September 2018


Tithing: The Ordinance and its Commands
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 09, 2018)

Moral, Ceremonial, and Civil Ordinances comprise the entirety of the Mosaic Law.

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.

In Leviticus 27:30-33 God established the Ordinance of Tithing. We know it is an Ordinance because the prophet Malachi identifies it as an Ordinance.

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?
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.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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 Ordinance of tithing names agricultural crops, flocks, and herds as the elements of Gods’ holy tithe. (see Leviticus 27:30-33 above)

Within the Ordinances there are written commands. This is clearly revealed by the apostle Paul…

Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Commandments found in the tithe Ordinance are as follows:

1. Tithing is not to be observed until crossing the Jordan, entering the land of Canaan to live there as a citizen of that land, and freedom from all war. Deuteronomy 12:10-11 *

2. A tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem yearly and eaten there by the one transporting the tithe along with all members of his household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6

3. The tithes observed by the children of Israel/aka congregation are not to be taken to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38 **

4. Every third year a tithe is to be given to Levites in the farming communities scattered throughout the land of Canaan. Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:27; 26:12; Nehemiah 10:37-38 **

5. The Levite is to take a tithe of the tithe he receives to the House of God in Jerusalem. Numbers 18:26-28; Nehemiah 10:37-38 **

6. Every third year a tithe is to be given to the widows, orphans and foreigners living in the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12

These are the commands written in the tithe Ordinance.

* 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 identifies Jerusalem as the place God chose to place His name

** It is only the Levitic tribe in Israel who are required to tithe to the House of God. The congregation gave their tithe to the Levites in the farming communities.

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Incompatible
by Ronald W Robey
 
What does it mean when one preaches that we are to “walk in holiness?
 
Preachers, both Pentecostal and non Pentecostal, insist that “without holiness, we cannot see God”. (Heb. 12:14) And that statement is one hundred percent biblically correct.
 
The word “holiness” in Hebrews 12:14 is translated from the Greek “hagiasmos”. (pronounced “hag-ee-as-mos” It means “purity; sanctification”.
 
Sadly, many of those same preachers who tell you that you should “walk in holiness,” will also teach you that God requires ten percent of your monetary income/wages be given to the local church you attend and/or are a member of.
 
And yet, if you search diligently through the word of God, you will discover that of the forty-four (44) verses that refer to tithe found in the Bible, only thirty-six (36) speak of God’s commanded tithe. Only fourteen (14) of those thirty-six verses mention the elements of God’s commanded tithe. Those fourteen (14) verses reveal God’s commanded tithe to be agricultural…not monetary.
 
God’s commanded tithe is
 
a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)
 
Amos 3:3 asks the question, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Can one walk in holiness while at the same time using a lying tongue? If not, then preachers have no business teaching a monetary tithe requirement doctrine while preaching a pure and sanctified walk before God and man.
 
The two doctrines are not compatible with one another..

A Close Inspection of Malachi’s Command
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 5, 2018)

Malachi 3:7-10 (KJV) 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? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. 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 above passage is often used by Pastors and laymen alike, as ‘proof-text’ for imposing a monetary tithe requirement upon members of their religious institution. However, a diligent study of the Book of Malachi will reveal that the passage is not telling Pastors to teach monetary tithing. Nor is it saying that we are required to tithe our money to the religious institution we attend or are members of.

First, let us address who Malachi was speaking to. Then we will address what tithe Malachi was speaking of.

Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

The above two verses are two verses that no monetary tithe-teaching pastor, preacher or teacher wants to address.

The commandment referenced in the above two verses is not found in Malachi 2…the commandment is found in Malachi 3. That commandment…

1. was for the Priests of Israel.
2. was sent to the Priests of Israel by God.
3. was to show a covenant between God and the tribe of Levi in the nation of Israel.

In other words, this commandment to tithe to the storehouse in Malachi 3:10 had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus….it was for the Levitic tribe in Israel.

Now that we have established the Scriptural fact that the message of Malachi 3:7-10 was for the Levitic tribe in Israel, let us search for the elements of the tithe Malachi said to bring into the storehouse.

Luke 16:16 (KJV)  16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The Law was given to the children of Israel as they were wandering in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 6:1-3 reveals that the Law was to be observed once they entered into the land of Canaan. The Law was still in effect when John the Baptist preached a baptism unto repentance.

Therefore, the only tithe Malachi could have been speaking of is the tithe required by Law…an agricultural tithe.

Notice…

Leviticus 27:30-33 (KJV) 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. 31 And if a man will at all redeem [ought] of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth [part] thereof. 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. 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.

Had Malachi told anyone to tithe money, he would have been telling them to transgress the Law.

Malachi 3:7-10 is not about tithing money at all!

Is there a command written to the New Testament that tells the Body of Christian Believers that they are to tithe at all? Absolutely not!

The New Testament Believer is told to choose for himself what he will give. The Believer is reminded that sowing sparingly will bring a sparse harvest, while sowing bountifully will bring a bountiful harvest. But God does not impose upon us any mandate for a certain percentage of our money to be given as tithe or offering. We are to choose what we will give out of our love for Him.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Contradictory Findings
by Ronald W Robey

Do you ever wonder why you can find verses in the Bible that command a tithe of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds…yet can find no Scripture that commands the monetary tithe requirement doctrine that is taught in pulpits today? .

Do you ever wonder why you can find verses in the Bible that command tithes from citizens of the land of Canaan…yet can find no Scripture that commands a tithe from people living in other parts of the world?

Do you ever wonder why you can find verses in the Bible that command tithes be given to bloodline descendants of Levi who ministered in the Tabernacle and later, the Temple…yet can find no Scripture that commands tithes be given to Gentile Pastors of local churches?

Isn’t it interesting how much tithe doctrines taught in religious institutions around the world today contradict God’s holy tithe taught in the Scripture?

Isn’t it disgusting that, when it comes to the subject of tithing, so many Pastors would rather preach lies to their congregations than to tell them the truth?

There’s are three possible reasons as to why they teach the monetary tithe requirement doctrine….

1.  They are greedy for money
2.  They are ignorant of what the Scriptures actually say about God’s commanded tithes
3.  They preach the denominational position so that they can keep their position.

Evacuation Notice
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 10, 2018)

If God announced a mandatory evacuation from religious institutions that teach a monetary tithe requirement, would you comply? or would you stay in such a religious institution, thinking you will be safe?

What if I told you that the evacuation has already been announced? It has.

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

The phrase “false accusers” fits many teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine today. When teaching that “God requires you to tithe your monetary income to the church”, these pastors are quick to accuse you of “robbing God” if you fail to give Him ten percent of your money.

Their supporting verses are borrowed from Malachi 3:8-10, which say:

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.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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.

First off, Malachi was speaking to the Priests of Israel, not the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus. (see Malachi 1:1,6-7;2:1-3:10) Malachi was also speaking of the tithe required by Mosaic Law. This tithe was agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33)

When pastors use Malachi 3:8-10 to accuse you of robbing God in monetary tithes which, according to them, “God requires”, (a lie) they are guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully (see 2 Corinthians 4:1-2) and are guilty of being “false accusers”. 2 Timothy 3:5 admonishes us, “from such turn away”.

The evacuation notice has been announced. Will you comply?

Conned!
by Ronald W Robey

Has your Church introduced to its members the “90 Day Tithe Challenge”? If so, don’t fall for it. It is just a gimmick to trick you into departing with your money.

I have seen the Tithe Challenge Form. I even have a copy of it. It is a joke. Pastors who use this form can use any kind of excuse for not giving the money back after the 90 days is over. The challenge simply says,

“We commit to you, that if you tithe for 90 days and God doesn’t hold true to His promises of blessing, we will refund 100% of your tithe. No questions asked.”

What was the blessing promised in Malachi 3:10? It was not money, so if the tither is not blessed with money, no surprise. The blessing promised is rain. The windows of heaven will open and I will pour out a blessing. Remember the first time the windows of heaven is mentioned in the Bible? Rain fell and flooded the Earth. And when the windows of Heaven closed, the rain stopped. (see Genesis 7-8) In Malachi 3, God’s promise for bringing the tithes into the storehouse was rain so that crops would grow in abundance. The promise was not for better business at the office, health for the family, wealth for the pocketbook…it was simply rain.

So if rain falls one time in those 90 days, the pastor can say that God kept His promise. You’ve lost your money.

Of course, the pastor will not tell you that the promise was rain. He will instead say things like,

“You are still alive, so God has blessed you”
“You were not in that accident that killed three people last week, so God has blessed you”
“Your house did not burn down”
“You did not lose your job when there was a lay-off”
Your house was not broken into”
“Your children are all healthy”

You get the picture…they will try to convince you any way they can, to believe that God was faithful to His promise that if you would give a tenth of your monetary income He would bless you.

That’s right… you’ve lost it. You fell for a con artist’s sales pitch that guaranteed that he would walk away the winner and you would be left less ten percent of your money.

Don’t fall for the “90 Day Tithe Challenge.” It is not of God. The instruction to bring all the tithes into the storehouse found in Malachi 3, and the blessings associated with those tithes, were for the Priests of Israel…they had absolutely nothing to do with the church you attend in another geographical location. God never authorized the church you attend to be His Official Tithe Collection Agency. Nor did God appoint your pastor to be His Official Tithe Collection Representative. The monetary tithe doctrine being taught in religious institutions around the world today is found nowhere in Scripture. It is an invention of man and not of God.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

A Covenant Practice
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 08, 2018)

It has been said by many of the pro-tithing persuasion, that “tithing is a covenant practice”. But is that so? Is tithing really a covenant practice?

The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word “Covenant” as follows:

COVENANT, n. L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.

1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.

2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.

3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.

The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.

The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

COVENANT, v.i. To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind ones self by contract. A covenants with B to convey to him a certain estate. When the terms are expressed ti has for before the thing or price.

They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26.

COVENANT, v.t. To grant or promise by covenant.

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Now, while it is true that there are many covenants written in the Bible, we find no covenant written therein with the Church whose foundation is built upon the apostles and the prophets, and with God concerning a tithe of any kind.

In the last place where a command to tithe is mentioned in the Bible, (a command for the sons of Levi to take tithes of their brethren) we are later told in that same chapter of the Bible that the command was to be disannulled…cancelled…because it was weak and unprofitable.

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

This begs two question…

1. Since God cancelled the command for the sons of Levi to take tithes because the command was “weak and unprofitable,” why would God enter into another covenant with man concerning tithing?

2. If God did establish a new covenant with man in which man is required to tithe his money at the local church building he attends, where can that covenant be found in the Bible?

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