I Am Not Guilty!

by Ronald W Robey

Why I am not guilty of “robbing God” when I don’t tithe…

1. God said His holy tithes were to be agricultural, not monetary (Lev. 27:30-33) I do not grow crops, nor do I breed livestock.

2. God said His holy tithes were to be given to widows, orphans, Levites and foreigners living in the land of Israel/Canaan (Deut. 14:22-29) I am not in the land of Israel, so it is impossible to give my tithes to those who are the only ones God said His tithes were to go to.

3. Tithing is to be observed only once one crosses the Jordan and enters Canaan. (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:10-11) I have never crossed the Jordan River, nor have I entered Canaan.

4. The ordinances God gave to Israel, He gave to no other nation. (Psalm 147:19-20)

5. Judaizers in AD 51 demanded that Gentile Believers be made to observe Israel’s ordinances of the Mosaic Law. (Acts 15:5) The Apostle Peter told them they were tempting God by demanding such. (Acts 15:10) The Apostle James said they were subverting the souls of Gentile Believers with their demands. (Acts 15:24) The Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined and decreed that the Gentile Believers were not to be required to keep the ordinances of the Mosaic Law. (Acts 15:28-29)

6. The Apostles sent a letter to the Gentile believers telling them they were not bound by the ordinances of the Mosaic Law, but that they had to observe four “necessary things”. Tithing was not one of those “necessary things”. (Acts 15:28-29)

7. In AD 59, the Apostle James reminded the Apostle Paul that the Gentile Believers were free from the Mosaic Law. (Acts 21:23-25)

8. In the last place in the Bible that tithes are commanded, the commanded tithes are still “according to the Law”; i.e., agricultural, and for the children of Israel. (Hebrews 7:5-8)

9. The tithe still belongs to the Levites, not to pastors living on Gentile soil. (Hebrews 7:5-8)

10. Remarkably absent from the pages of the word of God is any command or instruction for members of the New Testament Church to tithe their money to their local Church.

11. God never commanded a tithe of money in His Holy word. It is a doctrine of man-made construct.

Jesus said of the Pharisees, “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”

12. In the Bible,

a. tithes were never commanded for the New Testament Church,

b. tithes were never carried to the New Testament Church,

c. tithes were never collected in the New Testament Church,

d. tithes were never controlled by the New Testament Church.

In light of the Scriptural facts, I can say without a doubt that I am not “robbing God” if I fail to tithe my money to a building doing business as a ‘Church’. In light of the fact that God never authorized pastors to teach their congregations that He requires tithes of money, I can say without reserve that pastors are robbing their congregations of money through their monetary tithe requirement lie and through their handling of the word of God deceitfully.

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Beguiled!
by Ronald W Robey

If you would study the word of God properly, you would discover that the doctrine that God requires us to tithe our money is confusing.

God’s word says His tithe is to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30,32. The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know the tithe is money.”

God’s word says the command to tithe was given to Israel. Leviticus 27:30-34 The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that the command to tithe was given to the saved in Christ.”

God’s word says that those commanded to tithe are to take their tithes to Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 12:1-11;2 Chronicles 6:5-6 The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that tithes are to be observed all over the world.

God’s word says that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38. The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that the congregation is to bring their tithes to the House of God.”

And the confused preacher listened to the words of the serpent and saw that the monetary tithe doctrine was pleasing to his eyes. And he did teach the people.

And many of the people, who did not understand their Bibles, were beguiled.

Beguiled!
by Ronald W Robey

If you would study the word of God properly, you would discover that the doctrine that God requires us to tithe our money is confusing.

God’s word says His tithe is to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30,32. The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know the tithe is money.”

God’s word says the command to tithe was given to Israel. Leviticus 27:30-34 The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that the command to tithe was given to the saved in Christ.”

God’s word says that those commanded to tithe are to take their tithes to Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 12:1-11;2 Chronicles 6:5-6 The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that tithes are to be observed all over the world.

God’s word says that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38. The serpent says, “Yea, hath God said…? God doth know that the congregation is to bring their tithes to the House of God.”

And the confused preacher listened to the words of the serpent and saw that the monetary tithe doctrine was pleasing to his eyes. And he did teach the people.

And many of the people, who did not understand their Bibles, were beguiled.

Rebellious Robbers of God
by Ronald W Robey
(written Decembers 27, 2022)

Very few today care what the Bible says concerning God’s tithe and the observance of tithing. For instance:

a) God said in Leviticus 27:30,32 & Deuteronomy 12:17 that the tithes He requires are to be agricultural; they insist that tithes are to be monetary

b) God said in Leviticus 27:34 that the command to tithe was for the children of Israel; they insist that non-Israelites are required to tithe

c) God said in Numbers 18:21-24 that the congregation is not ot even go near the House of God with their tithes; they insist that the congregation is to take their tithes to the House of God

d) God said in Deuteronomy 12:10-11 that the place tithes are to be taken is in the land of Canaan; they insist that tithes are to be observed outside of the land of Canaan

According to Galatians 3:10 those that are of the works of the Law are obligated to observe the entire Law. They are not to “pick and choose” which commands written in the Law are suitable to their taste…

…but that is EXACTLY what they do! They pick and choose whatever suits their fancy, deceiving themselves into believing that they are “obeying God in the tithe” They are not.

Not only are they not observing the aforementioned commands written in God’s tithe Ordinance, but they completely dismiss the command to take an agricultural tithe to Jerusalem, sharing it with their families. They also dismiss the command to give agricultural tithes to the poor the third year.

Obeying God in the tithe? No! They have invented their own tithe ordinance and written their own rules and regulations for that ordinance, judging those who do not comply with their rules and regulations as being “rebellious” and “robbers of God.”

God will judge them according to the measure they have judged others. He will judge them as being “rebellious” and “robbers of God, should they fail to repent of their wickedness.

Study!

by Ronald W Robey

(written December 01, 2022)

Stop using Malachi 3:8-9 to falsely accuse me of “robbing God”. I cannot be guilty of robbing God of the tithes and offerings that Malachi is speaking of.

Why not?

Because Malachi was speaking of the tithes and offerings written in the Ordinances of God. i.e

Atonement offerings

Burnt offerings

Drink offerings

Freewill offerings

Heave offerings

Meat offerings

Sin offerings

Thanksgiving offerings

and wave offerings

I, as a born-again Believer in Christ Jesus, am not under those Ordinances. Those Ordinances were given to ancient Israel to be observed once the Israelites were safely living in the land of Canaan (Deut. 12:10-11) and had/have absolutely nothing to do with people living in other geographical locations on Earth.

2 Timothy 2:15 is in your Bible for a reason.

If God Requires Monetary Tithes

by Ronald W Robey

(written October 26, 2022)

If God requires monetary tithes:

a) why didn’t the patriarchs say so in the Books of the Law?

b) why didn’t the kings say so in the Books of the kings?

c) why didn’t the psalmist

say so in the Book of Psalms?

d) why didn’t Solomon say so in the Books of Wisdom?

e) why didn’t the prophets say so in the Books of the Prophets?

f) why didn’t Jesus say so in the Gospels?

g) why didn’t the apostles say so in the New Testament epistles?

h) why didn’t the Holy Ghost say so at the Jerusalem Council in AD 54?

i) why didn’t God say so anywhere in the Bible?

If monetary tithes are required by God, why is the Bible silent about it?

If God Requires Monetary Tithes
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 26, 2022)

If God requires monetary tithes:

a) why didn’t the patriarchs say so in the Books of the Law?
b) why didn’t the kings say so in the Books of the kings?
c) why didn’t the psalmist
say so in the Book of Psalms?
d) why didn’t Solomon say so in the Books of Wisdom?
e) why didn’t the prophets say so in the Books of the Prophets?
f) why didn’t the apostles say so in the New Testament epistles?
g) why didn’t Jesus say so in the Gospels?
h) why didn’t the Holy Ghost say so at the Jerusalem Council in AD 54?
i) why didn’t God say so?

If monetary tithes are required by God, why is the Bible silent about it?

Short-Changing God
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 23, 2022)

Church member earns $200

Church member sends $20 through a bank app as tithe

The bank app removes $0.88 from the $20 as their transaction fee (2.9% of transaction amount +$0.30 is a standard transaction fee for most banking apps that offer a way to pay tithes electronically)

The bank app sends $19.12 to the church bank account as the church member’s tithe.

Conclusion: Even if God required monetary tithes. (He does not) the church member is not giving God a full tithe.

What was that about bringing the whole tithe into the storehouse? LoL

The Storehouse Dilemma
by Ronald W Robey

Pastor: Our Treasury Department has informed me that although you have been a church member for nearly a year, they never see a tithe check from you in the Sunday Morning collection plate.

Church Member: I haven’t given monetary tithes since 1988.

Pastor: But the Bible says “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine House.”

Church Member: Tell me, where is the storehouse that the Bible says to bring tithes to?

Pastor: Originally, it was the Temple in Jerusalem. But now it is the local church.

Church Member: So the church is the storehouse?

Pastor: Yes. That’s correct. The church is the storehouse.

Church Member: Okay. Thanks…
….Oh, just one more question…

…If the church is the storehouse as you say, why do you remove that which you claim is “God’s tithe” from the building that you claim is “the storehouse for God’s tithe” and deposit it in a building where the ungodly store their unrighteous mammon?

The fact is, I know that the church is not the storehouse for God’s tithe, and neither is the bank where you take those “tithes” you collect. Do you know how I know?

Because the ONLY tithes God commanded in the Bible were agricultural tithes and the only place God said His tithe was to be stored in the Bible was a three-tiered structure that was attached to the Temple at Jerusalem. There is not one verse in the entire Bible where God appointed the church as His Official Tithe Collection Agency. Nor is there a verse in the Bible where God appointed pastors as His Official Tithe Collection Representatives.

Pastor: Look here! Tithes are to be taken to the place where you are spiritually fed. If you are fed spiritually at this church your tithes belong in this church.

Church Member: But you don’t keep anyone’s tithes in this church. Besides, the Bible proves you wrong about tithes belonging to where you are fed. There were many synagogues scattered throughout the land of Israel where a person could go to hear the Torah preached and be fed spiritually. But God named only one building in all Israel where tithes were to be stored. And it wasn’t in a synagogue…it was in the Temple in Jerusalem.

Pastor: Look, if you are not going to support the church you may as well remove your name from the membership and go find another place to worship.

Church Member: I will do that. In the meantime, I have a suggestion for you. If you are going to insist on teaching the monetary tithe requirement lie at this church you should change your Offertory song to, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. It is a fitting song for one who twists God’s word into a lie.

God is not Impressed
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 15, 2022)

Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
Luke 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

In Luke 18:9-14 we learn the parable of the self-righteous Pharisee who thought he was in God’s favor because of his own works. In Matthew 23:23 we learn that, while Pharisees were tithing, they were guilty of the weightier matters of the Law.

So it is with many church members today. The believe themselves to be in God’s favor because they are submitting to God’s tithe ordinance.

But are they really in submission to God’s tithe ordinance? Well, actually, they are not. For like the Pharisees of old they omit the weightier matters of the Law.

You see, God did say that tithing is to be done. But

a) they are not tithing what God said is to be tithed

God said that His tithe is to be agriculture and agricultural
food by-products. (Lev. 27:30,32; Deut. 12:17)

b) they are not giving the tithe to whom God said the tithe is to be given to

God said tithes are to be given to the tribe of Levi; to widows; to fatherless children; and to foreigners. (Deut. 14:28-29; 26:12)

c) they are not taking the tithe to where God said the tithe is to be taken to

God said that His tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem. (Deut. 12:10-11; 2 Chr. 6:5-6)

In other words…

…they are omitting the weightier matters of God’s tithe ordinance. And just as God was not impressed with the Pharisee in the parable found in Luke 18:9-14, God is not impressed with the tithes of these church members. They are doing things their way, and not God’s way.

One Set of Rules? Yeah…Yours!
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 13, 2022)

Pro-Tither: “The same rules that God gave the Israelites to follow He also gave to us to follow. He does not have once set of rules for one and another set of rules for anoter.

Me: If what you say is true, then:

a) We are required to tithe agriculture and not money. (Lev. 27:30,32; Deut. 12:17)

b) The congregation is not to go near the House of God with their tithes. (Num. 18:21-23)

c) Only Ministers that are employed to work in the House of God are to tithe to the House of God. (Num. 18:24-29; Neh. 10:38)

d) There is only one geographical location on Earth that tithes are to be taken to. (Deut. 12:08; 2 Chr. 6:5-6)

e) An Aaronic Priest must be present at the time that the congregation gives their tithe to the Minister of God. (Neh. 10:38)

f) The congregation is to take a tithe to the city of Jerusalem to eat that tithe before the Lord. (Deut. 14:22-26)

g) Every third year, the congregation must divide a tithe between the Ministers of God; widows; fatherless children; and foreigners. (Deut. 14:28-29; 26:12-17)

Are you obeying the rules listed in “a-g” above? Or have you made up your own rules concerning tithing and now judge people for not obeying your rules?

Sorry, I don’t bow to you or your rules. I believe God’s word. The command to tithe was given to the nation of Israel, not to the saved in Christ.

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.