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Sunday, July 11, 2021

REBUTTAL TO STEPHEN J COLE BY RUSELL E KELLY

 

REBUTTAL TO STEPHEN J COLE

God, Money and You, December 1993

BY RUSSELL EARL KELLY, PHD, 2021

This is a real slick sermon on tithing. The preacher pretends to be preaching against tithing, but he is really preaching more than tithing. He probably broke his arm patting himself on the back for being so slick.

1. He never defines the words “holy tithe” from God’s Word. However, beginning at Leviticus 27:30-34 and 15 later texts, the CONTENTS of the holy tithe were always only FOOD from INSIDE ISRAEL miraculously increased by the hand of God and not man. Until God’s definition is used, the entire discussion is a moot total man-made waste of time.

2. He says “tithing is the bare minimum.” That is a lie and is not biblical. Holy tithes were only commanded to Hebrews under the Law and lived inside God’s holy land of Israel. If a Hebrew did no live inside Israel or earn his livelihood off the land, he was not required to tithe. Also, as Jesus, Paul and Peter did not qualify as tithe-payers.

3. The question is asked, “If not 10 percent, how much should I give?” At one point near the end of the sermon, author correctly replies that we should give sacrificially, generously, to the best of our ability after essential household necessities have been met. I would include First Timothy 5:8.

4.  Tithing is not the New Testament standard for giving: generous sacrificial giving is the standard, not tithing. For many, sacrificial giving might be more than 10%; however, for many sacrificial giving is far less than 10%.

5. “Believers are not under the Law.” In fact, Gentiles never were under the Law.

6. Tithing is not an eternal moral principle. Eternal moral principles apply to every Hebrew and also every person. They are known by the conscience or through nature (Rom 1:18-20; 2:14-16). Tithing is neither.

7. Tithing was not repeated under the terms of the New Covenant by the Holy Spirit. It is not a post-Calvary New Covenant doctrine.

8. He incorrectly says “The tithe was commended for every Israelite to fund national worship and help the poor.” This is wrong. It was only commanded from food producers who lived inside Israel. And those who received tithes were not allowed to own or inherit property inside Israel or to amass wealth. This part of tithing is totally ignored today.

9.We are told “Jesus mentions scribes and Pharisees who tithe ..., but he never commanded his disciples to tithe.”

This was only true because the Law was in full effect before Calvary. He commanded His disciples to tithe to the Jewish worship system and not to Himself or to His Apostles (Mt 23:1-24).

10. He says that “Tithing was not mentioned by the early church fathers.” That is simply not true. See David’s Croteau’s writings. However, their version of tithing was not accepted for almost 800 years.

11. He wrote “It leads to the notion that 10 percent is God’s money and 90 percent is my money. In reality, 100 percent is God’s money.”

Here is where the slick trickery starts to unfold. The author began by saying that tithing is a bare minimum. He also began by failing to correctly define what a holy tithe was in God’s Word. He defines “tithe” as “ten per cent of one’s total income before taxes” and builds the lie upon his unbiblical false definition.

12. “Grace giving does not mean that you give every now and then, hit and miss, but it is planned and systematic (1 Cor 16:2; 9:7).”

Those two texts teach giving “as God has prospered you” and “not under compulsion.” The giver gives to the best of his/her ability.

13. “God’s grace should motivate us to excel far more than the minimum under the law (1 Cor. 15:10).”

First, First Corinthians 15:10 is not about giving. Second, if there were a text which supported his claim, he would have quoted it. Third, he cannot justify this with his comments that the Law had three tithes of 22%. Does grace teach 22% giving minimum?

14. “God deserves the best, not just what is convenient.”

Although this sounds good, it is not biblical. Read Leviticus 27:30-34. The tithe of the herd was NOT the best --- it was merely the tenth!  The priests offered the BEST 1% of the total tithe in Numbers 18:25-28.

15. “He deserves first place.” Again, although this sounds good, it is not biblical. God did not require the best of the land or herd.

16. “Grace giving is based on God’s example in Christ (2 Cor 8:9).”

Why stop at verse 9? Read and include 8:14-16. “Equality giving” means that some give more and others give less. This chapter is not about tithing; it is about freewill sacrificial giving.

17. “All that we are and have belongs to God, not just a tenth.”

The slick pretense is over. After all the arguments against tithing, Stephen J. Cole DOES teach tithing.

18. He quotes First Corinthians 8:1-12 and not 8:14-16 which disagree with his conclusions.

CONCLUSION:

Stephen J. Cole teaches cannot accept less than 10%; he wants everybody to give more than 10%. First, his definition of the “holy tithe” is unbiblical. Second, contrary to God’s requirement for O.T. tithe-recipients, he probably owns property and has a savings account (Num 18:20, 15-28).

Sunday, July 04, 2021

WHY I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

 

WHY I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

By Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

July 4, 2021

On approximately July 2nd I watched a TV  interview of two students from Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. They were asked if they were proud to be an American. They both answered “no,” and one replied “What is there to be proud of?”

What is being taught at Georgetown University? The following reasons are “off the top of my head” and I am sure there are many more reasons to be proud to be an Americn.

1.  We have freedom to rise to become wealthy.

2.  We have freedom to rise to become an influential politician, congressman or president.

3.  We have freedom to debate our differences in public and to join and support peaceful groups which oppose our government.

4.  In most states we have freedom to legally purchase a firearm to protect ourselves and our families.

5.  We have freedom to worship as we choose.

6.  We have freedom to receive a good education with little effort.

7.  We have freedom to vote to choose our leaders.

8.  We have freedom to use a public court system.

9.  We can have a public court hearing if charged with a crime.

10.  We can have a free public defender if unable to afford our own attorney.

11.  We have freedom to defend ourselves in print or on the internet.

12.  Unlike many countries, we have a Social Security and Medicaid which help those who are elderly and unable to work.

12.  Veterans can receive extra help.

13.  We have citizens of other countries taking risks to enter legally or illegally and extremely few moving out of our country.

14.  We allow those who come here because of persecution or unsafe living conditions to criticize our nation when they did not have that freedom in the country they fled.

15.  We have freedom to live where we choose.

 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

RUSS KELLY REBUTS WILLIAM BARCLEY ON TITHING

MAY 27, 2021

The Bible Commands Christians to Tithe

March 28, 2017  |  William Barcley / check for full article

WB: My argument, in a nutshell, is this: The requirement to tithe preceded the Mosaic law, was codified in it with ceremonial aspects added, and was affirmed by Jesus as binding on his followers.

RK: Tithing before the Law was from unclean pagan goods which were not holy tithes. Tithing during the laws was always only food from inside God’s holy land. It was limited to Hebrews living inside that holy land. There is no such thing as tithing after Calvary. Matthew 23:23 is during the law.

WB: [Genesis 14 (Abram) and 28 (Jacob) are validated by Genesis 26:5.]

RK: Not everything Abram did was in obedience to a command from God. For example, using Gen 26:5 to justify tithing is wrong because it could also justify his lie to Pharoah in Genesis 12.  The biblical definition of a “holy tithe” does not fit Gen 14 or 28.

WB:  [Gen 4, firstfrut and firstborn.]

RK: Scripture nowhere EQUATES “firstborn,” “firstfruit” with “tithe.” They are always distinctly different. Both were only food from inside God’s holy land. One tree out of many thousands in Gen 4 does not constitute a tithe.  

WB: Some have suggested Jacob was offering a one-time tithe in Genesis 28. But as John Currid observes, the verb “to tithe” describes frequent, multiple actions. Jacob appears to be “making a lifetime commitment to Yahweh in the matter of tithing.”

RK: We cannot elevate John Currid’s opinion to the level of Scripture. The Bible has a huge “if” which means that Jacob was bargaining with God – telling God the sequence.

WB: Why does Moses record these events? …

RK: Why does Moses, Nehemiah, Malachi and Jesus not uses Gen 14 and 26 ass examples of holy tithing? --- they were from unholy pagan sources.

 

WB: … Yet far from revealing discontinuity, Hebrews leaves the impression that Christians will also tithe to their eternal high priest.

RK: Hebrews 7 teaches certain discontinuity. (1) Messiah will be “after the ORDER of Melchizedek” – a non-Hebrew king-priests. (2) Messiah will not be from Aaron. (3) His coming will forces a NECESSARY CHANGE OF THE LAW (V12). And (4) that “change” will be the “disannulling of the commandment going before” of tithing from 7:5.

WB: When we come to the law, it becomes clear that the tithe is God’s standard for giving.

RK: Read Lev 27:30-34 and Num 18:20-28. The “standard” only applied to food-producers living inside holy Israel!!! It did not apply carpenters such as Jesus! It did not apply to tent-makers such as Paul! It did not apply to any outside Israel. It did not apply to Gentiles.

WB: Under the Mosaic law, there appear to be three tithes …

RK: They all had things in common: they could not own or inherit God’s holy land and could not amass wealth (Num 18:20-28). Yet today many “tithe recipients” own much land and are wealthy.

WB: SABBATH and TITHING

RK: Natural law and conscience teach both worship and giving. Neither tell us which day to worship or how much to give.

WB: Mal 3:8-10

RK: The worst God-robbers of Malachi were the minsters:   See Neh 13:5-10. Follow the “you” from Malachi 1:6-14; 2:1-17; 3 all. Every priest in the nation was stealing from God.

WB: Matt 23;23

RK: The context is “matters of the law” before Calvary. Jesus was not commanding his disciples to tithe to support He and His apostles. Although ignored, the priests were still not allowed to own property in Israel or amass wealth (Num 18:20-28).

It befuddles me that a Reform pastor would force tithing on those whom he believes have been predestined by God to obey.