Wesley: I also don't think the wholesale attack on tithing is warranted either.
Russ: Sound like what the Pharisees might have said to Jesus and what Dr Eck might have said to Dr Martin Luther. Why do you ignore the positive things we say that many Christians should give MORE than ten per cent?
Wesley: I do not believe it would be accurate to say that the Lord abolished the OT laws with His death on Calvary. Colossians 2:13-17 shows that the Lord removed ordinances that were contrary to us including those pertaining to meat, drink, holydays, sabbaths and the like. There is no mention in this of tithing.
Russ: Read Numbers 18. The ordinance-statute which funded the Levitical priests and allowed them to minister the sacrifices and holy days of Colossians 2:13-17 was tithing. When their priesthood and all of their duties ended at Calvary then tithing ended also. Common sense.
Wesley: Jesus declared that He had not come to destroy the law in Matthew 5:17-18.
Russ: You forgot to quote Matthew 5:19 "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Your admission that Colossians 2:13-17 ended the ordinances contradicts your use of Matthew 5:17-18 because of 5:19 and the context of 5:19-48. You cannot have it both ways. Either Hebrews must keep ALL of the Law or NONE of it. Jesus quoted from all three sections of the law in 5:20-48.
Please tell me which consistent biblical principle you use to determine what part of the Old Covenant to bring over into the New Covenant.