They Just Won’t Quit About Tithing

It seems that our mainstream media won’t get off the subject of tithing, and it also seems that Russell Earl Kelly is making the most of it.

Some of you remember I went back and forth with Dr. Kelly last fall on this subject: the pieces were as follows:

My case against Dr. Kelly is more methodological than anything else, and can be summarised as follows:

  • The New Testament ideal of finances is selling all.  Tithing is, relative to that, is the easy way out.  It’s that simple and uncomplicated.  That should be enough to end the debate on tithing, but…
  • Dr. Kelly spends too much time refuting the Old Testament arguments tithing proponent’s make.  In doing so he validates their central mistake: making Christianity a sort of reconstituted Judaism rather than the complete fulfilment of the law.  Their central mistake is his also.
  • He spends too much time fighting other Christian pastors and teachers.  In doing this, he plays into the hands of our enemies, who are well positioned to do damage with his words.  Their objective is to defund Evangelical Christianity in this country.  The fact that same Christianity developed a performance-based construct to assist in fund raising is unfortunate, but if the result of his tirade is to shift the wealth entrusted to God’s people to the state through taxation or to the financial system through debt (and there’s too much of both these days,) then Dr. Kelly will have a lot to answer for.

In case you missed it, the CBS Sunday Morning piece on the subject is below.

 

6 thoughts on “They Just Won’t Quit About Tithing”

  1. • The New Testament ideal of finances is selling all. Tithing is, relative to that, is the easy way out. It’s that simple and uncomplicated. That should be enough to end the debate on tithing, but…

    Kelly: Your answer is far too simplistic. The early church which “sold all” in Acts 2 and 4 thought Jesus was about to return at any moment. The church outside of Judea did not follow or repeat their decision to live in communes until their supplies were exhausted. It took generations to replace what they had willingly given up and start all over again. This is one reason Paul had to bring them food. This same church 30 years later in Acts 21:20-21 was still tithing –not to church leaders—but the temple system. Read the text.

    • Dr. Kelly spends too much time refuting the Old Testament arguments tithing proponent’s make. In doing so he validates their central mistake: making Christianity a sort of reconstituted Judaism rather than the complete fulfilment of the law. Their central mistake is his also.

    Kelly: Please be honest to my writings. I spend my time refuting their arguments whether those arguments come from the Old Testament or the New Testament.

    • He spends too much time fighting other Christian pastors and teachers.
    Kelly: I fight for the truth. I suppose this is true also of Jesus fighting other Hebrews, of Paul fighting other Hebrews, of Martin Luther and the Reformers disagreeing with other Christians. It is unfair to accuse me of doing what all reformers have done and will continue to do.
    • In doing this, he plays into the hands of our enemies, who are well positioned to do damage with his words. Their objective is to defund Evangelical Christianity in this country.

    Kelly: They are “funding” Christianity with false doctrine which curses and abuses the poor. That is worth standing up for. Join me.

    • The fact that same Christianity developed a performance-based construct to assist in fund raising is unfortunate, but if the result of his tirade is to shift the wealth entrusted to God’s people to the state through taxation or to the financial system through debt (and there’s too much of both these days,) then Dr. Kelly will have a lot to answer for.

    Kelly: We cannot hide our head in a hole and hope the whole mess will go away. If the Christian press and Christian leaders will dialog with me and those who agree with me perhaps the false doctrine can be corrected from within Christianity. It is a shame that the secular press has to make money off the disagreement merely because the Christian press is running from the matter.

    In Christ’s love
    Russell Kelly

  2. will bring it to pass.I wonder what the institutional church is really afraid of. From what I am hearing from the pro-tithing crowd, there seems to be a lack of trust in God to provide for His Son. Will God invest into the work on earth? Or will God with hold His steady hand until we accept the false teaching of tithing? Why is it implied that God is so shackled to false doctrine that it must exist in order to bring about His work on earth?

    Is His hand so short that He cannot complete His great work unless we perpetuate heresy? Must we unduly burden the poorest among us with legalism that even the Jewish nation would not endure?

    Why don’t we take a leap of faith and find out what God is REALLY after? Maybe He has some surprises in store for us when we trust Him.

    Maybe He can revive us when we let go of our own human understanding and trust Him.

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart…lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

    Love
    Brian

  3. Jesus taught that the children of the Kingdom were FREE….churches today have a proble accepting this. If they do the work of the kingdom then God’s children will freely give (Mat 10:8)

    Paul tells us to stand fast in the liberty wherwith CHRIST has made us FREE…..children of God rise up and reject the heresy of mandated tithes

    Preachers, God warns against putting a yoke of bondage on his children…Peter calls this ‘Testing God’ (Acts 15:10)

    Repent and let God’s children enjoy the LIBERTY Christ died for them to have.

    Chris

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