It seems that our mainstream media won’t get off the subject of tithing, and it also seems that Russell Earl Kelly is making the most of it.
Some of you remember I went back and forth with Dr. Kelly last fall on this subject: the pieces were as follows:
- The Backlash Against Tithing
- Pickett’s Charge and Tithing
- Once More, With Feeling, on Tithing
- Being Right May Not Be Enough
My case against Dr. Kelly is more methodological than anything else, and can be summarised as follows:
- The New Testament ideal of finances is selling all. Tithing is, relative to that, is the easy way out. It’s that simple and uncomplicated. That should be enough to end the debate on tithing, but…
- Dr. Kelly spends too much time refuting the Old Testament arguments tithing proponent’s make. In doing so he validates their central mistake: making Christianity a sort of reconstituted Judaism rather than the complete fulfilment of the law. Their central mistake is his also.
- He spends too much time fighting other Christian pastors and teachers. In doing this, he plays into the hands of our enemies, who are well positioned to do damage with his words. Their objective is to defund Evangelical Christianity in this country. The fact that same Christianity developed a performance-based construct to assist in fund raising is unfortunate, but if the result of his tirade is to shift the wealth entrusted to God’s people to the state through taxation or to the financial system through debt (and there’s too much of both these days,) then Dr. Kelly will have a lot to answer for.
In case you missed it, the CBS Sunday Morning piece on the subject is below.