March 2015

The Mosaic Law was never meant for Gentile Believers. Read Galatians 3. Paul berated the Gentiles for allowing people to convince them that they needed to be under the Law.

And according to Galatians 3:24-26 once the Jews came to faith in Christ, they were no longer under the schoolmaster, the Law.

In Romans 7, verses 1-4, Paul compares those who are saved and going to the house of the Law to adulterers.

Amazing that so many want to keep certain parts of the Law, picking and choosing which ones they should keep, when the Bible says it was never meant for them. Galatians 3 says if you want to keep the Law, you must keep all of it… all 613 commands.

Do you make yearly trips to Israel to give your tithes to the Levites in the cities there as the Word of God commands? Do you eat a second tithe in the streets of Jerusalem each year at the Feast of Tabernacles as the Law proscribed? Do you give your tithes to the widows, orphans and foreigners in Israel every three years as the Law requires?

“Let’s see now… The Law says pay a tenth. I can do that. The Law says that the tenth is to be agricultural. Hmmm, I’m not a Farmer. What to do?.. Oh, I know, I’ll pay money instead. The Law said the tenth is to be taken to the Levite in Israel. I can’t afford to fly to Israel!!! I’ll just give it to my Church. At least I’m giving the tenth, right?”

No! If you insist on obeying God’s tithe command, at least have the decency and respect for Him to tithe in the manner He decreed.

Something tells me you don’t. So don’t judge me for not keeping the Law that you yourself are guilty of not keeping. Doesn’t fly in your favor.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I believe it is pretty much a cut-and-dried statement. Parents are to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Now, a child, as it gets older may/may not depart from the house. He/she may even go out into the world and experiment with illicit sex/drugs. However, if he was brought up properly, that is, knowing about the way of the Lord, those things will never depart from that person. Even though he/she may be out in sin, that child will never be able to run from his or her awareness that God knows what he/she is involved in. They will not be able to depart from it.

Jeremiah put it this way…

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

He came to a point where he was just going to act like God didn’t exist. Yet the Word that he had preveiously heard and learned would not let him escape the reality of the very existence of God Almighty.

Same with a child brought up in a godly home. He will never be able to depart from that training he received as a youth.

Could it be that that child could die still lost and go to hell? No doubt. But, if he/she had trusted Christ at some point in time prior to his/her rebellion, then like the Prodigal of Luke’s Gospel, he/she will eventually come to himself/herself and turn to God and right living.

Important Questions Need to be Asked
by Ronald W. Robey

Why do people expect God to honor a promised blessing attached to His tithe command, when they are not tithing as He instructed?

What? When? Where? To Whom?
These are all key questions that need to be addressed when discussing the issue of God’s commanded tithes.
The first thing we must ask is what does tithe mean? It simply means “a tenth,” or “a tenth part.”
A tenth of what?
God’s commanded tithes can be found in Leviticus 27:30-33. According to that passage, His commanded tithes are agricultural produce and livestock. A tenth of the crops were holy unto the Lord. Every tenth animal was holy unto the Lord.
Where were God’s tithes supposed to be given? Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & 12:10-11 tell us that the tithes were not to be observed UNTIL the children of Israel crossed over Jordan and entered the Land promised to their father Jacob. This means that at this point in history, God did not want tithes from other lands than the land of Canaan. (which later became known as Israel)
The Scripture in Malachi 3 tells us that God had a storehouse that His holy tithes were to be taken to. These people were still under the Mosaic Law, and therefore the tithes would have still been as decreed in Leviticus 27:30-33; i.e., agricultural produce and livestock.
To Whom?
Who was told to tithe? Who were they to tithe to?
According to Leviticus 27:30-*34, the command to tithe was given to Moses for the children of Israel to obey. Psalm 147:19-20 tells us that God did not give the Mosaic Law to any other nation than the nation of Israel. So it was Israel, and Israel alone who were required to honor God with tithes. He did not expect tithes of people living outside of Canaan.
Numbers 18:21-28 & Nehemiah 10:37-38 tell us that the children of Israel were to take their tithes to the Levites, who were ministers of the Temple of God. The Levites, in turn would take a tithe of the tithe to the Temple. The children of Israel did not tithe directly to the House of God at any time. That was the responsibility of only one of the twelve tribes of Israel… the sons of Levi.
In Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42, Jesus rebuked the scribes and Pharisees for neglecting the important parts of the Mosaic Law, yet commended them for their careful observance to the tithe command. Yet, if one reads carefully, one will notice that the Pharisees were tithing items grown in a garden, not money. Money was not a titheable item under the Mosaic Law. God said His tithe was to be agricultural. Man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes and tithe money. God said it had to be agricultural produce.
The last place tithing is commanded in the Word of God, Hebrews 7:5-8, it is still to be observed, “according to the Law” and still to be given to the “sons of Levi.
There is not one command, nor instruction in the entire Bible for Christians to tithe their money to the New Testament Church… not one!
Pastors have deceived millions into believing they are to keep the Mosaic Law of tithing by running to Leviticus 27:30 as their proof-text that “the tithe is the LORD’s”. They then take that tithe command and run to Malachi 3 in an attempt to prove you are robbing God if you don’t tithe your money.
In other words, they handle the Word of God deceitfully, taking a command of God, turning it into a man-made command, and demanding you keep it or be cursed.
Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” If He were physically walking among us today, I am sure He would be saying much the same thing about these tithe-twisting pastors and teachers. They are teaching a man-made commandment as if it is decreed by God.
May God open the eyes of all who are hungry and thirsty for the truth.

Three elderly gentlemen are sitting on a park bench.

#1: It’s windy today.
#2: No, today is Thursday.
#3: So am I. Let’s go get a drink from that fountain.
#1: I don’t want to sing on the mountain.
#2: What did you say was sinful sounding?

The three men in the illustration enjoyed each others company that windy day. Yet because they were not listening carefully to one anothers words, their words were lost with each other.

So it is with many people today.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

What is it we have heard? That Abram paid tithes of SPOILS OF WAR to Melchizedek. (Gen. 14:20; Heb. 7:4)

The word said Abraham gave tithes of ONLY spoils of war, but because of hearing problems and deceitful words of tithe collectors, many Christians have been bewitched into believing that Abraham gave tithes from his farm, animals, household property, gold and silver, hence they too must submit tithes to their pastor.

What is it we have heard? That Jacob VOWED to give a tenth to God contingent upon God fulfilling a request he made. (Gen. 28:22)

The word said Jacob made a vow (of his own volition) to give a tenth to God but Christians are being made to believe that they MUST follow this pattern today and submit the tenth to their pastors otherwise their obedience is not complete. They have been cajoled into believing that Malachi was a subtle reminder to observe Jacob’s vow. Christians don’t remember that even though Jacob vowed to tithe, his children did not follow this pattern which explains why God had to give a detailed description in the law of the kind of tithes he wanted and how he wanted them administered.

Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

Because of hearing problems, the saints have let the things they have heard slip.

What is it we have heard? That God included tithing in the laws he gave Moses for Israel and this tithe was of Farm and animal produce. (Lev. 27:30-33)

The Word said that although Abraham paid a tithe of war spoils and Jacob vowed to tithe all he got, God now commanded a tithe of Agricultural produce and livestock in Israel. The Word of God reveals the tithe was from that time forward, agricultural and that the tithe was for the children of Israel.

What is it we have heard? That the command to tithe was not given to Gentiles but to Israel (Lev. 27:34; Psalm 147:19-20 )

The command to tithe was not given to Gentiles. So many Christians have allowed themselves to be deceived into believing that God expects them to tithe due to a hearing problem.

What is it we have heard? That the tithes was given to the Levites because they were yoked to work in the sanctuary hence did not get a land inheritance for farming as God was their inheritance. That the priests get a tenth of this tithe which the Levites get from Israel. (Num. 18:21,24,26,28 )

The Word said Levites were to be given the tithes and then they were to give a tithe of tithes to the priests. But Christians have been deceived into believing their pastors have taken over this privilege of the Levites even when the pastors are neither priests over other Christians nor are they Levites.

What is it we have heard? That God instituted 2 more tithes which were compulsory for all Israel and were to be obeyed. The first, a tithe for the tither to eat at the place God designated( which later became the temple in Jerusalem). (Deut. 14:22-26)

The Word said the tither should eat his tithe but Christians have been made to believe that it’s an abomination for anybody to eat anything called tithe. In fact the tithe collecting pastors seldom preach from this portion of the bible. When they do, they focus attention onn the money mentioned in the passage and teach that that passage proves that God accepts money as tithes. In reality, it does not. The tither is to use the money to buy back the tithe and then to eat the tithe before the Lord.

What is it we have heard? That the poor and destitute were to be given tithes: a clear command of God. ( Deut. 14:28-29)

The Word said the poor are entitled to tithes but Christians have been made to believe they’ll go to hell if they give tithes to anybody apart from the Church. That their finances will be cursed if they do. Of course this portion of scripture is also ignored during any teaching on tithes for very obvious reasons.

What is it we have heard? That the tenth of the tithes which the Priests collect from the Levites, otherwise called tithe of tithes was to be brought to the storehouse in the temple. (Neh 10:38)

What is it that we have heard? That the Priests had robbed God and God demanded restitution from them. (Neh. 13:1-10; Mal. 2:1; 3:7-10 )

The Word says the Levites should bring the tithe of tithes to the storehouse situated in the temple but the modern Christian has been tricked into believing that his Church building is now the equivalent of the storehouse spoken of here so he MUST bring tithes there even when he’s not under the law of Moses.

What is it we have heard? That Jesus Christ asked the Pharisees, a people under the law, to keep up their practice of the law of tithe which encompassed the three variants listed above. (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42)

The Word says the Lord condemned the Pharisees false show of piety and admonished them to be true to the law of Moses they boasted of keeping, but Christians have been lied to and told Jesus commands them to tithe, not of farm produce, but of all their income. They do not remember that Jesus was speaking under the law to a people under the law because the new dispensation had not started as of then as He hadn’t gone to the cross yet.

What is it we have heard? That Gentile Christians are not under the law of Moses. (Acts 15:28-29; 21:23-25)

The word says Christians are not to observe the law of Moses. (which of course included tithing as it was strictly a Jewish thing that had nothing to do with the church founded by the blood of Christ) They were told they shouldn’t be burdened with obedience to the law. This was the verdict of both the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?
Revelation 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

But because of hearing problems, the saints have let the things they have heard slip

So many today, because they will not hear the Word of the Lord, because they will not study the Word of the Lord, because they will not search the Scriptures to see if what their pastors have told them is so, have ended up being deceived into believing outright lies on the issue of tithes payment in the church. Because Christians refuse to search the scriptures, they’ve become like the Israelites who had a famine of the word of God.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

They will one day find that they will not be able to hear the Word of the Lord at all. God will allow the Word to be taken away from them. And all they will have left are memories.

Are you memorizing the Word of God or hiding it in your heart? David said, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Commit yourself to the studying of the Word. Commit yourself to searching the Scriptures. If you don’t learn it, when it is taken away, what will you have left? Lies and deception from men ready to make merchandise of Christians and Christianity and that is on the increase today

How much more of the Bible do the merchants in making money off Christians misquote in their schemes? How much of the bible do Christians blinded by fear mishear when they think they’re listening? A misquote is not the Word of God, my friends. It is the result of one who does not hear God’s Word. Just as the words that the three elderly gentlemen were speaking were fruitless due to their hearing problems, God’s Word is fruitless to the one who will not hear.

Genesis 14:22 (KJV) 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

Genesis 14:23 (KJV) 23 That I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

Genesis 14:24 (KJV) 24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

Abram said he would not take any of the spoils as his own, AND,he would not take any of Bera’s recovered spoils either. He only implored that the king give shares to Aner, Eshcol & Mamre. None of it was for him at all.

The text reveals Abram gave the tithe. He did not pay it. There is absolutely nothing in the chapter, nor in Hebrews 7 to indicate it as something owed. The text also reveals that the tithe was given PRIOR TO Abram’s speaking to Bera, not after.

Historical research uncovers key information as to why Abram may have given those tithes to Melchizedek.

In 1906, the book “The Sacred Tenth: Studies in Tithes Giving” was written by Henry Lansdell.    In it, Lansdell gives an account of his speaking with the curator at the British Museum, a Charles Pinches.  The museum had recently acquired two clay tablets with cuneiform etchings on them.

The etchings show ancient Babylonians and Assyrians tithing of war spoils to their kings.

Pagans tithing war spoils. Isn’t it interesting that, under the Mosaic Law God did not require tithes of war spoils, but that He required far, far less from war spoils? But back to the clay tablets and what significant role they may have in revealing Abram’s motives for giving that tithe.

The clay tablets, according to Charles Pinches, the curator, were dated 2200 BC. That’s 285 years prior to Abram’s meeting Melchizedek in the Valley of Shaveh. Again, the dating of these tablets is important as we are about to find out.

The Bible discloses to the reader that Abram was from Ur of the Chaldees… a Babylonian country. Abram was a Hebrew familiar with the custom of the Chaldeeans. He would have known it was customary to give a tenth of war spoils to kings. Thus, his giving Melchizedek the tenth of the spoils may have been due to the custom he was well acquainted with.

Abram’s tithe appears to have been due to pagan custom. There is no indication in the Word of God that any man prior to Abram gave tithes of war spoils or anything else. So, Biblical texts and Historical records would tell us that Abram tithed to the king Melchizedek simply due to the pagan customs he was familiar with.

And notice that Abram did not go to Salem to give Melchizedek the tithe.  That would have been easier for him, as the city of Salem and Abram’s own town were on the West side of the Dead Sea.  Instead, Abram traveled to the East side of the Dead Sea to the valley of the kings.

Just as Assyrian and Babylonian soldiers traveled to a central location to meet kings to give the tithe of the spoils to the king of their choice, Abram tithed to a central location (maybe the same location, since the land of Canaan at that time was overrun by Assyrians and Babylonians) to give tithes to a king.  Had Melchizedek not gone to the valley of Shaveh, I’ve no doubt that Abram would have given the customary tithe of war spoils to another king.

Perhaps the reason he chose to give the customary tithe to Melchizedek is due to Melchizedek speaking a blessing over him and giving him bread and wine first.

Greek Exposes Creflo Scam

Greek Exposes Creflo Scam

In a feeble attempt to justify the imposing of a monetary tithe on Christians today, many pastors will read Hebrews 7:8, saying, “This verse proves that we are to tithe today.”

Hebrews 7:8 does say, “Here men that die receive tithes, but there He receiveth them”. However, as with any Scripture in the Word of God, it must be read in it’s context. Begin at verse 5 (since that is where the idea changes direction from Abraham before the Law to Levi in the Law.

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Hebrews 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

When read in its context, it is easy to see that “men that die” in verse 8 is referring to the Levites of verses 5 & 9.

The Book of Hebrews was written in AD 66. The Temple was still standing. The Levites were still operating in the Temple. We must remember that the majority of Israel, including the Levites at the Temple, have rejected Jesus Christ. To this day, the majority are still looking for their Messiah to come riding into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass. Back to AD 66… They have rejected Christ, and are therefore operating under the Law. They have (present tense) a command to take tithes of their brethren, (the other tribes of Israel) …”according to the Law.”

The Law decreed that crops and livestock were to be tithed. The command for tithes was for agricultural tithes, not monetary tithes.

“but there, He receiveth (present tense) them (the tithes) ” Who receives the tithes? The Lord Jesus Christ. What tithes does He receive? them… the tithes according to the Law… not monetary, but agricultural.

Four years after the Book of Hebrews was written, General Titus invaded Jerusalem. With his army, he destroyed the Temple. With no more Temple, all Temple service ceased… Levites no longer could take tithes. Because tithing had ceased in Jerusalem, Christ no longer receives them.

Hebrews was not endorsing a monetary tithe for the Church at all. Rather, it was speaking of the agriucltural tithe established in Leviticuas 27:30-33. it is speaking of a tithe due, extracted from the farms and orchards of landowners In Israel, not a monetary tithe coerced from Believers on Gentile soil. It is to be given to true sons of Levi, not Levite wannabe’s.

I love the Word of God!

Psalms 147:19 (KJV) 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

Psalms 147:20 (KJV) 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and [as for his] judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

At the time this Psalm was written, gentile nations had not yet known the statutes and ordinances given to the children of Israel. The Law was for Israel alone.

Acts 15:5 (KJV) 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.

Flash forward to post-Pentecost. The year is AD 51. Religious leaders had gotten wind that Gentiles were placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:10 (KJV) 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?

Peter rebuked the leaders, telling them that their demands were tempting God.

Acts 15:24 (KJV) 24 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:

James stated that the religious leaders were overthrowing the work that Christ had begun in the Gentile Believers. He said that the Apostles had not commanded they keep the Mosaic Law.

Acts 15:28 (KJV) 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Acts 15:29 (KJV) 29 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 Apostles AND the Holy Ghost decreed that Gentiles were only required to observe four necessary things. Tithing was not considered necessary, or it would have been in that list of necessities.

Acts 21:23 (KJV) 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

Acts 21:24 (KJV) 24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave [their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but [that] thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Acts 21:25 (KJV) 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Eight years later, AD 59, the Apostle James reminded Paul that Gentiles were not required to keep the Mosaic Law.

And, remarkably absent from the rest of the New Testament is instruction for tithes to be taken in a Church setting. But we do find one instance in Hebrews where there is a command for tithes to be taken…

Hebrews 7:5 (KJV) 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Hebrews 7:6 (KJV) 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

Hebrews 7:7 (KJV) 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

Hebrews 7:8 (KJV) 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Hebrews 7:9 (KJV) 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Hebrews 7:10 (KJV) 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Tithes were commanded, but not for the Church. Rather, they were commanded for the Levitic tribe in Israel… And that, according to the Law. The Law stated that God’s tithes were to be agricultural, not monetary.

Yep, I love the Word of God!