Embracing the Lie
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 12, 2012)

Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Without are found dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and WHOSOEVER LOVETH AND MAKETH A LIE.

Throughout the world, there are many preachers who are guilty of “loving and making a lie.” They will stand behind their pulpits and preach a message that is designed to instill a fear of being cursed by God if one does not give ten percent of one’s money to the Church; claiming that God commands the Church members to “tithe” their money.

Their message is a lie, and God’s Word tells us that “whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” will not enter through the gates of God’s eternal city.

The “proof-text” that these “lying” preachers use is found in an address to the Priests of Israel…not to the Church. That passage relates how Israel was cursed because the tithes had been stolen from the “storehouse.”

Friends, these preachers may be preaching their false doctrine because of ignorance: i.e., lack of proper study, or it may be that they know the truth but preach the lie due to greed that is rooted in their hearts.

As I said, the “proof-text” is an address to the Priests of Israel…not to the Church. The tithe being spoken of was not a monetary tithe, it was a tithe of crops, flocks and herds… that which was commanded per the Mosaic Law. According to the Mosaic Law, the congregation of Israel did not take the tithe to the House of God, they took it to the Levites. The Levites, in turn, took a tithe of the tithe to the Tabernacle to be offered up as a heave offering. The Church today doesn’t teach the tithe according to the Word of God…they teach their own tithe…a tithe of money.

Whosoever loveth and maketh a lie… Need any more be said?

Matthew 7:21-23 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. 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Pastors have a responsibility to feed the flock of God, not lies, but the truth as it is written in God’s Holy Word. And the flock has a responsibility to search the Scriptures to see if the things being taught from the pulpit are so. If the flock follows the Biblical command to “prove all things,” and to “hold fast that which is good,” the Church can move onward and upward. But, if they are willingly ignorant of what the Word of God teaches they will never grow… they will never be properly equipped to teach others the truth.

The Church is not being run properly if the leaders are leading by deceit.