Good Words and Fair Speeches
by Ronald W. Robey

Often, when a church member argues in defense of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine, one will hear the statement, “I know tithing works.  I’ve seen it work.”

But, does it really “work”?

We know that tithing works for the tithe collector.  He gives 10% of the tithes he receives, but he keeps 90% of those tithes for himself.  Of course it works for him.  He continues to get richer, while the ones who tithe to him get poorer.

Much, if not all, of his wealth is gotten through the tithes he receives.  Their poverty is due to the tithes they foolishly give to the him as his riches increase.

Proverbs 22:16 (KJV)
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his [riches, and] he that giveth to the rich, [shall] surely [come] to want.

But is it truly God who is working for that one collecting tithes?

Since God revealed in His Holy Word that His tithe was crops and livestock, (Lev. 27:30-33) and the monetary tithe he is teaching is not the same tithe that God established in His Word, then what is working on the behalf of the monetary tithe teacher is not God.  Rather, it is the monetary tithe teacher’s good words and fair speech that is working for him.

Proverbs 7:21 (KJV)
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

Romans 16:18 (KJV)
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

Many of the simple fall prey to the harlot because of her fair speech.  Likewise, many a simple church member falls prey to the good words and fair speeches of the monetary tithe teacher.

Matthew 23:14 (KJV)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Just as the scribes and Pharisees devoured widow’s houses, teachers of the monetary tithe devour the houses of those who are simple enough to fall victim to their good words and fair speeches.