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  • Series: Perspectives
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805449779
  • ASIN: B007F7UVQ4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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David A. Croteau is assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on August 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Is there any doubt that the work of God would benefit if every Christians gave 10% of their income to their local church? Can you imagine how much the offerings would increase next Sunday? What it would do for the work of worldwide evangelism? What about staff salaries? How many buildings could be paid off more quickly? Isn't it nice to dream?

In light of all the good it would do, then should not believers tithe? Perhaps they should, but must they? Is the tithe a requirement for New Testament Christians? That is the question dealt with in Perspectives on Tithing: 4 Views. As editor, David Croteau has brought together four different perspectives on this important yet devise issue. He also contributes one of the viewpoints. Each contributor was to specifically interact with the tithing passages that pertain to Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Melchizedek and Jesus.

The titles chosen for each view do a very good job of not spilling the beans, so I am not even going to list them. Instead, I will call them like I see them. The first view is the belief that storehouse tithing is for today. The second view is that you don't have to tithe. The third view is maybe you do maybe you don't. The fourth view is yes you absolutely positively have to tithe. After each chapter (viewpoint) the other contributors were given opportunity to respond.

We will begin with the final two viewpoints. Reggie Kidd of Reformed Theological Seminary represents the third view, which he would refer to as "tithing in the New Covenant." This segment was by far the most frustrating. His answer to the question as to whether Christians ought to tithe is yes and no.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Russell E. Kelly on April 21, 2011
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Perspective on Giving, Four Views

As a specialist in this area, I eagerly looked forward to this book and was not disappointed. I admit my prejudice.

Dr. Croteau's presentation for the Post-Tithing view uses consistent literal biblical principles of interpretation (p57-83). His "vow" of Abram has at least a 50% chance of being correct. His "pagan custom" of Abram makes more sense than the other arguments when one uses common sense. His "fear" description of Jacob is biblical. He is the only one of the four who correctly and consistently defines the literal holy biblical tithe. His best argument against Hemphill and Eklund is that, if we use the biblical tithe as a minimum starting point, it should be between 20-23 per cent.

Hemphill and Eklund follow the SBC line (Position Paper) so closely that they ignore most literal hermeneutics and make up their own as they go. Croteau's critique of their chapter is excellent.

Reggie Kidd was a waste to me. Gary North's arguments are consistent with his concept of covenant theology in which the Church is spiritual Israel. I cannot abide with that kind of spiritualization.

Preissler's excursus is exactly what I have been praying for and the results would shock him when most of those assigned a Masters, Doctorate or PHD thesis on tithing return papers in agreement with Croteau and me. Perhaps that is why good theologians who write Systematic Theology textbooks ignore tithing and most church historians agree that the early church did not teach tithing.

Most churches have been pushing tithing for over 100 years now and IT HAS NOT WORKED. It is time to try something better -like a return to more evangelism and personal soul winning.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Frank Chase Jr. on May 29, 2011
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What I expected from the pro-tithers in this book is exactly what I got, more of the same fear tactics of pronouncing curses on people who do not tithe. I found this method of debate in the book to be rather weak and infantile because I know many people who don't tithe that are blessed and not cursed. I also know people who tithe in poorer communities that are still poor and their money train and blessing train has not materialized from tithing. I found that the authors who said tithing is a principle, a command, or a custom never biblically define what God said an orthodox tithe is. However Leviticus 27: 30-33 and Numbers chapter 18 does. They assumed money and never committed to admit that a biblical tithe was agricultural based and not income based.

When you start out with a preconceived idea of tithing being money when the scripture is clear God required eatable items to be tithed then the foundation of the argument is faulty when ten percent income is demanded as a tithe. The authors who were against tithing did a good job of showing that more than one tithe was mentioned in the Old Testament. So pro-tithers have a problem because they argue only 10 percent and fail to examine the other tithe's mentioned in the TORAH. One of the problems the pro-tithers have in this book, is that there was a seven year sabbatical cycle in which there was no tithing in the seventh year. This is a problem because the church, if it is suppose to follow the tithing rules of scripture, then every church in today's world is not suppose to collect tithes every seventh year. The book details on page 62 that money is mentioned 29 times in the Old Testament in Genesis alone but God never asked for a tithe of money in any of these texts or no where else in the bible.
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