August 2017


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.”
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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.

The Best Teacher
by Ronald W Robey

I have often heard the phrase, “Experience is the best teacher”.

And for many years, I believed it.  After all, who is best qualified to instruct a person in job skills than one who is skilled at that job?  If you want to learn all about firefighting, you would not go to an English Teacher who’d never fought a fire in his life.  You would go to a fireman.  And since you want to learn all about firefighting, you would probably seek out the most experienced of firefighters you could find.

However, even professionals tend to make mistakes in their own fields  Many who make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and move on.  Many, are greatly injured or even killed because of mistakes they have made.

Many mistakes by one can greatly affect others   For instance, a great mistake in the early 19th Century caused the deaths of more than 1500 people.  I am speaking of the tragedy that occurred with the Titanic

Many who identify as “Christian” today believe that, “Experience is the best teacher”.  They base this assumption on the fact that they have been “tithing” their monetary income for years, and they’ve always been able to pay off any and all financial obligations on time, every time.

“It has always worked for me.  I tithe; God opens the windows of Heaven,” seems to be their unified cry.  Experience, to them, is their teachers.

However, their “experience” is not the best teacher.  Nor is at a reliable teacher.

Why not? Because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. There is a way that seems right to us, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.  We cannot trust our own hearts.

Many base experience of having a money supply as being proof that tithing money is right.  They say Malachi 3 is proven by their experience of always having money when they need it, or God sending unexpected money when they need it.  However, Malachi 3 was not speaking of a tithe of money. He was speaking of the tithe according to the Law.

Had Malachi called for monetary tithes, he would have been calling for transgression of the Law. No, my friend, Malachi was speaking of agricultural tithes in chapter three, not money.

And the blessing attached was speaking of rain from heaven to water the gardens so that food would grow. The rain would bring a harvest of fruit and vegetables so large that the barns would not be big enough to contain them all.

Malachi’s promise was not for enough money to pay bills. It was for more agricultural crops than the barns could hold. Your experience contradicts what the word of God clearly states, and that is why experience is not “the best teacher”.

One thing to consider… the enemy of our souls will often reward people for listening to and yielding to his lies.

Remember the story of Jesus and the Temptations He faced in the wilderness?  Satan told Jesus he could give Him the wealth and prosperity of the world.   Had Jesus believed satan; had He bowed to satan; there is no doubt in my mind that satan could give Him great riches and prosperity.

But Jesus knew who satan was.  He used the word of God to defeat satan.  Jesus said, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him alone shalt thou serve.”

Today, many pastor’s flash pictures of wealth and prosperity before the eyes of their flocks.  They handle the word of God deceitfully; telling the flocks, “If you tithe, God is going to bless your finances, your home, your health, and the work of your hands.  If you fail to tithe, God will allow the devourer to ruin your finances, your home, your health and the work of your hands.”

Pastors may be experienced in teaching from the Bible.  However, when they teach the monetary tithe requirement, as experienced as they may be, they err greatly.   They are going outside of their field of training; whether knowingly or unknowingly.

And their error affects others.

They have many in their congregations believing their “twist” on Malachi 3:8-12 so much that they don’t see that God’s promise was not money here and money there… it was for an abundance of agricultural crops so big that the barn could not contain it all.

Because they fail to study their Bibles, they foolishly believe the lie that they are told.  Their “experience” of a little money here and there blinds their hearts and eyes to what is actually going on.  They are not walking in truth, but in a lie.

Experience is not the best teacher… the word of God is.

Connect the Dots
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 02, 2017)
 
As a child, I used to love to play the game, “Connect the Dots”. The rules were really quite simple; you began at the dot that was numbered “1”, and drew a line to the next numerical value, and then the next, and the next, and so on. When you reached the last dot in the numerical sequence, you completed a wonderful picture that you, as a child, could then color.
 
However, if you did not connect the dots in their numerical order, the end results were, well… confusing. What was supposed to be a beautiful picture would turn out to be a horrible mutation of what it was supposed to be.
 
As adults, we should endeavor to study the Bible with a “Connect the Dots” mentality. If we properly interpret the word of truth, it will give us a wonderful picture of God’s love and His will for our lives. If we fail to properly interpret the word of truth, we end up with theories and opinions that look nothing like what the Bible actually says.
 
One such “mutation” that is prevalent in many religious institutions today, is the doctrine that God requires the saved in Christ to give ten percent of their monetary wages to the religious institution they attend. That doctrine is a result of not properly “connecting the dots”.
 
God’s word lays out perfectly…
 
a) what His holy tithe is,
b) who God required to tithe,
c) why they were required to tithe,
d) where they were to take the tithe,
e) to whom they were to give the tithe, and
f) when they were to give the tithe
 
If the “dots” (verses about God’s holy tithe) are taught exactly as God laid them out in His word, one will see that God’s holy tithe was:
 
a) strictly agricultural (Leviticus 27:30-33)
b) required only of the children of Israel (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20; Acts 15:24)
c) for those who had no inheritance, and/or were poor (Numbers 18:21-23)
d) to be observed only after taking up citizenship in the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
e) to be taken to specific locations in the land of Canaan (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
f) To be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans and to foreigners. (Deuteronomy 26:12)
g) to be observed at the end of the yearly harvest. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)
 
Yet, so many Pastors today handle the word of God deceitfully. They will take you through the word of God. They will even read the tithing verses from the word of God. However, they take your focus off of the actual wording of the verses. When they do this, many of the “dots” become insignificant to you.
 
They have you begin at Dot #1 that sets the precedence for tithing, “The tithe is the LORDS.” They then have you skip Dots #’s 2&3, which describe the elements of the commanded tithe to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.
 
They then take you to dot #4. This is the dot that says the tithe belongs to the LORD. (God) What they don’t tell you is that the tithe they collect from you…a tenth of your money does not go to the LORD at all.
 
Pastors will stress Dot #5. This dot explains that the tithe is to be set apart for God.
 
Dot #6 reveals that the one who tithes in the manner decreed in Leviticus 27:30 has the option of buying back a portion of that tithe. Pastors will not help you to connect to this dot due to the fact that it proves that money was not tithed.
 
Buy back money with more money? Preposterous!
 
Pastors do not want Dot #7 to be observed, as none want to deal with sheep or cows. And yet, God said the tenth animal to pass under the rod is His tithe.
 
And, since they have you ignore Dot #7, Dot #8 is meaningless as well…skip that too.
 
Dot #9 reveals that God gave His tithe to the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. The pastor that is not a Levite must not allow the members of his congregation to focus on Dot #9.
 
Dot #10 represents Numbers 18:20-24. It reveals that the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi inherited the tithe because they could own no land among the congregation. Many pastors today own land in the same cities their congregations live in. Dot #10 would take away the pastor’s right to own land among the congregation if he were eligible for the tithe of the congregation.
 
Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 is represented by Dot #11. It reveals that tithes are only to be observed by citizens of the land of Canaan. Pastors do not want the congregation to know that God said that His commanded tithes are not to be observed outside of the boundaries of the land of Canaan.
 
Dot #12 reveals that tithes are to be given to the Levite at the end of the yearly harvest. This tithe provides the sustenance for the Levite.
 
Dot #13 represents the Festival tithe. Three times a year God said tithes were to be taken to Jerusalem and eaten with the family and with the Levites. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-27)
 
Dot #14 represents the Charity tithe as recorded in Deuteronomy 26:12. This tithe was kept in the agricultural cities of the one who had the tithe, and those who were considered poor were to go to this city and get their portion of the tithe there. This tithe was observed every three years.
 
Pastors avoid bringing your attention to Dot #15 at all costs. This dot is found in Nehemiah 10:37-38. It reveals that an Aaronic Priest must be present at the time the tithe is given. If the congregation were made aware that an Aaronic Priest must be present at times are given, and they knew no Aaronic Priest was in their church body, they would give no tithes.
 
Dot #16 represents Hebrews 7:5-9, the last place in the Bible where tithes are seen as a commandment. Here, we learn that tithes are still according to the Law, agricultural (see Dots #3&4) and that they are still the property of the Levitic Priesthood
 
By the end of the “tithe” sermon, the Pastor has managed to totally destroy the picture God wants man to see concerning what He said about His holy tithe. The congregation is then made to believe that the religious institution they attend is God’s Official Tithe Collection Agency, and that their Pastor is God’s Official Tithe Collection Representative.
 
Does your Pastor properly connect the dots in God’s word? Or is he presenting to you an horribly mutated picture that doesn’t even resemble God’s tithe ordinance?
 
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Working for the Enemy
by Ronald W Robey
 
On Sunday mornings, Pastors tell their congregations: “God requires you to give ten percent of your money to the Church.”
 
Then they pray: “God, bless these Tithes and Offerings for your work in this world. In Jesus Name. Amen.”
 
Sorry Pastor… but it doesn’t work like that. You can’t “LIE” on God, and then expect Him to bless the results of that LIE.
 
In Matthew 15:9, Jesus said: “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
 
The psalmist rightly sang: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the LORD will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)
 
Pastors… God is not in a lie. God does not sanction lies. God does not bless lies. Stop LYING on God. There is not one Scripture in the entire Bible… not one verse from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, that either command, or instructs, people to give ten percent of their monetary income to their local church.
 
When you take up those “tithes” that you have lied to the congregation about God requiring, you are not taking them up to further God’s word in the Earth… you have strayed from God’s word.
 
Lying is of the enemy of our souls. When you lie about monetary tithes being required of the congregation, you are working for the enemy… not for God.
 
For the one who has been conditioned to believe that God requires monetary tithes: Tithing money may seem to work in your favor every now and then; a new and better paying job, unexpected money in the mail, et.al.. However, we must remember… satan offers wealth and prosperity for those who believe his lies and bow to him.
 
To accept lies, one has to reject truth. In yielding to the pastor’s lies, you are inadvertently rejecting God.
 
Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 
Take notice, those seeming “bonuses” for tithing may not be from God at all. What seems to “work” is actually working against you.
 
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

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