John Shot the Message (But He Did Not Shoot the Messenger)
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 06, 2020)

Crafty Preacher: “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”

Rebuttal: “And yet, when I read John’s first epistle, I discover that he says not to sin, and that sin is the transgression of the Law.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Law says that God’s tithe is to be agricultural…not monetary.

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 27:32 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.

Therefore, when you tithe your monetary income instead of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

The Law said that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.

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:

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.

Therefore, if you are taking your tithes to any other location than Jerusalem, you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

Oops…The apostle John just shot down the crafty preacher’s message that “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”

John Shot the Message (but he did not shoot the messenger)
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 06, 2020)

Crafty Preacher: “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”

Rebuttal: “And yet, when I read John’s first epistle, I discover that he says not to sin, and that sin is the transgression of the Law.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Law says that God’s tithe is to be agricultural…not monetary.

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 27:32 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.

Therefore, when you tithe monetary your income instead of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds, you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

The Law said that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.

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:

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.

Therefore, if you are taking your tithes to any other location thanb Jerusalem, you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

Oops…The apostle John just shot down the crafty preacher’s claim that “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”

Many today, frown upon those who say they will attend church services but will not tithe. They shouldn’t. There is absolutely nothing at all wrong with the statement, “I’ll attend services, but I will not tithe.” Especially since God’s word says that the only people that God commanded to tithe were children of Israel, (Leviticus 27:30-34) and that that commanded tithe was not to be observed until they were safely living in the land of Canaan and after God chose a place to place His name. (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

In the Bible, God exonerates members of the congregation from the responsibility of tithing to the House of God. In Numbers 18:21-22&Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 we learn that the Law God gave to Moses concerning tithing decreed that the congregation was not to go near the House of God with tithes.

Instead, the Law dictated that the congregation was to take their tithe to Jerusalem, (Deuteronomy 12;10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6) and give it to bloodline descendants of the Biblical patriarch Levi, whom God had decreed that all the tenth in Israel was to be given to, (Numbers 18:21) The bloodline descendants of the Biblical patriarch Levi, in turn, were to take a tithe of the tithes that they received from the congregation to the House of God. (Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

That’s right…the ONLY people that God authorized to tithe to the House of God…the ONLY people that God commanded to tithe to the House of God…were the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. And that was to be a tithe of the tithes they received from the other eleven tribes of Israel.

In the last Book of the Old Testament, the minor prophet Malachi was not speaking to the congregation when he said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10)

We know this, because in Malachi 3:7 the Prophet is calling for a return to God’s ordinances. Again, God’s ordinances say that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes. Therefore, Malachi cannot be speaking to the congregation in Malachi 3:10. He would not call for a return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and call for a transgression of the ordinances in verse 10….

…Malachi was speaking to the Priestly line of Levites. Context even shows that Malachi was speaking to the Priestly line of Levites, when we read, “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.” (Malachi 2:1)

It is time for the church to wake out of their slumber. Instead of looking down on those who say they will attend church but will not tithe, the church should welcome them with open arms and tell them, “Great! Come worship with us! God desires your worship…not your tithe.”

Firstfruit Offerings
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 06, 2020)

It’s that time of year again…the time that many ravening wolves will prey upon unsuspecting sheep. I’m talking about men who, in the eyes and minds of the assembly seem to be legit men of God, but are actually false prophets in disguise.

Each January, these men will stand behind their pulpits and tell their congregations that “God requires you to give Him a Firstfruit Offering.” They go on to tell you that, “The Firstfruit offering is the first sum of money you receive each year.”

They, of course, are speaking of your employment wages.

For those who are paid on a daily basis, the “Firstfruit Offering” my not affect their finances much. For those who are paid on a weekly basis, they may feel the effects of handing over that first week’s salary a little more than those that are paid on a daily basis. Those who get paid every other week may find surviving until the next paycheck hard when they hand over two week’s salary to the church. Still, there are many who receive a check only once a month. They are affected the worse as they find that, after giving their first of the year salary to the church, they have no money for their own needs; i.e electricity bill, water bill, food, medication, car payment, house rent, et.al.

Many find themselves needing to borrow money to survive, putting themselves in debt because they gave the money that could have met their needs to a man who lied to them about God requiring them to give that money. The fact is, God never commanded them, or anyone in the Bible to give Him money under the guise of a “Firstfruit Offering”. Let us look at a few verses that speak of Firstfruit Offerings so that we can get the mind of God on the subject, shall we?

In the first place we find the word “Firstfruits,” we read:

Exodus 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

In the above verse, we find that the firstfruits is also known as “The Feast of Harvest,” and is to be from the results of a man’s labours. But, labours from what?

Is this speaking of the labours of a man who works a nine to five job in an Office? Is it speaking of Educators in a school system? Is it speaking of labours from a government road crew? What does God mean by “the firstfruits of thy labours”? The answer to this question is revealed in the second place in the Bible where Firstfruits are mentioned.

Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

The “firstfruits of thy labours” is to come from work that man does on “thy land.” It is to come from that which is grown on the land owned by an indivitdual. It is from work done on the landowner’s own property. Not from work done in an Office building. Not an Educator’s pay. Not a Trucker’s pay. Not from a paycheck, but from a harvest of fruits and vegetables.

Who is required to give the Firstfruit Offering? Are Christians around the world required to observe this practice? If you believe the Bible to be truth, (and we should) the only people that were told to give the firstfruits of their land were the children of Israel. Moses was delivering a message from God to the children of Israel.

Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:

Leviticus 23:10 tells the reader that

a) Firstfruit Offerings are to be observed strictly in the land (Canaan) that God gave to the twelve tribes of Israel
b) When the Israelites reap a harvest in the land of Canaan, they were to bring a sheaf from that harvest to the Priest. According to Hebrew Lexicons, a sheaf is the same as an omer. But what is an omer? It is a unit of dry measurement. The harvest of grain was measured in sheafs, omers, and ephahs. Leviticus 5:11 speaks of “the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour.”

So, there you have it. Firstfruits is not speaking of your first paycheck of the year. It is speaking of the first part of an agricultural harvest. It is not required of Christians around the world. It was required to be observed solely in the land of Canaan.

Conclusion:

Don’t fall prey to a ravening wolf who handles the word of God decetifully in order to extort money from your possession. God gave you the power to make wealth for the purpose of you providing first for your needs, i.e utility bills, house payments, car payments, food, medication, et al.

If you have money to spare after meeting your basic needs, (not wants, but needs) and wish to give some to God, God leaves the amount up to you. He does not set a percentage that is to be given, but you are to decide in your own hearts what you will give.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

If you wish to give to God, consider giving to the poor instead of to the man who lies to you in order to get your money.

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Seek God for Direction

by Ronald W Robey
(written December 31, 2019)

For several years now, I have been told that I should “seek direction from God as to whether He wants you to tithe or not.” My response to that advice is as follows

i) In the “Book of Genesis,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

ii) In the “Book of Exodus,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

iii) In the “Book of Leviticus,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

iv) In the “Book of Numbers,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

v) In the “Book of Deuteronomy,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

vi) In the “Book of Joshua,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

vii) In the “Book of Judges,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

viii) In the “Book of Ruth,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

ix) In the “First Book of Samuel,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

x) In the “Second Book of Samuel,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xi) In the “First Book of the Kings,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xii) In the “Second Book of the Kings,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xiii) In the “First Book of Chronicles,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xiv) In the “Second Book of Chronicles,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xv) In the “Book of Ezra,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xvi) In the “Book of Nehemiah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xvii) In the “Book of Esther,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xviii) In the “Book of Job,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xix) In the “Book of Psalms,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xx) In the “Book of Proverbs,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxi) In the “Book of Ecclesiastes,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxii) In the “Song of Solomon,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxiii) In the “Book of Isaiah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxiv) In the “Book of Jeremiah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxv) In the “Book of Lamentations,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxvi) In the “Book of Ezekiel,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxvii) In the “Book of Daniel,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxviii) In the “Book of Hosea,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxix) In the “Book of Joel,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxx) In the “Book of Amos,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxi) In the “Book of Obadiah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxii) In the “Book of Jonah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxiii) In the “Book of Micah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxiv) In the “Book of Nahum,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxv) In the “Book of Habakkuk,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxvi) In the “Book of Zephaniah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxvii) In the “Book of Haggai,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxviii) In the “Book of Zechariah,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xxxix) In the “Book of Malachi,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xl) In the “Gospel According to Saint Matthew,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xli) In the “Gospel According to Saint Mark,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlii) In the “Gospel According to Saint Luke,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xliii) In the “Gospel According to Saint John,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xliv) In Luke’s “Acts of the Apostles,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlv) In Paul’s “Epistle to the Romans,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlvi) In Paul’s “First Epistle to the Corinthians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlvii) In Paul’s “Second Epistle to the Corinthians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlviii) In Paul’s “Epistle to the Galatians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

xlix) In Paul’s “Epistle to the Ephesians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

l) In Paul’s “Epistle to the Philippians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

li) In Paul’s “Epistle to the Colossians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lii) In Paul’s “First Epistle to the Thessalonians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

liii) In Paul’s “Second Epistle to the Thessalonians,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

liv) In Paul’s “First Epistle to Timothy,”there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lv) In Paul’s “Second Epistle to Timothy,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lvi) In Paul’s “Epistle to Titus,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lvii) In Paul’s “Epistle to Philemon,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lviii) In the “Epistle to the Hebrews,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lix) In the “Epistle of James,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lx) In the “First Epistle of Peter,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxi) In the “Second Epistle of Peter,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxii) In the “First Epistle of John,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxiii) In the “Second Epistle of John,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxiv) In the “Third Epislte of John,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxv) In the “Epistle of Jude,” there is no reference to a monetary tithe requirement. Nor is there any allusion to a necessity to tithe one’s money.

lxvi) In the prophetic “Book of Revelation,” there is no reference to anyone being either rewarded, or punished, for either obeying or disobeying a monetary tithe requirement.

Not once, in the entire Bible do we read that it is necessary for the saved in Christ Jesus to give ten percent of their money to God or to the church they attend.  Leviticus 27:30,32 reveals that God’s commanded tithe was to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.  Deuteronomy 12:10-11 reveal that God’s commanded tithe is not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan and entering the land of Canaan to live there as a citizen of that land. 

Therefore, we know that God never intended people all over the world to tithe. Only those people living in the land of Canaan were required by God to tithe.


Seek direction from God as to whether He wants you to tithe or not?  I did.  He doesn’t.

They Took Their Tithe to Jerusalem
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 29, 2019)

The more I read the word of God, the more light God shines through it. As I was reading Deuteronomy 12:10-11 this morning, I realized something that so many people overlook today, and I myself had overlooked.

The children of Israel were to travel to Jerusalem with their tithe.

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:

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.

God chose the city of Jerusalem for the children of Israel to take their tithe.

Yes, I know..I’ve shared these passages before. However, I had previously used Nehemiah 10:37-38 to say that the congregation aka the children of Israel were to keep the tithe in the farming communities scattered throughout Canaan for the Levites to collect there.

I was wrong.

If they kept the tithe in the farming communities, they would have transgressed the command that they were to take the tithe to Jerusalem. So, they did not keep the Levitc tithe in their cities for the Levite to collect there…they took it to Jerusaelm.

Now, Nehemiah 10:37-38 makes it clear that they did not take the tithe to the House of God, when it says,

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.

It would be impossible for the Levites to take the tithe of the tithe up to the House of God if the tithe was already at the House of God. So, the tithe that was to go to the Levite went to Jerusalem, but did not go to the House of God.

There must have been a meeting place in Jerusalem other than the House of God, where the Levite collected the tithe and took a tithe of the tithe to the House of God.

Now, beside the tithe that was to go to the Levite each year, there was a second tithe that the children of Israel were to take to Jerusalem and eat before the LORD.

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,

Then, every third year, instead of eating a tithe before the Lord in Jerusalem, they were to keep that tithe in their cities to give to the Levite, to the widow, to the fatherless, and to the stranger living in their cities.

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;

They were still obligated to give the Levite his tithe even though the Levite shared a tithe every third year.

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.

No Wonder
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 29, 2019)

Does the Bible mean anything to the church anymore?

a) The Bible says God’s tithe is to be agriculture.
The church says God’s tithe is to be money.

b) The Bible says the tithe ordinance was given to the children of Israel.
The church says the tithe ordinance is given to the church.

c) The Bible says the tithe is not to be observed until living in the land of Canaan.
The church says the tithe is to be observed around the world.

d) The Bible says the tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.
The church says the tithe is to be given in your local town that is not Jerusalem.

e) The Bible says the tithe is to be given to the Levitic tribe in Canaan.
The church says the tithe is to be given to the church.

f) The Bible says to eat a tithe in Jerusalem.
The church says do not eat the tithe.

g) The Bible says to give tithes to Levites, widows, fatherless, and strangers every third year.
The church says the tithe belongs in your local church.

h) The Bible says the year of tithing is every third year in a seven year cycle.
The church says you are to tithe every time you get paid from your work or you receive a government check.

i) The Bible says that the storehouse was a three-tiered structure attached to the Temple in Jerusalem.
The church says that the church is the storehouse.

j) The Bible says Malachi was telling the Priests of Israel to return stolen tithes to the Temple in Jerusalem.
The church says that Malachi is telling church members to bring tithes to the local church.

With all the lies and contradictions being taught and embraced in church assemblies around the world, it is no wonder Jesus uttered this words in Matthew 7:21-23…

Matthew 7:21 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.
Matthew 7:22 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?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

When it comes to the topic of tithing, the church has departed from God and is teaching a doctrine that is totally foreign to the pages of God’s word. For this reason, the worship in the church…is vain.

Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.