October 2019


By What Standard?
by Ronald W Robey
October 27, 2019)


I’ve heard wind drinkers claim that Proverbs 23:31-32 is not a command for total abstinence of alcohol. They readily attest to the fact that Ephesians 5:18 says not to get drunk, but claim that Proverbs 23:31-32 is only a command not to drink alcohol any more once you see the wine moving on its own.

News Flash…

If you see something moving that is not moving after drinking alcohol…that is a good indication that you are already “drunk”.

Of course, their argument then becomes nonsensical, in that, If they are seeing something moving on its own after consuming alcohol…they are already violating Ephesians 5:18…

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

One may say, “I don’t get drunk by one glass of alcohol.” My question is, “By whose standards do you measure what drunkenness is? By United States Law? By your own conscience? or by the word of God. If we allow the word of God to define drunkenness, it must be way lower than the Law or our own conscience thinks.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Since God’s word says, “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright”, and the verse is clearly not saying drink until you see something moving that isn’t supposed to be moving..I’d say God’s definition of “drunkenness” is much lower than man thinks it is.

Abraham’s Tithe…Let’s Be Honest
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 24, 2019)

Read the text of Genesis 14:16-24 carefully.

Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
Genesis 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.
Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
Genesis 14:21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
Genesis 14:22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
Genesis 14:23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
Genesis 14:24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

Then, answer the following questions…

1. Does the text of Genesis 14:16-24 say that Abraham paid tithes of his employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income?

2. Does the text of Genesis 14:16-24 say that Abraham paid tithes of his personal wealth?

3. Does the text of Genesis 14:16-24 say that Abraham was commanded to tithe?

4. Does the text of Genesis 14:16-24 say that because Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, others are obligated to tithe their employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income?

If you are honest with the Biblical text, you will answer “NO” to all four questions. And here is why…

a) Abraham was not employed by anyone to go to battle against the wicked kings so therefore the “goods” that Abraham tithed from were not his wages.

b) Abraham did not carry any of his personal wealth into battle with him, so therefore would not have had any of his personal wealth to give to Melchizedek as tithe.

c) The “tithes of all” that Abraham gave to Melchizedek (v.20) was in reference to all the goods of Sodom and Lot that Abraham recovered at Hobah. (v.16)

d) Abraham did not own any of the recovered goods that he tithed from. He had promised God that he would not claim any of the recovered goods as his own property.

e) There is no mention of a command in the Biblical text. Abraham had set off on a mission to rescue his nephew Lot. (v.14) Not by command, but because of family bond.

An Unmerited Blessing
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 19, 2019)

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

The “tithe” Malachi 3:10 is calling for is agricultural…not monetary; the “house” Malachi is referring to is the Temple in Jerusalem…not a church building; and the “storehouse” Malachi was speaking of was a three-tiered structure attached to the Temple in Jerusalem…not a church bank account.

Giving ten percent of my money to the local church I attend or am a member of is not obedience to the instruction given in Malachi 3:10, so why should I claim the blessing of Malachi 3:10-12 when I have not even obeyed the instruction given in Malachi 3:10? I haven’t earned the blessing. The blessing is for obedience…not disobedience.

If the Church is the Storehouse
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 06, 2019)



Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Although Malachi was speaking of a specific storehouse, i.e the three-tiered structure attached to the outer walls of the Temple in Jerusalem, (see 1 Kings 6; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6) many church leaders today claim that “the local church building is the storehouse.”. If these church leaders are correct when they say the local church is the storehouse for God’s tithes, then this raises a couple questions:

1. If the local church building is the storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, why are the church leaders not storing the tithes in the local church building that they claim is the storehouse?

2. Instead of storing tithes in the building that they claim to be the storehouse, why are the church leaders taking the “tithes” they collect to a separate building in their city where pagans do their business transactions?

3. Where in the Bible does God say the worlds banks are to house His tithe?

4. If the world’s banks are the actual storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, and the congregation is told to “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” shouldn’t all members of the congregation be told to take the tithe to the world’s bank instead of to the local church building?

5. If the world’s banks are the actual storehouse where God’s tithe is to be stored, and the congregation is told to “bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” shouldn’t all members of the congregation be given full access to the bank account where the “tithes” are being stored?

If the local church is the storehouse for God’s tithes, then these pastors who remove, from the church property, the tithes they collect on behalf of God are guilty of the very act that Malachi rebuked the Priests of Israel in Malachi 3:8-9 for…robbing God in tithes and offerings.

Just as the Priests of Israel had robbed God by removing the tithes from the storehouse in Malachi’s day, many church leaders today are also guilty of robbing God when they remove the tithes from that which they purport to be “the storehouse for God’s tithes” and take those “tithes” to the world’s bank. (if, indeed, the church is the storehouse)

Church leaders, if you claim that “the local church is the storehouse,” then the admonition for you is, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse from which your removed them,” just as the Priests of Israel were admonished to do in Malachi 3:10. You are guilty of the very thing that you often accuse the non tither’s in your congregations of…

…robbing God! (if the local church building is the storehouse as you claim)

But the Bible itself proves that the church is not the storehouse. Therefore, the admonition I give to pastors who have handled the word of God deceitifully and are successfully extorting money from their congregations through that lie is…

…REPENT!

Stop lying to your flock about a tithe that God never endorsed, nor commanded them to give. Preach God’s word…not yours.

Noble, Wise, and Just
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 06, 2019)

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

A little over 8 years ago, I was voted out of a church for teaching what the Bible says about tithing. (it doesn’t say what many people are made to believe)

Context of Malachi 3:10 reveals that Malachi was calling for the tithes and offerings that were required by the Mosaic Law. (see Malachi 3:7; 4:4) He was calling for a return to God’s ordinances.

The fact that Malachi was calling for a return to God’s ordinances should cause people to look into the Pentateuch to ascertain exactly what God said concerning His commanded tithe. Malachi would not have called for any other tithe to be brought to the House of God than the tithe God decreed was to be brought. Nor would Malachi have told anyone who God expressly said were not to take their tithe to the House of God to tithe to the House of God. Therefore, two questions must be asked and the answers to those questions searched in the Scriptures:

1. What did God say was to be His tithe in the ordinances?
2. Who did God say was to tithe to the House of God in His ordinances?

When you search the Scriptures for the answer, as the men of Berea did in Acts 17:11, the answer to these questions may surprise you.

¹There are only 14 verses in the entire Bible that tell us the elements of God’s commanded tithe. God’s commanded tithe was to be

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)

Therefore, Malachi would not have been calling for a tithe of man’s monetary income. He would not have told man to return to God’s ordinances in 3:7 and then told man to transgress the ordinances by bringing tithes that God never commanded.

² Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 reveal that the congregation was not to take tithes to the House of God. The congregation was to give the tithes of the land (Leviticus 27:30) to the Levites, (Numbers 18; Nehemiah 10) and the Levite was to take a tithe of the tithes he received to the House of God.

That’s right…not all the tithes of the congregation was to go to the House of God…only ten percent of ten percent was to be taken to the House of God. And only the Ministerial Staff of the House of God could take take that tithe of a tithe to the House of God…no one else!

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

To be noble is to search the Scriptures. To be wise is to understand the Scriptures instruct. To be just is to walk accordingly. If you are a member of the congregation and have not searched the Scriptures to ascertain what they say concerning God’s commanded tithe, and you are taking tithes to a building commonly referred to as “the House of God,” you are walking contrary to the noble, wise, and just.

No Other Building
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 03, 2019)

Argument: “All your tithes and offerings belong to your local assembly, God’s storehouse, not sent to false prophets.”

Rebuttal: “I’ve yet to find the Scripture that says that “your local assembly is the storehouse where God’s tithe is to be taken.” Where is that verse?

Two important questions must be asked at this point:

1. If, as you allege, your local assembly is in fact the storehouse where God’s tithe is to be taken , why is what you allege to be God’s tithe not stored at your local assembly?

2. Why do you take what you allege to be “God’s tithe” to a bank where the pagans do business transactions instead of keeping it in what you allege to be “God’s storehouse”?

The only storehouse God approved for storing His tithe in the Bible was a three-tiered structure attached to the Temple in Jerusalem. God named no other building in the Bible as His tithe storehouse.

If the Government Criminalized the Monetary Tithe Requirement Doctrine
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 03, 2019)

According to the Bible, God’s commanded tithe is to be agricultural…not money. Therefore, monetary tithing should be considered to be a criminal offense.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary 8th Edition, ©2005 extortion is defined 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.”

Pastors are taking money from the members of the congregation, with the consent of the members, through the use of fear tactics, such as, (but not limited to) “God will get His money through Hospital bills”. They also claim “official right” to take tithes of the members. Therefore, the doctrine that “God requires that you give Him ten percent of your employment wages/government benefits/household income” is indeed an act of extortion that is being committed within the four walls of many religious institutions around the world today.

The punishment? Well, since the pastors rely on verses under the Law to bolster their doctrinal error, (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42) then a punishment from the same Law that his error was taught should be the proper punishment for the offending pastors…

Leviticus 6:2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;
Leviticus 6:3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:
Leviticus 6:4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
Leviticus 6:5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
Leviticus 6:6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

The offending pastors should be required to pay back the monies they extorted from their congregations at 20% interest for each offense.

Romans 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;