A CLOSER LOOK AT TITHING

By: Victor T. Stephens

"People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."

~ George R.R. Martin

Dear believer in Christ;

 

I have some vital questions for you:

 

Are you a Christian who has been badgered and judged as a "God Robber"? Have you been sentenced to Hell for failing to tithe? Do you pay tithes in order to elude a curse; or do you live in fear of being cursed because you are unable to tithe? Have you been judged as stingy and undisciplined because you do not tithe? Have you been made to feel like a second class Christian because you are unable to pay tithes?

If you answered "yes" to any of those series of questions, then please read on for some shocking and enlightening truth ... truth that will release you from the manipulation and spiritual abuse which routinely occurs in many professing Christian churches.

This publication will address the practice of church tithing by taking a comprehensive examination of scriptural text employed by tithing advocates and contrasting them to what the Word of God actually says using proper hermeneutical context. (Read more)

Table of Contents

Introduction 

What We Will Study

Oppositions to the Truth 

Cognitive Dissonance 

How Essential is the Issue of Tithing? 

Old Testament Tithing Prior to the Mosaic Law 

Adam and Eve: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil 

The Offerings of Abel and Cain 

Abram's Tithe to Melchizedek

Jacob's Tithing Vow 

Jacob's Tithing Vow and the Mosaic Law of Tithing 

A Different Point of View Regarding Jacob's Tithing Vow 

Old Testament Tithing During the Mosaic Law 

Did the Law of Tithing Include Money?

How Many Tithes Were in Israel? 

Old Testament Tithing Versus Church Tithing

The Temple and Tithes 

Firstfruits and Tithes

Who's Robbing Who?: A Closer Look at Malachi 3 

The New Testament: Was Tithing Commanded? 

The Temple Tax 

Taxes Paid to Caesar 

The Pharisees and Tithes 

The Widow's Offering 

The Prayer of a Pharisee

The Righteousness of the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law 

Did Jesus Collect and Pay Tithes? 

Ananias and Sapphira 

Did Paul Teach Tithing? 

Did Paul Work for a Living? 

Was Tithing Written for Our Learning? 

Are Pastors Worthy of Double Pay? 

The Order of Melchizedek

The Catholic Church and Tithing 

The Word-Faith Prosperity Message and Tithing 

New Testament Principles of Giving

Summary

Conclusion

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