November 2017


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Who Are You Trusting? (revised)
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 01, 2017; revised March 18, 2021)
Whether one’s flock is in a building, or on Social Media doesn’t prove the flock is walking in and feeding on truth. I have heard some fine messages in both settings. Likewise, I have heard falsehoods in both settings.
Where the flock is matters not as much as who is leading the flock. A wolf will lead the flock to destruction. An extortioner (which, by the way, will deceive the flock) will take money from the flock under false pretenses and carefully crafted sermons.
Who are you trusting? Are you following God? or are you following an extortioner? Could your pastor be an extortioner, without you realizing he is?
 
First, let us look at what extortion is.
 
Second, let us establish what trust is.
 
Third, let us compare the words of an extortioner with what is written in the Bible, shall we?
Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.“Black’s Law Dictionary”, 8th Edition; ©2004
Trusta firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. —  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
The extortioner says, “God’s tithe is to come from one-tenth of your household monetary income.”
God’s word says that His tithe is to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
The extortioner says, “Every Christian in the world is required to give God His tithe.”
God’s word says that His tithe is only to be observed by citizens of the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
The extortioner says, “The congregation is to bring God’s tithe to the local Church they attend.”
God’s word says that the congregation is to take their tithes to Jerusalem in Canaan, not to a Church. (Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)
The extortioner says, “You are robbing God if you don’t bring His tithe into the House of God.”
God’s word says that only the tribe of Levi could tithe to the House of God. (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
The extortioner says, “As God’s duly appointed Minister, I have authority to take tithes of the congregation.”
God’s word says that the bloodline descendants of Levi, widows, orphans and foreigners in the land of Canaan are the only people that God authorized to receive tithes. (Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 26:12; Hebrews 7:5-9)
In light of all the anti-Scriptural claims made by the extortioner, each time you yield to the extortioner’s call for tithes, you are trusting man…not God.
In Matthew 7:15, Jesus warned His disciples 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) and means, “preying with rapacity”. Rapacity is the act of extortion. Therefore, Jesus was saying to beware of extortioners. Will you heed Jesus’ warning and beware of extortioners? or will you ignore Jesus and trust the extortioner is right instead?
 
Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.