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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Club Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595159788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595159789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After receiving a B.A. in Theology, Russell Earl Kelly served churches in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Dakota before leaving the full-time ministry in the early 1980s. Although legally blind since 1988, he has never stopped a rigid schedule of Bible study and preaching. He has always been a very serious Bible student and thoroughly enjoys discovering and researching the beliefs of those who are of different denominations.In August 2000 Russell fulfilled a life-long desire by receiving a Ph.D. in Religion at Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia. This book is the revised product of his dissertation for graduation requirements. He has two children, one stepdaughter, and currently has five grandchildren as of 2006.Russell is a Baptist.

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Set aside a good deal of time as you will have to read and reread portions of his book.
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To be honest I wasn't expecting to be surprised much after all of my previous research on the subject, but Dr. Kelly's book was a mind-blower!
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One thing I leaned from Kelly's book is that being cursed for not tithing is a biblcal scandal of epic porportions.
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106 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2001
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Should the Church teach tithing? This is a question that, it seems, more and more Christians are desiring an answer to today. Certainly there are many different opinions that exist on the subject. But what does God's Word clearly teach on the matter? After reading more than 40 books, commentaries, lexicons, Bible dictionaries and various study aids and position articles on this subject (from all different perspectives), I came across Dr. Kelly's book. To be honest I wasn't expecting to be surprised much after all of my previous research on the subject, but Dr. Kelly's book was a mind-blower!
Should The Church Teach Tithing, by theologian Russel Earl Kelly, Ph. D. (343 pages), is one of the most thorough and intriguing investigations of the biblical tithe I have read to date. This book answers questions and challenges against many traditional arguments and misconceptions that have been made concerning the subject of tithing and also traces the early development of church support as found in the Church Fathers before Nicea. The writing is completely void of negative critical commentary, yet presents the biblical truth in a fascinating, precise and clear cut manner. Kelly also offers his insight and perspective concerning the mysterious biblical character known as Melchizedek and offers some surprising conclusions.
Russel Earl Kelly's work is accompanied by scores of quality references and a multitude of Scriptural support for each point made. The reader is encouraged and given the resources to do their own biblical investigation into the subject along with the author.
This is a book that will encourage Christians in the area of understanding the tithe and true, biblical, New Covenant giving principles.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Colin Moore on July 1, 2004
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I brought this book and did not regret it. I could not put it down until I finished it. Now I am reading it again. It is a reference book that can stand alone on it's own scholarly merit. It is the definitive book on the subject of tithing from a theological point of view. It deals with all the main proof texts used by pro-tithe preachers and digs deep and exposes the shallow, dishonest use of these bible verses and how they are used out of the context of these passages as a whole. In fact it shows how the rest of the surrounding text actually dismantles their argument! The whole of the bible is shown to be in agreement and shows that the weight of the argument is truly against a legalistic mandatory requirement and that the New Testament does not command or teach tithing at all. Your pastor may not want you to read this book! It takes a bit of study and concentration to absorb but it is well worth the read if you seriously want to arm yourself with the truth. It is one thing to know in your heart that you believe something, or suspect that something is not right with what you are currently being taught, but it is another thing to fully understand both sides of the argument and be able to defend your position! In fact having read Russell's book I now feel confident to be able to defend my beliefs now on any given verse or argument that someone could try to put to me. Russell shows how God has a better way under the New Covenant and how we are really robbing God and ourselves if we don't give with a proper heart attitude and as per the New Testament patterns and teaching of Jesus and the apostles. It is very liberating to know that I can give from my heart without any compulsion, from a sense of gratitude.Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bernie P. Dehler on September 2, 2005
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This is a great book that really teaches the truth on what tithing was, and how it was practiced. It's unbelievable to witness all the current lies and misinformation about tithing that are from almost every Christian pulpit. I suppose in the vast majority of cases it is because of preachers that are naive about tithing, and just preaching what they've heard others preach (in the hopes of raising money to pay their salaries and building bigger church buildings).

As Christians, we have a much higher standard. It's called "stewardship." All that we have belongs to God (time, treasure, & talent), not just 10% of our increase. Also, the church at large should be blessed through giving, not just local churches intent on building a mega-church (because of false pride and ego). Also, it seems like such a sin to extract money from the poor, under the guise of a modern tithe, when in actuality a portion of the tithe went to the poor.

This give-to-get mentality that is preached in too many places will be blown apart by the truth found in this book. Please get it, read it, and help be a part of the reformation, against these false "tithe-preachers" found almost everywhere. It must break God's heart to see such emphasis on money nowadays.

We should give sacrificially to God. Not on the basis of a tithe, but out of love and obedience. The Lord loves a cheerful giver, and if it isn't given cheerfully, God doesn't want it (read Malachi ch. 2 regarding the heart)! Please don't give because of false preaching and interpretations of Malachi Ch. 3.
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