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.
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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)
i) Who did the Law say was required to tithe? (see Leviticus 27:34)
j) Where did the Law say tithing is to be observed? (see Deut. 12:1,10,11)
k) Who did the Law say the tithe is to be given to? (see Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-29)

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

m) Is the New Covenant Church mentioned anywhere in the text of Matthew 23:23?
n) 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.

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