Necessary for Jesus: 70 Prophecies 70 Rewards
by Stephen R. Kirkendall
Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

"If you start giving, you will begin to trust more in the Lord. If you don’t give, you’re saying that you don’t trust the Lord."

Many aspects of the Bible have been “put up for debate” between scholars, translators, clergymen, and laypeople alike. After centuries of study and reinterpretation, different churches or communities believe that they have come across the correct way to understand the information presented in God’s Word. Using direct quotations from the New King James Version Bible, this text puts to rest the debate as to whether or not tithing still applies to modern Christianity. Answering questions about its relevance, the amount requested, and the correct way to tithe on a low income or no income, this book chooses not to interpret the words of the Bible but to present them literally in order to provide guidance.

Each chapter of this book examines a different element of tithing that presents itself as a modern-day concern, such as whether or not one should go into debt to tithe, or how to be concerned about the mark of the beast from Revelation. The second half of the book provides scriptural evidence for 70 rewards that a person will receive for following God’s instructions, as well as a list of 70 prophecies fulfilled by the coming of Jesus Christ later in the biblical text, confirming his role as savior and Son of God. As a supplement to Bible study or as an answer to a topic of frequent debate, this book will hopefully offer the reader some valuable wisdom that they can apply to their own lifestyle and salvation.

Coming from a background as a financial consultant, the author is doubly qualified to present the information of his faith acquired from reading the Bible and how to apply it practically to financial advice. Also, Kirkendall’s expert experience informs the reader how to handle tithing responsibly and realistically. His intentions are made clear to separate this text from other books on identical or similar subjects by choosing not to interject his own feelings and understanding of the Bible but to simply present it literally as evidence for his statements. In this manner, the ensuing read is not the author’s opinion or spin on things, but a roadmap through the Bible to help answer these questions naturally for the reader. In the process, it lays out a sound, logical method of determining that the Old Testament does still apply to modern-day Christians as evidence of God’s law.

There’s a clever use of margins and formatting that differentiate between biblical quotations and the author’s bridging of them to make his points. This removes any doubt in the reader’s mind of where the scripture starts and ends and makes for easy comprehension of what is being said in between. The collection of prophecies and rewards compiled in the latter portions of the book is eye-opening and provides a clear link between Old Testament promises and New Testament results. Light, brief, and not overloaded with too much information, this treatise for the correct way to tithe whether it be financial or through works makes this scary concept much more approachable and even palatable for the modern reader.

Return to USR Home