If We Don’t Peach Tithing, How Do WE Pay the Church Bills?
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD
If every church in America stopped teaching Saturday-Sabbath, multiple wives, animal sacrifices, unclean food laws, Temple worship, a Levitical priesthood and circumcision, what would happen?
“Oh, but those are only Old Covenant and none of those have been repeated for the Church after Calvary” is the answer.
The same thing is true of tithing. If the New Covenant church can survive without teaching those Old Covenant laws, then it can survive without teaching tithing!
History proves that the early post-100 AD church survived until AD 777 without a law requiring renters on church-owned property to tithe food. How in the world did it survive that long if tithing were so crucial?
Has it ever occurred to the Church that God is able to sustain what He created as the Body of Christ with better Christian principles? These are found primarily in Second Corinthians, chapters eight and nine.
Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot Bible College, John MacArthur’s Master’s Seminary and many others thrive WITHOUT TEACHING TITHING. The secret to a church’s success does not depend on whether or not it teaches tithing. Rather the secret to a church’s success depends on whether or not it has a strong program pf personal evangelism and shows its members that the world is lost and on its way to hell without the gospel. That is what has been lost in most of our faltering so-called tithe-teaching churches today.
Tithing is the last major shackle of the Law surviving today. It is an embarrassment to sound theological principles that its adherents will not defend it in an open dialog with persons like me. Tithing reflects a lack of faith in better New Covenant principles of giving.
Christians are commanded to give freely, sacrificially, generously, regularly, joyfully and with the motivation of love for God and man. The following New Covenant free-will principles are found in Second Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9: (1) Giving is a “grace.” These chapters use the Greek word for “grace” eight times in reference to helping poor saints. (2) Give yourself to God first (8:5). (3) Give yourself to knowing God’s will (8:5). (4) Give in response to Christ’s gift (8:9; 9:15). (5) Give out of a sincere desire (8:8, 10, 12; 9:7). (6) Do not give because of any commandment (8:8, 10; 9:7). (7) Give beyond your ability (8:3, 11-12). (8) Give to produce equality. This means that those who have more should give more in order to make up for the inability of those who cannot afford to give as much (8:12-14). (9) Give joyfully (8:2). (10) Give because you are growing spiritually (8:3-4, 7). (11) Give because you want to continue growing spiritually (9:8, 10-11). (12) Give because you are hearing the gospel preached (9:13).