April 2016

Imposter in the Pulpit
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 19, 2015)

The congregation was so happy to vote their new pastor in after their former pastor passed away.

The new pastor had come to the fellowship and delivered a heart-touching message on the immeasurable love of a crucified Saviour and the unmerited Grace of a risen Lord. Hearts that had seemed to grow cold to the hearing of the Word were moved to go to the altar in prayer. Souls who had never trusted Christ were compelled to fall on their knees and cry out for mercy.

It was because of this one sermon that the Church decided that Will Steele was the man that God had sent their way to replace Pastor Shepherd. And Will Steele was more than happy to accept the position when it was offered to him.
The following Sunday, as the pews began to fill up, Pastor Steele sat in a high-back chair on the platform, flipping through his notes slowly, as if attempting one last time to memorize key points that he wanted to stress in the morning’s message.

At 11:00 AM, the song director entered the Sanctuary, followed by the choir. The song director stepped to the pulpit and greeted the congregation. He then had them turn in their hymnals to page 233 and sing along with the choir that wonderful hymn, “Tell Me the Old, Old Story”.

After the opening song and prayer, the Sunday School Superintendent made the announcements of community needs and upcoming Church programs.

Pastor Steele then stood and announced that tithes and offerings would be received before he delivered his sermon. Ushers came forward with a somewhat puzzled look on their faces. The question on each one’s mind was “Tithes? What does he mean ‘tithes’? Pastor Shepherd never collected tithes.” The Congregation was equally confused.

The head usher prayed over this portion of the service and the offering was received.

After the Ushers disappeared from the Sanctuary with the offering plates, Pastor Steele stood and directed the congregation to turn in their Bibles to Malachi, the third chapter. Pastor Steele delivered a scathing sermon on how God’s House was robbed if one did not give ten percent of one’s monetary income to the church. He further used his main passage to drive the fear of a curse upon those who failed to comply with God’s decree.

Pastor Steele showed his new congregation how that God said in the book of Leviticus 27 that “the tithe is the Lord’s,” and, “it is holy unto the Lord.”

Why had Pastor Shepherd not taught the congregation this message in the eighteen years he had been their pastor? Had they been living under God’s curse all those years for not bringing tithes into God’s House as the Word clearly commanded?

What the congregation did not know was that their former pastor did not feel it necessary to teach his congregation on tithing because, as their spiritual leader, he knew that the tithe was for ancient Israel and not relevant to the New Testament church directive on giving today.

While pastor Shepherd was right that tithing was not relevant for the church today, he was wrong for not teaching the congregation what the Bible says concerning tithes. Had he taught the passages from the Old Testament concerning tithing to his congregation, then they would not be confused by the message they now were hearing.

Little did they know that they had installed as their pastor, an imposter. Steele knew the Scriptures. He knew how to deliver a sermon that would muster up emotional responses from those he was preaching to. Unfortunately, because of their ignorance of the true elements of God’s commanded tithe, the required givers of God’s commanded tithe, and the reason tithes were required at that time, the new pastor had managed to destroy thoughts of security for seasoned members of the congregation, and to train new converts to enter into an agreement that God never intended for them.

Though pastor Shepherd had been teaching truth to his congregation, his failure to teach the truth about tithing opened doors for them to fall prey to the hireling that now stood before them.

It is imperative that God’s children study the Word of God for themselves. Don’t believe the old lie that you cannot know what the Word of God is saying unless someone else tells you. You can know, if you study and rely on the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and your understanding. Don’t allow a Steele to deceive you into handing over ten percent of your money through fear-mongering sermons. God doesn’t work like that.

Yes, God does want you to give. But He leaves the amount you give up to you. Give as you purpose in your hearts to give, not as an hireling dictates.

I Have Every Right to be Disobedient
by Ronald W Robey

Since the only places in the Bible where tithes are commanded are either written during the Law, or pointing back to the Law or earlier than the Law,…

…and since the psalmist wrote that the commands given to Jacob (Israel) were given to no other nation,…

…and since both the Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined that the Law is not to be imposed upon Gentile Believers in Christ,…

…I have every right to be disobedient to any command to tithe that is taught behind the pulpits of religious institutions worldwide today.

Thank you for your understanding of my right to be disobedient to your demands that I tithe. For, you see, I walk under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, not in your deception.

Are Ye So Foolish?
by Ronald W Robey

Many attempt to justify their taking of monetary tithes; or to defend their pastor’s taking of monetary tithes have argued, “The Bible tells us in many places that tithing is required. Jesus even said tithing was to be done. Where in the Bible does Jesus say, ‘Thou shalt not tithe’?”

Jesus did not directly say that tithes should not be paid, in those exact words. Although He did indirectly state that tithing was to be no more when He cried from the cross, “IT IS FINISHED!”

Ephesians 2:14-15 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH the enmity, even THE COMMANDMENTS CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

However, I believe we can prove the decree that we not be made to tithe through other Scripture.

We know that the Scriptures were written by holy men as the Holy Ghost moved them to write.

What did the holy men write?

One wrote in Leviticus 27:30-34 that tithes were agricultural and were commanded of the children of Israel.

Another wrote in Psalm 147:19-20 that Israel’s laws were not given to no other nations.

Acts 15:19-20,28-29 reveals that the Holy Ghost and the Apostles determined that those who were not of the direct lineage of Jacob were not to be made to obey the Law that was given to the descendants of Jacob. (This would include the Law of tithing,… it was not to be required)

Jesus does not oppose the decision of the Holy Ghost. He cannot. If He did, Heaven would be destroyed.

How can I say this?

Because, as Jesus once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit all agree with one another. A decision made by any one member of the godhead is fully supported by the other two members.

Therefore, Jesus is in complete agreement with the decision of the Holy Ghost, that the commands of the Mosaic Law are not to be imposed upon those who are not of the direct lineage of Jacob.

We also see the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3, rebuking the Galatians for allowing themselves into being bewitched into placing themselves under the jurisdiction; the commandments and the penalties written within the Mosaic Law. He reminds the Galatians that once one comes to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that one is no longer under the Law. The Apostle Paul, by the way, received the doctrine that he preached from God.

One final point,… in the last place that we see tithes as a command in the Bible, (Hebrews 7:5-9) tithes are still “according to the Law”, i.e.; agricultural,… not monetary. And they are still to be given to the sons of Levi,… not to pastors who are not of bloodline of Levi. This means that these pastors that are teaching this monetary tithe requirement doctrine are teaching a false doctrine. It is a doctrine totally foreign to the word of God and was not commanded by God.

1. In the Law, God required three tithes of the congregation of Israel.

a) The Levitic Tithe: Numbers 18:24-26
b) The Festival Tithe: Deuteronomy 14:24-27
c) The Poor Tithe: Deuteronomy 14:28-29

Where is the Scripture that states the modern Church congregation is required to tithe ten percent?

Why is the congregation not told throw a week-lomg party once a year with a second tithe?

Why is the congregation not told to feed the poor with their tithe every third and sixth years instead of bringing it to the Pastor?

2. In the Law, only agricultural tithes could be taken to the House of God.

Where is the Scripture that states that monetary tithes are to be taken to the House of God?

3. In the Law, we read that tithing is not to be observed outside of the Promised Land.

Where is the Scripture that tells us the tithe must now be observed worldwide?

4. In the Law, only the sons of Jacob were required to tithe.

Where is the Scripture that states that now both Jew and Gentile alike must tithe?

5. In the Law, the tithes could only be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land.

Where is the Scripture that says tithes must now be given to Pastor’s around the world.

Where are the Scriptures that demonstrate that the centralized agricultural tithes for Levites and the poor in the Promised Land have been redefined to be a worldwide monetary tithe for Pastor’s.

6. In the Law, every seventh year and every fiftieth year there could be no planting, nor sowing. Nor could there be no harvesting those years. Thus, no tithes were given those years.

Where is the Scripture that says tithing must be observed every seventh year and every fiftieth year?

The Wonder of God’s Grace
by Ronald W Robey

Genesis 3:16 (KJV) Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
Genesis 3:17 (KJV) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Genesis 3:18 (KJV) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Genesis 3:19 (KJV) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

In Genesis 3:16, we see the God of all creation, who is clearly angry because of man disobeying Him, pronouncing judgment upon the first married couple who ever walked upon this Earth, and He put a curse upon the Earth as well. One man’s disobedience affected not just that one man, but the entire world and all of mankind who would be born upon the face of the Earth

Romans 5:12 (KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

God had promised earlier in the creation story, death as the sentence to be carried out should the man and woman partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And just as God promised, the man and woman died that day as a result of disobedience. The immediate death was not physical, but rather it was spiritual.

In 1 Timothy 2:14, we read: And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

Eve, being deceived, was in the transgression. At that moment that she partook of that fruit that God had forbidden, God could have struck her dead. He could have removed her life force from the face of the Earth and created another help meet for man. But, because of His infinite mercy, His unfailing love, and the Wonder of God’s Grace, He did not.

God allowed the woman to live. He allowed her to give the fruit to her husband. Her husband ate of the fruit, and died spiritually with her. His love for his wife was so strong that he partook of the forbidden fruit, in spite of the fact that he knew he was being disobedient to God.

No doubt, there must have been a change in Eve’s countenance after partaking of that forbidden fruit… a change that caused her husband Adam to know that his wife was, though standing before him with life-giving blood flowing through her veins, now spiritually dead.

Jesus, toward the close of His speaking to the multitudes in what would later be known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, warned of false prophets, stating, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”. Adam must have witnessed something in Eve’s actions or expressions that instant that made him to know that his wife, the woman that God had told him to procreate with, had indeed spiritually died after eating of that forbidden fruit. For the Bible tells us that the man was not deceived, but the woman was deceived. Adam partook of that fruit with full understanding and full knowledge that he too, would die spiritually.

And so He ate, and subsequently hid from God. As God walked in the Garden in the cool of the day, the man and his wife hid in the flora, ashamed because their eyes had been opened to knowledge of good and evil. They realized their nakedness and were afraid of being seen by God.

God called out to Adam, and Adam answered. In His calling out to Adam, God was revealing the Wonder of His Grace. God, being omniscient, already knew Adam had partaken of the tree that God had forbidden him to eat from. But God, in His infinite mercy and great love with which He loved Adam revealed His Grace by calling the man and his wife out of the bushes and unto Himself. What a perfect picture of the Wonder of God’s Grace so early in the first book of our sacred book, God’s Word.

God, in His infinite mercy, manifested the Wonders of His grace. Instead of destroying man for his act of disobedience, God extended that grace toward man and allowed him to live in a world that was once perfect, but now was cursed with thorns and thistles. Man, through his one act of disobedience had lost the authority to tend the Garden in Eden where the Tree of Life was planted. Man lost the ability to eat of that Tree of Life and live forever. Man lost his privilege to care for and dress the Garden that God had placed him in. But the Wonder of God’s Grace allowed him to continue to live outside the Garden in the now cursed world.

The woman, as our text above shows, did not go unpunished. God said that because of her rebellion she would have great sorrow in childbirth. We are not told whether the man and his wife had any children while he was filling the position of Caretaker of the Garden. However Genesis 1:28 reveals that God did tell them to “go forth and multiply”. God had given them His blessing to have children, thereby showing the Wonder of His Grace even before the fall.

The curse God gave to woman was that where there may not have been great pain in giving birth, she now would be tasked to endure much pain… “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and they conception” Sorrow where joy may have once been. Sorrow, not just because of the stress on her body during childbirth, but also because of knowing the life every child born to her would ultimately have to face because of her being deceived and giving in to the lust of the eyes.

Oh, how it must have torn at her heart to know what she had lost and what her children could have had if she had only been wise to the serpent s words when he beguiled her. And how she must have remembered God’s Words each time she brought forth children and experienced that “great pain” that God said she would experience through childbirth.

But after nearly 1,440 years of the the Wonder of God’s Grace being displayed in the dispensation of the Law, in an even greater demonstration of the Wonder of God’s Grace, God sent His Son, whose life, death, burial and resurrection would be the catalyst for a New Covenant with Israel. And not with Israel only, but with every nation upon the face of God’s Earth.

Throughout His life on this Earth, Jesus Christ was manifesting the Wonder of God’s Grace everywhere He went. At twelve years old, the child Jesus amazed Rabbi’s in the Temple, answering questions concerning the Holy Scriptures. At twenty-nine He performed the first miracle man had ever seen Him do at a wedding feast in Cana. The wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His raising Lazarus from the dead, His healing blinded eyes, His casting out devils, in multiplying a few loaves and fishes for hungry crowds of thousands who had come to hear Him speak, and in the countless other miracles He performed while walking this Earth as the Son of man.

The Wonder of God’s Grace is seen in His restoring a servant’s ear after Peter had cut it off with a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane.

And then, we come to Golgotha, that horrible hill on which the Saviour was hung. As He was dying, He revealed once again the Wonder of God’s Grace when He said, “It is Finished!”

It is true, as He said in Matthew’s Gospel, that He did not come to destroy the Law, but to fulfill it. And fulfill it He did. He did what no other man was able to do, He kept every aspect of the Law that applied to Him as an Israelite, born of the lineage of David.

But, we are told in Ephesians 2:14-15 that Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection, abolished the ordinances written in the Law.

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Cancelled out. Completely! Man, who has trusted and is now married to Jesus Christ, no longer has to be governed by the Mosaic Law.

Romans 7:1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Romans 7:2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

In Romans 7:1-4, the Apostle Paul likened a person who submits to the Law, while married to the One who has risen from the dead, to an adulterer married to a spouse, but living in the home of another.

My Brethren, The Wonder of God’s Grace has called us out of the bondage of the Mosaic Law. We have been freed from not only the law of sin and death, but we are told that we have been brought into a New Covenant. The old is ready to vanish away, as the author of the Book of Hebrews said nearly 2,000 years ago.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Colossians 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Where Grace abounds, there is liberty. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The Word of God has indeed freed us from the Law, never to be entangled again with its yoke of bondage. We needn’t wear that yoke, Christ wore it for us. We needn’t submit to the ordinances, Christ took them out of the way, nailing them to His cross. As the Apostle Paul wrote in the third chapter of Galatians, it is foolish for one who has begun in the Spirit to subject himself to the Law. How are we to expect Grace and Mercy from the Father, when we turn our backs on the price his Son paid for our freedom and choose to walk in ordinances that God’s Word said belonged to national Israel alone?

So many today are being told that they are lost and in need of a Saviour. This is true. So many are told that eternal life is a gift from God to man, and that the only things man has to do to receive this wonderful gift is to believe on Jesus Christ. This also is true.

The problem arises when we get the new Convert into the Church, the Convert quickly finds that, according to the pastor, there is a price to pay. The new Convert is told to keep certain of the ordinances that were given to national Israel. That God requires these ordinances to be observed by the Church members today. My Brethren, nothing could be farther from the Truth.

My Brethren, cast out the bondwoman and her son. Break away those chains that cause you to be unfaithful to the Lord. It is only when you walk away from the Law, that you will truly know the fullness of the Wonder of God’s Grace.

What is the Wonder of God’s Grace? It is all that I have mentioned this day, and more. It is the recognition of where God found us, what God offered us, what He has given those of us who have accepted that offer, and what He has prepared for us… despite the fact that we are a fallen race, despite the fact that we fail from time to time, despite all of our shortcomings.

The Wonder of God’s Grace assure us that we are accepted in the Beloved.

For those who read this article, if you are unsure of your eternal state after this short existence on Earth, do not hesitate to trust Jesus Christ today. Our Lord’s return is more nigh us than it has ever been. If you should die without Christ, you will miss the Wonder of God’s Grace, If you should die without the Lord, your only hope is to face Him in His wrath.

I would gladly welcome a teacher of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine to share with us the Scripture where God said His holy tithe is no longer agricultural, but is now to be money.

With Scripture, please demonstrate:
1. Where God abrogated the Law that said His holy tithe is to be agricultural and where He instituted this monetary tithe system you adhere to?
2. Where God abrogated the Law that said His holy tithe is to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and strangers in Canaan and instituted this worldwide tithing to churches on Gentile that you promote?

If you can produce said Biblical texts, then we can agree that your argument is a valid argument for worldwide monetary tithing, and that we at Bold Proclaimer Ministries will begin tithing.

However, if you cannot produce said Biblical texts, then your rant is as effective as a mute dog trying to bark a warning to its blind and deaf master.

If you cannot produce the requested Scriptures, then I submit to you that you are guilty of undermining the authority of God’s word.

In the New Testament, we read:

“Galatians 3:11 (KJV)
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”

Notice that Paul did not say the just shall live by the Law. No, he aid that those who have been justified will live by faith.

One cannot say he is living by faith if he is tithing to avoid a curse from God. The Bible states that Jesus took away the curse of the Law. How can one say he is trusting Jesus for Salvation, yet fear the penalties of the Law?

One cannot say he is living by faith if he is tithing in order to escape Hell. How can one say he has trusted Christ for Salvation, yet trust the Law to keep him out of Hell?

One cannot say one is trusting Jesus Christ for Salvation when one is trusting one’s tithes to earn him a home in God’s eternal Kingdom.

It’s either you trust Christ, or you trust your monetary tithing. You can’t trust both without saying, “God, your Son’s sacrifice was admirable, but I do not trust that sacrifice to be enough. I do not believe your Son is able to save and keep me saved. I have a better idea. I believe I can pay my way out of Hell, and buy my way into Heaven.”

If you trust your monetary tithing will buy you favor with God, you are only deceiving yourself. If it were at all possible for monetary tithing to ensure that one could escape going to hell, we surely would have read such an escape plan in the Word of God. Why, if monetary tithing could ensure eternal life with God, the Son would not have had to be crucified.

God could have had the Apostles teach that tithing was a means of acquiring eternal life. But, no,… eternal life is only found in Christ Jesus. Jesus said that no man comes to the Father but by Him.