Putting God First
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 12, 2018)

If a person living in the United States of America is placing ten percent of his money into the collection plate as it is passed in front of him on Sunday morning, believing it to be “God’s tithe,” then he is putting his pastor first…not God.

Leviticus 27:30-33 states that God’s tithe is to be agricultural.
The pastor says God’s tithe is money.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 states that God’s tithe is not to be observed until you are living in the land of Canaan as a citizen.
Pastor says tithes are to be observed in the United States of America.

Numbers 18:21-23 states that God’s tithe is to be given to the biblical patriarch Levi and to his bloodline descendants.
Pastor says he is God’s authorized tithe collection representative.

Numbers 18:21-23 & Nehemiah 10:37-38 state that the congregation is not to tithe directly to the House of God.
Pastor says that the congregation is to tithe to the House of God.

Deuteronomy 26:12 states that the congregation is to give the tithe the third year.
Pastor says the tithe is to be given every week.

Malachi 3:10 is not speaking of a monetary tithe. Nor is it saying to tithe to a church in the United States of America…it is speaking of the agricultural tithe required by Law.

It is clear that, in the matter of tithes, God is not “first”…the pastor is. It is the pastor’s word that people are yielding to…not God’s.

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.