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Tithing is Not a Christian Doctrine
An Essay by Russell Earl Kelly, PH. D., July 5, 2006
 
Article copied exactly as printed from source:
http://www.shouldthechurchteachtithing.com/
 
PLEASE NOTE: RUSSELL FREQUENTLY UPDATES THIS ARTICLE.
CHECK HIS WEBSITE FOR MOST CURRENT EDITION.


 
 

Introduction:

The following essay is a summary of my book, Should the Church Teach Tithing? A Theologian’s Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine. The book itself is a greatly expanded version of my PH. D. thesis. I challenge Bible educators to be bold, to open up their seminary level research and to promote studies on this subject in the Masters, Doctorate and PH. D. levels. This doctrine is simply too important to ignore.
 
In many churches today the doctrine of tithing has reached the level of a modern scandal. While on the one hand, most seminary-level textbooks on systematic theology and hermeneutics by highly educated theologians omit tithing, on the other hand, the practice is quickly becoming a requirement for church membership in the very denominations which insist on solid Bible-based doctrines. There is also increasing evidence that lay persons who question the legitimacy of New Covenant tithing are usually criticized and ignored as being troublemakers or weak Christians.
 

Modern Tithing is Based on Many False Assumptions

 
One denomination’s statement on stewardship is typical of what many others teach about tithing. It says that “tithing is the minimum biblical standard and the beginning point which God has established that must not be replaced or compromised by any other standard.” It adds that the tithe is from gross income which is due to the church before taxes.
 
The following points of this essay contrast the false teachings used to support tithing with what God’s Word actually says.
 
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2014-06-09 16.08.26Hi, welcome to the new website!  Over the course of the past several years it seems that one of the most popular facets of the TruthForFree.com website has turned out to be the download of articles and e-books on the tithe. While the subject and discussion of tithing was never intended to be the principle focus of that site, it clearly showed itself to be an important issue to many people and which indeed affects most church-attending (and even some non-church-attending) Christians today.

 

So, for the benefit of visitors who are looking specifically for resources on this subject, I decided to dedicate a separate website entirely for this purpose (an app for smart phones may follow soon as well). I hope this will aid visitors in their search of the truth concerning tithing.The articles, books, links, and audio downloads contained within this site are presented by various authors from many differing denominational backgrounds and Christian perspectives of doctrine. For this reason the viewer should expect the possibility of variance in details of opinions expressed. Though different authors may have slight differences of opinion on aspects of doctrine, it is important to note the consistent message present here, which is that monetary tithing is clearly NOT a New Covenant doctrine and has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ.

 

My sincerest thanks for visiting this page.  The page is now live on the Internet as of August 8th, 2012 and will be under construction for a few days.  I appreciate your patience.