SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
AKIN, DANIEL, PRESIDENT SEBTS
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
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BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY OF THE BIBLE
ENDORSEMENTS
REBUTTALS OF TITHE-TEACHERS
VINCENT CHEUNG ON MALACHI
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
ED YOUNG TITHING REBUTTAL
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
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 REJECTED TITHING
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING ABCs
CARSON, D A; REBUTTAL ON TITHING
CARTOON
CBS TRANSCRIPT AND COMMENTS
CHARISMA MAGAZINE 3-11-08
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
CREFLO DOLLAR 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
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; REBUTTAL BY RUSSELL KELLY ON TITHING
MELCHIZEDEK: WAS HE A PAGAN GENTILE?
MEYER, ALLAN: TITHING
MONEY WITH GENTILE IMAGES WAS BANNED
MORMON-LDS TITHING
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
JOSEPH PRINCE ON TITHING
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
THE CHRISTIAN TORAH DOCTRINE
WALL STREET JOURNAL: RUSSELL KELLY LETTER
WARREN, RICK ON TITHING
WE ARE NOT ALONE: VERY STRONG SUPPORT
Web Sites Which Discuss This Book and Tithing
JOHN WESLEY DID NOT TEACH TITHING
Where in the Bible Were Tithes Abolished?
WIDOW'S MITE
WOODWARD, GEOFF: TITHING
WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY; F F BRUCE

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Should the Church Teach Tithing?
A Theologian's Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

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The Bible and giving
Daniel Akin

Posted on Nov 27, 2007

Comments by Russell Earl Kelly 

 

Daniel Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

 

[Comment: With the lone exception of the second statement which I underlined, Dr. Akin’s position is identical to my own. It seems like SBC leaders are required to make the underlined statement in order to keep their jobs and obey the almost-secret Position Paper. Akin avoids any reference to tithing in the remainder of the article and does not retreat to OT examples. He is to be highly commended.] Position Paper http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/id98.html

 

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Giving in response to God's amazing grace is a vital and essential aspect of true and genuine Christian discipleship. The manner in which one gives, both in attitude and amount, will be a reflection of the condition of the heart.

When Jesus spoke to this issue, He encouraged His disciples to do more than what was required under the Old Testament with what was called the tithe (Matthew
23:23; Luke 11:42).

 

It is clear that our Lord was concerned not only with what we give but how we give. In other words, issues of the heart are at the heart of giving.

 

[Comment: This is correct. There is no compulsion or mandatory percentage to determine giving levels.]

The most extensive section on giving in all of Scripture is found in 2 Corinthians 8-9. Here Paul lays down basic principles of New Testament giving. Again, as did the Lord, Paul makes it clear that giving as we ought is a matter, not so much of obligation, as it is of gratitude, of grace.

 

[Comment: Correct. Tithing was an obligation and commandment. Most Baptists teach that the freewill giving principles found in 2nd Corinthians 8 and 9 are above and beyond the still-required mandatory tithe. It is significant that Akin does not use that appproach.] 

Throughout my 30 years in ministry I have instructed the students under my watch-care in what I call "Grace Giving." Quickly walking through this classic passage in 2 Corinthians, what are some basic questions we should follow as we express our gratitude to God for what He has done for us through His Son Jesus? I note 12 things:

 

[Comment: There is not a hint that Akin is teaching on NT giving by requiring the tithe first.]

-- Outward circumstances and personal difficulties should not prevent generosity in our giving (8:1-4).

 

[Comment: Yes but that does mean that a person in great pain should first tithe and not be able to afford pain medication or foot and shelter.]

-- All financial giving should be preceded first by the giving of oneself to the Lord (8:5).

-- Those who follow Jesus should excel in the grace of giving (8:6-7).

-- Generous giving is an expression of the love one has for Jesus (8:8-9, 24).

-- There is an intimate connection between the "Grace of God" and the "Grace of Giving." The former naturally leads to the latter (8:8-9).

-- A willingness to be generous in giving is more important than the amount given (
8:12).

 

[Comment: These verses (8:12-14) are vital because they teach the “equality” principles of giving. The affluent should be willing to give more than 10% while the poor also give to the best of their ability. No percentage is involved. There is an “equaling” out of the gifts. ]


-- We should give to churches and ministries that handle God's money judiciously and responsibly (
8:16-21).

-- Generous giving out of gratitude to God will encourage others to do the same (9:1-2).

-- The attitude in which we give is important to God. He loves willing and cheerful givers (9:5-7).

-- Generosity in giving moves God to supply more and meet our genuine needs (9:8-11).

-- Grace giving will result in praise and thanksgiving to God (
9:11
-14).

-- Generous giving is the natural response to God's gracious gift of Jesus (
9:15
).

Paul understood how important Christian stewardship was to true and genuine Christian discipleship. He knew that giving cannot help but reveal the spiritual life of those who call Jesus Lord. He knew that how we give is a commentary on our love for Christ, His Church, and the lost.

Second Corinthians 9:15 says, "thanks be to God for His indescribable gift." So, look to the cross, consider what God has done for you in Christ, and give. You will find it impossible to be anything but generous in your response.
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Why Akin's underlined portion is wrong.

 

(1) Jesus was only speaking to his Jewish disciples . He could not have been telling Gentiles disciples to tithe to the Temple or show themselves to the priests after being healed.

 

(2) Jesus was living under the jurisdiction of the law and was instructing his Jewish audience concerning matters “of the law” in 23:23.

 

(3) Jesus was telling his disciples to obey the scribes and Pharisees to go beyond the OT tithing requirements and tithe garden spices because “they sit in Moses’ seat” of the Law. Christians today do not literally obey Jesus’ words and tithe garden spices.

 

(4) Jesus did not tell His disciples to “do more than what was required in the Old Testament” and give more than 10%. That is the SBC Position Paper commandment and interpretation in order to coerce everybody to begin their giving level at 10%. It is based on the false assumption that the OT required everybody to tithe.

 

In reality, when researched 16 of 16 texts in God’s Word which describe the contents of the tithe always limit it to food from farms and herds inside Israel. This is strange since money was an essential daily item even in Genesis and money was used to buy land, slaves and pay sanctuary taxes.

 

Thus only farmers and herdsmen had that which was tithe-able from God’s miracle increase. That which man produced through his own skills was never tithed. In fact even Jesus, Peter and Paul had nothing tithe-able. This fact affects the entire tithing doctrine.]

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