Hard Truth
by Ronald W Robey
(written June 14, 2019)

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

What most people don’t know about Matthew 7:15 is, Jesus was warning of people who seem to be legit men of God but are actually extortioners

The word “ravening” is translated from the Greek word “harpax.” It means, “preying with rapacity” Rapacity is the act of extortion.

What is extortion, you may ask? Black’s Law Dictionary defines extortion as “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.”

So, how is a pastor an extortioner? The truth is, not all are. It is only those who teach their congregations that “God requires you to give Him a tenth of your monetary income.” God never said such in the Bible, and He never gave pastors “official right” (see the last part of Black’s definition above)

These monetary tithe requirement pastors fit the very definition of the word “extortion”…they take property (money) from another (members of the congregation, with their consent, using Malachi 3:8-10 out of context, telling the congregation that if they don’t tithe, they are guilty of thievery and cursed by God (induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear,) and through deceitful handling of the word of God they bewitch members of their congregation to believe that they are God’s Official Tithe Collection Representatives. (under color of official right)

If only the members of the congregation would study every passage in the Bible where God’s commanded tithe is mentioned they would discover that God’s commanded tithe was to come from agricultural increase…not from man’s money.

God’s commanded tithe is

a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)

The doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the word of God. It cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s holy word. This means that pastors who convince their congregations that they are required by God to tithe their monetary income and that the pastor has the right to collect that tithe on behalf of God is not a legit man of God…

…He is an extortioner.

So, what does the Bible say about such pastors?

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.

Extortioners will not find eternal life in Christ. Christ doesn’t even know them as joint-heirs with Him. If you don’t want to see your pastor rejected by God when he stands in judgment before God, you need to stop yielding to the lie of the monetary tithe requirement and tell him to stop lying about an alleged monetary tithe requirement. If he continues to preach the lie, then it is time to remove him from the pastorate and replace him with a minister of truth.

God’s church is not built on lies…it is built on truth. If you love to hear lies preached, then you don’t love God or his church. Hard truth, but needed to be said.