November 2016


Different Times, Different People.
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.
 
When teaching on the topic of tithing, many pastors in many denominations will use the above instruction spoken by the wise king Solomon as a “proof-text” that Christians today are required to tithe to their local church.
 
But, is this verse really “proof” that Christians are required to tithe today?
 
Absolutely not!
 
The obvious reason that it cannot be speaking to Christians is the fact that Leviticus 27:30-34 tells us that the tithe command was given to the children of Israel. Further, Psalm 147:19-20 reveals that the commands given to Israel were not given to any other nations.
 
Those two passages from the Books of Leviticus and Psalms alone should convince any scholar of the word of God that king Solomon was not speaking to Christians in Proverbs 3:9-10.
 
But we also have proof in the New Testament that emphatically proves that Proverbs 3:9-10 is not speaking to Christians today. Notice:
 
2 Timothy 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
 
Now, if 2 Timothy 2:6 is for the church, then how can Proverbs 3:9-10 be for the Christian? They totally contradict each other! One says to Honour the Lord with the firstfruits, while the other says the husbandman is to first partake of the fruits.
 
If both apply to the Christian, then there is a major problem. They leave the Christian in confusion.
 
The fact is, the passage in Proverbs 3 applies to someone under the Mosaic Law. The passage in 2 Timothy 2 applies to the Christian,… who is not under the Mosaic Law. (Rom. 6:14; Gal. 3:24-25)
 
The Law of tithing is not a Christian Doctrine. Nor is the Law of firstfruit offerings.
Robbery in Progress
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 28, 2016)
 
Often, when discussing the topic of tithing, many defenders of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will point out the account of the widow in Mark 12; saying that “the widow tithed money to the House of God, and Jesus was pleased with it.”
 
The fact is, the widow was not tithing that day. Let’s examine the account, shall we?
 
Just the day before, Jesus said that the scribes had made the Temple a den of thieves.
 
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
 
He leaves that evening and returns the next day, teaching more wrongs the scribes and Pharisees are guilty of. He says the scribes are devouring widows houses. (Mark 12:40)
 
Then, he sits against a wall facing the treasury box. (Mark 12:41)
 
It is no coincidence that a widow came in right after Jesus had said widow’s houses were being robbed.
 
What did she do?
 
She cast the last bit of money she had to live on into the treasury box… a box governed by people who rob widows. A box in a building that had become a den of thieves.
 
The word “threw” in Mark 12:42 is translated from the Greek “bal’-lo”. It means, “to throw with a degree of violence.” Lexicographers compare the action to “the casting away the contents of a chamber pot.”
 
This would indicate that the widow was disgusted that she even had to give.
 
Jesus knew that widow would be there that day. He finished His message of reproof just in time for the widow to arrive.
 
The widow’s arrival was a demonstration to the crowd just how widows were being forced out of their homes… they were being forced to give all they had to the thieves that Jesus was reproving.
 
And what was it Jesus did when He left the Temple?
 
He told His Apostles that the corrupt Temple would be destroyed.
 
Jesus’ statement that the widow gave more was not praise for what she gave. Rather, it was a statement of pity for a widow who had just been robbed; a woman who had just given everything to thieves.
 
She came into the Temple poor, and left the Temple destitute
 
The context of the story reveals that the crowd was not witnessing a widow giving with a cheerful heart,… they were watching a robbery in progress!
 
As to the argument some give that “the widow was tithing,” one only need look to the books of the Law to see that she could not have been tithing. In Leviticus 27:30-33, God told Moses what His holy tithe was to consist of. The required tithe was to consist of agricultural crops, and flocks and herds from livestock. It was not to come from one’s monetary income.
 
It really makes no sense to say Jesus was commending the widow…especially since she was putting those coins into the treasury of a corrupt religious system run by thieves…a system whose leaders He had just been warning the crowd to beware of.
Deceitful Pastors, Deceived Congregations
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 25, 2016)
 
Those who are saved would do well to read these two verses and then reflect upon what they say.
 
Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
 
Notice these truths disclosed in the two verses.
 
1. The congregation did not tithe to the House of God.
2. The Levites went to the farming communities in Canaan to take tithe from the children of Israel as per the requirement of the Mosaic Law in Numbers 18:24-28.
3. The Levites took a tithe of the tithe to the House of God.
 
The above truths reveal something that preachers do not want their congregations to know.
 
a) The congregation was not required to tithe to the House of God.
b) The Levites, who were the Ministerial Staff of the House of God, were the only ones required by God to tithe to the House of God.
 
Did you catch that? The only tithe that went to the House of God was the “tithe of the tithe”. It was not 10% of Israel’s total agricultural produce that was tithed to the House of God. Rather, it was 10% of 10%…just 1% that went to the House of God… and that was required of the Ministerial Staff, not the congregation who had no places of employment in the House of God.
 
Churches today are not following the Biblical pattern of the tithe at all. For over 1500 years, only 1% of Israel’s agricultural produce was the only tithe God required to go to the House of God, and that 1% was to be taken to the House of God by the Ministerial Staff of the Temple…not by the congregation.
 
Yet, the deceitful Pastors will teach us that it is not agricultural produce that is God’s tithe; that it is not the Ministerial Staff who were the ONLY ones responsible for tithing to the House of God.
 
They instead teach that the congregation is responsible for tithing to the House of God; that it is money God requires and not agricultural crops and livestock.
 
Further, the Scriptural text from Nehemiah states that a Levitic/Aaronic Priest must be present when tithes are taken from the congregation. Not just any Priest…a Priest who is a bloodline descendant of Aaron
 
Pastors do not teach God’s word in the matter of tithing,… they teach a doctrine that contradicts God’s word..
Eight Valid Reasons Not to Tithe
by Ronald W Robey

1. You are not a physical descendant of Jacob. (Lev. 27:30-34)

2. You do not live in the Promised Land. (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
3. You are not a farmer. (Lev. 27:30-31)
4. You are not a herder. (Lev. 27:32-33)
5. You do not know any Levites . (Num. 18:24-26; Neh 10:37-38)
6. You are not under the Law. (Rom. 6:14)
7. God never commanded you to tithe. (Psa. 147:19-20)
8. You do not want to be unfaithful to Jesus Christ. (Rom. 7:3-4)
God’s Word Matters
by Ronald W Robey
 
Ever hear anyone say that “One can tithe whatever one wants to tithe”? or, “It doesn’t matter what one tithes”?
 
The truth is, that statement is not true.
 
If it were true that people could tithe whatever they wanted to tithe, God’s word would never have said that the tithe was to be from agricultural increase. (Lev. 27:30-33; Hebrews 7:5-9) Nor would God have said that once the children of Israel crossed the Jordan and entered the Promised Land Canaan, they could not do what seemed right in their own eyes. (Deut. 12:8)
 
The fact is, God said His tithe is agricultural. Therefore, one’s own opinion that God’s tithe can be time or talent, or “whatever one wants to tithe” is a lie.
 
God’s word matters. Man’s opinion does not. Man’s opinion is not more authoritative than God’s word.
It Never Changed
by Ronald W Robey
 
Leviticus 27:30-33, written in 1450 BC states that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural.
 
Hebrews 7:5-9, written in AD 66 stated that God’s commanded tithe is still “according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural.
 
That was a period of over 1500 years, and the tithe remained agricultural all that time.
 
I open my Bible today in 2016, and amazingly,… it still says that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural. That’s more than 3400 since the tithe was originally commanded, and it has not changed.
 
The commanded tithe remains agricultural.
 
Should God grant me another 25 years on this Earth, the Bible will still say that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural.
 
His word is forever settled in Heaven.
 
Preachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine handle the word of God deceitfully, teaching a tithe command that is totally foreign to the word of God; a tithe command invented by man. .
 
What does Jesus say about those who teach man-made commands as if they are God-ordained directives?
 
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
 
Those who teach that God requires monetary tithing teach a man-made command as if it is God’s directive. For this reason, they worship God in vain.
Cancelled
by Ronald W Robey.
 
In many of my discussions with people of the pro-tithe persuasion, the following argument has been given…
 
“If you cannot provide a Scripture verse where Jesus cancelled the monetary tithe, then it was never cancelled by Jesus!”
 
One could just as easily counter with the statement…
 
“If you cannot produce a Scripture verse where Jesus said money is to be tithed, then money is not to be tithed.”
 
However, that answer will not convince the die-hard tither who has been sitting under the doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement for many years.
 
It is much wiser to approach the former claim from a different angle.
 
We know in Genesis 14 that Abram tithed war spoils. The fact that it was war spoils that were tithed is irrefutable. Genesis 14:16 says that Abraham recovered the goods that the wicked kings had taken fro Lot and from the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. Hebrews 7:4 also affirms that the tithes that the tithes Abraham gave to Melchizedek were indeed, of the spoils of war. Those war spoils may, or may not have contained things used as money in the time of Abram, i.e.; silver, gold, brass, etc., etc.
 
The Bible is silent as to whether the spoils contained money, or not. However, for the sake of an argument, let’s speculate that gold and silver were recovered at the slaughter of the wicked kings in Hobar.
 
Then, we return to the question, “Can you provide Scripture where Jesus cancelled a monetary tithe?”
 
No, I cannot.
 
However, using the word of God, I can prove that Jehovah God did cancel the tithe of war spoils (which may, or many not, have contained money)…and even forbade a monetary tithe.
 
Notice:
 
Leviticus 27:30-33 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.
 
Leviticus 27 is the first time we see God giving any inkling of what His holy tithe is to consist of. There is no mention of money being a titheable commodity. Only agricultural products, i.e.; crops, flocks, and herds.
 
If that isn’t proof enough that money is no longer accepted by God as titheable, we can produce further proof,…
 
Numbers 31:28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
 
The soldiers who had taken the spoils were to give one beeve out of five hundred; one ass out of five hundred; one sheep out of five hundred…was what God required from spoils taken in war. That is far, far less than a tenth.
 
And of the half given to the children of Israel, only one beeve out of fifty; one ass out of fifty; and one sheep out of fifty was required to go to the House of the Lord. One out of fifty is far less than a tenth.
 
And for those still not convinced…
 
Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
 
Deuteronomy 12:8 states that man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes. God said His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. (see Lev. 27:30-33). Therefore, even if it seemed right to tithe money, God said money was not to be tithed.
 
His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock. He cancelled any authority for His holy tithe to come from any other source than “the seed of the land, the fruit of the trees, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod.”
 
God Himself cancelled any monetary tithe that people might have given more than thirty-four hundred years ago.
 
And neither He, nor Jesus Christ, ever reinstated a monetary tithe in the Bible.

The Foundation of Tithes Shaken
by Thomas Ellwook; 1722

“He says, “The Tenth belongs to God!” The Nine Parts as well as the Tenth; for the Fulness of the Earth is the Lords psal. xxiv. 1. not a part only; the Cattle on a thousand Hills are his, Psal, l. 10. not the Tithes of them only. That Scripture therefore, Prov. iii. 9. Honour the Lord with thy Substance, is misapplied by the Priest, and, as he restrains it to the Payment of Tithes, is not a binding Rule to Christians as well as Jews, Christians being no where commanded by God to pay Tithes, as the Jews expressly were. But the Christian doth then honour God with his Substance, when thankfully receiving the Goods of this World from the Hand of the Lord, he doth in God’s holy Fear so use them, as not to abuse them. 1 Cor. vii. 31 when both in eating and drinking, and whatsoever else he does, he does all to the Glory of God, according to the Exhortation of the Apostle Paul 1 Cor. x. 31.

‘Tis not to be doubted but that God, from Whose bounty and blessing all is received, might reserve to Himself what share He pleased; but what He might do is one thing, what He did another. That He ever did appropriate the Tenth part, I find not in Scripture expressed, excepting only in the time of the Levitical Priesthood, for which there was a particular reason.

He then chose the Jewish nation to be His peculiar people, which people being divided into twelve tribes, He separated one entire Tribe, the Tribe of Levi, to attend the Service of the Tabernacle. The Land of Canaan He divided amongst the other Eleven Tribes, but gave the Tribe of Levi no Inheritance amongst them, Numb. xviii. 20,23,24. Deut. x. 9 for they being wholly employed in that service could not have leisure to attend the plow, or other Rural occupations. Seeing therefore He had excluded them from a share of the Land (the manuring of which would have taken them off from the Service He had designed them to ) and that by this means their Brethren, the other Eleven Tribes, amongst whom their part was shared, did all fare so much the better, their Respective lots being so much the greater, He commanded the Eleven Tribes that had the Lands, to pay the Tithes of the increase thereof, out of which this Twelfth Tribe should be maintained. And while that Priesthood and Polity stood, which Tithes were suitable and appropriated to, this Tithing command was in force, and no longer. But that even God did reserve the tenth, or command the payment of Tithes to any, before the Constitution of the Levitical Priesthood, or since the Dissolution thereof, I nowhere read in Scripture. This is proper for the Asserters of the Divine Right of Tithes to prove, and indeed so absolutely necessary, that if they fail of this, all they can say beside will be too weak to bear their Title up. For in a matter of so great moment, it is not bare Conjectures or mere Suppositions, nor Probability neither, will serve the turn, but Positive Precept. The Levitical Priesthood was not left to such Incertainties.”

The above paragraphs are, for the most part, Scripturally and Doctrinally sound.  There is one discrepancy though,…

Much like how we today work at our jobs in shifts, the Levites worked in the Temple by courses. They were not all at the Temple at the same time.  Given the huge number of Levites in the land of Canaan, for all of them to work at the Temple at the same time would be an impossibility.

Example:  Employed in the Temple were four thousand porters. (doorkeepers)  Also employed in the Temple were four thousand musicians.  There were other job descriptions in the Temple as well.

But, let us look at the doorkeepers alone.  How many doors would have to be in the Temple in order for all musicians to never leave the Temple?  Were there really that many doors in the Temple?  Was there even enough room in the Temple for that many doors? or for four thousand Levites to be working at any given minute?

Now, add the porters.  The working room gets even more crampted, with eight thousand Levites on the grounds at all times,… if they never left the Temple.

Now, add the other job descriptions listed in 1 Chronicles 24-26.  There would be no room to work, much less to breathe, if each Levites never left  the Temple.

The Jewish Calendar consists of 354 days, as opposed of our 365 day calendar.  If we take those eight thousand workers of the Temple and divide by 354,  we can see a more logical numbers of these two classes of workers at the Temple on any given day.  The number is decreased to less than twenty-five porters and musicians at the Temple on any given day.

Again, factor in the other workers of the Temple.  It is easier to see that most of the time, the workers of the Temple were at home with their families.  The job descriptions of some workers only allowed them to work less than a week in any given year.

Clearly, being home most of their time, (in the forty-eight appointed cities in Canaan) the Levites worked some kind of trade to keep them occupied.

For this reason, we see the discrepancy in Thomas Ellwood’s article.

Leaders in religious institutions are extortioners if they teach their congregations that they have the right to take monetary tithes from them.

Extortion is “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.”

Many Pastors teach the congregations that just as the workers of the Temple received tithes of the congregation, they too have a right to the tithe.

Their “proof” that they have a right to take tithes, they take from the writings of the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 “Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”

Of course, when one does an in-depth study of the preaching of the Gospel in God’s word, one will realize that the Apostle was not speaking of monetary tithes at all.

The context of 1 Corinthians 9 reveals that the Apostle was referring to the Apostle’s right to support while they traveled the land, preaching the Gospel to the lost. It had nothing to do with stationary pastors and teachers.

Just as the Apostles were called out of their occupations when Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fisher’s of men”, so too, Apostles were called out of the local assembly (Acts 13:2) and “sent” to preach the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the Earth.

Perhaps this is why so many men today claim to be “Apostle’s.  They know that the Apostle’s had rights that none other had.

Pastors have no “official right” to take tithes at all. Nor do any of these self-appointed “Apostle’s” we see today.  They all need to stop crutching the flock.

A Bloodline Right (Not a Church Privilege)
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 28, 2016)

Tithes are a bloodline right, not a Church privilege.
 
If your Pastor is not of the bloodline of the progenitor of the Levitic tribe of Israel, your pastor has no right to take tithes of anyone.
 
In the last passage where God’s holy tithe is commanded, (Hebrews 7:5-9) the commanded tithe is still to be taken by the sons of Levi.
 
Hebrews 7:5 And verily “THEY THAT ARE OF THE SONS OF LEVI”, who receive the office of the priesthood, HAVE A COMMANDMENT TO TAKE TITHES OF THE PEOPLE according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
 
Further, the passage reveals that the tithes are to be “according to the Law.”
 
Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people “ACCORDING TO THE LAW,” that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
 
What does the Law say concerning the tithes?
 
a) that they are agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33)
 
b) that they are to be observed only in Canaan, not in country’s outside of Canaan. (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
 
c) that they are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land. (Deut. 26:12)
 
Wake up, people. Your monetary tithe requirement teaching pastor is lying to you…extorting (see Matthew 7:15 for warning about extortioners) ten percent of your hard-earned monetary income.
 
In the Bible, monetary tithes were never commanded for, carried to, collected in, or controlled by either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue, or Church.
 
If your pastor insists that he is to take tithes, tell him to pack up and move to Canaan where God said His tithe is to be observed. He might want to make sure his genealogical records emphatically prove that he is, in fact, a Levite eligible to take tithes from his brethren…otherwise, he may only be eligible to receive a portion of a ‘community tithe’ shared amongst Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners every third year in a seven year cycle. (Lev. 25:1-6; Deut. 26:12-17)
 
Hebrews 7:5-9 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

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