Monday, March 14, 2022

Russ Kelly Rebuts The Daily Leader on Tithing


Rebuttal to The Daily Leader, Trust God and Tithe, Mar 13, 2022


DL: Quotes Malachi 3:8-9


RK: Does not quote Malachi 3:10 which describes the tithe as FOOD. This is dishonest. There are 16 descriptions of tithe in the Bible and all limit them to FOOD from inside God’s holy land of Israel primarily for Levites and priests.

DL: … we are cursed because of our disobedience…

RK: Isn’t Galatians 3:10-13 in your Bible? “We” Gentile Christians never were under the curse of the Law and Hebrew Christians are not either.

DL: … tithing is not simply about money — it’s about faith

RK: True holy biblical tithes were never money. Also, it was law, not faith. Be honest with God’s Word.

DL: ... The poor should tithe and trust God to increase their blessing.

RK: The poor should give priority to taking care of essential  needs for food and care of their families. 1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

DL: The rich should tithe willingly

RK: The rich should give sacrificially per 2 Cor 8:12-14. Nobody tithes today.

DL: Malachi 3:8-12 contains the only place in Scripture where God gives us permission to “try” Him. …

RK: Malachi is addressed to Old Testament Israel under the Law. Teach Numbers 18:20-28. Those who received tithes were not allowed to amass wealth (v20) or own or inherit property. Why do you ignore that?