Administering the Anti-Venom
by Ronald W Robey

In the Garden of Eden, which was a perfect creation, the serpent deceived the first woman, which averted her heart from God’s word and started a domino effect that brought an end result of a curse upon the world and the first man and woman being cast out of the Garden.

History repeats itself. In our churches today, ravenous wolves are mimicking the serpent’s wiles; deceiving many into turning their hearts away from God’s word.

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

False doctrine is like a serpent’s venom. It is poisonous to one’s very soul. False doctrine can cause one to follow the wrong Jesus. Many have been deceived by teachers of false doctrine, and because they have been deceived, they follow a false Saviour.

For this reason, we carry the word of God,… the anti-venom.

Venom: Abram tithed before the Law, so tithing is an eternal moral principle.
Anti-venom: Abram did tithe before the Law. However, Abram also bound his son Isaac with cords and laid him on a stone altar as a sacrifice to God before the Law. Abram also married his half-sister before the Law. Abram practiced polygamy before the Law. Abram gave his wife Sarah to another man before the Law so that that man could have had his way with her. Abram also practiced circumcision before the Law. Are you going to practice these things also?

The fact is, the account of Abram tithing prior to the Law reveals that that tithe was a one-time event. It was also of war spoils, not of Abram’s own wealth or monetary income.

Venom: Jacob promised to tithe everything.
Anti-venom: Jacob did vow to give a tenth of all that God would give him. However, that promise was given as a result of a dream/vision Jacob had one night in Luz. God had promised to give Jacob and his descendants the land all around him… nothing else. Jacob was promising to give back a tenth of the land that God was giving him,… nothing else.

And what was it that God said the children of Israel were required to tithe once they entered that land promised to their father Jacob? Agricultural increase,… that which the land produced. God was holding them to their father’s vow because the promise was both to Jacob and his descendants. The tenth of the land was holy unto the Lord. It was set apart for God by Jacob’s vow.

It is clear to see that even by the time Jacob had his dream, tithing could not have been an eternal moral principle. Had it been an eternal moral principle, Jacob would not have bargained with God as he did. “If you will,… then I will,…” There is no mention of any of the Patriarch’s tithing their monetary income.

Venom: God said in Malachi to bring the tithe into the storehouse. The storehouse is the House of God.
Anti-venom: God did say to bring the tithes into the storehouse. However, since Malachi was written during a time when the Law was still in effect, the tithes that Malachi was speaking of could not have been monetary.

In Leviticus 27:30-33, God said His holy tithe was to come from the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod. It was agricultural increase, not monetary income.

The storehouse was not the House of God. Rather, it was a three-tiered structure attached to the outside left, right, and rear walls of the Temple in Jerusalem. (1 Kings 6:6) God was not speaking to the New Testament Believer’s in Christ Jesus. They would not be around for more than 500 years after Malachi was written.

Malachi was speaking to the Priest’s of Israel, who had stolen the agricultural tithes from the storehouse. God wanted them returned. The Priests of Israel were the descendants of Moses’ brother, Aaron.

Venom: Jesus said tithing is to be done in the Gospels.
Anti-venom: Yes, Jesus did say that tithing was to be done. But, who was He speaking to? The text tells us who,… scribes and Pharisees, i.e.; the religious leaders of the day.

Again, He was not speaking to the New Testament Body of Believers. He was speaking to a people who were seeking to kill Him; a people that hated Him and His teachings.

The tithe that Jesus said was to be done was the tithe that the Law demanded, a tithe of agricultural increase. This is even hinted at in the text when Jesus said they had observed the Law of tithing, but had neglected the weightier matters of the Law. Jesus could not have been speaking of a monetary tithe, as the Law was still in effect. Had He said to tithe money, He would have been contradicting His Father, who said the tithe was to come from agricultural increase.

Venom: The poor widow in Mark 12:41-44 tithed money.
Anti-venom: The widow could not have been tithing money for two reasons.

a) Money was not titheable under the Law. (Lev. 27:30-33)
b) The widow was poor; the poor were to receive tithes, they were not landowners that had gardens or livestock to tithe from.

Venom: Jesus said, “Render unto God the things that are God’s” while holding a penny. Therefore, Jesus requires us to tithe money
Anti-venom: The Law was still in effect when Jesus held up that penny in Matthew 22:17-21. Jesus could not have told anyone to tithe money without contradicting His Father in Heaven.

A House divided cannot stand.

When Jesus held that penny, He asked, “Whose image and superscription?” Caesar’s image and superscription was on the coin. The coin belonged to Caesar. We were made in God’s image. We belong to God. The coin is to be yielded to the civil government that owns it. We are to yield ourselves to God.

Paul echoes this in Romans 12:1, when he writes: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Venom: Hebrews 7 states that men that die receive tithes and Jesus receives them through those men.
Anti-venom: Hebrews 7:8 does say that men that die receive tithes. But who are those men that the author is speaking of? Context will reveal that it is not the Church that receives tithes.

Verse 5 states that

a) the sons of Levi have the command to take tithes. Therefore, the ones that receive tithes are the ones who have the command to take them, i.e.; the sons of Levi.
b) the tithes are to be taken from the brethren of the sons of Levi. These are the children of Israel, (see Numbers 18:24-26) not the New Testament Church member.
c) the tithes are to be “according to the Law.” The Law states that the tithes are from the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod, i.e.; agricultural

Hebrews 7:8 does not, in any way, shape, or form, teach a monetary tithe

Conclusion: Tithing is not an eternal moral principle. If it were, there would be a command in the Bible somewhere that states such. There is not. The command was given solely to the children of Israel. God’s commanded tithe was to come from agricultural increase, not monetary income.

In the Bible, tithes were never commanded for, carried to, collected in, or controlled by the New Testament Body of Believer’s in Christ Jesus commonly known as “the Church.”

Psalm 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

Venom: But if tithes are not preached, how will the church pay its light and water bills?
Antivenom: One need not teach false doctrine to garner funds for the maintenance of the building in which the church meets one to three times a week.

Teach the people to love God and to love their neighbor as their self. Teach them to be sensitive to needs around them.

When a need from money comes in, tell the congregation how much is needed, and ask them to pray about what God would have them to give to contribute to meet the need. You should pray to this end as well.

Then, practice faith that God will stir hearts and move people to give so that needs are met. God’s word tells us that God will meet our need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus. Thank Him for that promise. Then, sit back and watch Him work.