May 2012

I woke up this morning, alone and cold

An empty wine bottle in my hand I now hold

A knot in my stomach, a pain in my head

A box in the alley I use for my bed

A doctor last month said, “Soon you will die

Cirrhosis has claimed you, there’s no need to cry”

He’s done all he can, but still there is hope

Lord Jesus, I need you, with this I can’t cope

A drunkard’s not welcome in God’s Home above

So Jesus, please cleanse me with your precious blood

I’m tired of Ol’ Slewfoot and his damning wine

So save me, Lord Jesus, on my life will you shine?

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

Many have been deceived by the devil into believing that a social drink, or just one beer, will do no harm.  God’s Word warns us against this…

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.  Proverbs 23:20, 21 (KJV)

Alcohol is a poison that will slowly take over ones mind, and eventually, ones physical health; even to the point of taking ones very life.

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.  Proverbs 23:29-32 (KJV)

But death from alcohol is not the end.  God’s Word tells us that the drunkard will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven…

 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV)

Where will the drunkard end up if not in heaven?

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  Revelation 20:12-15 (KJV) 

But I have good news for you.  There is a way to escape…

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16 (KJV)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 (KJV)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:8-10 (KJV)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13 (KJV)

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to be the substitution for our sins.  Because of His death on Calvary, man who repents of sin and accepts the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior will be completely pardoned for his sins, and will be assured of eternal life in heaven.

Won’t you ask God to forgive you of your sins today and receive His free gift of eternal life?

If you have made this choice, your next step today is to get grounded in the Word of God and established in a local Church where the Word of God is preached so that you may grow in Christ.

Unlike Any Other
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 20, 2012)

What men call tithes today is nothing like that which God’s Word says of the tithe.

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, God’s tithe was only of crops, flocks and herds. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
Today, it is taught that money is to be tithed. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days of Aaron to the Apostle Paul, God’s tithe could only be observed by those who lived in the land of Canaan/Israel. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
Today, it is taught that God’s tithe is to be observed worldwide. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, only bloodline descendants of Levi, were authorized to receive God’s yearly tithe. (Numbers 18:21-26) Today, it is taught that the tithe is to be given to Pastors who have no proof that they are bloodline descendants of Levi. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days of Aaron to the Apostle Paul, God’s tithe was kept in the tither’s city every three years to feed the widows, the orphans, the Levites that were living in the city, and the foreigner that was visiting the city. Every seventh year, there was no tithe required. (Deuteronomy 26:12-13; Leviticus 25:4,20)
Today, the Churches teach that the tithe must always be taken to the Church with no reprieve. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, God’s tithe was only required of landowners who farmed and/or herded livestock. Those who did not own farms or livestock were not required to tithe. (Lev. 27:30-33)
Today, the Church teaches all members of the congregation to tithe whether they are landowners or owners of livestock, or not. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, only children of Israel were required to tithe. The Levites could not accept tithes from anyone who was not of the nation of Israel. (Numbers 18:24-26)
Today, Church members all over the world are taught to tithe. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, firstfruits and the tithe were separate (Nehemiah 10:37-38; 12:44)
Today, many churches teach that tithes and firstfruits are the same thing. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, God’s tithe was of the increase of the seed of crops, flocks and herds. (Leviticus 27:30-33; Deuteronomy 14:22)
Today, Churches teach that 10% of your paycheck is to be tithed. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

In the days from Aaron to the Apostle Paul, the congregation could not take the tithe to the House of God. (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
Today, the Church teaches the congregation must bring their tithe to the House of God. (There is no Scriptural support for this teaching)

Contrary to popular doctrine, God is not going to curse you if you don’t tithe your money to the House of God. Many a preacher will stand behind the pulpit and preach that Malachi 3:8-10 is a warning to their congregations that they will receive a curse if they don’t tithe their money.

Since God’s Word defines God’s tithe as agricultural, how can Pastors say it is money? Brethren, the tithe in Malachi 3 was of the crops. God says bring it in the storehouse.

The storehouse was not the Temple. Nor was it the Tabernacle. It was a structure where grains were kept outside of the Tabernacle/Temple. And God told the Priests who had stolen the tithe from the storehouse to return it. If they would return the tithe, He would open the windows of Heaven, (remember the first time the windows of Heaven are mentioned in the Bible? God made it rain upon the Earth then) and He would pour out a blessing that the people would not be able to receive. He would rebuke the devourer (the locust) for their sake.

Folks, God was speaking of abundance of crops as a blessing for returning a stolen tithe. God’s tithe was not money then, nor has it ever been.

Brethren, if you want to please God with your money, give as the Apostle Paul instructed… as you purpose in your heart. Don’t give grudgingly, but rather willingly and cheerfully.

But regardless if you give 10% of your money, it is not tithes according to the biblical definition of what God’s tithe was to consist of. Tithes were only of the crops, flocks, and herds in the land of Canaan. What you are giving when you give money is a contribution… not God’s commanded tithe.

There is not one instance of the Apostles teaching the Gentile Churches to tithe their money in the Word of God. As a matter of fact, when the Jerusalem Council met as recorded in Acts 15, the Jerusalem Council wanted the Gentile Believers to be circumcised, AND to keep the Law of Moses.” The tithe was one of the laws found within the Law of Moses.

What did James tell the Council that day? It seemeth good to the Holy Ghost and to us that no greater burden be laid upon the Gentile Believers than these necessary things: to abstain from blood, and from things strangled, and from idols, and from fornication. He ended with “if ye do these things, ye do well.”

One would think that the Holy Ghost would have told James to teach the Gentile Churches that they were to tithe. But according to the Word of God, the tithe was not a necessary thing required of the Gentiles.

So how are we to see to the financial needs of the Church if we don’t tithe? By giving cheerfully and willingly. Freewill offerings, not of compulsion or necessity. God loves a cheerful giver.

If you purpose in your heart to give 10% of your money, great! But since God’s Word tells us what the tithe was, and who was required to tithe, your 10% of your money is not God’s tithe. It is an offering.

The tithe of the Congregation was not taken to the Temple/Tabernacle by the people. It was taken to the Levites, who in turn took a tithe of the tithe they received to the Temple/Tabernacle. That’s right, only 1% of the original tither’s property went to the place of worship… not 10%.

Study it out folks. That which is preached as a tithe today is not the tithe instituted by God. Not even close to that which God instituted.

Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek? Yes, that was prior to the Law. But that does not make tithing an eternal principle. Abram had concubines too. Is that an eternal principle? Abram married his sister. Is that an eternal principle? After all, it was before the Law.

Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek was not of his own property. That which he tithed he did not consider his own. He told Bera, the king of Sodom, that he had promised God he would not keep any of the spoils of war for himself. So he was not tithing his own property, but the property of others.

Abram’s tithe an eternal principle? Hardly. That is, unless we are to tithe other people’s property.

Jacob’s tenth? Not a good example of an eternal principle. Jacob vowed a vow to give a tenth of all he had, yes. But Jacob made that vow with conditions attached. And one of those conditions was not met until nearly 21 years after Jacob made the vow.

If Jacob’s vow is an example we are to follow, then we can bargain with God. Tell Him if He meets certain demands first, then we will give a tenth of all we possess.

A careful and prayerful study of the Word of God will reveal to the reader that the tithe taught in many religious institutions today is unlike any tithe taught in the pages of God’s Holy word.