Saturday, June 11, 2016

One Reason for No Revival in America

By Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

They are liberal biased. Liberals generally oppose biblical inspiration, predictive prophecy, miracles and the deity of Jesus Christ.

For example, look up Deuteronomy, Isaiah and Daniel. After giving a one sentence “traditionally” statement, the remaining article is “modern scholars believe.” We are told that Moses David and Daniel never existed and did not write anything. We are told that Isaiah was written by a minimum of 3 authors over hundreds of years. We are told that Josiah essentially lied to Judah in order to provoke a religious reform over the discovery of Deuteronomy. We are told that Daniel was written after 200 B. C. and is not prophecy.

Why bother going to church if your church does not believe in inspiration, prophecy, miracles, the deity of Christ and teaches that the Bible is merely an assembly of lies and traditions? Check out the “Wellhausen Documentary Hypothesis” and know one reason why there is no revival in America.

Do you think Moses, David and Solomon were real historical figures?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

11 Post-Calvary Texts Which Abolish Tithing

11 Post-Calvary Texts Which Abolish HOLY Tithing
by Russell Earl Kelly, PHD, June 8, 2016

1. Hebrews 7:18 very clearly abolished HOLY tithing after Calvary in context.
Heb 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
This verse must, in context, include tithing. Tithing is the only “commandment” mentioned in Hebrews before 7:18. The priests have a “commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law” (7:5) and it was “necessary” “to change” that law (7:12). Next, the “change” was NOT to support gospel workers; rather the “change” was its “annulment” in 7:18.

2. Hebrews 8:13 abolished HOLY tithing.
Heb 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Tithing, as the word is used by Moses, Nehemiah, Malachi and Jesus, was an essential part of the Old Covenant to supports its Levite temple workers and Aaronic priests. The old covenant, the temple, the Levitical workers and the Aaronic priesthood ended at Calvary – including tithing. Also Galatians 4:21-26; 2 Corinthians 3:6-10.

3. 1 Peer 2:5 (2:9; Rev 5:10) abolished tithing.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
In the New Covenant all believers are priests who do not tithe to each other. During the Old Covenant priests received one tenth of the tithe (1% of 10% or 1%) per Numbers 18:25-28 and Nehemiah 10:38. Old Covenant priests did not tithe but gave freewill offerings per Malachi 1:6-14. If tithing were post-Calvary for gospel workers, they would only be due 1% of the first Levitical tithe.

4. Acts 6:2-4 abolished tithing.
Acts 6:2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables .
Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
According to Numbers 18:21-24 and Nehemiah 10:37b, the Levites who received the whole (10%) Levitical tithe were only servants to the priests. Those Levites have been replaced by Christian deacons, ushers, singers, musicians, treasurers, builders, maintenance men and cooks who do not receive the tithes. If tithing were for post-Calvary Christians their Levite-equivalents would receive the first 10%.

5. 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19 abolish tithing.
1 Cor 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
O. T. tithes were for the purpose of supporting the Levites and priests for their ministry in the physical Temple in Jerusalem and for their prohibition to inherit land and amass wealth in Israel. That temple no longer exists and has been replaced by the temple of the believer’s body where the Holy Spirit dwells. The fact that gospel workers own and inherit land and amass much wealth contrary to the tithing law of Numbers 18:20-21 proves by actions that O. T. tithing laws no longer apply.

6. 2 Corinthians 11:8 abolished tithing.
2 Cor 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
In the O. T. HOLY tithes were always only FOOD from inside God’s HOLY land of Israel. In the N. T. gospel workers received wages which were NOT food. In order for tithing to be a post-Calvary doctrine, the very definition and description of tithes would have to be changed (and it was never changed). There are 16 pre-Calvary texts describing the contents of the HOLY tithes as the word is used by Moses, Nehemiah, Malachi and Jesus and none of them contain money – including Matthew 23:23.

7. Ephesians 2:13 abolished tithing.
Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace.
Since tithing was required by Hebrews and not by Gentiles, it was one of those walls which separated the two. As a ceremonial worship “ordinance-statute,” tithing was clearly abolished by Calvary. It was certainly neither one of the Ten Commandments nor one of the civil legislative judgments handled by judges. See Numbers 18.

8. Colossians 2:14 abolished tithing.
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
Again, since tithing was clearly a ceremonial worship “ordinance-statute,” it was clearly abolished by Calvary. It was definitely neither one of the Ten Commandments nor one of the civil legislative judgments handled by judges. See Numbers 18.

9. Romans 7:4 abolished tithing.
Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
For Hebrews the whole Law ended at Calvary. For both Hebrews and Jews, law as a principle one might use to incorrectly please God ends the moment one dies in Christ’s death and is born again. No law can condemn or control a dead person (Gal 2:20). The new “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” controls the believer (Rom 8:2-3). Only that part of the Old Covenant Law which has been repeated after Calvary in terms of grace and faith applies to Christians. Tithing was never commanded to believers after Calvary.

10. Galatians 3:10-13 abolished tithing.
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
The whole law ended at Calvary – good and bad.
Being under one part of that law means being under ALL of that law – period. The post-Calvary New Covenant “law” principle replaces the “Thou shalt nots” of the Law with obedience from a new nature in Christ (Rom 8:1-2; Gal. 2:20). Tithing is not commanded to the Church in terms of the New Covenant’s grace and faith.

11. Galatians 3:13 abolished tithing.
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.
While the blessings were for obedience to the law (Deut 28:1-14; 29:1-16), the curses were for disobedience (Deut 28:15-68; 29:17-19). The blessings were the rewards; the curses were the penalties. Since a law cannot exist without having a penalty for violation, removing the curse removed the old law – including tthing.

12. According to the Bible, there were actually three tithes totaling approximately 20 - 23 1/3%
A. 1st: Levitical tithe; yearly; for Levites and priests; Num 19:20-21; Lev 27:30-34
B. 2nd: Festival tithe; yearly; for festivals; Deut 12:6-7; 14:23
C. 3rd: Poor Tithe; every three years; Deut 14:28-29; 26:12-13
If one insists on teaching biblical tithing, one should teach all of it – 20-23%.

13. Matthew 23:23 is not a valid text.
Matt 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
A. It is before Calvary while the Law was in full force.
B. In order to remain sinless Jesus taught tithing  as a “matter of the law” to support the Levitical priesthood
C. The HOLY tithe of the Law was still limited to FOOD from inside Israel.
D. It was addressed to the “scribes and Pharisees” and not to the church

14. 1 Corinthians 9:13 is not a valid text.
1 Cor 9:13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
1 Cor 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
A. “Things of the temple” include far more than tithes – and the church does not teach that aspect.
B. “Even so” of 9:14 includes 9:7-13 which is a list of how each vocation is supported by its own principle.
C. 9:14 teaches that gospel workers are supported by gospel principles (of grace and faith – not law)

15. Genesis 14:18-20 and 28:20-22 are not valid texts.
A. Those tithes were from unclean pagan sources which were not considered HOLY by Moses, Nehemiah, Malachi or Jesus.
B. Those tithes were never used as a reason for tithing under the Law.
C. There is no evidence that those tithes were given more than once in a lifetime.

1. Hebrews 7:18, in context of 7:5, 12, clearly abolished tithing.

2. Hebrews 8:13 teaches that the Old Covenant which taught HOLY tithing ended.

3. 1 Peter 2:5 teaches that all believers are priests and priests did not tithe.

4. Acts 6:2-4 teaches that the duties of O.T. tithe-receiving Levites have been replaced by mostly-unpaid gospel workers.

5. 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19 teaches that the O.T. temple in which tithe-receiving Levites and priests ministered has been replaced by the believer’s body.

6. 2 Corinthians 11:8 teaches that some gospel workers receive wages which are not FOOD from inside God’s HOLY land. Yet the biblical definition and description of the HOLY tithe never changed.

7.  Ephesians 2:13 abolished tithing which was a ceremonial worship-ordinance-statute which separated Hebrews from Gentiles.

8. Colossians 2:14 abolished tithing by “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances which were against us” because tithing was an ordinance of the law.

9. Romans 7:4 abolished tithing because believers are dead to old law ordinances. No law can tell a dead man what to do.

10. Galatians 3:10 abolished tithing because placing oneself under one part of that Law places oneself under all of that Law.

11. Galatians 3:13 abolished tithing because a law cannot exist without a penalty for disobedience. Tithing was not repeated after Calvary in terms of the New Covenant.

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Job and Ecclesiastes

Job and Ecclesiastes
by Russell Earl Kelly, PHD
May 21, 2016

Though written centuries apart from each other, both of these inspired biblical books have one thing in common --- they reveal how unenlightened men reasoned and understood life in their time periods. They give the reader a very close look into the hearts and minds of men struggling with life’s inequalities, opposites, disappointments, losses, gains, curses, blessings and search for spiritual reconciliation. This information is crucial for Bible students attempting to understand the people of His Word. It also gives insights into our own searches for spiritual meaning today.

Job deals primarily with the questions of suffering, and, it must be noted, God does not answer any of those questions.  Neither Job nor his four “friends” are inspired with special revelation or the Word of God to know why Job suffered. While Job appears to be wiser and (correctly) refuses to accept personal guilt for his suffering, they are all reflecting only what uninspired knowledge his revealed. Again, unlike the reader, neither Job nor his friends have been shown what is really behind Job’s suffering. While much of what each of them says is correct, it is also true that much of what each of them says is incorrect – including Job (“words without knowledge” 38:2). Therefore teachers and preachers should tread very lightly when using Job for sermon material except when God speaks.

Ecclesiastes, like Job, is an inspired demonstration of how unenlightened men viewed and interpreted their circa 1000 B. C. The reader is privileged to compare his/her views with those of Solomon’s era. While reading Ecclesiastes, it would be helpful to mark, underline or circle the words “vanity” and “under the sun.” Without special revelation from God, all is vanity, nothing has a goal or eternal value. All life --man, animal and plant-- comes into existence, lives and dies and repeats the meaningless cycle.

Following 37 confusing chapters of ignorant false accusations and denials, God speaks after Job says “God respects not any man that is wise of heart” (37:24). God says that Job has been using “words without knowledge” (38:2) –even Job was wrong in much of what he had said. For four chapters God throws questions at Job (38 to 41). After Job repents for daring to question Him (42:6), God rebukes his friends because Job had been correct in not accepting personal blame for his suffering (41:7-10). Finally, God restores Job with more than he had before (41:11-17).

Ecclesiastes has the same kind of unenlightened wisdom of man in all except its last two verses of chapter 12. Much of what we believe is correct, but much of it is wrong. “Vanity” occurs 36 times in 12 chapters while “under the sun” occurs 29 times. To ignore these words is to miss the meaning of Ecclesiastes!

For example, when Ecclesiastes 12:7 says “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it, “it does not mean (as SDAs and JWs interpret it) “there is no immortal soul and man ceases to exist at death” because 12:8 immediately says “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.” 12:7 is an example of unenlightened vain logic “under the sun.”

“Without an afterlife resurrection and judgment of the dead, nothing makes sense – the wicked go unpunished and the righteous go unrewarded; life is a meaningless cycle. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Russell Kelly Rebutts David Oyedepo on Tithing

Dr. David Oyedepo, Witty Thoughts: You can never have true freedom without financial freedom.

Russ: Really? So poor people cannot be happy and Jesus was wealthy. Whatever happened to the gospel?

David: …  as kingdom citizens our financial prosperity is tied to the COVENANT and one of such covenant which is the foundation for financial prosperity is in the kingdom is TITHING. 

Russ: Liar! HOLY tithing, as the term is used by Moses, Nehemiah, Malachi and Jesus, was only part of the Old Covenant of works (Mal 4:4; Neh 10:28-29).

David: I know someone is already saying oh not again. Don’t worry am not talking about tithing because I know we have heard so much about it. Moreover I will be talking about the blessings or benefits of tithing.

Russ: You are contradicting yourself.

David: Malachi 3:8-12. Yeah Malach.  8. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Russ: By following the pronoun “you” from 1:6; 2:1, 13, 17; 3:8 the MINISTERS were stealing the Levites’ portion of the tithe as seen in 1:6-14 and Neh 13:5-10.

David: 9. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Russ: Every priest (“you”) in the nation was guilty of abusing tithes and offerings. See 1:6; 2:1.

David: 10. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house 

Russ: (1) This must be addressed only to the priests because the Temple in Jerusalem did not contain sufficient storage for all the tithe of the whole nation. (2) 98% of the Levites and priests remained at their cities most of the time. It illogical to bring ALL the tithe to the Temple.

David: Your tithe is not an admonition. It’s an instruction.

Russ: There were over 600+ “admonitions” or “commands” of God to Old Covenant Israel. Why do you harp on only one? In order to be blessed one must obey ALL of them according to Deut 27:26 and Paul Gal 3:10 --- or do you ever read those verses?

David: Verse 8 beginning said men have robbed God in their tithes and offerings and as a result of this these category of people are cursed. 

Russ: No, it says “you” which is a reference to dishonest thieving MINISTERS from 1:6; 2:1, 13, 17. It is not addressed to New Covenant believers who are not cursed per Gal 3:13.

David: This kind of curse is not the opposite of Abrahams blessing. It means WOE! You have made yourself vulnerable to attacks through this curse.

Russ: Born-again, Spirit-filled, adopted children of God cannot be cursed per Gal 3:13.

David: He will open the windows of heaven.

Russ: A reference to RAIN for crops inside God’s HOLY land of Israel. You twist the Scriptures for your own benefit.

David: He said prove me.

Russ: The whole law was a TEST – not simply tithing. Obey ALL to be blessed; break one to be cursed under it. God did not promise to bless tithers who broke other parts of his Law.

David: … that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Your house will be too small to receive His blessing.

Russ: Does this fit you? How many tithers does it fit? What percentage of tithers does it fit? Why are you trying to get New Covenant giving principles from the Old?

David: I will rebuke the devourer for your sake.

Russ: A reference to insects and draught which destroy crops.

David: One of the only place in the scripture where God said He will do something for you.

Russ: Wrong. God promises that He will justify, give grace, give faith, give peace, give patience, etc. etc. etc.

David: The devourer is not an it, it’s an activity on your finances.

Russ: Wrong. Where are your texts?

David: He will not destroy the fruit of your ground. The ground is anywhere you can be your job, academic, business, family, ideas. He said I won’t destroy it.

Russ: Another plain reference to crops; that is the literal context. Where are your texts?

David: Neither shall your vine cast her fruit.

Russ: Again a clear literal reference to crops.

David: Some people are involved in project that can never finish because they don’t tithe. Almost their but never there, that has been their experience. 

Russ: As important as you make tithing sound, one would expect it to be found almost everywhere in the N.T. after Calvary.

David: Check it, tithing is your way to the top.

Russ: You give Christianity a bad name. You devour widows’ houses and take that which they need to feed, house and care for their families contrary to Scripture. 1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

David: Please pay your tithe in your place of worship and see God decorate you with all these 7 fringe benefits or blessings. Have a blessed day.

Russ: (1) Do we only tithe food from inside Israel as God’s Word taught Hebrews? (Lev 27:30-34). (2) Do we tithe to greeters, deacons, choir members, musicians, etc as God’s Word commanded Hebrews? (Num 18:21-24). (3) Do we give only 1% to the MINISTER as God’s Word taught (Num 18:25-28). (4) Are tithe recipients not to inherit property or amass wealth as God’s Word commanded (Num 18:20).