August 2017


God and the Spirit Agree
by Ronald W Robey
 
No matter how many times a person may pray, the Holy Spirit will NEVER tell them something that contradicts God’s word.
 
God said His holy tithe is agricultural. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
The Holy Spirit will NEVER say God’s holy tithe is monetary.
 
God said His holy tithe is not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan, entering into the land of Canaan to dwell there, and finding rest from enemies. (Deuteronomy 12:1-11)
The Holy Spirit will NEVER say God’s tithe is to be observed in any geographical location but the land of Canaan.
 
God said His tithe is not to be taken directly to the House of God by the congregation. It is to be given to Levites, and the Levites are to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of God. (Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
The Holy Spirit will NEVER tell the congregation to tithe to the House of God. (the Holy Spirit would remind the Believer that he/she is the House of God… not a brick-and-mortar edifice)
 
Mark 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
 
For anyone to infer that the Holy Spirit would speak contrary to what is written in the word of God, is for them to pit the Holy Spirit AGAINST God.
 
To even think that the Holy Spirit would oppose God’s tithe ordinance in any way is utter foolishness.

The Deceptive Drink
by Ronald W Robey

I wonder how many people in this world got “drunk” to a certain degree when they drank their first can of beer/glass of wine/shot of bourbon?

The fact is, probably 100% did.

Many who drank the next day, and then the next, and the next, and so on, began to show less and less signs of the alcohol affecting them as the days went on.

Why? Because brain cells that had immediately been affected by the first drink of beverage alcohol, had died. They no longer functioned as they had before. And so, the one drinking the beverage alcohol was deceived into believing that it was not affecting him; that he could handle his alcohol..

The sad truth is, the alcohol had already affected him… and the alcohol was controlling him, not the other way around.

The wise king Solomon wrote, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Alcohol deceives the one imbibing it…from the very first drink. And it continues to deceive the one that drinks it on a regular basis.

The only preventative to drunkenness is abstinence.

What They Don’t Tell You
(is what you need to know)
by Ronald W Robey

Teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine NEVER give you the whole truth when preaching on tithing from the Bible.  Instead, they rip verses (or parts of verses) out of context in order to deceive you.

 

They will say “God requires tithes be given to the House of God.”
Yet. they fail to tell you that none but the Levitic were required to tithe to the House of God in the Old Testament texts.

They will tell you that “God said to prove Him in the tithe.”
Yet, they fail to tell you that God was speaking to the Priests of the Temple who had removed the tithe from the Temple storehouse.

They will tell you “The tithe is the Lords.”
Yet, they fail to tell you that the tithe that God said is His is to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds.

They tell you “The tithe of the land belongs to God”
Yet, they fail to tell you that the only land God said His tithe was to be taken from was the land of Canaan… it was not worldwide.

They will tell you that “God said in Deuteronomy 14:24-25 that the crop tithe could be exchanged for money and the money was to be taken to the place where the tithe was to be observed.
Yet, they fail to tell you that Deuteronomy 14:26 says that the money is to be spent on food for the tither and his household.

They will tell you that “Abraham tithed before the Law”
Yet, they fail to tell you that what Abram tithed was not his own property. Abram promised God that he would not take ANY of the spoils as his own property.  They also fail to tell you that Abarham’s tithe was descriptive, not prescriptive.

They will tell you that “Jacob vowed to tithe everything to God.”
Yet, thy fail to tell you that Jacob’s vow was in response to God promising land to he and his descendants.  Again, they fail to tell you that Jacob’s vow was descriptive, not prescriptive.

They will tell you that “Jesus said tithing ought to be done” in Matthew 23:23
Yet, they fail to tell you that the tithe Jesus was speaking of was garden produces, i.e.; Mint, Anise, and Cummin.  They also fail to tell you that Jesus was speaking to a people under the Law, while we are not under the Law. (see Romans 6:14 & Galatians 3:24-25)

Beware of Pastors who teach monetary tithing. Their doctrine is built on Scriptural statements ripped out of context.  What they don’t tell you is what you need to know.

God Robbers and Thieves
by Ronald W Robey
 
Monetary tithe requirement teachers often point their fingers, (figuratively) and accuse those who don’t tithe their monetary income of being “God-robbers” and “thieves”..
 
The fact is, teachers of the monetary tithe requirement are the ones who are guilty of robbing God.
 
How so?
 
They rob Him of His authority. He decreed in His word that His holy tithe is agricultural (Leviticus 27:30-33) and that it is to be given to the descendants of Levi. (Numbers 18:21-26) He also decreed that His holy tithe is to be observed only by those living in the Promised Land Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
 
However, teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine refuse to let God be God. They insist that what seems right to them is better than what He has decreed in His word They have placed themselves on the throne of God through their rebellion against what He has decreed in His Holy word.
 
Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
 
Yes, teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine have judged non tithers as “God-robbers” and “thieves”.
 
Not only are they guilty of robbing God of His authority… they are also guilty of Theological Malpractice that ultimately robs their congregations of proper Scriptural nourishment. (not to mention the hundreds and thousands of dollars they extort through the financial oppression they keep their congregation members under)
 
Ironically, in pointing their fingers at us, they have three of their own pointing back at themselves. Their self-righteous judging of those who do not tithe their monetary income reveals that the beam in their own eye keeps them from exercising righteous judgment.
Grace, Greater Than all our Sin
by Ronald W Robey
 
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
 
I am so thankful the Apostle Paul included this verse in his epistle to the Romans. This verse speaks to the overcoming power of Grace in the life of the saved in Christ.
 
“Sin shall not have dominion over you”. It will not have the lordship in your life.
 
There are many today who believe that if a Christian sins, he forfeits the gift of Salvation that was given by Grace alone, though Faith alone, in Christ alone. If this were even possible, then what the Apostle Paul wrote to those “called to be saints” in the verse above, is a flat-out lie.
 
If sin can cause you to lose your salvation, then sin has lordship over you. Yet, the Apostle Paul said to the saved, sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you.” (emphasis added ofr clarity)
 
“SHALL NOT” implies that something will not take place. And yet, Christians do sin. Christians occasionally do give in to the lusts of the flesh. If any man says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Therefore, that sin shall not have dominion over you must have a DEEPER meaning.
 
In Exodus 20, we read the original Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses for the children of Israel. In that set of Commandments, there are ten “shalt not’s” mentioned.
 
Now, we know that many people in the Bible killed, stole, committed adultery, had other gods, made graven images, coveted, et.al. The did the things that God said, “Thou shalt not…”.
 
And they were either put to death for their doing what God said not to do, or they were punished severely with sickness or by some other fashion.
 
The punishment they receved was for their doing that which God said was not to be done. Sin carried a punishment for the children of Israel.
 
But for the saved in Christ, the Aposlte stated, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under Law, but under Grace.”
 
The dominion, the lordship, of sin is the penalty that sin brings with it.
 
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
Those who come to saving faith in Christ Jesus are not bound by the penalty of sin that the children of Israel were bound to. Christ Jesus took the penalty of sin upon Himself that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Contrary to the belief that one will lose one’s Salvation if one sins, the word of God assures us that Grace is greater than all our sins.
 
In his first epistle, the Apostle John assures us that, “If we sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” An Advocate… an Attorney… one who stands in our defense. One who is your advocate doesn’t give up on you when you fail. Instead, he will plead your cause before the Judge.
 
If you hire an attorney, what is your reason for hiring him? Is it not because you trust him to either get you acquitted of a crime you have been charged with, or to get you a lesser punishment for committing that crime? You trust your attorney to move the court, the Judge and the Jury, to have leniency in your case.
 
So also, Jesus pleads our cause when we fail. He stands in our defense and tells the Father why we must be seen as “righteous”. We are seen as righteous because we have placed our trust in Him, and He, our Advocate… presents us as righteous.
 
For where sin did abound, Grace did much more abound.
 
Hallelujah! Amen!
 
 
 
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Nuggets of Truth from Leviticus 27:30-34
by Ronald W Robey

a)  The tithe  was the LORD’s (God’s)

b)  The tithe was holy (set apart) for God.

c)  God’s commanded tithe was holy (set apart) due to a vow made by the Patriarch of the children of Israel 350 years before them entering the land of Canaan. (see Genesis 28:20-22)

d)  God’s commanded tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds.

e)  The children of Israel were required to tithe whether they wanted to or not.

f)  The children of Israel were able to redeem (buy back) a portion of their crops tithe if they wished.

g)  The children of Israel paid twenty percent over the estimated value of the portion of their crops tithe if they chose to buy the portion back.

h)  The tithe of the crops was a tenth part of the crops harvested.

i)  The tithe of the flocks and herds was the tenth animal to pass under the rod.

j)  If only nine lambs were born in one year, the herder was not required to tithe of his lambs.

k)  The animal tithe could not be redeemed (bought back)

l)  If a herder tried to exchange the tenth animal to pass under the rod for another, he forfeited both animals.

m)  God did not command anyone to tithe other than the children of Israel.

n)  God’s tithe was not money.

Examining Matthew 23:23
by Ronald W Robey

Read the following verse…

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Now, go back and read Matthew 23:23 again. As you read, ask yourself these questions,…

a) Who was Jesus addressing in this verse? (Hint: the answer can be found in the verse itself)

b) Why were they tithing? (again, the answer is in the verse)

c) What were they tithing? (again, the answer is in the verse)

d) Why were they tithing what they were tithing? (again, the answer is in the verse)

e) Why did Jesus say that tithing these things ought to be done? (again, the answer is in the verse)

f) Why did Jesus tell them to continue tithing what they were tithing? (again, the answer is in the verse)

g) Jesus mentioned the Law in this verse; what did the Law require as tithe? (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

h) Who did the Law say was required to tithe? (see Leviticus 27:34)

i) Where did the Law say tithing is to be observed? (see Deut. 12:1,10,11)

j) Who did the Law say the tithe is to be given to? (see Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-29)

k) Are Believers in Christ Jesus as Messiah mentioned in Matthew 23:23?

l) Is the New Covenant Church mentioned anywhere in the text of Matthew 23:23?

m) Is money mentioned in the text of Matthew 23:23?

Many questions can be spring-boarded off of Matthew 23:23. Be as the Berean’s of the first century. Search the answers in God’s word.

Baptist “Brider’s” teach that one can be saved and still not be a member of “the Lord’s Church”. They teach that, in order to be a member of “the Lord’s Church”, one must be baptized in a “proper Baptist Church”.
 
By “proper Baptist Church”, they mean; neither non Baptist’s, nor infants are a part of the Lord’s Church.
 
Yet, their doctrine totally contradicts Acts 2:47
 
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
 
Scripture does not say one must be baptized in water in order to be a part of the Lord’s Church. It gives as a prerequisite, “such as should be saved.”

Lending to the Lord
by Ronald W Robey

Many today are sitting at their tables and desks and filling out their check for tomorrow’s tithe to their local assembly. Many may be doing so from their easy chair.

Many of these same people have heard a knock on their door this past week, or will hear one within the next several hours as the day progresses. Upon answering the door, they find it is a neighbor in need; maybe of a couple eggs, or a cup of sugar, a stick of butter, or some other food item… which you may gladly give if you have it.

But pause and think for a moment? Is the item asked for the only need my neighbor may have? Two eggs will not go very far, especially if there is more than one person in the household of that neighbor. A cup of flour will be spent fairly easy as well.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

If there is a need for butter, for milk, for eggs, then chances are there is a much greater need for groceries. Consider taking your neighbor to the store, or going to the store by yourself, and purchasing groceries with your neighbor… using that check you were going to give to the local assembly tomorrow.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Church today has lost its focus. They have become self-centered and self-serving, neglecting the poor and needy of the community that they are supposed to be a light of truth and compassion in.

“Give God’s tithe to a person that doesn’t even attend my Church? How preposterous!” Suppose God had the same attitude toward us when we were lost and without God? “Give my Son for a people that don’t even know me? How preposterous!”

Brethren, let us stop this foolishness of thinking we please God in our actions when we can’t even bring ourselves to show compassion and concern for those around us. A careful study of God’s word will reveal that God instituted tithing for those who were in lack. For the Levites, who had no inheritance among the other eleven tribes of Israel; for the widows and orphans who had no male provider in the household; and for the stranger who, like the Levite, had no inheritance of land in Canaan.

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Yes, use your check, that you wrote out as tithe, for that person in need. For in doing so, you are giving it unto God.

Stop Believing the Lies
by Ronald W Robey

If Church members truly love their Apostle/Prophet/Pastor as they say they do, they will tell their Apostle/Prophet/Pastor to stop preaching to them that God requires tithes of monetary wages/income.
 
The Pastor that teaches monetary tithing becomes a liar. Do you know what the Bible says about liars? God sees their lies as “abominable” (Prov. 6:16-19) and will ultimately send the liar to the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. (Rev. 21:8)
 
If you love your Pastor as you say you do, you will not permit him to lie to you. You will not allow him to walk a road of lies. You will not want him to end up in the lake of fire and brimstone.
 
Be warned… it is not only the one who makes lies that end up in the lake of fire… it is also those who love lies. If you condone the monetary tithe requirement lie, because it appears to be “working” for you, you could be going to that same place that your monetary tithe requirement Pastor is heading… a christ-less eternity in that place of unending torment.
 
You say you love Jesus Christ. But do you truly love Him? Will you forsake loving a lie for embracing the Truth?
 
If you love Christ, you will reject the lies. Don’t allow deceit to be your guide. It will only lead to misery. Study God’s word and walk according to the will of God for your life if you want to hear Christ one day say to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joys of the Lord.”.
 
Do you love your family members? Your mother? Your father? Your children? Your grandparents?… Uncles and Aunts?… Cousins? In-laws?
 
If so, don’t continue the monetary tithe lie that you learned from your Pastors. Teach them the truth about what God’s holy tithe was, why it was commanded, who was commanded to observe it, to whom the tithe was to be given to, why the tithe was given to specific people, where and when the tithe was to be given.
 
If you study your Bible with a heart to learn and a hunger for truth, you will discover that what your religious institution has been telling you about God’s holy tithe is not what God’s word says about God’s holy tithe.
 
It’s time to get off of that dark road of deception and to begin walking the illuminated path that God has provided for them.
 
Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
 
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

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