January 2019


God Said “Tithe”
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 31, 2019)

God’s word does indeed say “tithe.” However, it also says much more than just “tithe.” You may be obedient to the command to “tithe,” but are you…

1. tithing agriculture? (commanded in Le 27:30-33)

2. living in Canaan? (commanded in De 12:10-11)

3. eating tithes in Jerusalem every year? (commanded in De 14:22-26; 2 Ch 6:5-6)

4. giving a tithe to bloodline descendants of Levi? (commanded in De 14:27-29; 26:12)

5. giving a tithe to widows, orphans, and foreigners and bloodline descendants of Levi every third year? (commanded in De 14:27-29; 26:12)

Further, God’s tithe command states that

a) The Levite is the only person on Earth God authorized to tithe at the place of worship. (Ne 10:37-38)

b) The congregation is not to tithe at the place of worship. Nu 18:21-22; Ne 10:37-38)

There are no other commands concerning the observance of God’s tithe and the elements of God’s commanded tithe in the entire Bible. This means that…

1. If you are tithing money instead of food, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

2. If you are tithing outside of the land of Canaan, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

3. If you are not eating tithes in Jerusalem every year, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

4. If you are not giving tithes to bloodline descendants of Levi, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

5. If you are not giving tithes to widows, orphans, foreigners, and bloodline descendants of Levi ever third year, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

6. If you are not a bloodline descendant of Levi and are tithing at the place of worship, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

7. If you are a member of the congregation and are tithing at the place of worship, you are not obeying God in the tithe.

In Matthew 15:9, Jesus said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Since God’s word says that His tithe is agricultural and to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the land of Canaan…

1. If you are teaching that God’s commanded tithe is money…you are worshiping God in vain.

2. If you are teaching that God requires tithes in any other geographical location than the land of Canaan…you are worshiping God in vain.

3. If you are teaching that God requires the congregation to bring their tithes to the place of worship…you are worshiping God in vain.

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Stop Being Disobedient!
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 31, 2019)

I daresay, not one person in North America is obeying God in the tithe…not even those who are faithfully filling out a tithe envelope week after week.

How can I say this? Because the Bible reveals to me that they are not obeying Him.

1. God’s commanded tithe is to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. Le. 27:30-33They give a counterfeit tithe…they give money.

2. God said His tithe is to not to be observed until you are a citizen of the land of Canaan. De. 12:10-11They, of course, are in North America.

3. God said to give the tithe to bloodline descendants of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26They give it to their pastor who is not a Levite.

4. God said the congregation is not to take tithes to the place of worship. Nu. 18:21-22They take their tithe to the place of worship

5. God said to go to Jerusalem and eat a tithe with your family. De. 14:22-26They don’t take tithes to Jerusalem.

6. God said to give a tithe to widows, orphans, foreigners, and Levites every third year. De. 14:27-29; 26:12They give tithes to their place of worship instead.

It’s time for the church to stop being disobedient in the tithe…or stop tithing altogether.

When an honestly mistaken person is given the truth, that honestly mistaken person has two choices…

1. Stop being mistaken, or
2. Stop being honest.

If Preachers Were Truthful
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 29, 2018)

If,

preachers were truthful with their congregations about God’s holy tithe being agriculture and not money; and If,

preachers were truthful with their congregations about God’s tithe being required of only the children of Israel; and If,

preachers were truthful with their congregation about God saying His holy tithe was to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi; and If,

preachers were truthful with their congregations about God restricting the observance of tithing to the land of Canaan; and If,

preachers were truthful with their congregations about God’s holy tithe being given to the Levite’s yearly and not weekly; and If,

the Institutional Church taught their congregation how that Numbers 18:21-22 says the congregation is not to take their tithes to the House of God; and If

the Institutional Church did not teach Malachi 3:8-10 as being instruction for the New Testament Church; and If,

the Institutional Church taught their congregation that Malachi was calling for a return to the ordinances of God; and therefore Malachi,

could not have been speaking of a monetary tithe in Malachi 3:10; and that Malachi,

could not have been telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God in Malachi 3:10; and If,

the Institutional Church didn’t have empty envelopes labeled “TITHES” in collection plates, on tables, or in the backs of pews; and If,

preachers didn’t tell the congregation that they should tithe their monetary income…

…would the congregation come up with the idea all on their own that money is to be tithed? The fact is, If

the Church Leaders were preaching exactly what the Bible says concerning God’s holy tithe; the congregation

would more than likely never get the idea that God expects them to tithe; they would know that

tithe was for Israel in the land of Canaan only. Why not

teach them voluntary giving out of a heart of love for God and the things of God instead?

Teaching Disobedience
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 25, 2019)

A person can go to his place of religious worship, sit in the pew with the rest of the congregation, slide ten percent of his money into an envelope labelled “GOD’S TITHE”, and drop that envelope in the collection plate as it passes under his nose and he still would not have obeyed the instruction given in Malachi 3.

As a matter of fact, if you have done the aforementioned process, you actually have demonstrated a disobedience to God’s instruction instead.

“How can you say this?”, you may ask? Because the Bible says the same thing.

Up until 1988, I, like many others, used to preach that Malachi 3:8-10 was an indictment against the saved in Christ who do not tithe. I preached that the congregation was to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be meat in Mine House.”

But I was wrong to do so. And here’s why I was wrong…

If one reads Malachi 3:7, he will discover that God is calling for a return to His ordinances. Do you know what God’s ordinances say about tithing?

1. Tithes are to be agricultural. Le. 27:30-33. Verse 31 reveals that a portion of the crop tithes could be bought back once given. Verse 32 reveals that the animal tithes could not be bought back.
2. Tithes are to be given to bloodline descendants of the tribe of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26
3. Tithes are not to be given until you are a citizen of the land of Canaan. De. 12:10-11
4. The congregation is not to take tithes to the House of God. Nu. 18:21-26 (notice particularly verse 22, which is parked in the context of the tithe command)
5. A tithe is to be carried to Jerusalem, eaten by you and your family, and shared with bloodline descendants of Levi. De. 14:22-27
6. A tithe is to be kept in your city every third year and given to bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners. De. 14:28-29; 26:12
Back to Malachi…

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes, Malachi 3:10 cannot be telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God. Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said that God’s commanded tithe is to be agricultural, Malachi 3:10 cannot be saying to tithe money.

Malachi would not be telling people to return to the ordinances in Malachi 3:7 and then immediately tell them to transgress the ordinances just three verses later.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Context holds that answer. Read the entire previous two chapters leading up to chapter three, and the verses in the third chapter leading up to verse 10. They reveal that the Aaronic Priests were the ones guilty of robbing God (1:6-7; 3:8-9) and God was commanding them to return to the ordinances and return things they had stolen from the storehouse. (2:1; 3:10)

When pastors teach that Malachi is calling for the congregation to tithe money, they are teaching the congregation to be disobedient to the instruction in Malachi 3:10. God never gave pastors authority to preach doctrines that contradict His written word.

Not once in the entire Bible is man ever told to give a tenth (tithe) of his monetary wages to the House of God. May all be diligent in studying the word of God so that they do not fall prey to extortion.
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“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; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”


Are You Being Fed Junk Food?
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 02, 2013)

Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

Have you ever wondered why so many have been deceived into believing the monetary tithe requirement lie that is taught from so many pulpits today? Because “where the word of a king is, there is power.”

In many churches around the world, the people of the congregation have lifted their pastors up to the position of “king” in their eyes.

“What the pastor teaches is Gospel,” seems to be the general consensus of the population. “Nobody has the right to question his doctrines!”

But when those doctrines are contrary to the Written Word, those doctrines are to be rejected. The pastor that teaches contrary to what we have been given through inspiration of the Holy Ghost is to be marked and identified as a false prophet.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the Doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.

The pastor has guidelines that he is to adhere to. One of those guidelines is to “preach the Word.”

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Paul did not tell the young Timothy to preach his own opinions and ideas. Rather, he instructed Timothy that he was to “Preach the Word.”

Many pastors, shirk their responsibility to “Feed the flock of God” that which God has given them to feed the flock with.

1 Peter 5:1-4 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

When it comes to lessons in stewardship responsibility, instead of feeding the flock the Word, pastors will bring “junk food” to the pulpit. Food that satisfies the flesh, but is bad for the soul. Food that was processed in the dark kitchen of a vain imagination. And because this “junk food” looks good (remember the forbidden fruit looked good to Eve also?) many will accept it, eat it, and pass it on to others.

Brethren, I encourage you, open your Bibles and read the truth concerning God’s Holy tithe and the tithes of the Old Testament. There are less than fifty verses that deal with tithes in the Word of God. Be as the Bereans of Acts 17; not just concerning tithes, but any message from the pulpit. When you hear a message from the pulpit, write down the Scripture references given in the message. Go home and look up those Scriptures. Search the Scriptures, whether those things are so.

Esteem your pastors, but do not view them as kings who can do no wrong. Remember, in the Word of God every king in ancient Israel was guilty of doing things his way instead of Gods way at one time or another during his rule as king. And when they did things that were contrary to God’s design, God dealt with them harshly. Pastors who teach the monetary tithe are like those kings of old… they are doing things their way instead of God’s. And when a pastor does things his way, he teaches contrary to the Word.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

God expects us to obey Him rather than man. When man teaches that God requires a monetary tithe of the congregation, reject the message… it is junk food. God expects our giving to be from our heart. He does not want a monetary tithe. He has given us instruction to give where we see the need and when we have to give, and to do so willingly and cheerfully.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

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.

Unrepentant Tithe Teachers Die as Fools
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 18, 2019)

Jeremiah 17:11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

The end of the pastor that teaches his congregation that God requires monetary tithing, should he fail to repent, will be that of a fool.

God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, not monetary. Therefore the riches that pastors acquire through their deceitful doctrines are not by right. While God gives ministers who preach the Gospel the right to support, He does not give them the right to lie to their congregations in order to receive support.

Nor is the church to be financed by deceitful means. God’s church is built on the truths written and and spoken by the apostles and prophets; Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone. A church built on lies is built on shaky ground and will one day find itself failing.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Are You Even Aware?
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 16, 2019)

Are you even aware that God’s commanded tithe is not monetary? Read Leviticus 27:30-33. It will tell you that God’s commanded tithe is to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.

Are you even aware that God commanded the children of Israel to tithe and no one else? Read Leviticus 27:30-34 & Psalms 147:19-20. They will tell you that God gave the tithe command to Moses for the children of Israel and that the commands given to Israel were given to no other nation.

Are you even aware that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God? Read Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:37-38. They will tell you that the congregation is to give the tithe to the Levite in the farming communities. The Levite, in turn, is to take the tithe of the tithe to the House of God.

Are you even aware that when the tithe is given a Priest from the bloodline of Aaron must be present? Read Nehemiah 10:37-38. It will inform you that an Aaronic Priest is to be present when the tithe is given.

Are you even aware that Malachi is not speaking to the congregation, when he says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse”? Read Malachi 3:7. It says that God is calling for a return to the ordinances. Since the ordinances said that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes, Malachi cannot be telling the congregation to tithe to the storehouse. Malachi would not tell the congregation to return to the ordinances in 3:7 and then turn around and tell them to transgress the ordinances in verse 10 by bringing their tithes to the storehouse.

So, who is Malachi speaking to? Chapter 1:6-7 & 2:1 tells us exactly who Malachi was speaking to…

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

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

Malachi was speaking to the Priests of Israel…not to the congregation, not to the New Covenant Church. The New Covenant Church is not commanded to keep the Law of Moses. (see Romans 6:14; 10:4; Galatians 3:10,24-25)

Are you even aware that if you do not observe God’s tithe ordinance precisely as it is written in the Bible but fail in just one point of the observance, it is as if you are guilty of not tithing at all? Read James 2:10. It explains that even if you keep the whole Law but fail in one point, you are guilty of not keeping the Law at all.

God never commanded anyone in His word to give a tenth of their money to the House of God. Pastors have handled the word of God deceitfully and invented this monetary tithe requirement and imposed it on the congregation. Free yourself from the yoke of bondage to the man-made doctrinal error called tithing.

God wants you to give. However, He wants you to give as you are able, (2 Corinthians 8:12-13) and as you purpose in your heart to give. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7) Not because it is demanded of you by a deceitful preacher.

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