Stewardship
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 12, 2018)
 
Stewardship is important in the life of a Christian.
 
God gives us the ability to make money, and expects us to handle that money wisely. First and foremost, if we have bills, we should endeavor to pay those bills prior to doing anything else with the money. The borrower is a servant to the lender. Get those bills out of the way.
 
From the money left after bills are paid, family needs should be taken care of; i.e food, clothing, medical, etc. If any provide not for his own he is worse than an infidel.
 
It is good to give to the local church body one attends or is a member of. However, it is better to give directly to those in the body who have needs rather than just drop the money in a collection plate as it passes under our noses on Sunday mornings. Ofttimes, money is collected for the needs of the church facilities while the body inside is in need of the money more. The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 
When money was laid at the feet of the apostles in the early stages of church history, the money was distributed to those who lacked. It was not used to pad the pockets of the apostles. Nor was it used to build bigger buildings.. If you enter the building and see Brother Sam and know that he has been laid off of work and has need of groceries or medicine, or even rent and utility money, God will be more pleased with you if you take that money you were going to drop in the collection plate and give it to Brother Sam than if you had dropped it in the collection plate.
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Embracing the Lie
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 12, 2012)

Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Without are found dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.

Throughout the world, there are many preachers who are guilty of “loving and making a lie.” They will stand behind their pulpits and preach a message that is designed to instill a fear of being cursed by God if one does not give ten percent of one’s money to the Church; claiming that God commands the Church members to “tithe” their money.

Their message is a lie, and God’s Word tells us that “whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” will not enter through the gates of God’s eternal city.

The “proof-text” that these “lying” preachers use is found in an address to the Priests of Israel…not to the Church. That passage relates how Israel was cursed because the tithes had been stolen from the “storehouse.”

Friends, these preachers may be preaching their false doctrine because of ignorance: i.e., lack of proper study, or it may be that they know the truth but preach the lie due to greed that is rooted in their hearts.

As I said, the “proof-text” is an address to the Priests of Israel…not to the Church. The tithe being spoken of was not a monetary tithe, it was a tithe of crops, flocks and herds… that which was commanded per the Mosaic Law. According to the Mosaic Law, the congregation of Israel did not take the tithe to the House of God, they took it to the Levites. The Levites, in turn, took a tithe of the tithe to the Tabernacle to be offered up as a heave offering. The Church today doesn’t teach the tithe according to the Word of God…they teach their own tithe…a tithe of money.

Whosoever loveth and maketh a lie… Need any more be said?

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Pastors have a responsibility to feed the flock of God, not lies, but the truth as it is written in God’s Holy Word. And the flock has a responsibility to search the Scriptures to see if the things being taught from the pulpit are so. If the flock follows the Biblical command to “prove all things,” and to “hold fast that which is good,” the Church can move onward and upward. But, if they are willingly ignorant of what the Word of God teaches they will never grow… they will never be properly equipped to teach others the truth.

The Church is not being run properly if the leaders are leading by deceit.

 
Misuse and Abuse
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 07, 2018)
 
In Malachi 3:7, Malachi is calling for a return to the ordinances. The ordinances have a few instructions that prove that pastors today are misusing Malachi 3:10 and abusing their congregations when they do so.
 
The ordinances of God concerning tithes:
 
1. Tithes are to be agricultural.
 
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.
 
2. The command to tithe was given to the children of Israel.
 
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
 
3. God’s tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi.
 
Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Numbers 18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
 
4. God’s tithe is not to be observed anywhere but the land of Canaan.
 
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:
 
5. A tithe is to be eaten in Jerusalem annually.
 
Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
Deuteronomy 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
Deuteronomy 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
Deuteronomy 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
Deuteronomy 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
 
2 Chronicles 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
 
6. Every third year, a tithe is to be given to the bloodline descendants of the patriarch Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in the land of Canaan.
 
Deuteronomy 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
Deuteronomy 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
 
Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
 
7. The congregation is not to tithe to the House of God.
 
Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
 
Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
 
Knowing the ordinances concerning tithing, it is clear that the prophet Malachi was not saying
 
a) to tithe money
 
b) that people who are not Jews are to tithe to the House of God.
 
c) that pastors living outside of Canaan are God’s official Tithe Collection Representatives
 
d) That churches living outside of Canaan are God’s official Tithe Collection Centers.
 
Therefore, it is clear that many pastors today are handling the word of God deceitfully when they teach a monetary tithe requirement to their congregations.
 
2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
 
So then, who is Malachi speaking to in Malachi 3:10?
 
Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
 
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
Equally True
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 04, 2016)
 
Many teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will reference Matthew 5:17, saying that “Jesus Himself said He did not come to destroy the Law. Therefore, tithing is still required.”
 
While it is true that during the time that Jesus was walking this Earth, He did not destroy the tithe, it is equally true that Jesus did not change the source of the tithe either.
 
A diligent study of God’s commanded tithe will reveal that His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock in the Promised Land. (see Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 12:1,10-11) He NEVER commanded anyone in the Bible to tithe their monetary income.
 
And neither did Jesus Christ. Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that they were tithing mint, anise, rue, cummin, all manner of herbs, i.e.; agricultural crops,… exactly what His Father commanded almost 1,450 years earlier. And Jesus said they ought to be doing tithing what the Law required.
 
Neither God, nor Jesus, ever told anyone in the Bible to tithe their monetary income to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church.
 
Monetary tithing exists because of lies from the pulpits and ignorance in the pews. Ravenous wolves are handling the word of God deceitfully, manipulating the Scriptures in order to extort money from people that God never authorized them to receive
 
Minsters are exhorted to “Preach the word”, not their opinion. When they teach requirements that are nowhere to be found in the word of God, they worship God in vain.
 
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the
They Oppose God’s Truth
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 03, 2017)
 
If one wants to be obedient to God in tithing, one should research the when; what’ who; where and why of tithing so as to not be found in rebellion,…
 
Question:
What is one supposed to tithe?
 
Pastor’s Answer:
Monetary Wages/ Employment Benefits.
 
Biblical Answer:
Agricultural crops, flocks and herds. Leviticus 27:30-33
 
Question:
When is one supposed to tithe?
 
Pastor’s Answer:
Weekly Bi-weekly, or Monthly…depending on your employment payday.
 
Biblical Answer:
 
1. Inheritance tithe given to the Levitic tribe of Israel annually. (Numbers 18:21-26)
2. Festival tithe eaten annually in Jerusalem by the farmer and herder himself. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)
3. Charity tithe given to widows, orphans, foreigners, and Levites every third year. (Deuteronomy 26:12)
*Per instruction given in Leviticus 25:1-6, the tithing of the crops increase cannot be observed every seventh year, as no planting or harvesting is to be done in that year.
 
 
Question: Who is required to tithe?
 
Pastor’s Answer: Every Christian in the world is required to tithe.
 
Biblical Answer: only the physical descendants of the Patriarch Jacob, aka the children of Israel, are required to tithe, per Leviticus 27:30-34; Psalms 147:19-20.
 
Question:
Who is one supposed to give tithes to?
 
Pastor’s Answer:
Your tithe is to go to those in authority in the local church you attend.
 
Biblical Answer:
Tithes are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans, foreigners, family and self in the Promised Land. Numbers 18:24-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; 26:12
 
Question:
Where is one supposed to tithe?
 
Pastor’s Answer:
Your tithe is to go to the House of God, your local church, on whatever continent you live.
 
Biblical Answer:
Tithing is to be observed only in the Promised Land Canaan, per Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11…. Tithing is not to go to the House of God, (unless you are a Levite) but to farming communities in the Promised Land Canaan. Nehemiah 10:37-38
 
Question:
Why is one supposed to tithe?
 
Pastor’s Answer:
Church Staff salary, Teaching supplies, Missionary Support, Church bills
 
Biblical Answer:
If you are a physical descendant of the biblical Patriarch Jacob, you are required to observe the commanded three tithes. (unless you have come to faith in Christ; Galatians 3:25-26) that you may learn to fear God, (Deuteronomy 14:22-23) that the Levites who do the work of the House of God be fed, (Numbers 18:21-26) and that the poor in the land of Israel be well provided for. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12)
 
It is clear that many pastors today handle the word of God deceitfully and manipulate the congregation into turning their eyes and their ears away from God’s truth when it comes to the doctrine of God’s holy tithe.
 
Do you sit under these deceitful pastors? Is the god they preach a god that requires you to tithe? If so, flee that den of iniquity.
 
They are more interested in your money than your soul. Otherwise, they would not be lying to you

The fact is, if every person who drinks ‘a glass of wine” were to be completely honest, they would admit that the very first glass of wine they ever drank made them drunk to some degree; whether just light–headed, nauseous, or full blown-out falling down drunk.

Alcohol is called an intoxicant for a reason….because it intoxicates.

Now, here’s the thing…

It has been proven in the medical field that beverage alcohol kills brain cells. So, maybe that’s why the “one glass of wine won’t hurt” proponents don’t realize the one glass of wine has intoxicated them…it’s killed the cells that tell their mind that they are drunk.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Abram’s Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
(edited and revised December 02, 2018)
 
Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek…
 
a) was not from his monetary wages or employment bonuses
 
b) was not from government benefits
 
c) was not from his own property
 
d) was from goods recovered in war
 
e) was given only after Abram killed several people
 
f) was given from property of others
 
g) was given to the king of an earthly kingdom
 
h) was not given until after a blessing was spoken over him by the one who would receive the tithes
 
i) was not given until after the one who would receive the tithes fed him natural food and drink
 
j) was in the open air, not in a “church”
 
k) was given more than forty miles from his home
 
l) was given in the presence of a pagan king
 
m) was the observance of a custom of the land in that historic timeline