Category Archives: David Croteau

Dr. David A. Croteau On Tithing!

New Testament Scholar Dr. David A. Croteau spoke at Richland Creek Community Church in early 2006.

    4 Part audio series:

1. Introduction to tithing

02/08/2006 Twenty Arguments Advocating Tithing & The History of Tithing: Dr. David Croteau

Introduction To Tithing – Download MP3

Play the audio file:

Downloadable pdf/power point presentation:

Introduction to tithing in pdf_powerpoint form – Click to download

Part1-Handout – Click to download pdf

Part1_Key – Click here to download pdf

2. Tithing In The Old Testament

02/15/2006 Tithing in the Old Testament: Dr. David Croteau

Tithing In The Old Testament – Download MP3

Play the audio file directly – Click below:

Downloadable pdf/powerpoint files:

Tithing in Old Testament – Click to download pdf

Tithing in Old Testament: Answers – Download pdf

3. Tithing In The New Testament

02/22/2006 Tithing in the New Testament: Dr. David Croteau

Tithing In The New Testament – Download MP3

Play the audio file directly – Click below:

Tithing in New Testament – Click to download pdf

Tithing in New Testament Handout – Click to download pdf

Tithing in New Testament: Handout answers – Click to download pdf

4. New Testament giving

03/01/2006 The Tithe Fulfilled & Giving in the New Covenant: Dr. David Croteau

New Testament Giving – Download MP3

Play the audio file directly – Click below:

New Testament Giving – Click to download pdf

Dr. David Croteau interviewed by Janet Mefferd

To hear the interview please click below:

To download the interview please click below:

Janet Mefford Interviews Dr. David Croteau – Download MP3

Please visit Dr. David Croteau’s own blog to learn more about tithing!

He did Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying under Dr. Andreas Köstenberger.

Dr. David Croteau is the author of

You Mean I Dont Have to Tithe?

Also Dr. Croteau is the editor of

Perspectives On Tithing: 4 Views

Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views [Paperback]
David A. Croteau (Editor), Scott Preissler (Epilogue), Ken Hemphill (Contributor), Bobby Eklund (Contributor), Reggie Kidd (Contributor), Gary North (Contributor)

Dissertation on tithing – Dr. David A. Croteau (2005)

Introduction To Tithing!

Old Testament Tithing!

New Testament Tithing!

New Testament Giving!


Questions Tithing Advocates Fail To Answer!

Many Unanswered Questions From The Pro-Tithe Camp:
Most of the pro-tithers cling onto Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42 and say that even Jesus said
so, therefore the NT Christians need to tithe.

If they take Matthew 23:23/Luke 11:42 as a command for New Testament Christians to tithe here are the questions they need to answer:
1. According to the Talmud and Flavious Josephus the Jews practiced
multiple tithes (almost 3). How did the early Christians practice all 3 tithes?
2. Did the early Christians who did not own farms and cattle give 23% of their earned income to their Churches?
3. Levitical tithes were yearly and it went to Levites according to their
locations. Who are the Levites today and who were the Levites in 1st century
4. How did the “NT Levites” take the 10% of the 10% to the “NT Priests”?
5. If the NT Pastor is the priest don’t we have to tithe to the ushers, choir,
greeters and other Church staff members and let them tithe from their tithes to
the (senior) Pastor?
6. Why does the Senior Pastor collect all tithes today and give salaries to the
staff members and leave many Church workers unpaid? The OT High Priests did not
do that. The OT Aaronic Priests received only 1% of the total tithe.
7. In the OT the High Priests themselves did not tithe but why do our modern day prosperity
preachers tithe to their cohorts?

8. Regarding the festival tithe, do Christians need to go to Jerusalem to observe it as the Jews did? What is our Jerusalem now? Did the NT Christians practice pilgrimage to Jerusalem?. The festival tithe must be taken to Jerusalem. If that was prescribed to NT Christians we should make pilgrimage to Jerusalem like the Muslims visit Mecca?!?!?!

9. The 3rd tithe for poor (Charity Tithe): Why don’t tithe asking Pastors give their congregation the liberty to take care of the poor? Why would it go to the benevolent funds controlled by the Church board? Poor people need to go through hoops to get some help. That really complicates the process?
10. Even if we assume that tithing was commanded to NT Christians the pro-tithes fail to consider one important thing:

* The plurality of the NT Church leadership.

a. In the first century Christianity no Church was run by a single Pastor. The Churches were founded by Apostles and they in turn appointed elder a.k.a Pastors (in plural – more than one). Why can’t the tithe seeking Pastors follow that model today?

b. Also the early Church had all 5 five fold ministries in the Church.
Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Evangelists and Pastors. Well, we all cannot agree if the offices of Apostles and Prophets exist today but we all can agree at least the offices of Pastors, Evangelists and Teaches exist in our contemporary Christianity. So the point is, even if the early Church received tithes it was divided amongst all 5 fold ministers and the money DID NOT GO TO A SINGLE PASTOR unlike what we see today. The tithing advocates today need to answer this question as well. They are unwilling to accommodate other types of ministries but want to dominate and control the finances which is totally unfair.

c. Many Senior Pastors have their associate Pastors. Most of them are not paid well and some of them are asked to “live by faith”. These tithe hungry Pastors not only forget the poor but also neglect their own staff members. This example was certainly not followed by the first century Christian church.

Therefore the pro-tithers still would not meet the NT model of tithing even if it was practiced by the early Christian church.

New Testament Christians Don’t Be Deceived By These Mammon Lovers!!!

%d bloggers like this: