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.