SHOULD THE CHURCH TEACH TITHING?
6. Tithes Replaced Land Inheritance
Should the Church Teach Tithing?
ANSWERING THE "GRACE-GIVING IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN LAW-GIVING" OBJECTION
ANSWERING THE "GRACE-GIVING IS ALWAYS GREATER" OBJECTION
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: TITHING
ALCORN, RANDY: TITHING REBUTTAL
ANTI-TITHING VIDEOS
ASSEMBLY OF GOD TITHING REBUTTAL
BACKLASH AGAINST TITHING, WALL STREET JOURNAL
BAKER, ROBERT A: TITHING; SBC HISTORIAN
BAKER'S EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY: TITHING
BAPTIST TITHING STATEMENTS OF FAITH UNTIL 1963
BARCLAY, WILLIAM: TITHING REBUTTAL
BLACK, DAVID ALAN, TH. D.; SBC THEOLOGIAN: TITHING
BROWN, TOM: WOF MINISTRIES
BURKETT, LARRY AND DAYTON, HOWARD; CROWN MINISTRIES: TITHING
CALVIN, JOHN: TITHING
CAMERON, BARRY: TITHING REBUTTAL
CARSON, D A: TITHING
CARTOON: TITHING
CBS TRANSCRIPT: TO TITHE OR NOT TO TITHE
CHEUNG, VINCENT: TITHING REBUTTAL
CHRISTIAN TODAY, TITHING, 2016
CHRISTIAN TORAH: TITHING
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: TITHING
CONNER, KEVIN J; TITHING REBUTTAL
COPELAND, KENNETH; TITHING REBUTTAL
CORBAN AND FIRSTFRUIT-TITHING
CROTEAU, DAVID, PHD: TITHING
DANA, H E: SOUTHERN BAPTIST HISTORIAN: TITHING
DEJONG, PAUL: TITHING REBUTTAL
DOLLAR, CREFLO: TITHING REBUTTAL
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: TITHING REBUTTAL
GEORGE, WILLIE; TITHING REBUTTAL
GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION
GRACE-GIVING CHURCHES
GRAHAM, BILLY: TITHING REBUTTAL
GRAHAM, FRANKLIN: SALARY-TITHING
GREIMANN, DEAN ON TITHING REBUTTAL
HAGEE, JOHN: TITHING REBUTTAL
HAYFORD, JACK; TITHING REBUTTAL
HEMPHILL, KENNETH, TITHING; SBC SPOKESMAN
HEMPHILL, KEN BOBBY EKLUND
HENNESSEY, SHAWN, TITHING REBUTTAL
HINN, BENNY: TITHING
HOUSTON, BRIAN: HILLSONG, TITHING REBUTTAL
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 REBUTTAL
JEWISH TITHING CONCEPTS
JOYNER, RICK: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENDALL, R T: TITHING REBUTTAL
KENNEDY, JAMES, PHD: TITHING
KOSTENBERGER, ANDREAS: 12-4-2007: TITHING
"LAW" IN THE BIBLE
LAWLESS, CHUCK: TITHING REBUTTAL
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: TITHING
LUTHER, MARTIN REJECTED TITHING: 1525
MALACHI 3:10 HAS BEEN MISINTERPRETED
MALACHI 3:10: THE TEST-GOD TITHE MYTH
MARINELLI, CHAD: TITHING REBUTTAL
MARTIN, ERNEST L; THE TITHING DILEMMA
MATTHEW 5:17-19
MAXWELL, JOHN C: TITHING REBUTTAL
MELCHIZEDEK: WAS HE A PAGAN GENTILE?
MEYER, ALLAN: TITHING REBUTTAL
MONEY WITH GENTILE IMAGES WAS BANNED
MORRIS, ROBERT: TITHING REBUTTAL
MORMON-LDS TITHING REBUTTAL
NORTH, GARY COVENANTAL TITHE
NORTH, GARY PERSPECTIVES ON TITHING
NORTH, GARY WIKIPEDIA: TITHING
OWEN, JOHN --DID NOT TEACH TITHING
PAGAN CHRISTIANITY: BOOK REVIEW: TITHING
PINK, A W: TITHING REBUTTAL
PIPER, JOHN: TITHING REBUTTAL
PREACHERS, EVANGELISTS AND THEOLOGIANS SPEAK OUT
PRINCE, JOSEPH: TITHING
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: AVANZINI PLUS
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: Jones and Woodbridge
PROSPERITY GOSPEL: TITHING
RAMSEY, DAVE: TITHING REBUTTAL
RHODE ISLAND BAPTISTS: 1638-1770S: TITHING
RICH PREACHERS WHO TEACH TITHING
ROBERTSON, NORMAN: TITHING REBUTTAL
ROGERS, ADRIAN: Tithing REBUTTAL
ROGERS, ROD: TITHING REBUTTAL
ROSS, CHARLES: TITHING REBUTTAL
SBC CHURCH WANTS YOUR BANK ROUTING NUMBER FOR TITHE
SBC POSITION PAPER FORCES EMPLOYEES TO TEACH TITHING
SBC SCHOLARS: THEOLOGIANS AND HISTORIANS WHO AGREE
SCHREINER, THOMAS R, PHD, SBTS, TITHING
SHAFFER, GLENN: TITHING REBUTTAL
TITHING LIES: SIX MOST COMMON
SOUTHERN BAPTIST ENCYCLOPEDIA: TITHING
SOUTHERN BAPTIST TITHING BROCHURES
SPROUL, R C: TITHING
SPURGEON, CHARLES H
ST PETERSBURG TIMES
STOREHOUSE TITHING
SUBMISSION THEOLOGY: REBUTTAL
SWAZILAND, POVERTY, AND PROSPERITY PREACHERS
SWINDOLL, CHARLES (CHUCK): TITHING
TBN: THE CROUCHES: TITHING REBUTTAL
INDEX TEXT FOR 2007 EDITION
TITHING THEOLOGICAL DOUBLE-TALK
TITHE MAPS IN 18TH CENTURY EUROPE
TITHES: NEW ADVENT CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA
TITHING ABUSE STORIES
TITHE AND OFFERING SCRIPTURES.COM/LEON
WALL STREET JOURNAL: TITHING, KELLY LETTER
WARREN, RICK : TITHING REBUTTAL
WE ARE NOT ALONE: VERY STRONG SUPPORT
Web Sites Which Discuss This Book and Tithing
WESLEY, JOHN: TITHING
Where in the Bible Were Tithes Abolished?
WIDOW'S MITE: TITHING
WOODWARD, GEOFF: TITHING REBUTTAL
WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY; F F BRUCE: TITHING
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
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Num. 18:20 And the LORD spoke to Aaron, You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any part among them; I am your part and your inheritance among the children of Israel.

Num. 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

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Num 35:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho, saying,

Num. 35:2 Command the children of Israel, that they give unto the Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to dwell in; and you shall give also unto the Levites suburbs for the cities round about them.

Nun. 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.

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Joshua 21:2 And they [Eleazar and Joshua] spoke unto them [the tribes of Israel] at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle.

Joshua 21:3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.

The tithe was given to the Levites, and the tenth of the tithe to the priests, as their inheritance in place of land inheritance because they served God! Period! God’s plan was that they would own no land, because He would be their inheritance (their land) through the possession of the tithe. This has certainly changed in our modern society where gospel workers usually own and inherit property, often have great wealth gained from the churches they serve, and still demand the whole tithe for themselves.

Because of its many repetitions in Scripture, we must assume that God knew that some would eventually forget this fact about Old Covenant tithing. It is equally important to repeat this fact in the context of this book for the same reason. While those who support tithing often quote Genesis 14:18-20, Leviticus 27:30-34 and Malachi 3:8-10, others who reject New Covenant tithing quote Numbers 18:20-26, Deuteronomy 12:11-12; 14:27-29, Ephesians 2:13-17, Colossians 2:14 and Hebrews 7:5, 12, 18; 8:6. And the key texts of the "chair" document are Numbers 18:20-26.

"Inheritance" and "land" are two of the most important concepts of the Old Covenant. While western religious thought speaks of salvation in terms of grace and faith, the Hebrew mind-set is more likely to speak of salvation in terms of inheritance and land. These are also key ideas in the doctrine of tithing because God described Israel, its land and its people, as his unique inheritance. "For you separated them from among all the people of the earth, to be your inheritance" (1 Kings 8:53).

In exchange for his service to God, the Levite and priest were denied land inheritance in Israel. This truth was repeated six times in seven verses in Numbers 18:20-26! The "no inheritance" rule for those who received tithes is also repeated in Deuteronomy 12:12; 14:27, 29; 18:1-2; Joshua 13:14, 33; 14:3; 18:7; and Ezekiel 44:28.

Take a moment now and read all of the above verses! Evidently, God wanted it abundantly clear why Levites and priests received tithes from Israel. Whenever the reason for them receiving the tithe was mentioned, God also mentioned that they were not allowed any inheritance or land ownership. The Levite and the Aaronic priest were always to be counted among, and included among, the poor of the land. They were not to become wealthy, but were to live day-by-day in the expectation that Israel would bring in the tithe to sustain them and for them to re-distribute to the other poor of the land.

When Paul said in First Corinthians 9:14, "they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel," he clearly meant gospel principles of grace and faith. Unlike many wealthy religious leaders today -- for almost 300 years, until the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, the vast majority of church bishops, presbyters, and deacons lived ascetic lives of self-denial and poverty in order to better serve the poor of the church. They fully understood what Paul meant.

Deut. 14:29 And the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with you), and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

On the other hand, God would say to the Levitical priest, "they which preach the law should live of the law." This means that they would live as the poor of the land who daily depended upon God. This means that they would reject wealth as long as there were poor whom they could help [by redistributing the tithes and offerings they received?].

Several Protestant denominations follow the lead of Roman Catholics and provide free parsonages and retirement homes for their pastors. This might be a partial effort to apply this principle; however, it is not clear whether or not property ownership and wealth are also forbidden by those denominations.

A hypocritical problem arises, especially among churches which strongly advocate tithing, but choose not to preach the facts from these "no inheritance" texts. Very often the same pastors who insist on preaching exact tithing personally have great wealth, own property and inherit land. They use part of the Mosaic ordinance selfishly to teach tithing, but then ignore the majority of that same ordinance. Even while preaching law, they violate it by being partial (Mal. 2:9).

Concerning the Levitical and Priestly Cities (Numbers 35; Joshua 21):

Although this land was occupied by priests and Levites (they had to live somewhere), it still belonged to the tribe in which it existed. Therefore, the land could not be permanently owned or inherited. Of note, however, is the fact that this land was specifically to be for their "cattle" and "beasts" which were received from tithing. While not serving at the temple (24 courses took turns a week at a time), many were evidently in their pasture lands herding their animals. See also Second Chronicles 31:15-19 and Nehemiah 10:37-38; 13:10.

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