Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Selection of Post-Tithe Quotes: Pre-Reformation

Didascalia Apostolorum (ca. 225)

“No more be bound with sacrifices and oblations, and with sin offerings, purifications, and vows . . . nor yet with tithes and firstfruits. . . . for it was laid upon them [i.e., the Israelites] to give all these things as of necessity, but you are not bound by these things. . . . Now thus shall your
righteousness abound more than their tithes and firstfruits and part offerings, when you shall do as it is written: Sell all thou hast, and give tothe poor.”

R. Hugh Connolly, Didascalia Apostolorum: The Syriac Version Translated
and Accompanied by the Verona Latin Fragments

(Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929), 2:34–35.

Waldenses (ca. 12th century)
The Waldenses, followers of Peter Waldo (ca. twelfth century), believed that tithes should not be given to priests “because there was no use of them in the primitive Church.”
Allix, “Some Remarks upon the Ecclesiastical History of
the Ancient Churches of the Piedmont,” 1690, reprint,
Bible Truth Library: Bible and Church History Collection,
The Bible Truth Forum, CD-ROM. Available from, 218, 232.

Thomas Aquinas (1225–1275)
“Paying tithes, it appears, is no longer of precept, because the precept to pay tithes was given in the Old Law. . . . Paying tithes cannot be considered a moral precept, however, because natural reason does not dictate that one ought to give a tenth, rather than a ninth or an eleventh. Therefore, it is a ceremonial or a judicial precept.”
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiæ, vol. 39 (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964), 139.

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