March 2016

Two scenarios:

Scenario A:  A man enters your place of business and says harm will befall your family if you do not give him a percentage of your weekly profits.

Scenario B:  A man stands behind a pulpit in Church and says harm will befall your family if you do not give the Church ten percent of your every paycheck.

The fact is, if the members of the Church would take the time to open their Bibles at home, and study every Scripture, every verse, that has anything to do with tithing, one would find that God’s commanded tithe

a) is agricultural (Lev. 27:30-33)

b) is required of children of Israel who have not come to faith in Christ yet (Lev.27:34)

c) is not to be observed in any geographical location other than the land of Canaan (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)

d) is to be given to Levites, widows, fatherless, and strangers in Canaan (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:22-29)

e) is not commanded of Gentile nations (Psa. 147:19-20)

f) is not to be imposed upon Gentile nations (Acts 15:5,10,19-20)

g) is still agricultural in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible (Heb. 7:5-8)

h) still belongs to the sons of Levi in the last place it is seen as a command in the Bible. (Heb. 7:5-8)

With this concrete Scriptural evidence that monetary tithing was never commanded, nor authorized for the Ekklesia, the called out assembly of Believers in Christ Jesus, there can be no doubt that both men in scenarios “A” and “B” above are guilty of the same crime,… extortion!

Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.

Two questions to reflect on:

1) Why would you consider the man in scenario “A” to be an extortioner, but not consider the man lying in the pulpit in scenario “B” to be an extortioner?

2) Why would you consider calling the police to prevent the man in scenario “A” from robbing you each week by means of extortion, yet allow the man lying in the pulpit in scenario “B” to extort money from you on a weekly basis?

Meddling Busybodies: A Threat to Christian Liberty
by Ronald W. Robey

In Malachi 3:10, we read,…

“Bring ye all the tithes.”

What tithes is God’s Prophet and Servant Malachi speaking of?

The Book of Malachi was written during the time that the Law was in force. The Law said that God’s holy tithe was agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 14:22-29; The Law further states that the tithe command was not to be observed UNTIL the crossing of the river Jordan and the entering into the land promised to Jacob (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11) by God in Luz/Beth-El. (Gen. 28:13-15)

In short, God’s commanded tithe was crops, flocks and herds grown and bred in Canaan.

Deuteronomy 12:8 states that once the children of Israel entered Canaan, they would not be able to do what seemed right in their own eyes. They would be held to the Law; enjoying its blessings for obedience, or suffering judgment for disobedience.

Therefore, in Malachi, we see God’s Prophet and Servant was speaking of an agricultural tithe, not a monetary tithe.
Bring the tithes where?

“Into the storehouse”

What was the storehouse?

According to 1 Kings 6, the storehouse was a three-tiered structure attached to the left, right, and back sides of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Law demanded tithes be taken annually to the Levites in the farming cities, (Num. 18:24-26; Neh. 10:37-38) and the Levite was to take a tithe of the tithe to the Tabernacl. (Later, in the above mentioned Temple Storehouse)

In the Bible, there is no indication that Christians were ever required to tithe to a local Church. As a matter of fact, in Acts 15:5, we find an account of meddling religious busybodies who, (upon learning that Gentiles were being saved through faith in Jesus Christ’s dying according to the Scriptures, His being buried, and His rising again the third day according to the Scriptures) demanded that the saved Gentiles be made to be circumcised AND to be made to obey the Mosaic Laws.

The Apostle Peter stated that these meddling busybodies were tempting God with their demands. (V. 10) The Apostle James said that they were subverting the souls of the saved Gentiles with their demands. (V. 24)

The final decision, determined by the Apostles present at that meeting AND by the Holy Ghost was that the Gentiles not be troubled with the demands of the Law. (Acts 15:19-20,28-29)

Preachers and Teachers who tell their audiences that God requires them to tithe are meddling busybody’s, undermining the decree of the Apostles and the Holy Ghost with their ludicrous claim that those who refuse to tithe are robbing God and will suffer curses.

The word of God is clear. The command to tithe was given by God to the children of Israel alone. The obedience to that command was NEVER expected of any saved Gentile. Therefore, we are not robbing God in refusing to yield to the demands of these meddling busybodies. Nor will we be cursed for refusing to tithe.

Just as the meddling Judaizer’s of the first century AD were attempting to impede the progress of Gentile Christians, so today, many meddling pastors and teachers impede the liberty we are supposed to experience in Christ Jesus.

Contract Fulfilled

by Ronald W. Robey

Covenant:  A Contract that brings about a relationship of commitment between two parties.

In rhe first part of Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.”  Many tither’s, will quote this and then will go into a tirade that basically says, “See, the tithe has not been abolished and must be paid.”

These people fail to understand the last part of Matthew 5:17, which says, “but to fulfil.”

The Law was part of the Old Covenant.  Jesus came to fulfil the Law.  Anyone who has entered into a Covenant knows that once a Covenant is fulfilled, it is no longer binding.

Example: You go to a car dealership in hopes of purchasing a car.  In order to acquire the car, you enter a Covenant with the Dealership to make payments of $259 dollars a month for 5 years.  When you fulfil the Covenant you entered, the Dealership gives you the title to your car.  When the Covenant has been fulfilled and the title is legally in your possession, you do not continue to send the Dealership payments of $259.  Why not?  Because, with the Covenant being fulfilled, you are no longer obligated to make payments to the Dealership.

It is the same with the command to tithe.  It was a commitment written in the Old Covenant.  Jesus Himself said that He came to fulfil the commandments.  Was Jesus lying when He said He came to fulfil?

Not at all!  We have many texts that reveal that Jesus completed the task He came to do.  One such example can be found in John 19:30, which records the words of Jesus Christ in His final hour on the cross, saying: “It is finished.”

We also have the words of His servant Paul in Ephesians 2:14-15 & Colossians 2:14.  In these two texts, we read that Jesus took the ordinances and nailed them to His cross.  He abolished the commandments through His flesh.

The Covenant was fulfilled.  There is no more a command or obligation to tithe.

Who Is Authorized To Take Tithes?
by Ronald W. Robey

Many pro-tithe proponents argue that tithes are still required today. This begs the question…

…if the monetary tithe requirement teacher is correct, who is it that is authorized to take tithes?

In the Bible, the very last commandment concerning tithes is found in Hebrews 7:5-8. It clearly states the command to take tithes was given to the sons of Levi.

Had God wanted the called-out assembly, the ekklesia to tithe, the Apostle Paul sure missed the chance to inform his readers of such a requirement in that passage. Paul didn’t say that the Pastor has a command to take tithes of the congregation. Paul didn’t say that the Elder has a command to take tithes of the Body of Believers. Nor did Paul say that Bishops have a command to take tithes of the called-out assembly.

And for good reason…

…because the command to tithe, the command to take tithes, was given to Israel, (Lev. 27:30-34; Ps. 147:19-20; Nu. 18:24-26; He. 7:5-8) not to the New Testament Church. (Acts 15:24,28-29; 21:23-25)

The Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined at the Jerusalem Council that Gentile Converts were not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. The tithe command was part of the Mosaic Law.

Had Paul told Pastors/Elders/Bishops to take tithes of the Body of Believers in their respective assemblies, Paul would have been speaking and instructing in direct opposition to the decision made by the rest of the Apostles and by the Holy Ghost concerning the Gentile Converts and the Mosaic Law.

If it is true that tithes are required today, the tithes must be taken by those that the Bible says have the legal right to take tithes,…bloodline descendants of Levi.

To insist that anyone else has that authority, one has to deny what is clearly written in the Bible for all to see.

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.

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