Tithing, the New Testament Church, and Hucksters

I’ve always had a problem with tithing because it’s the only Old Testament law that fundamentalists want to push on their members.

Or so I thought.

Today, I read a blog, which I’ll link in a moment, that gave me a better reason why tithing has always bothered me.

First, though, let me say that rejecting tithing on a Scriptural basis has always been easy. The arguments that Christians should tithe are so pitiful that they are hardly worth refuting. The same people who reject the Sermon on the Mount as part of the law will argue that Christians ought to tithe because tithing is mentioned in the Gospels.

Ridiculous. And shameful. Money lovers.

What I enjoy doing is sending those people to Deut. 14:22-29. Yes, let’s tithe, but let’s do it according to the only thorough description of tithing that’s in the Bible.

Here’s a quote from THE BIBLE about what to do with your tithe:

thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household … (Deut. 14:26)

That’s the good ol’ KJV. The next verse adds that you need to have the Levites with you.

So, you can take the pastor down to Buffalo Wild Wings with your family for beer and wings, but you don’t have to give him that tithe!

Note: That’s a joke. While I don’t object to Christians drinking alcohol, and I occasionally take the family to Buffalo Wild Wings (where I will also usually order one beer), we’re not to indulge the flesh or love the world. For the most part, there are a lot better things to do with our money.

Okay, that said, this blog (that’s the correct link, just read down a little) expresses my real problem with tithing better than I’ve ever been able to express it to myself. It’s the opposite of Robin Hood! It’s the rich taking from the poor! We’re no better than John Tetzel!

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2 Responses to Tithing, the New Testament Church, and Hucksters

  1. Dan Rodger says:

    Hi, thanks to the link to my site and glad that the article on tithing helped explain what you had been thinking.

    In Gods grace

    • Shammah says:

      I can’t say I read all your posts, but I am subscribed to your blog in Google Reader. Just cleaned out some blogs the other day that I don’t really ever read–time is at a premium, you know, and I have a lot of blogging friends–but yours made the cut. You have a great blog, well researched and thought out, and I’m glad you noticed the link!

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