Little Rock, AR (PressExposure) July 21, 2009 -- In a recent ESPN interview former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, who is a devout Christian, revealed that he tithed nearly $20 million to his church. In June 2008 Holyfield's 109-room mansion went into foreclosure. The interviewer posed the following question to Holyfield: "What would you do if you were presented with the choice of either tithing to your church or paying your mortgage?" Holyfield admits he would pay tithes before paying his mortgage. Like Holyfield, many Christians consider paying tithes (10% of one's income) to the church as a biblical obligation and an act of faith.
But is it an act of faith to tithe before taking care of one's financial obligations (e.g., mortgage, rent, utilities)? Or is this poor financial stewardship based on incorrect teachings about tithing?
Cynthia Harper and R. Renee, who are the authors of The Tithing Hoax: Exposing the Lies, Misinterpretations & False Teachings about Tithing, believe neglecting one's financial responsibilities in order to pay tithes is the result of misguided faith and incorrect biblical instruction.
Harper says, "Many Christians are taught that they are robbing God or that they won't be blessed if they don't tithe. However, a careful study of the Bible disputes such teachings."
R. Renee adds, "Our book is not written to disrupt the body of Christ, but to bring truth and light to believers regarding tithing. The Bible promotes good financial stewardship which means your first obligation is to take care of your household responsibilities."
The Tithing Hoax is an informative book that identifies and corrects the false teachings about tithing. It provides biblical proof that Christians aren't obligated to tithe. In addition, the book shows Christians how to achieve true prosperity through the practical application of biblical principles.