August 2017


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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