The Politics of Ethnic and Racial Inequality
June 18, 2017

The Power of Tithing


The purpose of this book is to promote the importance of tithing among churchgoers. What prompted Dr. J. Owens Smith, a layperson and political scientist, to write his book was that he found so many churchgoers had numerous misconceptions about tithing. They were of the belief that tithing was for the benefit of the pastors and the church.

Using a socioeconomic analysis and his personal testimony of tithing, Dr. Smith demonstrated throughout his book that the individual is the greatest benefactor of tithing. He feels that this subject is so important to the urban churches in general and the Black churches in particular that this topic should be promoted on a continuous basis.


This book offers a breakthrough approach to teaching tithing. It discusses the various misconcepts of tithing and the relationship between tithing and one’s socioeconomic status. It also discusses how the power of tithing promotes not only one’s socioeconomic status but also his/her spiritual growth and development as well. In essence, it is designed to turn grudgingly givers into cheerful tithers.

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  1. Have you ever read a book which was so good that you just could not put it down? Well that was my experience today. I read Dr. J. Owens Smith’s book, The Power of Tithing: The Tither Is the Greatest Benefactor, and I highly recommend the reading of this book to each and every member of St. Paul’s. Dr. Smith is lay Christian who is an active leader in the Friendship Baptist Church of Yorba Linda, California. This is a middle class church just like St. Paul’s.

    Author Smith is a professor of Political Science at California state University at Fullerton. His book is designed to convert grudgingly given congregations into cheerful givers and to establish a solid financial foundation in the process.

    This is an informative book. It was written to inform the individual of the power of tithing. It destroys the misconceptions that the benefactors of tithing are the church and ministers. It offers a compelling argument that the greatest benefactor of tithing is the individual. By embracing the principle of tithing, the individual stands to gain the following blessings:

    * To be imparted with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    * To obtain financial security * To get his/her financial affairs in order

    * To create positive reality for oneself

    * To protect one from his/her selfish nature

    * When Dr. Smith first started writing this book, he began using his personal testimony as a data base describing (1) how the practice of tithing helped him to grow in the Christian faith, (2) the spiritual revelation he experienced as a result of embracing the principle of tithing, and (3) the blessing he received after he began tithing.

    * Later Dr. Smith realized that tithing has not only spiritual applications for church goers but also economic, social, and psychological ones as well. Consequently, he decided to expand his research to include a sociological and psychological analysis of the American middle class.

    * Before the author began to tithe, he reports having been caught up in a financial bind. ” I was a part of the middle class and was making more money than I could have possibly imagined 39 years ago. But, the more money that I made, the farther I got in debt. I was gotten trapped in a phenomenon, which I come to describe in this book, as the middle class ghetto, which consists of a line of credit that it is readily accessible to the middle class.”

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