Unjust Taxation
by Ronald W Robey

Nehemiah 5:1-13 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live. Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth. There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them. And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer. Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them. Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise. Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise.

In Nehemiah 5:1-13, we read of how the children of Israel were kept in oppression by unjust taxation.  Many had to sell or mortgage land and homes in order to pay to their kings the monies demanded of them.

Nehemiah stepped in and basically said, “Enough is enough!  The people are kept in poverty because of your unjust taxation.  It has to stop right here, and it has to stop right now.”

And the kings and Priest’s heard Nehemiah’s complaint and complied with his instruction.

Pastors today are guilty of the same thing that the kings and Priest’s of Israel were guilty of,… unjust taxation of the saved of Christ.

They have handled deceitfully the word of God; using Scripture that called for an agricultural tithe of the children of Israel, as a means to usurp monies from their congregations.

Many in the church are kept in bondage and poverty through the monetary tithe requirement doctrine; a doctrine that is totally foreign to God’s word.  Many, in order to “appease God’s wrath” that the pastor puts them in fear of, will go into great debt in order to put money into the church’s treasury.

Just as Nehemiah rose up against the unjust kings and Priest’s, we also must stand against these unjust pastors who oppress the flock with their unauthorized taxation of the flock’s money.

In the Biblical text, Nehemiah’s sentence was that one hundred percent of the people’s money that was taken from them be returned to them.  We too, should demand no less be returned to us of the monies unjustly taken by our pastors.

It’s time to say like Nehemiah, “Enough is enough!”