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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction..................................................................................................... 5

 

My wake up call on tithing - its exaltation.......................................................................................................................... 5

 

My aim........................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

 

Chapter One - Half the truth shows the biases............................................................... 7

            My starting point...................................................................................................................................................................... 7

 

Half truths - A want of honesty and integrity...................................................................................................................... 7

 

Section One - Would Be Tithing Examples............................................... 10

    Chapter Two - The great spiritual principle.................................................................. 10

 

Why did Abraham give a tithe and what is the significance for us?............................................................................ 10

 

Nothing to do with the covenant of faith.......................................................................................................................... 11

 

Abraham’s tithe is not a precedent..................................................................................................................................... 11

 

Just what are we doing?....................................................................................................................................................... 12

 

A point of order I hear you say!!......................................................................................................................................... 13

 

Pagan practice first............................................................................................................................................................... 13

 

The real significance - Melchizedek................................................................................................................................... 16

 

Jacob, what was his story?................................................................................................................................................... 18

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 19

 

Section two -  What does the law really say on tithing anyway?...... 21

 

Chapter Three - The unhealthy bias exposed................................................................. 21

 

No justification for blessing and curses............................................................................................................................ 21

 

Chapter Four - Leviticus 27:30-32........................................................................................ 23

 

Two stories............................................................................................................................................................................... 23

            A contemporary God.............................................................................................................................................................. 24

 

What was the story then?...................................................................................................................................................... 27

 

Judicial not moral.................................................................................................................................................................. 28

 

The Land.................................................................................................................................................................................. 29

 

How can we honour God with this statute........................................................................................................................ 29

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 31

 

Chapter Five - Numbers 18:21................................................................................................ 32

 

Pastoring is not priesthood.................................................................................................................................................. 32

 

Jesus is the only legitimate priest we have........................................................................................................................ 33

 

No precedent........................................................................................................................................................................... 33

 

The rise of clericalism and the church tithe...................................................................................................................... 34

 

The inheritance, not limited to just a tithe........................................................................................................................ 35

 

Etymology and job descriptions.......................................................................................................................................... 36

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 37

 

A reminder............................................................................................................................................................................... 37

 

Chapter Six - Deuteronomy 12:6-19..................................................................................... 39

 

All.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 39

 

The established place for all offerings.............................................................................................................................. 39

 

“You shall not add or take away”...................................................................................................................................... 40

 

Application, no room for personal interpretation........................................................................................................... 40

 

Eating and rejoicing............................................................................................................................................................. 41

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 42

 

Chapter Seven - Deuteronomy 14:22-29............................................................................. 44

 

Tithes to the temple?.............................................................................................................................................................. 44

 

How many tithes and which one?....................................................................................................................................... 44

 

Eating and rejoicing............................................................................................................................................................. 48

 

Food, not money..................................................................................................................................................................... 48

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 49

 

The year of the tithe............................................................................................................................................................... 49

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 50

 

Chapter Eight - Deuteronomy 26:12ff............................................................................... 51

 

Not a question of amount, but priority.............................................................................................................................. 52

 

Tithes to the storehouse?...................................................................................................................................................... 53

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 53

 

Chapter Nine - 2 Chronicles 31............................................................................................ 54

 

Perfecting the Law................................................................................................................................................................. 54

 

Zeal for what?......................................................................................................................................................................... 55

 

What must we do?.................................................................................................................................................................. 55

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 56

 

Chapter Ten - Nehemiah 10, 12, & 13.................................................................................... 57

 

Proper context........................................................................................................................................................................ 57

 

The beginnings of the “separated ones”........................................................................................................................... 57

 

On another note...................................................................................................................................................................... 58

 

The application?.................................................................................................................................................................... 60

 

A vague picture of application............................................................................................................................................ 60

 

Chapter Eleven - Amos 4:4.................................................................................................... 61

 

No isolated promise............................................................................................................................................................... 61

 

Hebrew poetry......................................................................................................................................................................... 62

 

Chapter Twelve - Malachi 3:8-12........................................................................................ 63

 

The context.............................................................................................................................................................................. 63

 

The real problem - superficial obedience.......................................................................................................................... 64

 

Just who did command the church tithe then?................................................................................................................. 66

 

We submit to the meaning as the authority....................................................................................................................... 66

 

No contract, no curse or blessing....................................................................................................................................... 67

 

The delusion of obedience, don’t fool yourself................................................................................................................ 68

 

What shall we do?.................................................................................................................................................................. 69

 

The pride of adding to Christ’s work - tithing.................................................................................................................. 69

 

Onto the NT............................................................................................................................................................................. 70

 

Section three - Now, what does the NT say on tithing?......................... 71

 

Chapter Thirteen - Matt 23:23............................................................................................ 71

 

Real proof?.............................................................................................................................................................................. 71

 

The real point.......................................................................................................................................................................... 71

 

Poor exegesis.......................................................................................................................................................................... 72

 

The endorsement..................................................................................................................................................................... 73

 

Local Law not universal....................................................................................................................................................... 73

 

Jesus’ context.......................................................................................................................................................................... 75

 

Conclusion.............................................................................................................................................................................. 76

 

The real conclusion............................................................................................................................................................... 77

 

Chapter Fourteen - Luke 11:42............................................................................................ 78

 

Luke- no carbon copy............................................................................................................................................................ 78

 

Dividing between tithing and alms..................................................................................................................................... 78

 

Chapter Fifteen - Luke 18:12................................................................................................ 80

 

The left out phrase................................................................................................................................................................. 80

 

The punch line of a parable................................................................................................................................................. 80

 

Tithing on the wrong side of the fence............................................................................................................................... 81

 

No rescue for tithing.............................................................................................................................................................. 82

 

Conclusion-............................................................................................................................................................................. 82

 

Section Four - The Evidence Against Tithing Is The Abundance of Christian Instruction...................................................................................................... 83

 

Chapter Sixteen - Plenty of opportunities..................................................................... 83

 

Who will correct Christ?...................................................................................................................................................... 83

 

Chapter Seventeen - Christ’s Instructions..................................................................... 85

 

Christ on money...................................................................................................................................................................... 85

 

Gifts and deeds in recognition of the Messiah................................................................................................................. 85

 

Instructions on love and giving........................................................................................................................................... 87

 

Tithing teaches the opposite-............................................................................................................................................... 91

 

Attitudes towards money and riches-................................................................................................................................. 92

 

The generous Father and faith in Him............................................................................................................................... 95

 

The preachers income............................................................................................................................................................ 98

 

Taxes-........................................................................................................................................................................................ 99

 

Stewardship-......................................................................................................................................................................... 100

 

Conclusion............................................................................................................................................................................ 103

 

Chapter Eighteen – NT examples and Instructions.................................................... 105

 

Community giving and the needy - Acts 2:41-47........................................................................................................... 105

 

Not by tithing but by my Spirit says the Lord - Acts 3:6,  9:31, 14:3......................................................................... 106

 

Love runs down hill into the valley of equity -  Acts 4:34ff, 2 Cor 8:12ff 1 John 3:17f......................................... 106

 

Tithing - the perfect solution to avoid the teaching of Christ.................................................................................... 108

 

A question of motives - Acts 4:36-5:5, 1 Cor 13:3......................................................................................................... 109

 

The churches responsibility to social justice - Acts 6:1-3 1 Tim 5:3ff....................................................................... 111

 

Good deeds will be remembered - Acts 9:36 & 39 Heb 13:2ff..................................................................................... 112

 

A pleasing and fragrant offering - Acts 10:1ff, Phil 4:11-18, Heb 13:16, Rom 1:1................................................ 112

 

The collection, why and how much? - Acts 11:26b-30................................................................................................. 115

 

Beware!.................................................................................................................................................................................. 117

 

“whatever he may be prospered in”................................................................................................................................. 118

 

Voluntary............................................................................................................................................................................... 119

 

God blessing the pagans with plenty? -  Acts 14:17..................................................................................................... 120

 

The council of Jerusalem - Acts 15................................................................................................................................... 120

 

As for the Gentiles, no cultic law - Acts 21:24-25......................................................................................................... 122

 

Paul’s example - Acts 18:2-3,  Acts 20:17ff, 1 Th 2:9-10, 2 Th 3:6-10...................................................................... 123

 

Paul’s right, Paul’s love - 1 Cor 9:1-21.......................................................................................................................... 124

 

Paul’s argument for rights-................................................................................................................................................ 126

 

The Last nail in the coffin-................................................................................................................................................. 127

 

Beware of evil motives - Acts 20:33, 2Cor 11:7ff, 1Tim 6:6ff, Heb 13:5 1Pt 5:2, 2Pt 2:3..................................... 130

 

The gift of giving, diversity in the body - Rom 12:6-8,1 Pet 4:10f............................................................................. 131

 

The Christian and the State - Rom 13:7-8....................................................................................................................... 133

 

Do not judge - Rom 14:4-6................................................................................................................................................. 134

 

Remember the poor - Gal 2:9-10....................................................................................................................................... 134

 

No excuse to forget your roots. Honour your elders - Gal 6:6-10,  Romans 15:27, 1 Tim5;17f........................... 135

 

Pure religion from James the Jew - James 1:27, 2:1-17, 5:1-6................................................................................... 137

 

Where is the tithe?- 1 Cor 9:1-29,16:13, 2 Cor 8:1-15, 9:1-13, 11:7-15.................................................................. 138

 

Conclusion............................................................................................................................................................................ 139

 

Section three Continued - Now, what does the NT say on tithing?.. 140

 

Chapter Nineteen – Hebrews 7:1-8:1................................................................................. 140

 

Jesus receiving tithes in heaven?..................................................................................................................................... 140

 

The mistake-.......................................................................................................................................................................... 141

 

Who is Melchizedek?........................................................................................................................................................... 141

 

The link.................................................................................................................................................................................. 142

 

The crime-.............................................................................................................................................................................. 143

 

The rebuttal........................................................................................................................................................................... 143

 

Why mention tithing then................................................................................................................................................... 144

 

The guts of the argument.................................................................................................................................................... 144

 

Conclusion............................................................................................................................................................................ 145

 

Section Five – Miscellaneous Arguments............................................... 146

 

Chapter Twenty – The Minimum argument.................................................................... 146

 

The paradigm-...................................................................................................................................................................... 146

 

10%  as a minimum is a white lie...................................................................................................................................... 147

 

Why 10% then?.................................................................................................................................................................... 148

 

What must we do?................................................................................................................................................................ 149

 

The real requirement-.......................................................................................................................................................... 150

 

Conclusion............................................................................................................................................................................ 151

 

Chapter Twenty One – “Hold fast to what you were taught”................................ 152

 

New teaching – valid or not?............................................................................................................................................ 153

 

The reformation and pragmatism..................................................................................................................................... 154

 

Where does church tithing fit into this-........................................................................................................................... 155

 

The precedent of circumcision.......................................................................................................................................... 156

 

How did church tithing then become accepted?........................................................................................................... 156

 

Conclusion-........................................................................................................................................................................... 158

 

Chapter Twenty Two - The promise and the reason why tithing seems to work- 159

 

The promise and conditions-............................................................................................................................................. 159

 

The inducement-................................................................................................................................................................... 160

 

The real blessing stewardship!.......................................................................................................................................... 160

 

My little story of blessing without paying tithes-.......................................................................................................... 161

 

Thank God, thank God I am free at last-.......................................................................................................................... 161

 

Bibliography................................................................................................. 163

 

Articles/references............................................................................................................. 164