September 2019


Have Some Respect, Will You?
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 30, 2019)

We should not pay tithes our own way. If we are going to submit to God’s command to tithe, we should be tithing God’s way…not our own way.

So, going by the way that the Bible says God’s tithe should be paid, then we must

1. inherit land in the land of Canaan. Numbers 18:21-26
2. move into the land of Canaan to live there as a citizen of that land. Deuteronomy 12:10-11
3. tithe only from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds in the land of Canaan. Leviticus 27:30,32
4. give our tithe to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, to widows, to the fatherless, and to foreigners in the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 14:27-29; 26:12
5. Eat a tithe in Jerusalem at the end of every harvest. Deuteronomy 14:22-26

God never said in His word that pastors living outside of the land of Canaan are to be His Authorized Tithe Collection Representatives. Nor did God say in His word that church buildings erected outside of the land of Canaan are to be His Authorized Tithe Collection Agencies.

If we are going to insist that the word of God commands a tithe, then we should have the decency and respect for the God of the word to tithe in the manner that He decreed His tithe is to be observed.

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.

Tithe Facts
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 29, 2019)

A careful study of the biblical texts on tithing will reveal that the tithe God commanded is not even supposed to be observed outside of the land of Israel.

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

Land?…What land?

Read Deuteronomy 12:10-11. The place to bring the tithes is in the land of Canaan. (called Israel today) Not in other geographical parts of the world.

Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

The “land” Leviticus 27:30 is referring to must be the land of Canaan. For, the children of Israel had been promised that land by God in Genesis 28:12-15 and Jacob vowed to tithe that land in Genesis 28:20-22.

That is why Leviticus 27:30 says the tithe of the land is “holy.” It was set apart by Jacob’s vow three hundred fifty years prior to the children of Israel moving into the land of Canaan.

Further, God’s tithe was to come from agriculture, not money. It was to come from “the seed of the land; the fruit of the tree; every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (see Leviticus 27:30,32)

Even Jesus Christ knew that His Father did not require man to tithe his monetary income/employment wages. Else He would not have told the apostles to use money gained to purchase a sword. (Luke 22:36) Nor would He have told the apostles to sell their possessions and give the money away as alms. (Luke 12:33)

Oh, and the command to bring the tithes into the storehouse? (Malachi 3:10) Malachi is not speaking to the congregation…the congregation is not even supposed to be tithing to the House of God. They were to keep the tithe in their farming communities and give the tithes to Levites who came to collect them. (see Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38) Malachi was calling for a return to the ordinances of God. (Malachi 3:7) He would not have told the congregation to tithe to the House of God. The congregation tithing to the House of God would be breaking the ordinances that He had just said to return to.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Malachi 1:1,6-7 & 2:1 hold the answer. He was speaking to the Priests. They had stolen the tithes and offerings. God was telling them to return them.

Pastors have no business preaching a monetary tithe requirement. Such a requirement is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible.

Unknown Tongues?…NOT!
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 21, 2019)

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Acts 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Acts 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Interpret 1 Corinthians 14:2 in light of the fact that the tongues given in Acts were known languages.

1 Corinthians 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.

The word “unknown” is in italics. Meaning, the word “unknown was not in the original text. The word “him” is also in italics. So, 1 Corinthians 14:2 actually reads:

“For he that speaketh in a tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

The word “tongues” in Acts 2:4 and the word “tongue” in 1 Corinthians 14:2 are translated from the same Greek word, “glossa”. It means, “a language; one unnaturally acquired.” The tongue itself is not unnatural, it is the way it was acquired that was unnatural. They were speaking in tongues that were known languages, but they did not acquire them through study of the languages.

1 Corinthians 14:2 is not saying that tongues are an unknown language. When it says no man understandeth, it is speaking of how the person is able to speak in the tongue…just as those in Acts 2 did not understand how men who were not from their countries were able to speak their languages.

Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
Acts 2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
Acts 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

To say that the tongues mentioned in Acts 2 or 1 Corinthians 14 are an otherworldly language is grievous error.

No Tithes, No Heaven
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 21, 2019)

“No Tithes, No Heaven!”

Imagine my shock when I was told this just a few house ago by a man who believes that we are required to tithe our money.

Let’s roll with the above statement made by the tither for just few moments, shall we?

Let’s just suppose that if the tither is correct that those who do not tithe will not enter Heaven…what then will become of those who do not tithe their money?

According to the tither,

“Not paying tithes = Transgressing God’s commandment”, and,
“Transgressing God’s commandment=sin”, and
“Wages of all sin=Hell fire”

Now, if this particular tither is correct that those who do not tithe end up in Hell, then we must conclude that Jesus Christ and His apostles must be in Hell and not in Heaven. After all, they did not tithe their monetary gain.

Notice:

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Matthew 17:25 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?
Matthew 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Matthew 17:27 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.

What does the above text from the Gospel of Matthew say was done with the money gained from fishing? It was given to “they that received tribute money.” Who were “they that received tribute money”?

There are two streams of thought among the top Bible commentators:

1. “They that receive tribute money” is referring to Roman soldiers who occupied Jerusalem at the time, and the tribute was a Roman Tax imposed on the Israelites.

2. “They that receive tribute money” is referring to Jewish leaders and the tribute was the atonement offering commanded in Exodus 30:15-16…

“Exodus 30:15-16 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls. And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

It is clear in that Jesus and His apostles did not give any of that money gained in Matthew 17:24-27 as tithe…they gave it either to Roman soldiers or to Jewish leaders. It was either a tax imposed by Caesar, or it was the required atonement offering commanded by God.

Conclusion: If we are going to Hell for not tithing money as claimed by the tither, then we will be in good company…Jesus and His apostles did not tithe their money either.

God Chose the Place
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 14, 2019)

Question: “Why don’t you just obey Malachi 3:10 and tithe?

My answer: Why not believe the Bible when it says that the place to to take tithes would be a place that God chose to place His name? (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety; Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

Does the Bible say that the place that God chose to place His name is Cleveland, Mississippi? No! It says the place God chose to place His name was Jerusalem. (2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

2 Chronicles 6:5-6 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Tithes are to be taken to the place God chose…not the place man chooses.

Obey Malachi 3:10? You aren’t obeying Malachi 3:10 yourself. As a matter of fact, since the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70, no one is obeying Malachi 3:10 today.

Willing to Change
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 06, 2018)

I see verses in the Bible that say God’s 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)

However, I have yet to find a verse in the Bible that says that

af) money

is to be tithed to the House of God. If you know of such a verse, please post it as I am willing to change my teachings to reflect what the verse teaches.

Thanks in advance.

Disobedient!
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 01, 2019)

I daresay, not one person living outside of the land of Israel 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. 27:30-33. They 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. 12:10-11. They, of course, are in other parts of the world.

3. God said to give the tithe to bloodline descendants of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26. They 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. 18:21-22; Ne. 10:29,37-38. They take their tithe to the place of worship

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

6. God said not to eat a tithe every third year, but to give it to widows, orphans, foreigners, and Levites that year. De. 14:27-29; 26:12-17 They give tithes to their place of worship instead.

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

When you attempt to obey God in the tithe, but do not tithe in the manner He decreed in His word, it is as if you have not tithed at all.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

When an honestly mistaken person is given the truth and rejects the truth, that person is

1. No longer mistaken
2. No longer honest.