They Commit Fraud
by Ronald W Robey

Since there are no verses in the entire Bible that either command, or instruct, the saints of God in Christ Jesus to tithe their monetary income, I can say boldly and without reserve that monetary tithing

•Is A Pastors Decision.
• Is A Religious Doctrine.
•Is A Religious Fulfillment.
• Is A Pastors Prescriptions

The Pastor has decided to reject the biblical text that tells him what God’s tithe is to consist of, (Leviticus 27:30-33)

and instead invented a tithe that cannot be found anywhere in the word of God a religious doctrine

and thus deceiving the members of his congregation into believing that monetary tithing is a fulfillment of God’s decree.

The monetary tithe requirement is indeed a Pastor’s prescription, for it is a doctrine that cannot be supported with the word of God. It is the Pastor who is prescribing the tithe of the monetary income to his congregation. It is the pastor that prescribes that monetary tithes be paid weekly or monthly.

Pastors have invented the monetary tithe requirement and teach it to their members as if it is a God ordained directive.

It is not.

Pastors who teach that God’s tithe is monetary are not only guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully, but they are also guilty of fraud.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition ©2004, the definition of FRAUD is as follows: “a knowing misrepresentation of the truth or concealment of a material fact to induce another to act to his or her detriment.””

Pastors know that there are only a handful of verses that speak about God’s commanded tithe. They know that the verses that do give the contents of the tithe reveal that those contents are agricultural and not monetary.

Pastors know that Leviticus 27:30-33 states that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, and that Deuteronomy 14:22-23 states emphatically that God’s tithe is to be eaten. They know it is food, not money.

And yet, they practice fraud by concealing the facts, in order to convince their congregation to part with ten percent of their monetary income on a regular basis. This parting of ten percent of money is often detrimental to the welfare of the one parting with the money.

Many are made to cut back on meals due to not having the means to purchase enough food after they have yielded to the Pastor’s invented monetary tithe requirement. Many have had to do without electricity for the same reason. Many have lost their homes to foreclosure due to inability to pay mortgage after tithing. Many do without important healthcare. Many go into great debt, because they have taken out loans to pay bills that could have been paid had they not yielded to the monetary tithe requirement lie preached from the pulpit.

Yes, the monetary tithe requirement doctrine is fraud. It meets the definition of fraud perfectly.

Law of First Mention
by Ronald W Robey

It never fails, when teaching that tithe is a matter of the Law, someone is sure to argue it is not.

They will tell you that Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek was BEFORE the Law, and then say that Abram’s tithe is the first mention of tithes in the Bible, and we should tithe as Abram tithed.

The first mention of tithe, just as in the case of the tithe under Law, was not from monetary wages or benefits. Therefore, if men should tithe, it should not come from monetary wages or benefits.

In the first recorded instance of tithing in the Bible, Abram tithed spoils of war… spoils that did not belong to him. He had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property.

Law of first mention? In first mention of tithes, Abram was 79 years old when he tithed to Melchizedek. Therefore, if men should tithe, they should not tithe unless they have reached the age of 79 as Abram was.

Law of first mention? Abram did not tithe in the town he lived in. He tithed in the land of Canaan. Therefore, if men should tithe, they need to travel to Canaan to do so.

Law of first mention? The tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was from goods Abram recovered from kings he had killed in battle. Therefore, if men should tithe, the tithe should come from items taken after killing people… specifically, Kings.

Law of first mention? Abram tithed in an open valley, not in a wooden or brick building called a church. Therefore, if men should tithe, the tithes should be given in a valley… not in a church building.

Law of first mention? Abram was childless when he tithed to Melchizedek. Therefore, if men should tithe, they should not have any children prior to tithing.

Law of first mention? After Abram tithed, he gave the remainder of that which he tithed from to a sodomite. Abram kept nothing of that which he tithed from for himself or for his family. Therefore, if men tithe, the rest of that which they tithed from should be given to a sodomite. They should use nothing of that which they tithe from on themselves or their families.

Are you sure you want to go the “law of first mention” route? It really doesn’t work in your favor.

God’s Way, Either Way
by Ronald W Robey
According to the Bible, curses come upon those who place themselves under the Law, but do not keep the ENTIRE Law… all six hundred thirteen (613) commandments, statutes and torts written in the Mosaic/Levitic Law…
People do not realize it, but they are cursed when they attempt to obey God’s command to tithe but do not observe the other six hundred twelve (612) commandments, statutes and torts written in the Mosaic/Levitic Law..
This means that, even if you are tithing in the precise manner that God decreed tithes were to be observed, i.e.;…
a) tithing agricultural crops, flocks and herds only (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 12:8)
b) living in the land of Canaan when you tithe (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
c) giving the tithe to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the land of Canaan every three years (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12)
d) eating a tithe at the same time you give the tithe (Deut. 14:22-26)
3) having an Aaronic Priest present at the time you give your tithe (Num. 18:27-28; Neh. 10:37-38)
…but you are not observing the remaining six hundred plus (600+) commands, statutes and torts written in the Mosaic/Levitic Law, you are cursed.
By placing yourself under the Mosaic/Levitic Law through the obedience of the command to tithe, you are covenanting with God to observe all other commands, statutes and torts written in the Mosaic/Levitic Law.
If you tithe, but don’t offer sin sacrifices… you are cursed.
If you tithe, but wear garments that have more than one type thread woven into them… you are cursed.
If you tithe, but do not make yearly trips to Jerusalem for the three annual Feasts… you are cursed.
If you tithe, but do not stone your rebellious children… you are cursed.

Do you get the picture yet? It’s all God’s way… either way. Either you obey the Laws God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel, or you trust and follow Christ to have completed the works of the Law in your stead..

Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

You cannot mix Law and Grace.  A Christian who places himself in the House of the Law to obey its commands, statutes and torts, is unfaithful to Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
You cannot live under both Law and Grace at the same time. When you choose to place yourself under the Law, you must turn your back on Christ. When you choose to follow Christ, you must turn your back on the Law.

Rightly Dividing Disputes Pastor’s Claim
by Ronald W Robey

Ofttimes, when preaching on the topic of tithing, Pastors will use Jacob’s vow to give a tenth to God as “proof-text” that anything can be tithed to God… even your monetary wages. However, right division of the word of God will reveal that not all can be tithed to God.

Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
Genesis 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

In Genesis 28:20-22, we find Jacob’s vow. Now, while on the surface it may appear that Jacob was vowing to tithe everything he ever attained in life to God, (and Pastors certainly want you to believe that is the case) we must read the passage in its proper context. To do so, we must begin earlier in the Chapter… we must start at verse 12 and read through to 22.

Genesis 28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
Genesis 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

In verses 12-15, Jacob is asleep in the land of Luz, and dreams of a ladder stretching from Earth to Heaven. Angels are ascending and descending this ladder. From the very top of the ladder, the LORD God speaks to Jacob.

God promises to give to Jacob and his descendants the land on which Jacob was sleeping. Upon waking from his dream, Jacob make a vow to give to God “of all that thou shalt give me, I will surely give thee the tenth.”

God promised land… Jacob’s response was to what God promised to give him… land. Jacob was not vowing to give all he acquired in life to God,… he was vowing to give a tenth of the land that God would give him back to God.

Can I prove this with Scripture? I certainly can… otherwise, I would not have written it.

What was the tithe command God gave under the Mosaic Law? Let me help…

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.

Notice that God said the tithe is “holy” unto the LORD. The word “holy” is translated from the Hebrew, “qodesh”. (pronounced “ko-desh”) It means, “set apart”.

The tithe of the land is set apart for God. Jacob set the tithe of the land that God would give him apart for God. The tithe of the seed of the land and the fruit of the tree was the tithe of the land. Jacob vowed to give a tenth of the land that God had promised back to God.

Do you need further proof? I can supply it.

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.

Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

In Deuteronomy 12, we see the children of Israel preparing to enter the land that was promised to Jacob in the city of Luz three hundred fifty years earlier. God told the children of Israel that once they entered the land to live there, THEN they would begin tithing.

God did not want tithes from outside the land of Canaan. The children of Israel were not to begin tithing until they were living in the land of Canaan. Why? Because tithes from outside the and had not been vowed to him. I twas the land which God promised to Jacob that God wanted tithes from… the land of Canaan.

Jacob had vowed to give a tenth of the land back to God… God was simply laying claim to that which Jacob had vowed… the tenth of the land of Canaan.

No Respect
by Ronald W Robey
 
Those who tithe their monetary income are some of the most disrespectful people I have had to deal with through the years>
 
They can be some of the most kind-hearted, and generous people you would want to meet. But they are, oh so disrespectful.
 
They demonstrate a disrespect for God and for the word of God.
 
How so? Through their monetary tithing.
 
Though God said in His word that His tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds; they choose to obey their Pastor’s word rather than God… they tithe money.
 
Though God said in His word that His tithe was to be eaten; they choose to obey their Pastor’s and not eat the tithe.
 
Though God said in His word that His tithe was not to be observed unless living in the land of Canaan; they choose to believe their Passtor’s, who say the tithe is to be observed worldwide.
 
Though God said in His word that His tithe is to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the land of Canaan; they give their tithe to their Pastor’s.
 
Though God said in His word that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of Worship, they take their tithe to their House of Worship.
 
Though God said in His word that the tithe is to be observed every three years; they observe tithing weekly or bi-weekly.
 
Those who tithe money to their local House of Worship are very disrespectful. Like the Priest’s of Malachi’s day, they demonstrate that they too, despise God’s name.
 
They have replaced His tithes and offerings for that which is unacceptable as tithes and offerings in the word of God.
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When Right is Wrong
by Ronald W Robey
 
Those who rejoice about receiving job offers, job bonuses, or unexpected money in the mail after “tithing” shouldn’t be so quick to rejoice. It is ” highly possible that your unexpected money, job bonus, or job offer after yielding to a call for monetary tithes was not from God.
 
Remember the story of the Temptation in the Wilderness? (Matthew 4) Satan rewards people for bowing to his lies quite often. After all, he is the god of this world. He offers people the wealth of the world.
 
A diligent study of God’s commanded tithe in the Bible will reveal to the reader that God never authorized anyone to take a tithe of money to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. His commanded tithe was to come from agriculture, and He said man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes.
 
The ONLY TITHE that God attached a promise blessing to in the Bible is a tithe of agricultural crops, flocks and herds from from within the borders of the land of Canaan; and that promised blessing was for rain to fall from Heaven to water the fields so that fruits and vegetables could flourish.
 
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.
 
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
 
Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
 
Don’t let experience rule your heart. The heart is deceitful above all others and desperately wicked. That which seems right is wrong if it contradicts what is written in the word of God.

Break the Chains
by Ronald W Robey

Those who believe themselves to be under some sort of “curse” such as a barren womb, illness, job loss, et.al., for not tithing, have not truly come into the reality of who Christ is and what He has done for us.

Psalms 91:9 (KJV) 9 Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation;

Psalms 91:10 (KJV) 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

It’s time for those who call themselves “the saved of God” to break the bonds of pulpit oppression. It is time for the chains of deceit to be cast off of the backs of those who are in Christ Jesus. It’s time to believe God for who He says He is and for when He says He has done, and will do for you.

Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

God does not want you to pay Him ten percent of your monetary income before He will bless you. He doesn’t work contrary to what is written in His word. The blessings of God are free… all you have to do is ask with the right attitude and motives.

James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.