September 2016


Recently, I was accused of presenting myself as being wiser than Jesus Christ.

The reason? Because I had posted that Matthew 23:23 was not a command for the New Testament Christian.

My rebuttal was as follows:

I am wise enough to know that when Jesus was speaking in Matthew 23:23, He was speaking to scribes and Pharisees. He even said that He was speaking to scribes and Pharisees in the same verse..

I am wise enough to know that Jesus said that agricultural products were what the scribes and Pharisees tithed.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus said that tithing was a matter of the Law.

I am wise enough to know that the Law was given to the children of Israel, not to the New Covenant Church.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus would not have told the scribes and Pharisees to tithe money, since the Law said God’s commanded tithe was agricultural.

I am wise enough to know that Jesus would have been telling the scribes and Pharisees to transgress the Law, (thereby sinning) had He told them to tithe money.

I may not be wiser than Jesus, but I am wise enough to know what Jesus said in Matthew 23:23, and that Matthew 23:23 is not a command to the New Testament Church.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye (scribes and Pharisees) pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, (agricultural produce) and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these (tithing of agricultural produce) ought ye (scribes and Pharisees) to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Proverbs 23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

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In John 10:27 Jesus Christ said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
 
A question could be asked today, why so many who claim to know and love Christ are not hearing His Word? Are they truly following Him?
 
God said in Leviticus 27:30-33 that His holy tithe is agricultural. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner who says the commanded tithe is money?
 
God said in Numbers 18:21,24,26,28 that He gave His tithe to the Levitic tribe of the children of Israel. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner who says you are to tithe to people who are not of the Levitic tribe?
 
God said in Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & Deuteronomy 12:10-11 that one was not to start tithing until one crossed Jordan and entered Canaan. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that requires tithing on Gentile soil?
 
God said in Deuteronomy 14:22-27 that a second tithe was to be taken to a Jewish Feast and eaten by the tither before the LORD God. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that says we must tithe to our Church and nowhere else?
 
God said in Deuteronomy 14:28-29 that a third tithe was to be given every three years to feed the widows, the orphans, the Levites and foreigners in Israel. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that says the tithe must go to your Church?
 
God said in Nehemiah 10:37-38 that the firstfruits were to be taken to the Temple storehouse in Jerusalem, and the tithes were to be taken to the Levites. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that says tithes are to go to pastors on Gentile soil?
 
God said in Psalm 147:19-20 that His statutes and judgments were given to Israel and Israel alone. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that says the Mosaic Law is to be obeyed by all people of every nation?
 
God’s Word tells us in Acts 15:5,10,19-20,24,28-29 that Gentile Believers are not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that demands Gentile Believers obey the Mosaic Law?
 
In the last chapter that tithing is mentioned in God’s Holy Word, (Hebrews 7:5-8 ) we are told that the commanded tithe is the same agricultural tithe commanded in the Pentateuch more than 1500 years earlier. It is, “according to the Law.” Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or are you following an extortioner that says the commanded tithe is money?
 
Are you Are you hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd and following Him? or have you rejected His decrees concerning His holy tithe and chosen your pastor’s path of deceit?
 
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.
 
Pastor’s are deceitfully preaching a a monetary tithe command as if it is a doctrine ordained and directed by God,” under color of official right,” It is not. They are deceiving many, taking money from them, in a manner that God never authorized any of His ministers to do.
 
There is not one Scripture in the entire Bible where God amended His tithe command to extend to the New Testament Church. Nor is there an amendment in His Word to make the tithe a monetary tithe instead of an agricultural one.
 
If God didn’t amend the tithe in His Word, how can we, who are supposed to hear the voice of God and follow Him, say He requires tithes of money? There is absolutely no justification for such an action.
 
Proverbs 30:6 tells us we are not to add to God’s Word. For that reason, we cannot change the tithe that He said was to be agricultural into a monetary tithe. we cannot, in good conscience, bring a tithe that was meant for Israel alone to observe to another geographical location.
 
You see, you cannot just focus on the fact that God commanded a tenth, and then totally ignore what that tenth was to consist of, where it was to be taken to, to whom it was to be given, and when it was to be given. You are picking and choosing that a tithe is required, yet dismissing all other aspects concerning God’s holy tithe.
 
Those who teach contrary to the written Word of God are not hearing the voice of God and therefore, can not be following Him.
 
Monetary tithing exists in our religious institutions today because of lied from the pulpits and ignorance in the pews.
A Changed Ordinance
by Ronald W Robey
 
Isaiah 24:5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
 
Many Pastors today have certainly “changed the ordinance” of God’s holy tithe. God declared that His holy tithe was to come from agriculturla crops, flocks and herds. In the word of God, from the giving of the Law and forward, we see that His holy tithe was consistently of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.
 
But man has changed the ordinance
 
a) from that of agricultural crops, flocks and herds, to that of monetary wages/income.

b) from to be eaten by family, Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the land of Canaan, to be put in a Church bank account.

c) from required only of the children of Israel, to required of Christians.

d) from every third year, to weekly, bi-weekly, or… at the most… monthly.

e)  From not to be taken to the House of God unless you are of the tribe of Levi, to to be taken to the House of God.

 
Yes, man has “changed the ordinance” of God’s holy tithe into something that God never intended it to be.
 
Since God never changes, and He declared that the Earth was cursed because the children of Israel had “changed his ordinance”,  could it be possible that the problems we face in our present world are linked to the fact that man has changed God’s ordinance of tithing?
In order for a Christian to return God’s commanded tithe today, that Christian would have to:
a) be a physical descendant of Jacob. (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20)
b) be given a portion of the Promised Land by God as an inheritance. (Genesis 28:13-15)
c) live in the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
d) raise crops or breed livestock on that portion of the Promised Land he inherited (Leviticus 27:30-33)
e) take a tenth part of the crops raised and/or every tenth animal of the livestock to pass under a rod to a physical descendant of the patriarch Levi in the farming communities (Leviticus 27:30-33; Numbers 18:24-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)

f) have a physical descendant of the patriarch Aaron  present at the time that one gives his tithe. (Nehemiah 10:37-38)

g) be unfaithful to Jesus Christ (Romans 7:3-4)
Any attempt to tithe anything that is not agricultural, is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
Any attempt to tithe to anyone who is not a direct descendant of Levi, is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
Any attempt to tithe in any other geographic location than the Promised Land, is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
Monetary tithes were NEVER commanded for, carried to, collected in, or controlled by the New Covenant Church.

Can anyone provide Scripture where God tells members of the ekklesia to tithe their monetary income?