January 2015


Last year, I was chosen to be on a “Dream Team” of top notch Bible Scholars to defend a client who discovered that her pastor had been taking tithes from her for several years under the color of “official right”, even though the Word of God reveals that she was never required to tithe her money to the Church from the beginning.

Did she have a case? Was her request to be compensated restitution of all tithe money justified?

Since I was brought on board with the “Dream Team”, I needed to go to the Book of the Law to see what it says concerning stealing and restitution… I also needed to take appropriate action if it was proven that the pastor had stolen from my client by relying on what is written in the Law in order to practice his deceit.

Before going to the Law, I examined the writings of the Apostle Paul concerning those who are under the Law. I found the following verse:

Galatians 3:10 (KJV) 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.

From the above verse, I determined that the pastor who relies on the Law, “The tithes of the land are the Lord’s”, must also submit to the remaining 612 ordinances contained in that Law.

That fact established, I searched the Law books to see what they say about restitution. I discovered that the Law did call for thieves to repay that which they were guilty of stealing.

Leviticus 6:2 (KJV) If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
Leviticus 6:3 (KJV) Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
Leviticus 6:4 (KJV) Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
Leviticus 6:5 (KJV) Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, [and] give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
Leviticus 6:6 (KJV) And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:.

According to the above verses, found in the very Law that the pastor used to extort money from my client, and since Leviticus 27:30-33 identifies God’s holy tithes as agricultural, not monetary, I was able to prove that the pastor did indeed owe my client whom he had robbed, restitution… He was required to repay all money which he had taken from my client unlawfully, adding to that amount an additional 20% as the Law demanded.image

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My answer to the seeming “carry-over” into the New Testament of nine of the original ten commandments written in the Old:

I call this “Obey the Law of the Land in Which You Live”

The Word of God assures us that we do not have to keep the Mosaic Law. (this would include the original 10 Commandments written by the finger of God, along with the remaining 603 Commandments given to Moses for the children of Israel at a later date) It was for Israel alone. (see Psalm 147:19-20 )

While some things in the Law seem to be repeated in the Pauline epistles, that does not mean we are to keep the Mosaic Law. That which is written in the epistles is in a completely different jurisdiction.

Let me give you an example. I was born in Tripoli, Libya, North Africa. There were laws there that my parents had to observe. When mother moved after my dad’s death, the laws of Tripoli did not follow her. We moved to an entirely new jurisdiction. If I stole something here, I would not be tried by the laws of Tripoli. I would, instead, be charged under the laws governing the geographical location in which I live.

Now, as long as I remain where I am, I will not be required to live by the Laws of Tripoli. However, if I should happen to move back to Tripoli, I will be subject to the laws of that geographical location. I will be in that jurisdiction.

It is the same regarding those ordinances of the Old Testament. If I choose to abide in the House of the Law, I am subject to, not just any law I choose to my liking, but to all the laws set forth for the residents thereof. If i choose to obey the tithe command, I must obey all other commands legislated for the citizens of that jurisdiction. This would include animal sacrifices, stoning of disobedient children, not wearing garments that have two different fabrics in the weave, a battlement on my roof, etc..

James said in Acts 21 that there is no command given for Gentiles to keep the Mosaic Law. Paul said in Romans 6 that we are not under the Law, but under Grace.

Paul further said in Romans 7 that it is comparable to adultery to go to the house of the Law when one is married to Jesus Christ. The Bible identifies the Church, (the Body of Beleivers) as the Bride of Christ. Galatians 3 states that it is foolish to subject ourselves to the Mosaic Law; for, when we do, we place ourselves under the curses associated with the Mosaic Law if we fail to keep the Law in its entirety.

Over and over, in more than the above examples, we are shown that we are not to go under that old system. Best to focus on Christ, and His finished Work and leave the Law for those who oppose Christ. The Law will be their judge, for they choose to live under its jurisdiction instead of under the merciful Grace of the Redeemer.

What Is Your Problem?
by Ronald W Robey

Do you tithe 10% of your income to your local Church? Have you “tithed” faithfully for several years and not seen the results that you expected? The Preacher promised you God would “rebuke the devourer” if you would just obey the command to tithe, and yet, you still experience many health problems? Your garden doesn’t seem to flourish as well as it should?

Let me ask….

Would you consider not tithing 10% of your income to your Church? Believe it or not, those health problems may be directly connected to your tithing. Your vegetation not flourishing may be directly related to your tithing. Notice:

Deuteronomy 28:35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.

The above verse, and pretty much the whole chapter beginning at verse 14, is God’s pronouncement of the curses that He gave to the children of Israel for disobedience to His Law. Notice the above verse says the LORD would place a botch (skin cancer) in the knees and legs, even on the whole body because of disobedience to the Law that He handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. And not just botches, but madness, (insanity) blindness, and astonishment of the heart. (confusion)

You may say, “Yes, but I am not under the Law. I am under Grace. Those illnesses and curses cannot apply to me.”

Oh really? Have you considered the following verse?

Galatians 3:10 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.

Stop and think for a moment. Is not the command to tithe a command in the Mosaic Law? Are you not attempting to keep that one command written in the Law?

But though you attempt to obey God’s command to tithe, the fact is, you fail miserably… even when you give 10% of your money faithfully to your local pastor.

Notice the command concerning God’s holy tithes. Read it carefully and prayerfully…

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.

The answer is obvious. It is indeed in the Mosaic Law. There is no command for tithes prior to the Mosaic Law being handed down to Moses. Nor is there a command to tithe after the destruction of the Jewish Temple in AD 70.

And the Word of God says if you wish to be under the Law, you must keep the whole Law. (see Gal. 3:10 above) Now realize this…

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

When you heard your pastor preach that Malachi 3:8-10 is God command for you to tithe, and you yielded to that message, you placed yourself in the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law, its blessings, and it’s curses included.

Package deal.

Now, you might think. “But I am tithing, so I am not breaking the Law. Therefore, the curses associated with breaking the Law cannot be applied to my situation.” Again, you would be wrong… for the following two reasons.

1. Galatians 3:10 above says if you place yourself under the Law, you are a debtor to do the whole Law…. not just tithing. You must obey all the commandments contained in the ordinances of the Mosaic Law if you submit to any one of those commandments.

2. James 2:10 states that if we offend in one point of the Law, we are guilty of all the Law. Again, it is a package deal. Even if you were not required to keep the other commandments contained in the ordinances of the Mosaic Law, and the only command you were required to keep was the tithe command, you have still failed miserably.

God said His holy tithes were to be agricultural, not money. (see Leviticus 27:30-33 above) Because you choose to place yourself under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law, you break the Law when you attempt to tithe money instead of agricultural produce and livestock as the Law commands.

Further, God said His tithe was to go to the Levites, widows, orphans and strangers dwelling in Canaan, (see Numbers 18:21-28; Deuteronomy 14:28-29) not to pastors of Church’s on Gentile soil.

As you can see, it is possible that your skin cancer, your bad knees, your many health problems, may well be a result of your tithing. You have placed yourself under the Law and may be reaping the consequences of disobedience to that Law.

Might be a good time to read Deuteronomy 28 in its entirety to see if any of the other curses might apply to your current situation.

Uh-huh.

Oh, doctors may be able to treat the skin cancer. They may be able to do knee replacement as well. They may even be able to treat many other illnesses you have contracted. But at what cost? Money that your household could have used, money that your neighbor could have used, gone to doctors and hospitals instead.

But we have the Great Physician named Jesus Christ who also has the answer in His Word.

Get out of the house of the Law. You don’t belong there. (Romans 7:1-4) You are married to the One who rose from the dead… act like it! Stop attempting to obey a Law that was never meant for you to obey.(Psalm 147:19-20 )

As long as you remain unfaithful to God, you will remain in His sore displeasure.

It’s either the Law, or it’s Grace. You must choose which you want to live under. But, you cannot have the best of both worlds. In the Law, there is no “best”. The Law brings death because man is unable to keep it in its entirety. Grace brings life and liberty to those to whom God has bestowed it upon.

In Malachi, the entire nation of Israel was under the curse because of the actions of the Priests. Deuteronomy 28 reveals that family and nation alike will be affected by disobedience to the Law.

The Law was never meant for us. Who has bewitched you into placing yourself in its jurisdiction. Make your way to the nearest exit as quickly as possible.

Walk in Grace.

Why I am not guilt of “robbing God” when I don’t tithe…

1.  God said His holy tithes were for the children of Israel. (Lev. 27:34)  I am not an Israelite.

2.  God said His holy tithes were agricultural, not monetary (Lev. 27:30-33)  I do not grow crops, nor do I breed livestock.

3.  God said His holy tithes were to be given to widows, orphans, Levites and foreigners living in the land of Israel/Canaan (Deut. 14:22-29)  I am not in the land of Israel, so it is impossible to give my tithes to those who are the only ones God said His tithes were to go to.

4.  Tithing is to be observed only once one crosses the Jordan and enters Canaan.  (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:10-11)  I have never crossed the Jordan River, nor have I entered Canaan.

5.  God’s tithe was an ordinance.  (Mal. 3:7)

6.  The ordinances God gave to Israel, He gave to no other nation. (Psalm 147:19-20)

7.  Judaizer’s in AD 51 demanded that Gentiles be made to observe Israel’s ordinances of the Mosaic Law.  (Acts 15:5)  The Apostle Peter told them they were tempting God by demanding such.  (Acts 15:10)  The Apostle James said they were subverting the souls of Gentile Believers with their demands.  (Acts 15:24)  The Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined and decreed that the Gentiles were not to be required to keep the ordinances of the Mosaic Law.  (Acts 15:28-29)

8.  The Apostles sent a letter to the Gentile Believers telling them they were not bound by the ordinances of the Mosaic Law, but that they had to observe four “necesary things”.  Tithing was not one of those “necesary things”.  (Acts 15:28-29)

9.  In AD 59, the Apostle James reminded the Apostle Paul that the Gentile Believers were free from the Mosaic Law.  (Acts 21:23-25)

10.  In the last place in the Bible that tithes are commanded, the commanded tithes are still “according to the Law”; i.e., agricultural, and for the children of Israel.  (Hebrews 7:5-8)

11.  The tithe still belongs to the Levites, not to pastors living on Gentile soil.  (Hebrews 7:5-8)

12.  Remarkably absent from the pages of the Word of God is any command or instruction for members of the New Testament Church to tithe their money to their local Church.

Jesus said of the Pharisees, “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men”  God never commanded a tithe of money in His Holy Word.  It is a doctrine of man-made construct.

In the Bible,

a.  tithes were never commanded for the New Testament Church,
b.  tithes were never carried to the New Testament Church,
c.  tithes were never collected in the New Testament Church,
d.  tithes were never controlled by the New Testament Church.

In light of the Scriptural facts,  I can say without doubt that I am not “robbing God” if I fail to tithe my money to a corporation doing business as a Church.  In light of the fact that God never told pastors to teach their congregations that He requires tithes of money, I can say without reserve that pastors are robbing their congregations of money through their handling deceitfully the Word of God.

4 Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: (Amos 4:4 KJV)
Many pastors who preach from modern versions have used this verse to justify their taking of tithes more than once a year. Several modern versions, like the NASB, translated the Hebrew word “yohm” as the word “day” for this verse instead of “years” as found in the KJV translation.

4 Amos 4:4 “Enter Bethel and transgress; In Gilgal multiply transgression! Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days. (Amos 4:4 NAS)

Their reasoning fails when one takes into consideration that whenever reading the Bible an important rule of thumb is, “Scripture must interpret Scripture.”

Now, while it is true that when the Hebrew word “yohm” is first mentioned in the Bible, it is speaking of a literal twenty-four-hour day. However, in many other places, the word “yohm” is translated as year, or years… even in the NASB!

One such example where “yohm” is translated as “year” is a verse that is speaking of King David’s son, Absalom.

26 2 Samuel 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every year’s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight. (2Sa 14:26 KJV)

26 2 Samuel 14:26 And when he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight. (2Sa 14:26 NASB)

Absalom’s hair weighed two hundred shekels at the end of each year. Two hundred shekels is the equivalent of six-and-a-half pounds. Absalom’s hair grew at a rate of six-and-a-half pounds per year, and had to be shaved off his head.

Now, let’s see how that verse would look if “yohm” was translated at the word “day”…

26 2 Samuel 14:26 And when he polled his head, (for it was at every day’s end that he polled it: because the hair was heavy on him, therefore he polled it:) he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels after the king’s weight. (2 Samuel 14:26 KJV)

Human hair growing at a rate of six-and-a-half pounds a day? Impossible!

It is plain to see that “yohm” does indeed mean “year” or “years” in some instances in the Word of God.

Now, back to Amos 4:4. How do we know the proper translation is the word “years” and not “days”? Because of what the Law commanded concerning the tithe that was to go to the poor. That tithe was every third year, and was not to be taken anywhere.

28 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:
29 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 14:28-29 KJV)

The third year tithe was to be kept within the city that the farmer or herder resided in. (Thy gates)  There, the farmers and herders were to feed the widows, orphans, Levites and strangers in Israel/Canaan.

But notice the wording of Amos,

26 Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: (Amos 4:4 KJV)
The people are told to “bring” their tithes every three years, instead of keeping them in their cities. By bringing them to Bethel, by bringing them to Gilgal, they are transgressing. For they are neglecting the ones whom God said His holy tithes were to be given to every three years. They are transgressing by disobeying the command of God to provide for those in need in the cities in which they live.

In Amos 4:4, the word “Year” is indeed the proper English translation of the Hebrew word “yohm”.

I have made up my mind.

I will stay at home and fellowship with like-minded Believer’s online as much as posible.

Why have I made up my mind?  Because there is no Church in my neighborhood to go to that will not ultimately accuse me of being a “God-robber” because of my unwavering stance against tithing as it is being taught in our Churches today.

In May of 2012, I began posting the truth about what God’s Word says concerning His holy tithes on my Facebook page and elsewhere on the world wide web.  God had given me the green light to begin telling people that in the Bible, His holy tithes were never commanded for the New Testament Church, never carried to the New Testament Church, never collected in the New Testament Church, and never controlled by the New Testament Church.

Yet pastors of every Church I ever was a member of from my youth always used Malachi 3:8-10 to prove that God demands tithes of the Church Body.  They also used that passage as a platform to berate and accuse those who were not tithing their money to that local fellowship.  They also would use that pasage to instill fear of a curse on anyone who was not obeying the command to tithe found in Malachi 3:8-10.

They were handling the Word of God deceitfully.  Either out of ignorance, or out of greed, or a combination of both.  But they were preaching a false doctrine.

And in September of 2012, the Church I was a member of voted me out of their congregation because, and I quote, “of your consistent teaching against the Scriptural tithe”. (At this point in my article, I must let the reader know that I never taught a single tithe sermon within the walls of that Church building, nor on the property the building was erected on)  Funny thing is, I was teaching the “Scriptural tithe”.  It was the leadership of that congregation who were not teaching the “Scriptural tithe”.  They were teaching a doctrine that had been invented by man, a doctrine totally foreign to the Word of God.

My journey down the path of truth did not begin in 2012.  No, it began many years before that.   It began in 1988, in the Church where I was ordained to preach the Gospel.

I had been saved for nine years, and had been a member of the pastor’s household, living in the den on the bottom floor.  I was faithful in my studies, and faithful in Church attendance.  And yes, I was even faithful in obeying the tithe doctrine that the pastor (and previous pastors of my youth before I was saved ) had taught me

The year I was ordained, I began a home Bible study, just a few Believers and myself.  But within a short period of time, the group grew and I could see God was taking it somewhere.  I was encouraged to branch off of the fellowship I was ordained at and begin a new Church.  (my group by this time had grown to the point that even if I wanted to take them to the Church I was a member of, there would have been no room for them at that small country Church.  Thus, the need to begin a Church where these members could be nourished with the Word of God, equipping them with the Word to minister to others in their everyday life.

And so, MorningStar Fellowship was started.

In the first few weeks of our Church’s existence, I was impresed by the Holy Spirit to do a series of lessons on “Stewardship and the Christian”, teaching proper responsibility in the handling of finances through wise spending and charity.  I believed that one of the areas that was important was obedience to God in tithing our money as I was taught from my youth in the Assemblies of God denomination I grew up in.

Proper teaching on any subject requires proper study.  And so, I spent many hours pouring over the Word of God, searching the Scriptures for every mention of money in the pages of that precious Book of Truth.  I researched tithes in the Bible as well, as that would be a lesson of the utmost importance for our new Body.

Little did I know at that time that the teaching of tithes was of more importance than what I had imagined.  I entered the research with the mindset that God required tithes of the New Testament Church, and with the intentions of preaching that same thought.

But the more I researched, the more I studied, the more I realized that I could not preach to the congregation that I had under my supervision, the command to tithe their hard-earned money to the Church.

I saw in the Bible that God gave the command to tithe to the children of Israel.  (Leviticus 27:30-34; Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1-11; 14:22-29)  But for the life of me, I could not find one single verse in the New Testament that was a command for the New Testament Church to tithe.  Further, the verses that commanded tithing in the Bible all pointed to an agricultural tithe, not a monetary one.  I came to the realization that God never commanded those who live on Gentile soil to tithe their money to the New Testament Church.

And so, that is what I taught the congregation that was entrusted to my care.  Instead of teaching a mandatory tithe, I taught the congregation to give because they saw a need and because they loved the Lord and wanted to see His work done in the Earth.  These principles can clearly be seen in Acts 2:42ff & Acts 4:32ff.  The New Testament Believer is encouraged by the Apostle Paul to give, not under compulsion, but rather as he chooses in his own heart to give.  Paul tells the reader that their attitude in giving will affect the blessing they receive as a result of that giving.  (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)  He also tells us that our giving should not be such that we cause others to be eased while we leave ourselves in want.  (2 Corinthians 8:12-13)

Down through the years, God has given me more insight into the truth concerning His holy tithes, and I share those truths with all, hoping to free them from the chains of financial bondage that many pastors keep them under.

As I stated previously, the Church that voted me out was teaching a doctrine totally fabricated by man, never found in the pages of God’s Holy Word… and telling their flock that “God requires it, or you are robbing Him!

In Matthew 15:9, Jesus said that the Pharisees were worshiping in vain because they were teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.  Many pastors today are guilty of the same thing.

When they teach that God requires monetary tithes, they teach for doctrine the commandments of men.

Nearly two thousand years ago, there were wise men (notice that the Bible identifies them as being WISE, and that there were men, two or more, not necessarily three) who wanted to honor Jesus’ birth.

We are told that these men saw the Star in the East that announced the birth of the One who would save His people from their sins.  And so, they traveled from their home to Bethlehem to pay homage to the child that had been promised in prophecy centuries earlier.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

We are told that when they found the child they were seeking, they worshiped Him and gave to Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Now, many in the religious world today will chastise a Christian for going to a place of worship on December 25th each year to clelebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  They will condemn those who choose to honor the Lord on December 25th, all the while telling them of “the pagan roots of Christmas” and why they should not be attempting to worship God on a holiday that pagan’s invented to worship many of their false gods.

When reading the announcement of Mary’s visit by the angel to tell her that she would be the one to give birth to the Saviour, and the account of His birth in a manger in Bethlehem, I had to wonder why there is no record of either Joseph, or Mary, forbidding the wise men to honor the birth of Christ on a day that he clearly was not born?  (When they found Him, He was in a house, not the stable He had been born in)

And Anna the Prophetess and Simeon, did they not rejoice to know their promised Salvation had arrived at last?

Men and Brethren, we should honor and worship the Lord every day of the year, no matter if it is on what the world sees as a pagan holiday or not. We are told in our Bibles not to give place to the devil. Well, if we stop worshiping Christ on any day of the year because “it’s a pagan holiday”, we have given place to the devil.  We have allowed him to hinder our worship of the Lord.

So what if the world celebrates pagan deities on December 25th? Who created the days of the week in the first place anyway? God did… pagans just renamed them.  To this end was man created, that he might shew forth God’s praise… whether it’s December 25th, October 31st, February 2nd, or any other day of the year. I intend on praising Him 365 days a year, and I am sure He welcomes the praise and rejoices in it.