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Exposé on Tithing”

By: Deborah Kirby
(Copyright 2011, All rights reserved /Reprinted 2014)

The tithe is a hot button topic within The Church, particularly the American sector. I am not unaware of this point, but I want you to take a deep breath, understanding that my desire is to educate – to get you to evaluate what you do and why you do it.

I'm going to approach this essay in a bullet-point presentation format. Hopefully this will help minimize this complex subject so that it is easier to evaluate.

Understand, it is the misuse of the word tithe that is to be addressed here.

At the core of my being, I wholly support The Gospel's edification of generous givingThe rub is how many churches today misuse an Old Testament ordinance and overlay it on believers in The Church today.

So, let's do a little digging, shall we?  (Though I cannot cover everything on this topic in this short essay, it is my prayer that what I do share provokes you to explore the topic for yourself.  We must stop the blind acceptance of what we have heard or perhaps what we were taught from an early age.  To those who truly desire truth and growth,  in-depth study of the Word is a must!)

The Word teaches that anything mixed with the Gospel message is leaven and must be cast out or it will corrupt the purity of the Gospel message. It would be wise to remember 2 Corin 9:7 where Paul states, "Each man should give what he had decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

Charles Spurgeon wrote in 1880, "But you are not under a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving and take away all the bloom from the fruit of your liberality! There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday. There is no rule laid down in any law book to decide what a present a husband should give to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No, the gift must be a free one, or it has lost all its sweetness."

Well said, Mr. Spurgeon; well said!

Just to name a few Biblical scholars, both past and present, who agree the tithe has NO business being taught nor practiced in the churches today are Charles Spurgeon, Dr. Martin Luther, Dr. David A.Croteau, John MacArthur and  J. Vernon McGee.

By no means do I claim to be an expert in this area, but I have done a lot of studying on the subject for many years, weighing through Jewish life, Old Testament Law and practices, and the beauty of The Gospel. When put together, God's tremendous love and grace are revealed in such a manner that it truly boggles my mind that anyone would dare to continue propelling the tithe teaching today as something that should be practiced within The Church.

As I stated at the beginning of this expose, I completely support The Gospel message of generous giving, but I do not support tithing as it is being taught today.

My hope is that  you have learned a thing or two through the reading of this article and have been encouraged to study for yourself. I know I won't stop exploring and learning!  Just please don't allow anyone, myself included, to spoon-feed you!  Study to show yourself approved!” (2 Tim 2:15)