October 2018

What Tithe Are They Defending?
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 27, 2016)

Often, when preaching on tithing, many preachers will state that Jesus confirmed the tithe in Matthew 23:23. I wholeheartedly agree.

However, the tithe Jesus confirmed in Matthew 23:23 is not the same tithe that pastors are preaching in our pulpits today. Not even close.

In Matthew 23:23, The Mosaic Law was still in effect. The New Covenant would not begin until the death of the Testator Jesus Christ.

Why is this important? Because, the tithe commanded in the Mosaic Law was strictly agricultural in its content. Leviticus 27:30-33 tells the reader that God’s commanded tithes were of crops, flocks and herds. Before anyone tries to claim that agriculture was their means of money, think again. Verses 15 & 18 of this same chapter proves they had money. Even verse 32 states that the tithe could be bought back if the farmer so chose to do.

Being under the Law, the scribes and Pharisees were tithing what the Law demanded. Not money, but crops from the garden. And Jesus confirmed that they were to do so.

In order to say Jesus requires us to tithe our money, one needs to provide a Scripture verse that states this. If there is no such command in the Word of God, (there isn’t) then one has to add to the Word of God in order to preach that command.

So, are we supposed to tithe summer squash and sheep? Cucumbers and cows? Let’s examine the Scriptures for the answer, shall we? Leviticus 27 does say God’s tithe was to be agricultural. However, verse 34 states that the commands were given for the children of Israel.

Now, some may argue that once we became God’s children we became Israel too. The Scriptures reveal that we are a separate nation from the nation of Israel.

Look at Psalm 147:19-20. There, we read that the commands given to the children of Israel were not given to any other nation.

In Acts 15, the religious leaders of Jerusalem were demanding that the Gentile Converts to Jesus Christ be made to keep the Mosaic Law. Both Peter and James berated them, telling them that by putting an impossible yoke upon the Converts. They were tempting God and subverting the souls of the Converts.

Long story short, the Gentile Converts were not required to keep the Mosaic Law. This decision was made by the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

Only four necessary things were required of the Converts,… Tithing was not one of those necessary things.

Flash forward fifteen years to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Chapter 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen as a command, the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still the property of the sons of Levi. In other words, they are still agricultural, and have no part of the Christian Church.

The monetary tithe requirement Doctrine being promoted, preached, and proffered in our Christian churches is totally foreign to the Word of God. It is a man-made doctrine.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

The Faith Promise Deception
by Ronald Ward Robey
(written October 26, 2016)

In many church assemblies, members are given a “Pledge Card” which they are encouraged to sign with a vow to donate “x” amount of their monetary income to missions over the next twelve months. They call this, “The Faith Promise Campaign.”

The problem? It’s not Biblical.

In 2 Corinthians 8, we read,…

2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

1. Paul said giving should be of a “willing mind.” Many feel pressured to sign the Faith Promise card they have received. This is not a “willing mind,” but rather, “a forced mind.”

2. Giving should be according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. Not one of us know what will happen from one day to the next. According to James, our life itself is “but a vapour, and we aren’t even promised that we will be alive the next day.”. We don’t know if some medical need will take a good portion of our future monetary income. or a lay-off from work, or even inflation will cause us to need more for food on our tables and household bills. Faith Promise has us vowing to give money that we don’t have yet, nor really know if we will have. Yet, as stated, our giving is supposed to be “according to what we have,” not according to what we think we will have. Nor according to what we hope to have.

The Faith Promise Campaign is in total contradiction to 2 Corinthians 8:12.

Why Did God Command Israel to Tithe?
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 26, 2016)

One thing I wish all Church Staff need to know, (or at least admit to their congregations if they already do know) is the fact that God never imposed a monetary tithe on the either the children of Israel, or on the called out assembly; the Ekklesia.

The monetary tithe requirement doctrine is a man-made doctrine that is totally foreign to the word of God.

That’s right! There is not one verse in the entire Bible that tells Jew or Greek to tithe their monetary income to the House of God.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. You are thinking I am off my rocker. You remember the Amplified saying in Malachi 3:10 to “Bring all the tithes, (a tenth of your income) into the House of God.” And yes, the Amplified does indeed say just that.

However, if one notices the “()” parentheses around the phrase, “a tenth of your income” that means that the phrase, “a tenth of your income” is not part of the Bible text. It was ADDED by the Translators. This means that the phrase, “a tenth of your income,” is not the word of God at all. It is the opinion of the Translators.

Since no previous versions use the phrase, “a tenth of your income,” then it is safe to say that God never authorized the Translators to intermingle their opinion with His word and try to pass it off as if it were a God-spoken directive.

It is not.

God defined His holy tithe as agricultural increase from within the boundaries of the Promised Land. He did this for a specific reason. Because the tenth of that land was considered “holy,” “set apart” for God.

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.

Who was it that set it apart for God, one may ask? Why,… it was the Patriarch Jacob. In Genesis 28, we read the account of Jacob falling asleep while on the run from his brother Esau. The name of the place that Jacob fell asleep was Luz, but would later be known as Beth-eL, or the House of God.

While Jacob lay there sleeping at Luz, he dreamed a vision of a ladder spanning from Heaven to the Earth. God spoke to Jacob from the top of the ladder, and told him that He was going to give Jacob and his descendants the land Jacob was sleeping on..

When Jacob awoke, Jacob remembered the vision and made a promise to God that he would give God a tenth of all that God would give Him. Jacob said, “…of all that Thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto Thee.”

God told the children of Israel through His servant Moses that, ‘The tithe is the LORD’s. It is “holy” (set apart) unto the Lord.’

Jacob had vowed to give the tenth of that land back to God. And God was holding Jacob to that vow when the children of Israel moved into the land of Canaan. They were not to fail to give that which Jacob had vowed to God.

Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

And so, the children of Israel were commanded to give a tenth part of their crops to the LORD, and also every tenth of their livestock animals to pass under the rod.

Hence, God’s commanded tithe under the Mosaic Law was governed by that vow that Jacob had made that night in Luz. He had vowed to give a tenth of the land back to God.

Breaking a Least Commandment
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 26, 2016)

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Proponents of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will often take you to the above verse in their Bibles, telling you that if you teach people not to tithe, you are teaching contrary to the commandments and will, therefore, be the least in the Kingdom.

But are you truly teaching contrary to the commandments when you teach people not to tithe to the Church? I believe you are agreeing with the commandments, not teaching contrary to them.

Let us look at a few verses concerning God’s holy tithe as commanded in the Law, shall we?

Leviticus 27:30-34 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. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

In Leviticus 27:30-34, we are given, in detail, what God said His holy tithe was to consist of, and who God required to tithe. The tithe was to consist of agricultural produce and livestock. The command to tithe was to be given by Moses to the children of Israel.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3 Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 12:1 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 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; 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, chapters 6 & 12, we read that the commands that God gave were not to be observed until the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan and entered the land God had promised to Jacob and his descendants. According to the Law, tithing was not to be observed in any geographical location other than the Promised Land. When you go over Jordan, and enter the land,… then ye shall tithe.

Numbers 18:24-26 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.

Numbers 18:27-29 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest. Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

In Numbers 18, we find that the tithe that God commanded were to be given to the Levites. Nehemiah 10:37-38 clarifies where the tithes were to be taken. The tithes were to be taken to the Levites in the farming communities in the Promised Land. The Levites, in turn, were to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of the LORD.

This clearly reveals to us that the only ones who were required to take tithes to the House of the LORD were the Levites, i.e.; the Temple Staff. This also reveals that, of all of Israel’s total annual crops, only 1% went to the House of God,… not 10%. And it was not the congregation of Israel that tithed to the House of God,… it was the Temple Staff that were responsible for tithing to the House of God.

Given the infallible and inerrant Scriptures, it is clear that we do not teach contrary to the commandments when we tell people they do not have to tithe their monetary income to the House of God. God said His holy tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary.

It is the proponents of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine that are teaching a doctrine that is contrary to the commandments of God. God said His holy tithe is to be agricultural increase; they say it is to be monetary income. God said His holy tithe is to be given to Levites, and that it is only Levites, (Temple Staff) that are required to tithe to the House of God, they say that God requires all those who are saved through faith in Christ Jesus to tithe to the House of God. God said that His holy tithe is only to be observed after crossing Jordan River and entering into the Promised Land. They say that tithing must be observed in every country of the world. The word of God identifies the House of God as being the Temple in Jerusalem. (which was actually destroyed in AD 70 when General Titus and his Roman army besieged the city) They say the House of God is one’s local church wherever they live in the world.

After examining what God’s Holy word says concerning His holy tithe, it is evident that the modern-day tithe proponents are the ones that are guilty of breaking one of the least of the commandments, (see Matthew 23:23) and teaching others to do so.

When we speak with people living on Gentile soil, telling them that God does not require them to tithe their monetary income to the House of God., we are 100% in agreement with what the Bible says concerning God’s holy tithe. We are not guilty of breaking one of the least of the commandments, nor are we guilty of telling other men to break them.

No Proof
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 30, 2016)

Concerning Abram’s tithe, it is important to note that there is no biblical record that says that Abram tithed his monetary income to Melchizedek.  Abram tithed spoils of war…spoils that Abram promised God he would not take as his own property.

It is also important to note that Abram’s tithe appears to have been a one-time event, not weekly, not monthly, not annually.

Also, Abram’s tithe was not by command of God.

The only similarity between Abram’s tithe and the tithes required of the children of Israel, is that neither Abram, nor the children of Israel, tithed of their monetary income.

Given the biblical fact that no one person in the entire Bible was commanded to tithe his monetary income, why should one believe that God expects tithes of monetary income of Christians today?

Those who use Malachi 3:10 as their reason for tithing their monetary income are not even obeying Malachi 3:10.

Malachi 3:10 was speaking of the tithe required by the Law. Malachi was calling for agricultural tithes to be brought to the storehouse, not monetary tithes.

An Expected Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 30, 2017)

In examining the text of Genesis 14:16-20, it appears as if Abram’s tithe of war spoils was expected by Melchizedek.

Melchizedek left his kingdom in Salem to travel to the other side of the Dead Sea to meet Abram in the Valley of Shaveh more than thirty (30) miles away.

Melchizedek carried with him, bread and wine to offer to Abram. Abram did not give tithes of the spoils that he had recovered in war until after Melchizedek spoke a blessing over him and gave him bread and wine.

If Abram’s tithe was an “act of faith” as many ministers in our pulpits claim today, wouldn’t it stand to reason that Abram would have given the tithes BEFORE the refreshments of bread and wine and the spoken blessing…not AFTER?

Notice that after receiving bread and wine, along with a blessing, Abram returned a blessing along with the tithe of the spoils of war.

What happened that day in Shaveh appears to have been an exchange; blessing for blessing, tithes for refreshing. Was it an ‘act of faith” as many would have us to believe? or, was it an act of expectation?

If one knew the custom of warriors and kings in the days of Abram, one would say it was most likely the latter rather than the former.

Abram’s tithe was expected of him…but not by God.

The Proper Attitude of Giving
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 19, 2018)
The proper attitude of giving can be seen in Acts 4:32-37…
Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
Acts 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Notice that the community of Believers who had land and property did not hear a sermon telling them they must sell their lands and properties. Nor were they told they must give of their money to the newly converted Believers in Christ Jesus.
No…they saw a need and voluntarily sold land and property to help meet that need. No dictated percentage. No coercion from the apostles. No guilt or fear tactics employed whatsoever.
When one allows the Spirit of God to rule one’s heart, he will give simply out of love for those who lack; wanting to see those who lack or are in poverty to thrive.
The apostle Paul encouraged the faithful brethren at Corinth to have that same attitude in their giving, when he wrote:
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.

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