February 2017


Exegeting Leviticus 27:30
by Ronald W Robey
 
Leviticus 27:30 has some precious and wonderful nuggets of truth in it. Yet, pastors seem to focus on just one of those nuggets.
 
Whenever a sermon is preached on tithes, one is sure to hear from the pulpit, “The tithe is the LORD’s. It is holy unto the LORD.”
When that portion of the biblical text is pulled out of the verse to use as a means to convince the congregation that God requires ten percent of their monetary income, that portion of the verse becomes a lie.
 
It is not being used in the intent of the author.
 
Leviticus 27:30 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 All the tithe” What did Moses mean when He said “ALL THE TITHE”?
The word “tithe” is translated from the Greek “ma’aser”. It means, “a tenth; a tenth part.” God was speaking of a tenth, or a tenth part of something.
But a tenth part of what?
A tenth part “OF THE LAND”
A tenth part of the land? What land is God speaking of in this verse?
For the answer, we must leave this text for the present time and visit the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy,…
 
In Exodus 3:17, we read, “And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
 
And in Deuteronomy, 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
 
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
Did you catch that?
 
Tithing is to be observed in the land that God gave to the children of Israel to possess. God is not speaking of just any geographical location in the world here,… He is speaking of the land of Canaan,… the land promised to Jacob in Genesis 28:13-15.
Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
Genesis 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
Let’s return to Leviticus 27:30.
“And all the tithe of the land” God is speaking of a specific location. He is not speaking of North America. He is not speaking of South America. He is not speaking of the European Countries. Nor is He speaking of Australia, Germany, or the Soviet Union.
God is speaking of the land of Canaan. God said His tithe is not to come from any location in the world but the Promised Land.
Read on.
“whether it be of the seed of the land; or of the fruit of the tree”
At the beginning of the verse, God said “all the tithe.” He did not say some of the tithe. He did not say a part of the tithe. He said all of the tithe.
All of the tithe is to come from the Promised Land. This leaves no room for private interpretation. All of the tithe is to come from within the borders of Canaan, and from nowhere else.
The tithe is to come from the seed of the land and the fruit of the tree. This is agricultural,… not monetary. God said all the tithe is to come from agricultural crops. (In verse 32 we see a tithe of livestock. Again, agricultural)
Again, the text leaves no room for private interpretation. The text clearly says God’s tithe is to come from seed and fruit,… this is agricultural, not monetary
Read on.
“It is the Lord’s.”
The tenth part of the agricultural crops in the land of Canaan belongs to God.
Why?
“It is holy unto the Lord.”
How is the tithe holy?
Why is the tithe holy?
Remember the promise God made to Jacob back in Genesis 28:13-15? Well, Jacob’s response to God when Jacob awoke from his dream is the reason God said the tithe is holy.
Notice:
Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
Genesis 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Jacob vowed to give God a tenth of that which God promised to give him. God promised to give Jacob the land of Canaan, and Jacob promised a tenth of it would be given back to God.
Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.
Jacob had vowed to give God a tenth part of the agricultural crops and livestock of the land of Canaan back to God. That tenth is the tithe that God required of the children of Israel in Leviticus 27:30. The tithe was holy, set apart for God by the Patriarch Jacob, and God was simply laying claim to that which Jacob had vowed would be God’s.
In closing, Leviticus 27:30 has absolutely nothing to do with a tithe of ones monetary income. It was strictly speaking of an agricultural tithe, in a specific geographic location.
It has nothing whatsoever to do with the Christian Church. It was for the children of Israel in the Promised Land.
 
It is dishonest for any pastor to use Leviticus 27:30 to preach a monetary tithe requirement to the Christian Church.
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Freedom From Chains of False Doctrine
by Ronald W Robey

When a circus is not putting on a show for the public, the animal trainer puts a chain on one of the rear legs on each of the elephants to keep them from running loose and causing major damage.
The chain can easily be broken by the elephant. Yet, because the elephant has been wearing the chain since its youth, the elephant is conditioned to believe that the chain is stronger than he is.
In many religious institutions today, the members of congregations wear chains. Their pastors placed these chains on them when they were seen as “babes in Christ.”
False doctrines are chains to the Christian. If the Christian accepts these chains, it will be next to impossible for him to break free of the chains.
People who wear these chains of false doctrine often refuse to see Scripture as it is written. Religion has blinded them and conditioned them to believe a lie.
These people are like circus elephants. They can break free of the false doctrine that holds them in bondage, yet they are crippled by the thoughts that their chains of deceit are stronger and more sure than the word of God.
Those who are held in chains by false doctrine can never advance in the Kingdom of God until they determine in their heats to believe the Scriptures as they are written.
The doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is a chain that people need freedom from. It hinders the work of the Spirit in the lives of many churchgoers. It hinders many from not giving enough. It hinders many from giving altogether.
In the Bible, we read how the Apostle Paul, caught up in false doctrine, wreaked havoc with the Church of God.  Once he broke free from the false doctrines, he no longer wreaked havoc with the Church of God.  Instead, he wreaked havoc with the teachers of false doctrine and their institutions.  Paul’s newly found freedom in Christ compelled him to discredit false teachers and to preach against false doctrines.
Since I broke free from the monetary tithe requirement chain, I too have been compelled to discredit false teachers and to preach against false doctrines.  I am able to minister more boldly.

Often, just as an elephant allowed free roam causes damage, I too cause damage.

However, the damage I cause is not to God’s work. Rather, it is damage to satan’s devices.

I am happy to say that many who have read my articles have been set free from the tithe lie.

They no longer support the lie. And because they no longer support the lie, they are able to help others who are in need; where they previously did not have the means to help others.
I praise God for that! God would rather we give money to the poor than to put the money in a religious institution that lies to its members in order to garner money. God is not in such an institution.
God’s Church is built on the truths spoken by the Apostles and Prophets. It is not built on lies fabricated by wicked men. Open your Bibles today and glean from the pages truths your pastor won’t ever tell you.
God wants to free you from false doctrine. He can only do that when you study and believe His word.
Not a Global Tithe Command
by Ronald W Robey
 
Leviticus 27:30 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.
 
The “LAND” referred to in Leviticus 27:30 is not speaking of just any geographical location in the world. It is speaking of a specific geographical location. It is speaking of the Promised Land,… the land of Canaan.
 
This is easily proven by reading Deuteronomy 6:1-3 & 12:1,10-11.
 
Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
 
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
 
Deuteronomy 12:10-11 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
 
God said tithes were not to be observed UNTIL crossing the river Jordan and entering into the Promised Land.
 
The tithe of the Promised Land is the LORD’s and is holy unto the LORD.
 
That tithe is agricultural, not monetary,… it is crops from the gardens, fruit from the trees, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod.
 
God restricted His holy tithe observance within the boundaries of the Promised Land.
 
People need to study their Bibles.
No Tithe Necessary
by Ronald W Robey
 
In the last place that we see tithes mentioned as a command in the Bible, (Hebrews 7:5-9) tithes are still “according to the Law”, i.e.; agricultural,… not monetary.

Further, the passage reveals that they are still to be given to the sons of Levi,… not to pastors who are not of the bloodline of Levi. This means that these pastors that are teaching this monetary tithe requirement doctrine are teaching a false doctrine. It is a doctrine totally foreign to the word of God and was never commanded by God.

 
One may ask, “But, if tithes are not required, why does Hebrews say the sons of Levi have a command to take tithes?”
 
The answer is simple. The sons of Levi that have the command to take tithes have not yet come to faith in Christ Jesus. The year was A.D. 66, and the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing. It would be another four years before General Titus would invade Jerusalem and destroy the Temple, killing many of the Levites and Aaronic Priests that worked there and scattering the rest.
 
The sons of Levi that had the command to take tithes of the people, that is, of their brethren, were unsaved. They were still operating under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law. The Law required them to take tithes.
 
Once one comes to faith in Christ Jesus, one is no longer under the Law. They leave the Law behind and follow Christ through the teachings of the Apostles. (see Galatians 3:24-25)
 
Notice who the Book of Hebrews was written to?  It was written to scattered Jews.  The author never said, “You have an obligation to tithe.”

Why not?

 
Because the scattered Hebrews had come to faith in Christ. They were not under the Law.  They had left the Temple System and the Laws associated with it.  It was only those who still had not trusted Christ that were required to tithe and observe the Mosaic Law.
 
Once one came to faith in Christ, that one left all and followed Christ through the teachings of the Apostles. The Apostles taught freewill voluntary giving, but not tithing.

Not Ours to Obey
by Ronald W Robey
If Pastors Cheatham and Steele tell you that God requires you to tithe your monetary income, those pastors need to step down from the pulpit and go back to studying the Bible for a while longer.
 
There is not one verse in the entire Bible where God commands a tithe of man’s monetary income.
 
The only commands in the Bible concerning tithing are for tithes of agricultural crops and livestock..in the Promised Land.. God gave those statutes and judgments to no other nation but the children of Israel.
 
Read Leviticus 27:30-34. The first four verses in the passage say God’s holy tithe is agriculturl. Look at the last verse. It says the commands are for Israel.
 
Notice in Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 God said that the children of Israel were not to begin tithing until they crossed over the River Jordan and entered into the Promised Land.
 
Now, turn in your Bible to Psalm 147:19-20. There, you will see that God did not give Gentile nations the commands that He gave to Israel. And this is confirmed in both Acts 15 & Acts 21. The Mosaic Law is not to be imposed upon the Gentile Converts to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Those Laws were specifically for the Jewish nation and them alone.
 
Wake up saints. One of the reasons you may be struggling is because of improper stewardship of what God has given to you.
 
God tells us in 2 Corinthians 8:12-13 that our giving is not to be such that it eases others and we ourselves are left burdened.
 
Don’t let a preacher guilt you into parting with money that could help you in your struggles. Malachi 3 was not a command to the Church, it was a command to Israel.
 
Mal 1:1 to the children of Israel
Mal 2:1 O ye priests (this is speaking of the priests in Israel)
Mal 3:6 ye sons of Jacob.
 
If we are not to tithe, how should our giving be? Good question! Here is what God’s Word tells us…
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 
Give as you purpose in your heart to give… not a dictated percentage required of you by lying preachers. You are not to be coerced into giving ten percent.
 
If you choose to give ten percent, wonderful! But don’t frown on others who do not make the same choice.
 
The word “purposeth” in 2 Corinthians 9:7 is translated from the Greek “proaireomai”. It means, “to choose for oneself”
 
Ask yourself, “If I allow Pastors Cheatham and Steele to dictate that I give ten percent, how can I have I chose for myself what I give?”
 
God does want us to give. But He wants us to choose what we give with a willing and cheerful heart.
A ten percent monetary tithe requirement is preached in many.religious institutions today. However, God’s word is Truth and it demonstrates that giving should be voluntarily and of our own free will, (Acts 2:44-45; 2 Corinthians 9:7) not as others dictate or preach.
 
Ten percent for many, may be comparable to going to their house and removing a coffee table from their living room. However, for those of us who live below poverty level, ten percent is comparable to going to their home and removing the entire living room suite of furniture.
 
A tithe of ten percent of monetary income affects the poor more than people realize. The cost of food has gone up more than the cost of living adjustment made to the social security disability income that many survive on from month to month,..
 
There are many that the low increase in income and the higher cost of living cause them to struggle greatly. For these people, a ten percent tithe requirement is nothing short of oppression.
 
Malachi 3:5 states that the day is coming when God will come nigh in judgment against the oppressors of the poor. Pastors of the monetary tithe requirement will all one day stand before an holy God and have nothing to say in their defense of their unjust oppressive doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement.
 
God’s holy tithe was required of the children of Israel due to a vow made by the Patriarch Jacob. It was never required of people living outside the boundaries Canaan.