September 2015

Malachi’s instruction to prove God by bringing the tithes into the storehouse was not speaking of a monetary tithe. It was speaking of an agricultural tithe; the tithe required of the children of Israel at the time. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

It had nothing to do with the New Testament Church whatsoever. The Priests of Israel were the ones God was speaking to. They had robbed God, and God wanted His tithes brought back to the storehouse from which they were removed. (cross reference Nehemiah 13:1-12)

Pastors have misused Malachi 3:8-10 and abused the flock over which God had made them overseers (see 1Peter 5:1-4) with a command that is totally foreign to Scripture… the command to tithe money to the New Testament Church.

In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus warned of Scribes, religious leaders in the Temple who were robbing widow’s houses. Today, many religious leaders around the world continue not only to rob widows houses through the monetary tithe requirement lie, but they also rob every other household that believes their teaching that God requires monetary tithes of New Testament Church congregations.

In the Bible, 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. They were the property of Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in Israel.

Psalm 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.

In the last place that tithing is seen as a command in the Word of God, Hebrews 7, it is still the sons of Levi to whom the tithe belongs, and the tithes are still according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural.

Pastors and Church Leadership need to repent of twisting the Word of God into a lie and begin teaching the Word as it is written.  God’s commanded holy tithe was never monetary… it was agricultural.

Leviticus 27:30-33 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. 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.

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Beware of Thieves
by Ronald W Robey

It has been said by many that in the story of the widow who put her last two mites in the Temple Treasury, she was being commended by Jesus after she did so.

I am not so sure this was the case. Notice:

Mark 12:38-44 And he said unto them in his doctrine, BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: WHICH DEVOUR WIDOWS HOUSES, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

If one reads the text in context, (beginning at verse 38) one will see Jesus was warning of religious leaders who, “devour widow’s houses”. He then sits against a wall across from the Treasury.  Lo and behold, a widow comes and drops all her living into the Treasury.

What I see in that text is Jesus pointing out a destitute woman has just been robbed, not that He was commending her. Her money could have purchased some needed things that she lacked, but she put it in the Treasury? Why?

The scribes, the lawmakers, had demanded the widow’s needed money.

Perhaps this is why we see in the New Testament, (post-crucifixion) a change in teaching on money.

Prior to the cross, there were requirements from God for certain monetary values to be given to the Temple. There were additional monetary demands imposed on the children of Israel by the religious leaders of the Temple. Yet, in the rimes that God did command money be given to the Tabernacle or the Temple, not one command is given for a monetary tithe to be given to the House of God,… not one.

In the New Covenant, we find no set required amount imposed upon the faithful in Christ.  Instead, we see exhortation to give as we see need and as we are able. No unnecessary burdens laid upon the people of God.

Many pastors today emulate the unjust scribes of Mark 12. They impose monetary burdens and financial distress upon their congregations through a man-made monetary tithe requirement that is totally foreign to either Old or New Testament texts, and in many churches, multiple offerings in a single service.  In these unjust collections, not only do they rob widows houses, but they also oppress the hireling in his wages.  They demand a cut of the hard-worker’s weekly earnings, even though they had no part in his labor to receive his earnings.   These religious leaders are preventing many in their congregations from properly feeding themselves and their families, they are obstructing the congregant’s ability to purchase needed medical attention, etc..

Jesus’ words of warning should be heeded by all. “Beware of those who devour widows houses!”

And yet, many are deceived by their religious leaders demands and threats.

Truly disheartening.

Yes, the meeting place does have its bills, i.e.; electric, water & sanitation, telephone, etc.. However, if getting those bills paid means that even one member may have to suffer lack for his or her own household or health needs, then the meeting place should close its doors.  The Apostle Paul told the saints at Corinth:

2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

Many Pastors and spiritual leaders today demonstrate little or no sympathy for their members. They impose monetary offering demands on the congregation that God never authorized.

May they repent of their wickedness before their day of judgment.  If they fail to repent, Jesus declares that they will receive the greater damnation.

Catching up on some reading last night, I discovered a trend among members and pastors in many mainstream denominational Churches.

They frown on people not attending Church services.

Their reason? Because the Bible says we should assemble together, and the Church is there to strengthen and feed the flock of God.

The problem I have with their argument is the fact that many members of those mainstream denominational churches teach that God requires 10% of your monetary income be given to the Church. This is a major reason why many DO NOT attend Church today, because of false doctrine being taught from the pulpits and members embracing said false doctrines.

I must ask, is it wiser to be divided by truth, or to be united in a lie?

In the Bible, the tithes that God said were to be given to the ministers of the Tabernacle, (later, the Temple) were strictly agricultural in their content. Even in the last chapter that tithes are commanded, Hebrews 7:5-9, they are to be given to the sons of Levi… physical descendants of Jacob’s son Levi.

Yet, how many of these Pastors can actually prove that they, in fact, are sons of Levi. And, even if they could prove that they are, in fact, sons of Levi, they still have a brick wall that cannot be torn down…

…They must take tithes “ACCORDING TO THE LAW.”

That is the command the sons of Levi have,… to take tithes according to the Law.

What did the Law say concerning tithes?

1. That they are agricultural. Leviticus 27:30-33 (This eliminates the authority of pastors to take tithes of people’s monetary income)
2. That they are commanded of the children of Israel. Leviticus 27:34.
(This eliminates the responsibility or obligation of parishioners having to pay a tithe of their monetary income)
3. That they are not to be observed outside the boundaries of the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11. (This eliminates the alleged authority of pastors to take tithes who live in any other geographical location other than Canaan)
4. That they are to be eaten by sons of Levi, widows, orphans, & foreigners in Canaan. Deuteronomy 14:22-29. (this eliminates any authority of any Church to take tithes in order to pay its utility and maintenance bills. It also eliminates the authority of the Church to take tithes for any debt payment intentions whatsoever)

There are so many today who, because of failure to study their Bibles, do not realize that each time they respond to their pastor’s sermon and call for monetary tithes, they are doing nothing more than yielding to a lie and hindering any worship that may be going on in their assembly from even reaching God’s heart.

Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9, that because they taught commandments of men for doctrines of God their worship was in vain.

These assemblies that teach the monetary tithe requirement worship in vain. The doctrine of the monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the Word of God.  It is a commandment of men.

Back to the statement at the beginning of this document,…

People who teach and embrace the false doctrine of the monetary tithe requirement should not think more highly of themselves than those who are staying out of their assemblies. God may have told those who are staying out of those assemblies to come out from among them, shake the dust from their feet as a testimony against them, and be a separated people unto God..

It is far better to be divided by truth, than to be united in a lie.

Undeniable Problems

by Ronald W. Robey

When donating money to a religious institution, one may give any monetary amount one chooses; be it 1%,10%, or 100%.

The problem is not in the individual choosing himself how much money he will give to the religious institution, as 2 Corinthians 9:7 clearly instructs each man to give “as he purposeth in his heart”.

The problem is when the giver is giving 10% of his money to the religious institution he attends because:

a) Leviticus 27:30 says, “The tithe is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.”
b) Malachi 3:8-9 state that non tither’s are robbing God.
c) Malachi 3:8-9 says non tither’s are cursed.
d) Malachi 3:10 says to bring the tithe to the storeHouse
e) Jesus said in the Gospels that tithing is to be done.
f) The Preacher says that God requires us to tithe.

Why are the above examples problematic? In examples a – e, one is attempting to tithe because of what is written in the Law, yet:

1) they are not wanting to tithe what the LORD said His holy tithe was to consist of, i.e.; agricultural produce and livestock
2) they are not wanting to tithe where the LORD said His holy tithe was to be taken, i.e.; farming communities in the land of Canaan
3) they are not wanting to tithe to whom the LORD said His holy tithe was to be given, i.e.; Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners

In other words, they are attempting to justify tithing by looking to the Mosaic Law, yet offending in several points of that Law. The Apostle James said that to offend in one point of the Law, is to be guilty of all.

Why is example f above problematic? Aside from the obvious fact that the Preacher is lying when he says God requires us to tithe our money, it contradicts 2 Corinthians 9:7. It is another person dictating what you must give, instead of allowing you to choose what you will give.