May 2019

Selfish Representatives
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 30, 2019)

In the Bible, one hundred percent of God’s commanded tithe was meant to be natural food to sustain

a) bloodline descendants of Levi
b) widows
c) orphans
d) foreigners.

What percentage of the tithes that are being collected in religious institutions around the world today are actually going to feed bloodline descendants of Levi, widows, orphans, and foreigners?

Most pastors will admit that they use the tithes they collect for purposes other than what God’s word says it is to be used for. To clarify, they may tell you what the tithes they collect are used for, but they will not tell you that the Bible never authorized them to use tithes for the purpose that they use them. They will tell you that the majority of the tithes they collect

a) pay church staff salaries
b) pay church utility bills
c) pay for teaching materials
d) pay for equipment
e) maintenance of church grounds and property

A very small percentage of tithes (if any at all) pastors collect from their congregations actually reach the tables of bloodline descendants of Levi, widows, orphans, or foreigners.

Churches claim to be representing God when collecting tithes, yet don’t represent God at all in the collection of tithes. (else they would be collecting agricultural tithes and not money) Nor are they representing God in the distribution of tithes collected. Their idea of “distribution” is “keeping church doors open and salaries. In other words, tithes collected in these religious institutions are dedicated to self-interest, when God’s idea of distribution of tithes was to feed bloodline descendants of Levi, to feed widows, to feed orphans, and to feed foreigners. God’s purpose of tithing was to teach selflessness, not selfishness.

Pastors like to think they are “representatives of God’s tithe,” but they clearly are not representatives at all.

Give Alms…Not Tithes
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 30, 2019)

Not only did Jesus not tithe His monetary gain…

Matthew 17:24-27 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

…He also taught His apostles not to tithe their monetary gain. Instead, He told them to give the monetary gain away in the form of alms for the poor…

Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Apparently, giving monetary gain away in the form of alms to the poor was more preferable to Jesus than giving a tenth of said monetary gain to a religious institution.

Perhaps we should follow His example and give alms with our monetary gain.

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Are You Dead to the Law or a Slave to the Law?
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 23, 2019)

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Galatians 3:24-26 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

The Law is the Schoolmaster that brings people to Christ. If you are a Jew under the Schoolmaster, you have not yet been brought to Christ.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

If you are a Jew under the Law, you have not yet been made righteous by Jesus Christ.

Romans 7:3-4 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Are you dead to the Law or a slave to the Law? If you are either Jew or Gentile and married to Christ, you are dead to the Law and the Law is dead unto you.

Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 22, 2019)

The Baptism that the apostle Peter spoke of in Acts 2:38 was the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It was not water baptism.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

John the Baptist makes it abundantly clear that the Baptism Jesus Christ would impart on mankind would be “with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”. (fire being judgment) Those who never experience the Baptism of the Holy Ghost will certainly be judged

John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

It is my belief that the “breathing” on each of the apostles was to signify the sound the apostles would hear just prior to when the Holy Ghost would fall upon them. And certainly they did hear a sound “as of a rushing mighty wind.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Prior to His ascension to His Father, Jesus Christ instructed the apostles to Baptize people of all nations. The Baptism Jesus was endorsing and instructing the apostles to impart was Holy Ghost Baptism. And in the Upper Room, about one hundred twenty were gathered and received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, giving them the gift to speak in other languages.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Peter’s instruction in Acts after the Gospel was preached to the crowd of spectators that day was for them to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and those that did would receive the gift that the Holy Ghost had for them.

Monetary Tithing: A Biblical Principle?
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 15, 2019)

When one teaches that monetary tithing is a biblical principle, he is teaching a falsehood.

The phrase, “biblical principle” implies that a belief that one holds to and/or teaches is found in the pages of the Bible. Example: living a sanctified life is found in the Bible. It is therefore a biblical principle.

There is not one verse in the entire Bible that says money is to be tithed to the House of God…not one! So, no, monetary tithing is not a biblical principle.

While monetary tithing may be considered a principle in many mainstream religious institutions around the world today, it is a principle that was invented after the canon of Scripture was completed. And since the monetary tithe requirement doctrine contradicts what God’s word says concerning His required tithe, we can know beyond a shadow of doubt that it is not sound doctrine.

Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 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.

Matthew 15:7-9 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

When you teach doctrines that contradict the word of God, you are rebelling against the God of the word.

Biblical Tithe Facts
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 04, 2019)

What is in the Bible concerning tithes:

a) the children of Israel were to tithe their agricultural increase. Leviticus 27:30-34
b) the children of Israel were not to take tithes to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22
c) the children of Israel were to give a tenth of their agricultural increase to the Levitic tribe. Numbers 18:21-26
d) the Levitic tribe was to go to the farming communities to collect tithes from the children of Israel. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
e) a Priest from the Aaronic bloodline had to be present at the time the Levites received their tithes. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
f) the children of Israel could redeem (buy back) a portion of their agricultural crop tithe from the Levitic tribe. Leviticus 27:31
g) the children of Israel could not redeem (buy back) any of their flock and herd tithes. Leviticus 27:33
h) the Levitic tribe was to give a tithe of the tithe they received from the children of Israel to the House of God. Numbers 18:27-28; Nehemiah 10:29, 37-38
i) God only required the Levitic tribe to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
j) the children of Israel were not required to tithe during times of war. Deuteronomy 12:10-11
k) the children of Israel were to go to Jerusalem years one, two, four, and five in a seven year cycle and eat a tithe in the city with all members of their household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 14:27-29; 26:12-17; Leviticus 25:1-6
l) the children of Israel were to give a tithe to widows, to orphans, to foreigners, and to the Levitic tribe in Canaan years three and six in a seven year cycle. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 14:27-29; 26:12-17; Leviticus 25:1-6

What the Bible does not say concerning tithes:

a) that New Covenant churches are authorized Tithe Collection Agencies.
b) that pastors of New Covenant churches are authorized Tithe Collection Representatives.
c) that tithes are to come from man’s employment wages.
d) that members of the congregation of New Covenant churches are to tithe to the church they attend.