whole OT tithe went to the priests at the Temple and since NT church leaders and church buildings replaced the OT priests and Temple, then the whole tithe in the NT should go to the church. (Chapters 10-13, 19, 21; Essay #5 8, 10-16.) Actually the whole OT tithe went to the equivalents of our ushers, deacons, choir, musicians, maintenance men and political workers. The NT church is not a building or storehouse. Church buildings did not even exist for over 200 years after Calvary.

 

ERROR #6: The phrase "It is Holy to the LORD" In Leviticus 27 makes the tithe an eternal moral principle for the church to obey. (Chapter 5; Essay #6.) Actually almost everything else called "holy" or "most holy" in Leviticus has been discarded by the church.

 

ERROR #7: First-fruits are the same as tithes and should be given to the church before any bills are paid. (Chapters 1, 4, 12; Essay #5, 7, 10-12.) Actually neither the firstfruits nor the best were necessarily the tithe.

 

ERROR #8: There are four different tithes described in the Bible but the church only   expects one of them. (Chapter 7; Essay #8.)

 

ERROR #9: Church leaders who receive tithes should be allowed to own and inherit property.  (Chapter 6; Essay #5.) This is contrary to the Bible principle.

 

ERROR #10: The Levitical tithes were never used to pay salaries of deacons, builders, maintenance, choir members, judges and politicians. (Chapters 4, 10; Essay #5, 8, 10.) This is contrary to the Bible principle.

 

ERROR #11: The church is the only place where tithes should be brought. (Chapters 4, 7, 10-13; Essay #11, 12.) Actually very few of the OT tithes ever reached the Temple and Malachi 3:10 has been grossly misinterpreted.

 

ERROR #12: OT priests worked full-time in the Temple. (Chapters 11-13; Essay #5, 7, 10, 11.) Actually most tithe-receiving Levites and priests spent most of their time in the Levitical cities raising tithed animals or learning trades to use in the temple.

 

ERROR #13: Malachi 3 applies to the church today. (Chapter 13; Essay #13.) Actually there are at least 9 biblical reasons to reject this idea.

 

ERROR #14: Concerning tithing there is very little difference between the Old and New Covenants. (Chapters 16-26; Essay #14-18.)

 

ERROR #15: Jesus in Matthew 23:23 and the book of Acts taught tithing to the church. (Chapters 14, 16. 28; Essay #9, 13, 14.) Actually the context found in  Mt 23:2 and 3 (matters of the law) and Acts 21:20 disprove this idea.

 

ERROR #16: It is OK to add to God’s Word and require church leaders and deacons to tithe in order to quality. Spiritual gifts are only found among financially capable tithers. (Timothy, Titus) Actually since financial competency was not a requirement in the Bible then it should not be a qualification in the church.

 

ERROR #17: The church must teach and practice tithing in order to grow. (Chapters 16-31; Essay #1, 16.) Actually that attitude shows a reluctance to believe and act on far better new covenant principles.

 

ERROR #18: God declared that church leaders should be full-time. (Chapters 10-12, 16, 22.) Actually OT Levites and priests were not full time and there is no pattern fulfillment. Most Jewish rabbis worked for a living. Paul was a rabbi and encouraged the same among preachers in Acts 20:29-35 and 2 Cor 12:14.

 

ERROR #19: Tithing has always been taught in the historical church. (Chapters 29, 9, 26, 28; Essay #18.) This is totally false and cannot be verified by a single reputable church historian.

 

ERROR #20: Baptists have always taught tithing. (4 articles on my web site) As of 2000 the word still does not appear in the SBC Faith and Message. Tithng was not even discussed in the USA until the early 1870s.  It is a new doctrine.

 

ERROR #21: The tithe should be given to the church even before any necessities such as food, medicine and warmth are provided. (Essay #7.) Absolutely not.  1 Tim 5:8.

 

ERROR #22: Church leaders must only be financially secure tithers and the poor do not qualify for church leadership. The modern Baptist church must not teach James, chapter 2.

 

James 2:3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet,"

4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

6 But you have insulted the poor.   NIV

 

ERROR #23:  Spiritual gifts of leadership are only given to the financially secure. Do not teach 1st Corinthians 12.

 

1 Cor 12:7-11

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

8 To one there is given through the Spirit ...

9 to another faith by the same Spirit ...

10 to another ...

11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. NIV

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