David Croteau has already published a detailed study of all the significant biblical, theological and historical evidence for and against tithing as a mandatory practice for Christians. Here he distills the highlights of that research in brief, accessible form, responding to the most common arguments for tithing. Croteau convincingly demonstrates that believers after Jesus death and resurrection are not required to give ten percent. Instead they are exhorted to generosity and sacrifice, which for a few Westerners may be less than ten percent but for many of us means much more. Here is essential reading for the Christian who wants to be biblically obedient!--Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary, Denver, CO
With sharp simplicity, David Croteau exposes a range of assumptions that many Christians employ in their thinking about tithing. He demonstrates how these assumptions can appear to be biblically based, and yet surprisingly be flawed. Croteau then uses sound biblical principles to shape a wise and godly attitude towards financial giving for the Christian. His concern for biblical faithfulness and God’s grace is evident throughout, and his explanations are enlightening and encouraging. Croteau is to be commended for serving the Christian community with these valuable (pun intended!) insights on what can be a controversial or even burdensome topic for believers.--George Athas, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia
This book is thoughtful, clear, pastoral, convincing, and convicting. It does not lead to a position that Christians should give less than ten percent. Rather, (a) if the foundation of giving is our relationship with God and the grace and love he gives us and (b) if the amount we give is based on our income, what we determine in our heart, the needs of those ministering to us and of fellow Christians, and generosity, then why give only ten percent?--Andy Naselli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN
About the Author
David Croteau has a Th.M. and Ph.D. in New Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and and is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry in Columbia, South Carolina. He has published four articles and contributed to the book Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views (Broadman and Holman, 2011).