October 2016

Why the Deafening Silence?
by Ronald W Robey

If the Christian is supposed to tithe, the Apostle Peter sure missed his chance to tell the Believers in the early Church in Acts chapters 2&4 that they were supposed to tithe the proceeds from their sales to the Church.

If the Christian is required to tithe, the Apostle Paul sure missed the chance to tell the many churches he wrote to in his missionary journeys that the congregation was to give ten percent of their monetary income to the Church they attended. Not even in the Pastoral Epistles, which detail much of how the saint is to behave in the Church of God, is there even a hint of anyone being told to tithe.

Even in Hebrews 7, the last chapter where tithing is mentioned, the Apostle missed the chance to say that the church has a command to take tithes of its members. Instead, he states that the sons of Levi have the command to take tithes,… and that the tithes were to be taken “according to the Law.”

The Law states that God’s required tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary. (Leviticus 27:30-33)

If the Christian is requried to tithe, why the deafening silence in the New Testament post-crucifixion epistles?

I do not agree with the Faith Promise Campaign. Faith Promise has one vowing to give “x” amount of money per month for a year.
The problem? It’s not Biblical.
In 2 Corinthians 8, we read,…
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
1. Paul said giving should be of a “willing mind.” Many feel pressured to sign the Faith Promise cards. This is not a “willing mind,” but rather, “a forced mind.”
2. Giving should be according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. Not one of us know what will happen from one day to the next. According to James, our life itself is “but a vapour”. We don’t know if some medical need will take a good portion of our future monetary income. or a lay-off from work, or even inflation will cause us to need more for food on our tables and household bills. Faith Promise has us vowing to give money that we don’t have yet, nor really know if we will have.
Faith Promise works in total contradiction to 2 Corinthians 8:12.

James 1:14-15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

In the words of Deputy Barney Fife of the Mayberry Police Department, “Nip it,… nip it in the bud.”

God has given us the ability to “Nip it in the bud.” All we have to do is,…

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

When temptations arise, we are to submit ourselves to God,… not yield to those temptations and deal with them when they have progressed to something far more damaging to our souls.

Likewise, when we see something in our midst that could potentially lead others into sin, we should do all we can to, “Nip it in the bud.” Lay the ax to the root to get rid of the problem. Address the problem in the early stages of developement.

Otherwise,… the problem will always be there and will grow worse.

The Monetary Tithe Requirement Doctrine: An Invention of Man
(written October 22, 2016)
by Ronald W Robey
A few years back, someone told me that he had talked to five (5) different “Biblical Scholars with Theological Degrees” about my stance on Scriptural tithing and they all informed him that I was wrong.
My response was simple. I didn’t consult with “Biblical Scholars with Theological Degrees” to arrive at my conclusion… I went straight to the source… the infallible and inerrant word of God. I would hope this would be the actions of all who want to be approved (2 Tim. 2:15) in God’s eyes.
We are instructed by the Apostle Paul to “put on the full armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) and above all to “take up the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:16-17)
How can one be taking up the word of God when one is embracing and teaching doctrine that is contrary to that which holy men of old penned down as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to do?
There are only a handful of instances where we find people tithing in the word of God. A true “Biblical Scholar” shouldn’t have a problem looking up those few instances.
The word “tithe” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 14 times in 13 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:30,32; Num. 18:26; Deut. 12:17; Deut. 14:22,28; 2 Chr. 31:5; Neh. 10:38; Neh. 13:12; Matt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The word “tithes” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 23 times in 20 verses of the KJV. (Le 27:31; Nu 18:24,26,28; De 12:6,11; De 26:12; 2Ch 31:12; Ne 10:37,38; Ne 12:44; Ne 13:5; Am 4:4; Mal 3:8,10; Lu 18:12; Heb 7:5,6,8,9) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The word “tithes” in relation to a voluntary tithe appears only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Gen. 14:20) Context reveals that this tithe is from war spoils and not from Abram’s own property or riches.
The word “tithing” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 2 times in 1 verse of the KJV. (Deut. 26:12) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to God’s commanded tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:32; Num. 18:21) This tithe is from agricultural increase only.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (Gen. 28:22; Heb. 7:4) This tithe is from spoils of war and not from Abraham’s own property or riches.
The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a forced tithe by man is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (1 Sam. 8:15,17) Those who choose man to rule over them tithe according to the invention of their ruler. They have rejected God.
The phrase “a tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Heb 7:2) This tithe is of war spoils and was not of Abraham’s property or riches.
That is a total of 36 verses in the entire KJV that refer to God’s commanded tithe. Of all those verses, not a single one instructs, or commands one to tithe his monetary income. The 36 verses that refer to God’s commanded tithe refer to agriculture and agricultural food by-products, and they can be found in the dispensation of the Mosaic Law between Leviticus 27: 30 and Hebrews 7:9. (see the above references)
There is only one tithe in the entire Bible that may have contained money, and that is the tithe given to Melchizedek by Abram in the Valley of Shaveh.
Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of the spoils of war. Abram had promised God he would not keep any of the spoils as his own lest he give Bera, the king of Sodom, occasion to brag that he had made Abram rich.
This reveals that what Abram tithed was not his own property, but the property of others! Nor did Abram tithe his monetary income to Melchizedek. Rather, he tithed the spoils of war. Spoils that belonged to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Further, Abram is never said to have ever tithed again. A one time tithe to Melchizedek,… of the spoils of war,… is this whose tithe we are to emulate? Then only a once-in-a-lifetime tithe is required; and that of war spoils, not of your monetary income.
Jacob is revealed to have promised God that he would give him a tenth of all that God would give him. A careful study of the word of God will reveal that what Jacob vowed to tithe was not monetary income,… he vowed to tithe a tenth of the land that God promised to give Jacob and his descendants.
And, once Jacob’s descendants moved into the land of Canaan, God held them to their father Jacob’s vow. God required that tithe that Jacob had set apart for God. (Gen. 28:20-22; Lev. 27:30)
God required tithes of agricultural crops and livestock from the children of Israel. (Lev. 27:30-34) These tithes were “holy” to God. Set apart by the Patriarch Jacob’s vow.
Are we to tithe in the manner that the children of Israel tithed? If so, then it is to be agricultural, restricting it to only required of landowners who have crops and/or livestock. It is to be taken to the city of Jerusalem, not anywhere else in the world. Of those tithes, the tither is to eat with his family. How many pastors tell their congregations to eat a tithe with their families? It is highly doubtful that any pastors do.
The long and short of it is, that which pastors tell their congregations is God’s tithe today, cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s Holy word. Today’s monetary tithe requirement doctrine is the invention of man, not a decree of God.
Brethren, open your Bibles and study. Don’t read, but STUDY. You will find what I have written does not conflict with what the word of God says concerning the tithe or tithes God has commanded in His word.
What does conflict with His word, is the monetary tithe being taught in the pulpits by men who are supposed to be teaching truth rather than error. They are supposed to preach the word, not inventions of man.
Our giving is not to be of necessity, (2 Cor. 9:7) yet pastors make it such. Our giving should not be because of guilt, yet pastors have no problem making their congregation feel guilty by accusing them of “robbing God” if they don’t tithe.
The Bible tells us to choose in our own hearts what we want to give. (2 Cor. 9:7) If we follow God’s instruction rather than distorted doctrine, God will be pleased with us.
Now, I ask, why does one need some kind of Theological Degree to study the word and come to the same conclusions I have on the topic of tithes? It appears that Theological Degrees have not helped the aforementioned “Biblical Scholars” to rightly divide the word of Truth, for they teach contrary to what the Scriptures teach on the subject of tithing.
Will I bow to the demands of the preacher who teaches that I am to tithe my money to the Church? Not until that preacher can provide Scripture from the word of God that says the Christian is to tithe his or her monetary income to the Church. In all my years of studying the word of God, I have yet to find said Scripture.
Honor the LORD With Your Substance
by Ronald W Robey

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Many pastors will use this verse in an attempt to prove that we are to give a monetary tithe to the Church, pointing out that the word “substance” in verse nine means “wealth” and is speaking of the tithe. To prove that it is speaking of the tithe the pastor will often quote Malachi 3:10-11, which says:

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

It is clear that both the Proverbs passage and the Malachi passage are speaking of God blessing with an increase of crops. But are the two passages speaking of the same thing? The answer would depend upon the interpretation of the Hebrew word “hown” found in Proverbs 3:9.

The Hebrew word “hown” found in Proverbs 3:9 is a word that the Hebrews used to signify wealth. When we think of wealth today, we think of money, i.e.; silver, gold, dollars, cents, lira, yen, pesos, etc., etc.

However if “hown” is speaking of that which is to be tithed, then substance (wealth) in Proverbs 3:9 cannot be speaking of money in any form. We know this because of what God declares His holy tithe to consist of in His word.

At the time of king Solomon’s reign, (the primary author of the Proverbs) the children of Israel were under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law. Under the Mosaic Law, money was not tithed.

Leviticus 27:30-34 says:

Leviticus 27:30-34 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. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

In the above passage, we see that the tithe of the land was the seed of the land; (edible products harvested from the ground) the fruit of the tree; (edible products harvested from trees) and every tenth livestock animal that passed under the rod. (as the livestock owner was counting them) The tithe only consisted of agricultural products… it was never money!

It is clear to see that in light of what God said the tithe consisted of, Proverbs 3:9 could not have been speaking of monetary wealth if the verse is referring to Gods commanded tithe.

Some may argue that silver and gold are mined from the ground and dollars are made of cotton and linen, which are by-products of sheep, and therefore money is to be tithed. This cannot be true, for neither our dollars, nor our coins are raw material. .They are all processed materials

For dollars, man shears a sheep and that wool passes through many hands in the process of merging wool with linen to manufacture a paper-like material and ultimately to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving where inks are printed on it to transform it into our modern dollar.  The same can be said of our coins. Silver, gold, copper, nickel and zinc are mined from the ground, sent to refiners, then to the mint where they are again melted and poured into die casts that give to us pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half-dollars, etc..

In Matthew 22:17-21, Jesus tells His audience that money that has been stamped with the ruling government’s image on it belongs to the ruling government. In other words, it is man’s invention, not God’s creation. God created the silver and gold, yes. But man took that silver and gold and made it into something God never intended it to be,… a product of man’s design.

Money is the product of man’s imagination, agricultural produce are the product of God’s design.

If, however, the word “hown” were speaking of all wealth; i.e., possessions, dollars, coins, etc., then Proverbs 3:9 cannot be referring to tithing at all since the Law did not require the Israelite to tithe his money.

Then, the key word of Proverbs 3:9 would have to be the Hebrew word “kabad”, translated “Honour”. The Hebrew word “kabad” was used to demonstrate ‘responsibility.’ It simply meant ‘to be chargeable to.’ The children of Israel had a responsibility to be faithful stewards with their wealth, being careful of how they used it. That is what the word ‘kabad’ signified.

I believe that Proverbs 3:9 is Solomon instructing his son to be responsible with his wealth, He was not saying “Tithe your silver”.

This would mean being responsible with all agricultural crops, giving the tenth of those crops to whom God had ordained to receive the tenth. It would also mean not being wasteful with the food that God had provided for man’s sustenance. And yes…not being wasteful with the monetary wealth as well.

Proverbs 3:9 also speaks of firstfruits, which Deuteronomy 26:1-4 describes as a small handful or basket of fruit given as a small token from agricultural crops at the beginning of harvest.

Solomon wrote: “Honour the LORD with thy substance, AND with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” The word “AND” in Proverbs 3:9 signifies the LORD required something in addition to responsibility, in addition to the tithe,… He also required an offering of firstfruits.

Those who teach and believe the monetary tithe requirement doctrine enter the discussion with absolutely no Scripture to prove their doctrine to be correct. Likewise, they offer absolutely no Scripture to prove that which I preach to be wrong.
I provide Scripture to support everything that I teach and preach. And yet, many claim that I am poisoning the minds of the members of the Church with my doctrine.
Be as the Bereans of Acts 17:11. Receive what I teach with readiness of mind. Then, search the Scriptures I have given to see if they say what I have presented.
When you find that they do, you will realize that I am not poisoning Church members minds at all. Rather, I am administering an antidote to the poison that the monetary tithe teachers have already given you.
I administer Truth from God’s word to counteract the lie of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine.