Experience Should Not Rule the Heart
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 06, 2017)
For those who say they have experienced blessings in some form of wealth or material possession after giving ten percent of their monetary income as tithe to their local Church:
It is highly possible your reward for tithing was not from God. (Remember the story of the Temptation in the Wilderness?) Satan rewards people for bowing to his lies quite often. After all, he is the god of this world. He can give people the wealth of the world.
A diligent study of God’s commanded tithe in the Bible will reveal to the reader that God never authorized anyone to take a tithe of money to the House of God. His commanded tithe was to come strictly from agriculture, (Leviticus 27:30-33) and He said man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes. (Deuteronomy 12:8) Also, God said His holy tithe was restricted to a specific geographical location…the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11) the land of Canaan.
Don’t rely on experience to rule your heart. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9) That which seems right is wrong if it contradicts what is written in the word of God.
Leviticus 27:30-33; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; & Deuteronomy 26:12 all reveal that God’s commanded tithe is to come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds,… not from monetary income.
At the time that the Book of Hebrews was written, the authorized tithe is still “according to the Law.” (7:5)
John 17:17 states that God’s word is truth. Either God’s word is still truth today, and His commanded tithe is agricultural crops, flocks, and herds,… or God’s word is no longer truth and His tithe is money.
I’ll choose to believe that God’s word is “for ever settled in Heaven, (Psalms 119:89) and that it is just as true today as it was when the last of its sixty-six Holy Spirit inspired Books was penned.