February 2018


Don’t Argue with the Bible!
by Ronald W Robey

When teaching the topic of tithing, many Pastors will advise their congregations, , “Don’t argue with the Bible”. This is very wise advice indeed! No one should argue with the Bible.

If only these same Pastors would heed their own advice.

Pastor, are you aware that EVERY TIME that you preach a monetary tithe requirement, you are doing exactly what you advise your congregations not to do?

You are arguing with the Bible.

How can I say this? Because, while the Bible does reveal a tithe ordinance, it also reveals several commands attached to that ordinance. For instance…

Leviticus 27:30-33 says that God’s tithe is to be agriculture. Every time you preach a money tithe, you argue against Leviticus 27:30-33.

Numbers 18:21 states that the tithe of the land belongs to Levite’s. Every time you preach that Nigerian Pastors can take tithes, you argue against Numbers 18:21.

Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 states that tithes are to be taken to a location in the land of Canaan. (2 Chronicles 6:5 later reveals that place to be Jerusalem) Every time you preach that tithes are to be observed in any geographical location other than the land of Canaan, you argue against Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 & 2 Chronicles 6:5.

Deuteronomy 26:12 states that the tithe is to be given the third year. Every time you call for people to give tithes each Sunday morning, you argue against Deuteronomy 26:12.

Given the Scriptural facts concerning the observance of God’s tithe ordinance, every time you preach contrary to those Scriptures, you are entering a debate in which you not only argue against the Word of God…you also are opposing the God of the word.

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A Place to Tithe
by Ronald W Robey

Numbers 18:20-21 (KJV) 20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I [am] thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. 21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, [even] the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Deuteronomy 12:1 (KJV) These [are] the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 (KJV) 10 But [when] ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and [when] he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; 11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

In Deuteronomy 12 God tells the children of Israel that after they have found rest from their enemies, there will be a place to bring their tithes.

Joshua 21:44 (KJV) And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Joshua 21:44 sees the children of Israel at rest from their enemies.

2 Chronicles 6:5-6 (KJV) 5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: 6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

However, in 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 we find that God had not chosen a city to record His name…until the days of king Solomon.

Does this then mean that the ordinance of tithing was not observed for the first four hundred years that the sons of Jacob were in Canaan?

Not necessarily.

The above passage from Deuteronomy states that tithes were to be taken to a place where God would place His name. It also states that, “your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD” were also to be taken to the place where God would place His name.

Judges 13:23 (KJV) But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have shewed us all these [things], nor would as at this time have told us [such things] as these.

In Judges 13:23 we discover that Manoah offered a burnt offering to God…one hundred forty years prior to God naming Jerusalem as the city that His holy tithe was to be taken.

1 Samuel 1:3 (KJV) And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, [were] there.

In 1Samuel 1 we find Elkanah, who was soon to be the father of Samuel, making yearly trips to Shiloh to offer sacrifices. The events in 1 Samuel 1 took place one hundred ten years prior to the events in 2 Chronicles 6.

Since sacrifices were being observed long before the erection of king Solomon’s Temple, there is no reason to doubt that the Levite’s inheritance…the tithe of the land…was given to the Levite’s long before king Solomon’s Temple was built in Jerusalem.

Since burnt offerings and sacrifices were clearly made prior to the construction of king Solomon’s Temple, the Leviric tithe ordinance was also, in all probability, observed prior to the construction of the Temple.

A Cherished Lamb
by Ronald W Robey

Question: “Did Cain and Abel tithe in Genesis 4:3-6?”

Answer: The key to understanding what was offered in Genesis 4:3-6 is found in the New Testament Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:4 (KJV) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

First, We see that Abel operated in faith…not by Law. He was not commanded to offer a certain amount, but offered what he believed the LORD would be pleased to receive.

Second, We see that his offering was an excellent offering.

Third, We see that Abel’s offering was a sacrifice…something that Abel loved…possibly a favorite lamb…hey, he was willing to give it to God…again not by Law, not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

Fourth, We see that this offering caused Abel to be identified as being righteous. One is only made righteous be faith in God. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him as righteousness.

Fifth, We see that God testified of Abel’s gifts. God wanted people to know that Abel had given Him something that was cherished by Abel…something precious and dear to Abel’s heart…yet, not so precious and dear that it took precedence over God.

We see in God’s testimony, acceptance for an unselfish act on behalf of Abel.

It is my belief that Abel’s sacrifice by faith was not a tithe. Abel’s sacrifice by faith made him righteous. One can never be made righteous by tithing. Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek did not make him righteous. Israel’s tithe to the Levite’s did not make them righteous.

Take Off Those Glasses!
by Ronald W Robey

How pastors want their congregations to view Matthew 23:23…

“YE PAY TITHE…THESE YE OUGHT TO HAVE DONE…”

for some strange reason, pastors teach Matthew 23:23 to say, “you ought to tithe”.

They do not want their congregations to focus on the rest of the verse, which says…

a) who Jesus was speaking to, “SCRIBES AND PHARISEES”

b) what was being tithed, “MINT AND ANISE AND CUMMIN”

c) what Jesus said should have been tithed, “THESE, REFERRING TO THE MINT AND ANISE AND CUMMIN”

d) that tithing is a “LESS WEIGHTY MATTER OF THE LAW”

The reason that so many only see the command to tithe in Matthew 23:23, and not who was being told to tithe, nor what they were being told to tithe…is because they are reading the verse through the tainted lens of religiosity, and not by the Spirit of Truth.

Sadly, we can point out the words “scribes and Pharisees”; we can point out the words “mint and anise and cummin”; we can point out the words “matters of the Law”…even capitalizing the words as I did above, and they still will not understand the verse because they refuse to take those tainted lenses of religiosity off.

Cancelled
by Ronald W Robey.

In many of my discussions with people of the pro-tithe persuasion, an argument has arisen,

“If you cannot provide a Scripture verse where Jesus cancelled the monetary tithe, then it was never cancelled by Jesus!”

One can counter with the statement,

“If you cannot produce a Scripture verse where Jesus said money is to be tithed, then money is not to be tithed.”

The latter claim is just as weak as the former. It is best to approach the former claim from a different angle.

We know in Genesis 14 that Abram tithed war spoils. Those war spoils may, or may not have contained things used as money in the time of Abram, i.e.; silver, gold, brass, etc., etc..

For the sake of an argument, let’s speculate that gold and silver were recovered from the kings that were slaughtered by Abram and his armies at Hobar.

Then, we go back to the question, “Can you provide Scripture where Jesus cancelled a monetary tithe?”

No, I cannot.

However, using the word of God, I can prove that Jehovah God did cancel a monetary tithe.

Notice:

Leviticus 27:30-33 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. 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.

Leviticus 27 is the first time we see God giving instruction of what His holy tithe is to consist of. There is no mention of money being a titheable commodity. Only agricultural products, i.e.; crops and livestock.

If that isn’t proof enough that money is no longer accepted by God as titheable, we can produce further proof,…

Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

Deuteronomy 12:8 states that man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes. God said His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock (see Lev. 27:30-33). Therefore, even if it seemed right to tithe money, God said it was not.

His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock. He cancelled any authority for His holy tithe to come from any other sourse than “the seed of the land, the fruit of the trees, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod.”

God Himself cancelled the monetary tithe more than thirty-four hundred years ago.

And He never reinstated it.

The Tither’s Psalm:

The Pastor is my Shepherd, I shall not think for myself.

He makes me to tithe my money on the altar of his ego. He brainwashes me with promises of wealth.

He excites my inner greed with smooth words and fair speeches.

Yea, though I see no monetary tithe anywhere in my Bible, I will not comprehend it. My Pastor assures me that God is mistaken about tithes being agricultural.

He prepares for me a message of prosperity. Though at present my Pastor gets richer, one day my wallet shall also overflow.

And I will exalt my Pastor and feed his lusts for as long as I live.