A Study of Tithing Theology

God doesn't want just 10% of your income. He wants it ALL! Luke 14:33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. (NASB)

However, submitting to Jesus Christ and becoming a faithful steward of all God has given us is a different thing to giving money to Christian leaders.

So what's wrong with teaching TITHING? A lot! - According to two men who have been awarded Ph. D. degrees for studying this issue.

Here are instructions for producing a freely distributable CD ROM containing material by Dr. Russell Kelly and Dr. David Croteau. (Updated 2007.10.13.)

Should The Church Teach Tithing? by Dr Russell Kelly. http://www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.com "Tithing is not a Christian doctrine." The full text of Dr Kelly's book is freely downloadable. Dr Kelly's Ph. D. degree was on Tithing. Three audio messages by Dr Kelly are available from Truth For Free. 1 2 3

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Beyond Tithing by Stuart Murray. "Tithing is Biblical, but not Christian."
At www.tithingdebate.com is Eating Sacred Cows recommended by Dr Derek Prince.

The author, Dr David Croteau, has recently completed a Ph. D. on Tithing.

Dr David Croteau's church has a series of four audio messages on tithing available for download together with study notes and PowerPoint slides.

2006.02.08 Twenty Arguments Advocating Tithing & The History of Tithing:  Dr. David Croteau
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2006.02.15 Tithing in the Old Testament:  Dr. David Croteau
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2006.02.22 Tithing in the New Testament:  Dr. David Croteau
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2006.03.01 The Tithe Fulfilled & Giving in the New Covenant: Dr. David Croteau
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'Will A Man Rob God?' (Malachi 3:8): A Study of Tithing in the Old and New Testaments
Reconstructing a Biblical Model for Giving: A Discussion of Relevant Systematic Issues and New Testament Principles
Andreas J. Kostenberger and David A. Croteau. Bulletin of Biblical Research 26, no.1 (2006).

To help spread the truth about tithing, here is a notice board pinup advertising Dr Russell Kelly's freely downloadable book. Here is an essay by Dr Kelly in printable tract format. The essay is designed to be printed on both sides of two sheets of A4 paper in landscape orientation, then folded in the middle. Here is the same essay tract in OpenOffice.org format.

Philip L Powell, former general secretary of the Assemblies of God in Australia, writes: "Thirdly it is high time that Christians stopped giving their money to churches and fellowships that support false teachers and that promote unbiblical methods, including tithing, to raise money. If itís not biblical, the teaching and the teachers should be rejected. This will destroy the power base of the many preachers of a false so-called Christian message and will release finance to help genuine churches, fellowships, and ministries. Godís wonderful people should stop putting money into bags with holes."

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not, like so many, [like hucksters making a trade of] peddling God's Word [shortchanging and adulterating the divine message]; but like [men] of sincerity and the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by God, we speak [His message] in Christ (the Messiah), in the [very] sight and presence of God. (AMPLIFIED BIBLE)

Pro Tithing Resources Reviewed

"You Need More Money" by Brian Houston, senior pastor of Hillsong Church. Chapter 8 in that book, "The Power of Tithing", is reviewed by Dr Russell Kelly.

Allan Meyer of Careforce Church has published a series of tithing studies on Phil Baker's blog. Allan Meyer also preached on tithing at the national Christian Outreach Centre 'Infusion' Conference to COC pastors gathered from around Australia.

Dr Russell Kelly has reviewed Allan Meyer's preaching at the COC conference and Allan Meyer's hermeneutics.

Paul de Jong, senior pastor of Christian Life Centre, Auckland, teaches tithing. Dr Russell Kelly reviews two of de Jong's sermons.

Author: David Smith (2008.03.10)