September 2017


Is the Wolf Preying Upon You?
by Ronald W Robey
 
If your Pastor is using the Bible to teach you that you are required to give ten percent of your monetary income/earned wages to the religious institution you attend… your Pastor is abusing the word of God, and is revealing himself to be an extortioner who is attempting to steal your money through lies and deceit.
 
In Matthew 7:15, our Lord Jesus Christ told His Apostles to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
 
The word “ravening” is translated from the Greek “harpax”. (pronounced “har-pox”) It means, “preying with rapacity.” Rapacity is extortion.
 
Jesus was warning His Apostles to beware of extortioners. That warning is needed today, just as much as it was in the first century AD. There are many “ravening wolves” in religious institutions around the world today. And the saved in Christ should beware of them.
 
God’s commanded tithe was not money…it was agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.  Also, God does not require tithes all over the world… He required tithes only of the citizens of the land of Canaan.
 
God never authorized your Pastor to teach a monetary tithe requirement to his congregation. When he preaches that you are required to tithe your monetary income/earned wages, he exposes himself as a liar.
 
Nor did God authorize your Pastor to take ten percent of your weekly wages/earned income from you. When he takes ten percent of your monetary income/earned wages as a “required tithe,” he is exposing himself to be a ravening wolf…an extortioner.
 
Wake up sheep… don’t fall prey to the wolf.

Here Men That Die Receive Tithes
by Ronald W Robey

Historical context for the Book of Hebrews: The year was AD 66. The author was writing from the Holy Land to scattered Jews. The Temple in Jerusalem was still standing., and would be standing for another four years.
 
Scriptural context of Hebrews 7:8: The “men that die” in Hebrews 7:8 were the Levites.
 
Hebrews 7:9 “And Levi, who receiveth tithes…”
 
The Levites were the ones receiving tithes because they had a command to take tithes…
 
Hebrews 7:5 “And verily, they that are of the sons of Levi who receive the Office of the Priesthood have a command to take tithes…”
 
Hebrews 7:8 is not speaking of Gentile Churches receiving tithes… it is speaking of Levites receiving tithes
 
… of the people “according to the Law…”
 
The Levites were receiving tithes “according to the Law. What did the Law say concerning tithes?
 
a) that they were agricultural. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
b) that they were to be given to Levites. (Numbers 18:21-26)
c) that an Aaronic Priest had to be preasent at the time the tithe was given. (Numbers 18:27-28)
d) that they were also to be given to widows, orphans and foreigners. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)
e) that the congregation could not take their tithe to the Tabernacle (Numbers 18:22) When the Temple was built, the congregation was forbidden to take their tithe to the Temple (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
f) that God’s holy tithe was only to be observed by the citizens of the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1-11)
 
The Levites would continue receiving the tithe in this manner until General Titus invaded Jerusalem with his armies in AD 70 and destroyed the city. When the Levites that worked the Temple fled, tithes were no longer collected by them.
 
Conclusion: Hebrews 7 does not advocate the New Covenant Church Leaders taking tithes of their members. Nor does Hebrews 7 speak of a tithe of one’s monetary income. It is speaking of two tithes only…
 
a) Abram’s tithe of war spoils to Melchizedek
b) The children of Israel’s tithe of agricultural increase to the Levites.
 
The reason the Levites were receiving tithes was because they were operating under the Law. If they would come to faith in Jesus Christ, they would no longer be bound by the Mosaic Law.
 
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Calling the Holy Spirit a Liar
by Ronald W Robey .
 
For one to say tithing is necessary is to call the Holy Ghost a liar.
 
For He, and the Apostles determined that only four things were necessary of Gentile Believers in Christ Jesus.
 
Acts 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
 
Tithing, according to the above verses, is not a “necessary thing”.
 
Now, one may say that, “The Book of the Acts of the Apostles” is a transitional book. Tithes weren’t necessary at the time the Church first formed, but were later determined to be necessary.”
 
OK… let’s go with that…
 
Where in the post-Acts Epistles did any of the Apostles write that “Tithes are necessary”?
 
The fact is, none of the Apostles determined that, “Tithes are necessary” for the New Covenant Church. It was not until centuries after the last Apostle died that it was determined that “Tithes are necessary”.
 
According to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men worship Him in vain. Since the command for Christians to tithe cannot be found anywhere in the word of God, those who teach the doctrine worship Christ in vain.
 
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
 
God’s Word… the Final Authority
by Ronald W Robey
 
“God’s word is the final authority!”
 
Do the advocates of tithing truly believe that God’s word is their final authority?
 
Are you aware that God’s word says that His holy tithe is agricultural, not monetary? Are you sure God’s word is your final authority?
 
Are you aware that God’s word says that His holy tithe is only to be observed once you are living in the land of Canaan? Are you sure God’s word is your final authority?
 
Are you aware that God’s word said that the if your are not a bloodline descendant of Levi, you are not to tithe to the House of God? Are you sure God’s word is your final authority?
 
Are you aware that God’s word says that a bloodline descendant of the Levite Aaron MUST be present when you give your tithe?
Are you sure God’s word is your final authority?
 
Something tells me that God’s word is not your final authority… your Pastor’s word is.
What Was Stolen, and Who Stole It?
by Ronald W Robey
 
A little lesson from the Old Testament Book of Malachi…
 
Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
 
Malachi tells the reader whom it is that he is addressing… Israel.
 
As we continue to read this Book comprised of only four chapters, we find that Malachi is addressing specifically the Levitic Priests of Israel. He is not speaking to the congregation (the other eleven tribes) Notice:
 
Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
 
In Malachi 1:6-7 we see why Malachi said what he did in Malachi 3:8-9. The Priests had shown contempt for God. They had removed the acceptable animals from the Temple Storehouse and replaced them with animals that were unacceptable.
 
God was using Malachi to tell the corrupt Priests that God, who sees all, was angry with the Priests. Their sin had brought famin to the land.
 
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
 
In Malachi 2:1, we learn that subsequent to the exposure of the Levitic Priest’s sinful actions, God has a command for them.
 
But, what is that command that Malachi says is specifically for the Levitic Priests? If we read the entire second chapter of Malachi, we will discover that not one command is given. It is not until we arrive in Malachi 3 that we see the command.
 
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
 
In Malachi 3:7, we see the command that Malachi was to deliver to the Levitic Priests… “Return unto Me” It is only upon returning to God that God will return unto Israel.
 
Return? Return what? The stolen animals from the Temple Storehouse!
 
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
 
God is STILL speaking to the Levitic Priests. God said the Priests had robbed Him. The Priests ask how they have robbed God.
 
What tithes was Malachi speaking of? Since Luke 16:16 says that the Law was until John (speaking of John the Baptist) we must look to the Law to see what God said His holy tithe was.
 
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.
 
According to Leviticus, God’s holy tithe was the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod. They were agricultural,… not money. And the text of Matthew 23:23 reveals that tithes were still agricultural more than five hundred years after Malachi had addressed the corrupt Priests.
 
Therefore, the only tithes Malachi could have been speaking of… were agricultural tithes.
 
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
 
God tells the Priests that their act of thievery had brought a curse upon the entire nation. What was that curse? Famine. God had shut the windows so that rain would not fall upon the land. Thus bringing a time when crops would not grow as they should. And God allowed locusts to invade the gardens to eat away at what little food could grow.
 
The Priests thievery had not only be an act against God, but it robbed the nation as well. Food that had been in the Temple Storehouse for provision of the Poor was no longer available. Food that grew throughout the land had dwindled. The entire nation had been robbed of God’s blessings… because of the dishonest Levitic Priests.
 
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
 
The only thing that would cause God to open the windows of Heaven so that rain would fall upon the land again would be the Priests returning the stolen tithes. and offerings. The return of the stolen tithes would appease God’s wrath and cause Him to lift the curse that had plagued the land.
 
Conclusion: Malachi 3:8-10 is not speaking of a monetary tithe requirement for the saved in Christ Jesus today. It was about agricultural tithes and offerings that were stolen by the Levitic Priests who worked in the Temple..