May 2017


Vain Worship
by Ronald W Robey
 
According to Leviticus 27:30-33, the elements of God’s tithe were agricultural increase, not monetary income..
 
According to Leviticus 27:30-34, God’s tithe ordinance was given to the children of Israel.
 
According to Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11, the children of Israel were not to begin tithing until they crossed the river Jordan and were dwelling safely in the land of Canaan.
 
According to Psalms 147:19-20, the command that God gave to Israel were given to no other nation.
 
This means that, in order to rightly teach that God requires Gentile nations to tithe, one must have Scripture that says God commands Gentile nations to tithe.
 
There is no such command found in the entire KJV Bible.
 
Hebrews 7 speaks of Abram’s tithe of war spoils to Melchizedek. It speaks of Israel’s tithe of agricultural crops, flocks and herds to the Levites. But it says absolutely NOTHING of a monetary tithe for the New Covenant Church.
 
In Matthew 15:9, we read that the worship of the Pharisees was in vain because they were teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. The monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the word of God. It is therefore, a commandment of men.
 
This begs the question,… Since churches are teaching for doctrine a commandment of men, could their worship also be in vain?
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They Are Mistaken
by Ronald W Robey
 
Some people attend worship services at their religious institution with $100 in their wallet, put $5 in the offering plate, and think they have given the Lord His “tithe”.
 
They are mistaken. They have not given God His tithe. They have only given five percent of their money to a religious institution.
 
Some people attend worship services at their religious institution with $100 in their wallet, put $10 in the offering plate, and think they have given the Lord His “tithe”.
 
They are mistaken. They have not given God His tithe. They have only given ten percent of their money to a religious institution.
 
God’s word says that His holy tithe is agricultural, not monetary.
They Emulate the Serpent
by Ronald W Robey
 
In the garden of Eden, the serpent used the word of God deceitfully, “Yea, hath God said, Thou shalt not eat of every tree of the Garden.”
 
Today, Pastor’s use the word of God deceitfully, “The tithe is the LORD’s; it is holy unto the LORD.”
 
The serpent added to the word of God, inserting the words “every tree” to God’s command. Pastor’s add to the word of God, saying “God’s tithe is a tenth of your monetary income.” Pastor’s deceitfully add “money” to God’s tithe command..
 
They will then tell you that, “God expects you to obey Him in the tithe.”
 
Tithing money is not “obedience” to God. Rather, it is obedience to a liar. God’s tithe is to come from “the seed of the land; the fruit of the tree; and every tenth animal from the flock or herd to pass under the rod.”
 
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.
Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
 
Further, the “land” that God’s tithe is to be observed in is speaking of a specific geographical location,… the children of Israel (who were given the tithe command) were not to begin tithing until they took up residence in the land of Canaan. In other words, the command to tithe was centralized,… not global.
 
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
 
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:

Just as the serpent beguiled Eve in the garden of Eden, many Pastor’s around the world beguile the members of their flock.  In doing so, they emulate the serpent.

God’s Tithe Policy
by Ronald W Robey
 
When an Insurance Company issues an Insurance Policy, Guidelines are written in that policy. The insurance company agrees to pay to the Policy Holder a certain monetary amount should devastation affect the life and/or property of the Policy Holder,… providing the Policy Holder faithfully meet the Guidelines written in the policy for a certain monetary amount to be paid to the Insurance Company on a regular basis and before certain dates.
 
The expected payment required of the Policy Holder is written in stone. It must be met at the scheduled times, or the insurance policy is cancelled by the insurance provider.
 
In the Bible, we see that God has written up a Tithe Policy. In this POLICY, God has written specific Guidelines that the Policy Holder must abide by. Those Guidelines are as follows:
 
a) The tithe is to be taken from agricultural crops, flocks and herds. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
 
b) The tithe is to be observed nowhere else but in the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
 
c) The tithe is to be given to Levites, widows, orphans, foreigners,… and even to the household of the one tithing. (Numbers 18:21,24-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; 26:12)
 
d) The tither is not to take his tithe to the House of God. (Numbers 18:22,24-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
e) The tithe is to be eaten. (Deuteronomy 14:22-29; 26:12)
 
If one is wishes to be a Policy Holder of the Tithe Policy, bud does not abide by the Guidelines written in the Tithe Policy as set forth by God in His word, one should not expect God to ease their burdens in times of devastation or crises.
 
Just as an Insurance Company is not obligated to issue a monetary payout to a Policy Holder who has not followed the Guidelines written in the insurance policy; God also is not obligated to counteract devastation that occurs in the life of a Policy Holder who does not follow the Guidelines written in the Tithe Policy.

A Warrior’s Armor
by Ronald W Robey

Many pastors, in an attempt to prove that men should not dress like women, will often use Deuteronomy 22:5 as their “proof-text”.  

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

If one looks at the Hebrew from which the English was translated, one will discover that the verse is not saying what many Pastors today want it to say.

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

The Hebrew from which the word “man” is translated is the word גֶּבֶר geber. (pronounced gheh’-ber) It means, “a valiant man; a warrior”.

Had Moses been speaking of man in general, he would have used the word “adam”. (pronounced ah-dahm) Instead, Moses used the word for a valiant man, a warrior.

What is it that a warrior wears? He wears battle armor, correct? So the admonishment is that a woman is not supposed to put on battle armor.

But, is there further proof to substantiate this thought? I believe there is,… and I believe that proof is also found in Deuteronomy 22:5.

The word “pertaineth” is translated from the Hebrew “k@liy”. (pronounced kel-ee) The primary definition is “something prepared”. There are several secondary definitions given for the Hebrew word “k@liy”. Interestingly, one of those definitions for “k@liy” is “armour”

I believe the admonishment is for women not to put on battle armor to go to war. Likewise, the warrior is not to put on the dress of the woman in an attempt to neglect his duty as a soldier.

There are other verses that do tell us that males in general should not dress up like women. The strongest argument against men “cross-dressing” is found in the first epistle to the saints at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

The word “effeminate” is speaking of those men who would put on the dress of a woman. Those that do such “shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”.

Fleecing the Flock? or Crutching?
by Ronald W Robey

Many people say that a Pastor is “fleecing the flock” when he takes monetary tithes of them.

 
Wayne, a sheep rancher who doesn’t believe the monetary tithe requirement lie, once informed me that “fleecing” is not what is taking place when the pastor takes monetary “tithes” of his congregation.
 
When only a small percentage of wool is taken from the sheep, (usually around the tail and between the legs, although sometimes from the head) it is called “crutching”. “Fleecing” is the act of shearing the sheep from head to hoof.
 
When a Pastor takes tithes of his congregation, it is the equivalent of “crutching,” taking a percentage of their money.  Of course, many pastors do “fleece” their flocks with three, four, five, and even six offerings collected above the “tithe”.
Forced Tithes and Offerings Often Bring Sorrows
by Ronald W Robey
 
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 
When one looks into the definition of the words used in 2 Corinthians 9:7, one can better understand the author’s intent when he wrote the verse.
 
“as he purposeth”
 
The word “purposeth” is translated from the Greek, “proaireomai”. ( pronounced pro-ahee-reh’-om-ahee) It means, “to choose for oneself before another thing (prefer), i.e. (by implication) to propose (intend):—purpose.”
 
When needs arise, man is supposed to “choose” for himself the amount that he wishes to give.
 
“not grudgingly”.
 
The word “grudgingly” is translated from the Greek, “lupe”. (pronounced “loo-pay” It means, “sadness:—grief, grievous, + grudgingly, heaviness, sorrow.”
 
Forced offerings, (offerings dictated or coerced by others instead of by individual choice) often bring grief, heaviness and sorrow upon the one that is forced to give. This is due to the fact that “forced” offerings often leave the giver struggling to meet debts outside of the church environment, such as; house rent, (many have been evicted after being made to feel guilty if they do not put ten percent of their monetary income into an offering plate as tithe
 
Many are threatened with curses (as if God will actually curse one who has been bought by the shed blood of Jesus Christ) if they do not tithe their monetary income to the local religious institution they attend.
 
Other household needs are often neglected due to “forced” offerings. Ofttimes, electricity is cut off due to there not being enough to meet the bill; families often have to go hungry longer than they should; cars repossessed, checks bounce,… after people were forced to place money that could have otherwise met their needs,… into an offering plate at their local religious institution.
 
Many pastors that teach that God requires monetary tithes could care less that many needs of members of their flocks are neglected. Many members, after tithing, are indeed brought to a time of sorrow in their homes.
 
Brethren, this should not be. If the intent of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 9:7 is not enough to convince you that pastors teaching a monetary tithe requirement is totally wrong, then maybe the words in the previous chapter will:
 
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
 
One’s giving should be based on what one can afford to give,… not what he cannot afford to give. His giving should not be such that others are eased, and the giver himself left struggling to meet his own bills.
 
There is no mandatory tithe requirement for the saved in Christ Jesus. Instead, they are to give as they are able to give and of their own free will and volition.
 
The requirement to tithe was never given to the New Covenant Body of Believer’s in Christ Jesus. Nor was it to be imposed upon them.
 
The command to tithe was given to the children of Israel to be observed in the land of Canaan and nowhere else.
 
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:

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