Should the Church Teach Tithing?

A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

Prospeerity Preachers Who Teach Tithing

Jesus said: Matt 19:21;Mark 10:21; Luke 18:22

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven : and come and follow me.

Forbes Magazine, 2005

Paul Crouch, Trinity Broadcasting Network, annual salary of $409,306.  Jan Crouch, $361, 000. $5,000,000, 9,500 square-foot house in Newport Beach with nine bathrooms, an elevator, a six-car garage, tennis court and pool with fountain. A TBN-owned, 80-acres estate in Dallas is worth $10 million; 30 ministry-owned houses in California and scattered across the country at the Crouch’s disposal and a $7 million Canadair jet. (See and

Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, received $384,772 in annual compensation.

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, received $368,115.

Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries at $299,512.

Pat Robertson of CBN at $306,293.

Dennis Rydberg, head of Young Life at $272,127.

Billy Graham at $451,707.

Wes Stafford of Compassion International at $202,679.

Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship at $218,614.

James Robison of Life Outreach International at $195,500

Peter Popoff of Peter Popoff Ministries made $425,019.

R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries made $221,576. and

Hank Hannegraaff, president of The Christian Research Institute $280,331 in 2002. A 2003 article in Christianity Today reported that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability found fault with C.R.I., citing among other things the ministry’s purchase of a $66,000 Lexus for Hannegraaff’s use and $8,000 of ministry money used to purchase flooring for Hannegraaff’s house in a gated community.

Forbes’ list doesn’t include Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and Creflo Dollar, I.R.S. designations as churches.

Joyce Meyer: The St. Louis Dispatch reported, “Minutes of ministry board meetings show that for 2002 and 2003, the board approved compensation packages of up to $900,000 for Joyce Meyer and up to $450,000 for her husband.” More recently, she and her board cut her salary to a humble $250,000, but she formed a private for-profit company from which she now receives royalties from her many books, royalties that were previously received by her ministry (see: “Ministry-provided 10,000 square foot with 8 car garage.  .

John Hagee, television preacher and pastor of Cornerstone Church, SanAntonio. $1.3 million from his ministry (GETV) and Cornerstone Church in 2003. San Antonio Express-News, June 2003.


Prayer Palace in Toronto. Preacher and Twin Sons Live Luxuriously off the Tithe Rich

From the Toronto Star, Sunday, March 4, 2007.

Paul Melnichuk and his twin-sons are worth over $12 million, live in luxury homes, drive luxury cars and have vacation homes in Florida. Their church spent $9, 443 on charity om 2005. Its mission gifts fluctuate between $500 and $36,000 per year. The article is very long. Hold your breath.

Pentecostal Leaders Caught inScandal

The Hernandes of Brazil, 2007 March 19, 20 news items


Jones began by preaching tithing and ended up asking for everything.