July 2014

I Choose
by Ronald W Robey

Law says: Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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.
Grace says: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Truth says: Galatians 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Galatians 3:7-10 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Galatians 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Those who would submit to the Law given to Israel must keep the whole Law or they are under a curse.
Many teach that we are to tithe, (a command given only to Israel) or be cursed. Yet, Galatians 3 clearly teach the opposite. The Apostle Paul, who received his doctrine from the Lord Jesus Christ, said “the Law is not of faith,” and
But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (Gal 3:23-25)
Brethren, Law and Faith do not mix. Paul said in Romans 7:1-4 that we who are married to Christ are not to dwell in the house of the Law.. We cannot say we are being faithful to Christ when we are holding on to any part of the Law, any more than we can say we are faithful to our spouses if we are in the bed of another who is not our spouse.
Are you faithful to Christ, who is the giver of eternal life? or to the Law that brings a curse if you do not keep the entirety of the Law? The truth is, since the apostle James said that “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (Ja 2:10) the one that is married to Christ while attempting to obey the Law of tithing in neither being faithful to Christ, nor to the Law. He is guilty of adultery, and thereby transgressing the very Law he believes himself to be loyal to. I choose to walk in the liberty wherein Christ has made me free.
I choose to be faithful to Christ, forsaking the demands of the Law.
Are You Walking With God?
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 14, 2014)
Amos 3:3 asks the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”.
An interesting question indeed. A question today could be asked why so many who claim to be walking with God disagree with His Word? Are they truly walking with God?
God said in Leviticus 27:30-33 that His holy tithe is agricultural. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god who says the commanded tithe is money?
God said in Numbers 18:21,24,26,28 that He gave His tithe to the Levitic tribe of the children of Israel. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god who says you are to tithe to people who are not of the Levitic tribe?
God said in Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & Deuteronomy 12:10-11 that one was not to start tithing until one crossed Jordan and entered Canaan. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that requires tithing on Gentile soil?
God said in Deuteronomy 14:22-27 that a second tithe was to be taken to a Jewish Feast and eaten by the tither before the LORD God. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that says we must tithe to our Church and nowhere else?
God said in Deuteronomy 14:28-29 that a third tithe was to be given every three years to feed the widows, the orphans, the Levites and foreigners in Israel. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that says the tithe must go to your Church?
God said in Nehemiah 10:37-38 that the firstfruits were to be taken to the Temple storehouse in Jerusalem, and the tithes were to be taken to the Levites. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that says tithes are to go to pastors on Gentile soil?
God said in Psalm 147:19-20 that His statutes and judgments were given to Israel and Israel alone. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that says the Mosaic Law is to be obeyed by all people of every nation?
God’s Word tells us in Acts 15:5,10,19-20,24,28-29 that Gentile Believers are not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that demands Gentile Believers obey the Mosaic Law?
In the last chapter that tithing is mentioned in God’s Holy Word, (Hebrews 7:5-8 ) we are told that the commanded tithe is the same agricultural tithe commanded in the Pentateuch more than 1500 years earlier. Are you in agreement with God? Are you walking with Him? or are you following a god that says the commanded tithe is money?
Are you in agreement and walking with God? or have you rejected His decree and chosen your own path?
There is not one Scripture in the entire Bible where God amended His tithe command to extend to the New Testament Church. Nor is there an amendment in His Word to make the tithe a monetary tithe instead of an agricultural one.
If God didn’t amend the tithe in His Word, how can we, who are supposed to walk in the Truth as it is written in His Holy Word, say He requires tithes of money? There is absolutely no justification for such an action.
Proverbs 30:6 tells us we are not to add to God’s Word. For that reason, we cannot change the tithe that He said was to be agricultural into a monetary tithe. we cannot, in good conscience, bring a tithe that was meant for Israel alone to observe to another geographical location.
You see, you cannot just focus on the fact that God commanded a tenth, and then totally ignore what that tenth was to consist of, where it was to be taken to, to whom it was to be given, and when it was to be given. You are picking and choosing that a tithe is required, yet dismissing all other aspects concerning God’s holy tithe.
Those who teach contrary to the written Word of God are not in agreement with God and therefore, can not be walking with God.

Back in 2014, the tele-evangelist Mike Murdock, said: “Tithe is proof of your faith in God.”

Mike Murdock needs to study the tithe more. He fails miserably at preaching God’s holy tithe.

I encourage all to read their Bibles. Don’t just take Mike’s word as Gospel truth. Don’t just take my word as Gospel truth. The Bible must be our ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice.

Search every instance where God commands tithing in the Bible. If you do, you will see that not once does God command a tithe of money from His people; neither from ancient Israel, nor from the Church today.

It’s just not there.

The last chapter in the Bible where tithes are commanded is in Hebrews 7. There, we read that those who have a command to take tithes is not the Church. Rather, it is the sons of Levi, who have a command to take tithes of their brethren…”according to the Law.”

What did the Law say concerning tithing?

That it was agricultural in its content (Lev 27:30-33)
That it was for the children of Israel (Lev 27:34)
That it was not to be observed outside of Israel (Deut 12:1,8,10-11)
That it was to be given to the Levites (Num 18:21,24,26,28; Neh 10:37-38)
That it was also to be given to the widows, orphans and strangers in Israel (Deut 14:28-29; Mal 3:5-11)

In Psalm 147:19-20, we read that God did not give Gentile nations the same Law that He gave to the children of Israel. Acts 15:10,23-29 reaffirms that the Mosaic Law was not for Gentile Converts to eternal life in Christ Jesus.

We learn in Deut 14:22-27 that the tithe was to be eaten by the tither, his household, and Levites.

Deut 12:8, by the way, tells us that man could not tithe money, time or talent. God laid down the guidelines governing the tithe and those guidelines said the tithe was agricultural. Man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes.

Be as the Bereans. Search the Scriptures to see if it is so. If you compare what I have written here, you will see that I have revealed more about the tithe than most pastors want their congregations to know about the tithe.

The rebuke and admonition found in Malachi 3 was not to the Church. It was to the Priest’s of Israel. Malachi 2:1 tells us, “And now, O ye Priest’s, this commandment is for you.” What commandment? A careful reading of the entire second chapter reveals no command given. It is not until chapter three snd the seventh verse that we see a command… “Return unto Me…” “How?” “Bring ye all the tithes…” The Priests of Israel had stolen the tithes, and God wanted them back. The storehouse was in the Temple at Jerusalem itself. God never relocated it to any other building in any other location.

If you ignore the Word of God and adhere to false doctrine taught by your pastor, that is idolatry.

Acts 8:18 (KJV) And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Acts 8:19 (KJV) Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:20 (KJV) But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Acts 8:21 (KJV) Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Acts 8:22 (KJV) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Acts 8:23 (KJV) For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity.

The Apostle Peter’s rebuke and admonition to Simon Magus is very telling. “Thy money perish with thee…” Earlier in the Chapter, we see that Simon Magus “believed.” Yet, the Apostle saw that Simon’s “belief” was only superficial. He had not truly believed in his heart unto salvation.

I wonder how many believers are perishing, just as Simon Magus was perishing? How many seek after signs and wonders instead of the Lord Jesus Christ?

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.

We are not only free from the curse of the Law, we are also free from the Law entirely.

Psalms 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Acts 15:23-29 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

The Law was never meant for the Gentile Churches… never! Yet so many pastors want to hold their congregations under that Law,; whether it be through the doctrine of “tithing” or some other doctrine found in the Mosaic Law.

We, as Christians, are called to “walk in the Spirit.” If we do, we “will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Those who walk in the Spirit have no need for the Law to be their guide. The Law was not made for those who are righteous.

1 Timothy 1:9-11 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.