April 2017


These Signs Shall Follow Them
by Ronald W Robey

Many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith teach that

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

…means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, or they clearly have not been filled with the Spirit of God.

My contention is that if Mark 16:17 means that every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST speak in tongues, then likewise every single Believer in Christ Jesus MUST also pick up venomous serpents as Mark 16:18 clearly states.

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

In the same vein, Jesus said “They (those that Believe) SHALL lay hands on the sick; and they (the sick) shall recover.

The word “sick” in Mark 16:18 is translated from the Greek “arrhostos”. (pronounced ar’-hroce-tos) It is speaking of those that are on their deathbeds. It is not the same word that is used in James 5:14.

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:”

The word “sick” in the above verse is translated from the Greek “astheneo”. (pronounced as-then-eh’-o) It means “to be feeble; weak”.

James is speaking of an illness that is not “life-threatening,” while Jesus, in Mark 16:18 is speaking of a life-threatening sickness.

Just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL speak with new tongues; just as Jesus said those that Believe SHALL pick up serpents; Jesus also said those that Believe SHALL lay hands on those with life-threatening sicknesses, and the sick SHALL recover. He did not say the sick “might recover,” He said “WILL recover”

Since those in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith use Mark 16:17’s “they shall speak with new tongues” as a litmus test to tell whether a person is “Spirit-filled” or not, shouldn’t “they shall lay hands on the sick” (those on their deathbeds; and they shall recover” also be a “litmus test for them?

After all, Jesus said, “They shall,” did He not?

Question: How many in the Pentecostal/Charismatic faith who use Mark 16:17 as a litmus test to tell whether someone is “Spirit-filled” or not, have laid hands on loved ones on deathbeds and seen them recover from their life-threatening illness? If there is any number of such people, I guarantee it is very low.

Fact is, pastors of all denominations may have prayed for one on a deathbed, with that sick person still succumbing to their infirmity. This does not prove that the pastor is not saved. Nor does it prove that he is not “Spirit-filled.”

The fact that many with deadly illnesses or diseases still die even though they were prayed for, proves

Jesus was not saying every Believer would speak in tongues; He was not saying that every Believer would cast out devils; He was not saying that every Believer would pick up serpents; He was not saying every Believer would heal someone on the deathbed.

He was simply saying these signs would be among Believers, not that every Believer would do these things.

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Their “Focus” Blurs the Truth
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.
 
Many pastors, either intentionally or unintentionally, fail to tell their congregations that “the land” in Leviticus 27:30 refers to a specific land,… the Promised Land Canaan.
 
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:
 
God’s tithe is holy. No doubt.
 
But Pastor’s will not tell their congregations that the ONLY tithe that is holy, is the tithe that comes from the Promised Land Canaan.
 
Why is this tithe considered to be holy? Because the Patriarch Jacob had promised to set the tithe from the land of Canaan apart for God.
 
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’s vow was in response to a dream that Jacob had in which God spoke to him and told him that He would give Jacob the land on which he was sleeping
 
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.
 
God did not promise to give Jacob anything but land and protection. And when Jacob awoke from his dream, he vowed to give a tenth of that which God would give him,… the land,… back to God.
 
The elements of the tithe of the land were clearly articulated in the verse, when the author wrote, “whether of the seed of the land; or of the fruit of the tree”. The tithes were agricultural. This is abundantly clear.
 
Though many pastors focus on the words “the tithe” and “is holy” when teaching from Leviticus 27:30, they still used deception. In doing so, they blur the truth found in the remainder of the verse.

Bewitched!
by Ronald W Robey

Recently, I was told in no uncertain terms that I am guilty of witchcraft.

Why?

Because my posts on Facebook “could cause some to stop tithing their monetary income to their local church”.

The fact is, I am not the one guilty of witchcraft at all. Rather, it is the Pastor’s who teach that God’s tithe is money,… they are the ones that are guilty of witchcraft..

They have bewitched many in their congregations into believing that God requires monetary tithes, when there is no such requirement written anywhere in the pages of God’s Holy word.

There are three reasons as to why many today believe that God requires tithes of their monetary income:

1. Lack of proper study of God’s Holy word.

2. Lack of understanding what God said His holy tithe is.

3. Lack of sound doctrine from the pulpits in the religious institution they attend

The only commands that God has given in His word concerning His holy tithe are:

1. They are to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30-33

2. They are to be observed in the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11

3. They are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land every three years in a seven year cycle. Numbers 18:24-26; Deuteronomy 14:27:29; 26:12

4. The tither is also supposed to eat of a tithe with his family . Deuteronomy 14:22-26

5. If the tither is not a Levite, that tither is not to take his tithe to the House of God. Nehemiah 10:37-38

6. If the tither is not a Levite, that tither is to take his tithe to a farming community to give to a Levite. Nehemiah 10:37-38

7. A descendant of Aaron MUST BE PRESENT at the time that the tithe is given. Nehemiah 10:37-38

The above referenced verses reveal that:

a) If you are tithing money instead of agriculture, you are not obeying the word of God.

b) If you are tithing in any geographical location other than the Promised Land, you are not obeying the word of God.

c) If you are not giving your tithe to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land every three years, you are not obeying the word of God.

d) If you are not eating a tithe with your family, you are not obeying the word of God.

e) If you are not a Levite, but take your tithe to the House of God, you are not obeying the word of God.

f) If you are not taking your tithe to a farming community in the Promised Land, you are not obeying the word of God.

g) If you are giving your tithe with no descendant of Aaron present, you are not obeying the word of God.

Pastors would do well to turn from their false doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement and to begin preaching and teaching the truth as it is written in the word of God..