CWM: What I am saying is that nothing that you have pointed out nullifies what I am trying to say.
Russ: Does that mean that you agree with me or are you trying to avoid discussing God’s Word?
CWM: You are presenting the tithe from a “law” point,
Russ: I am presenting the tithe from a “biblical” context. It just so happens that the only correct biblical context of a true holy tithe is from the “law” point. On the other hand, you are trying to drag it out of its biblical law context and redefine it in the grace context.
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Having been saved by grace through faith alone, are we then made perfect through works of the law –like tithing, unclean food, Sabbath keeping and unclean foods?
CWM: I am talking about giving from a point of free will. I am not trying to make a “legal” case for the tithe.
Russ: How can you call it “freewill” when you insist on saying that Christians should BEGIN their level of giving at ten per cent? That is a contradiction. What if I told you “Give freely whatever you desire, but you must start at no less than ten per cent”?
CWM: I am presenting it as the compelling example of God’s desire within scripture. You guys are the ones who are trying to “legally” avoid the example.
Russ: Your example re-inserts a legal beginning place for even the very poorest who cannot even afford medicine and food. That is the cruelty of the modern tithing approach.