SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
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Should the Church Teach Tithing?
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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 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
DONATIONS
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
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
LAWLESS, CHUCK ON 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
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 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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Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

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ST PETERSBURG TIMES
September 14, 2008

Tithe has adherents, detractors on both sides of collection plate

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/article808303.ece

By Sherri Day, Times Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times, In print: Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tithing — the practice of giving 10 percent of one's income to a church — is a difficult sell in the best of financial times. It's an even more challenging proposition in a struggling economy rife with rising food and gas prices.

But those hurdles haven't stopped religious leaders from encouraging the faithful to tithe.

For the Rev. Jane McDonnough, the pitch is always the same, regardless of the economic news du jour.

"Tithing is not just giving 10 percent of your income, but it really is about worshiping God," said McDonnough, pastor of Faith Life Church in Tampa. "Instead of having our financial well-being determined by the economy, we look to God. Tough times economically really do try our faith, but . . . God really is our source."

The majority of Americans are givers — some 84 percent donated money to churches or nonprofits in 2007. But most don't tithe, according to a study by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm based in Ventura, Calif. Last year, only 5 percent of all American adults tithed. The practice didn't fare much better among the religious. Only 24 percent of evangelical Christians — the group most likely to tithe — did so in 2007, the study showed.

Originally a Jewish practice, tithing traces its roots to the Old Testament. Some scholars cite the first mention of tithes as early as the book of Genesis, where Abraham gave a tenth of his possessions to the biblical king Melchizedek. One of the Scriptures cited most often to support tithing is found in the third chapter of Malachi, where the writer asks if man will rob God. Yes, "in tithes and offerings," according to the text. The passage also exhorts readers to bring their tithes into the "storehouse" and receive bountiful blessings from God.

Despite tithing's biblical beginnings, there is much debate among Christians about the practice and whether modern-day churches should participate. Some scholars argue that Abraham's offering to Melchizedek was not a tithe but was in keeping with the Arab tradition of dividing the spoils of war. Others say Old Testament tithing referred to food or was only intended for farmers and herdsman in Israel.

Among churches that teach tithing, reasons for adopting the practice vary. Some religious leaders stress that tithers will be blessed for their gifts, but say that those who do not tithe will face no punishment. More extreme teachers tell their followers that they will be cursed if they withhold tithes. That type of teaching gives way to the biggest criticism of tithing, that some religious leaders wield it over those who can least afford to pay.

"It's just such a convenient doctrine to just squeeze church members to give 10 percent, and the person who benefits the most from it is the preacher," said Russell Kelly, author of Should The Church Teach Tithing?, a book that argues that the modern church misinterprets the practice.

Kelly, a Southern Baptist turned Seventh-day Adventist turned Conservative Baptist, says he donates more than 10 percent to his church and believes most Christians can afford to do the same. But he refuses to call his monetary donations a tithe because he argues the modern church wrongly defines the word.

While some Bible scholars dispute Kelly's findings, they agree that some tithe teachers can go too far.

"Its application can be so woodenly done that it really can become a guilt trip for people who can't afford a tenth, and when that happens, it's dreadful," said Walter J. Harrelson, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Scripture must always be applied with a scriptural mercy. . . . You don't want to use religion as a club."

Because of the discrepancies in tithe teaching, adherence varies widely among denominations and churches.

Catholics, for example, are among the least likely Christians to tithe, the Barna Group's study showed.

"There are parishes that put a big emphasis on tithes, but that's something that's inconsistent," said the Rev. Len Plazewski, director of vocations for the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg. "There are some individuals who tithe and have seen the beauty of that and what it means and others who say, 'That's a lot of money, and I don't know if I should be giving that much.' "

At St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, the Rev. Chris Schuller recently challenged his members to tithe. He told members at a Wednesday night service that if they tried tithing and didn't realize any benefit, he would write them a refund check from his personal money market account. So far, no one has asked for a refund.

"It wasn't a fundraising effort," said Schuller, a longtime tither. "It's an opportunity to acknowledge what is already great joy in God and great faith in God. It's about relationship with God. It's not about the (finances) of the church, which are fine."

Organizations that track giving say it is too early to tell whether the struggling economy will affect tithing this year. But tithing may be insulated from economic uncertainty because committed tithers typically give in spite of hardships.

Andrea Long, a 19-year-old student at Hillsborough Community College, said the high price of gas has made her think twice about tithing.

"I'm very tempted not to tithe," said Long, who makes $11 an hour as a data entry clerk. "But when it really comes down to it, I have been greatly blessed because of tithing. A lot of people say you can't afford to tithe this month or this week. But I just look at it as I can't afford not to."

Whenever Debbie Carter gets paid, her tithe check is the first one she writes. It wasn't always that way. After her divorce in 2000, Carter, who lives in Temple Terrace, struggled to raise her two children alone. Sometimes she had to choose between paying tithes and covering her rent.

After three years of spotty tithing, Carter made a commitment to tithe regardless of her financial situation. Since then, she claims she has been the beneficiary of just what she needed when her funds were lacking. Sometimes someone gave her a free bag of groceries, said Carter, who works as an administrative assistant at Faith Life Church. Other times, a check mysteriously arrived in the mail.

"Provision was always there," said Carter, 53. "A lot of times there wasn't an abundance, but our needs were always met. I feel that it was just a direct result of being obedient to what God says about tithing."

Sherri Day can be reached at sday@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3405.

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