Friday, March 03, 2006
Why discuss tithing and church history?
Why am I, an aspiring New Testament scholar, writing on church history and tithing? Well, most people believe that tithing is the paradigm of the church and that it has been that way for 2,000 years. By demonstrating that tithing has been controversial throughout church history, I am only attempting to help us realize that appeal to this tradition is inappropriate: it has only been a practiced in its current form for a little over 100 years. Therefore, my goal is to try to help us put the discussion squarely on the biblical text. Since church history is divided, and people have lined up on both sides of the debate, let's look squarely at the biblical text. Let's study the descriptions and prescriptions for tithing in the OT. Let's analyze the few passages in the NT that mention it. Then we can arrive at a biblical view.