November 2019


90-Day Scam
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 30, 2019)

Many churches around the world are presenting to their congregations a “90-Day Tithe Challenge”. The “challenge” goes like this…

“Commit to tithing to this church for 90 days. If at the end of 90 days, you fell God has not blessed you, we will return your money that you gave as tithe in that period back to you.”

The fact that they offer a “refund” if you feel you have not been blessed should raise red flags and tell a person that the “90-Day Tithe Challenge” is a scam.

Where in the Bible did anyone offer a money-back-guarantee if a tither did not feel blessed? As a matter of fact, where in the Bible did God ever command man to give Him a tenth of his money?

The fact is, there is not one Bible verse that says the congregation is to tithe their money to the House of God. God even decreed in the Law that the congregation was not to tithe to the House of God…only the Levitic tribe in the land of Canaan was to tithe to the House of God.

Pastors have been handling the word of God deceitifully and preaching a tithe to their congregations that is totally foreign to the pages of God’s holy word. God isn’t demanding tithes from church members today…ravening wolves are.

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

The word “ravening” in Matthew 7:15 is translated from the Greek, “harpax”. It means, “preying with rapacity”. Rapacity is the act of extortion. Pastors are extorting money from members of their congregations through lies such as “God requires you to tithe your employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income” and gimmicks such as the “90-Day Tithe Challenge”.

Challenge? I challenge pastors to stop teaching the monetary tithe requirement lie; (a doctrine that is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible) stop teaching gimmicks, such as the “90-Day Tithe Challenge”; and begin teaching the truth as it is written in the Bible.

Have You Truly Studied Tithing in the Bible?
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 26, 2019)

Your Bible study on tithes should not stop when you discover that God commands tithes.

You should continue to study your Bible to find out

a) who God said was required to tithe
b) what God said was to be tithed
c) where God said His tithe is to be observed
d) to whom God said His tithe is to be given
e) when God said His tithe is to be given
f) why God said to tithing was to be done
g) how many tithes God said were to be given

If you have not discovered the answers to questions “a-g” above, then you have not properly studied God’s biblical tithes. Further, if you have not discovered the answers to questions “a-g” above, you more than likely are not even tithing in the manner God decreed His tithes are to be observed.

If you believe the answers to the questions “a-g” above are any one or all of the commonly given answers below

a) Christians
b) money
c) your local church building
d) your pastor at your local church building
e) whenever you get paid at your place of employment or whenever you receive your monthly government benefits check
f) so that your local church has electricity, running water, and teaching supplies
g) one

then you have not properly studied the Bible and have been improperly taught.

Study your Bible! The answers are in there.

Guilty Pastors
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 26, 2019)

Malachi 3:8-10 is often used to preach fear, guilt and condemnation to members of the New Covenant church that fail to give ten percent of their employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income to the church they attend or are members of. But is that really what Malachi is saying in the passage? Let’s look at the Scriptures, shall we?

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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.

When you isolate the above three verses from their context, the passage can be used to preach fear, guilt, and condemnation to those who do not tithe. Now, let’s look at the context. Back up to Malachi 3:7

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

Notice that God was calling for a return to His ordinances. God’s tithe ordinance stated that

a) tithes were to be agricultural (Leviticus 27:30,32)
b) the congregation was not to begin observing the tithe until they crossed the river Jordan and entered the land of Canaan to live there (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)
c) the congregation was forbidden to tithe to the House of God (Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

This means that

a) Malachi 3:10 cannot be speaking of monetary tithes
b) Malachi cannot be speaking of a church building outside of the land of Canaan
c) Malachi cannot be speaking to the congregation

Malachi would not be calling for a return to the Law and then telling people to transgress the Law by

a) tithing money
b) tithing in a land outside of Canaan
c) telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God

Conclusion:

When a pastor uses Malachi 3:10 to preach guilt, fear, and condemnaiton to members of his flock that are not tithing their employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income, that pastor is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

Further, context shows Malachi was speaking to Israel

Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

specifically, to the Priests of Israel

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

The Priests of Israel had removed that which was clean from the House of God and replaced it with that wich was unclean. And God sent His servant Malachi to rebuke the Priests and to order the Priests return that which they had stolen

Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

The command, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” was given to the Priests of Israel…not to the congregation.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 4:2 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.

You Can’t Cherry-Pick
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 19, 2019)

Attempting to obey God’s command to tithe, but ignoring God’s command that the tithe be

a) agricultural crops, flocks, and herds (Lev. 27:30,32; Deut. 12:17; 14:22-23,26; 2 Chr. 31:6; Neh. 10:37; 12:44; 13:5,12; Mal. 3:10; Matt 23:23; Lu. 11:42)

b) observed only after becoming a citizen of the land of Canaan (Deut. 12:10-11)

c) given to the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi; to widows; to orphans; and to foreigners living in the land of Canaan (Deut. 26:12-17)

d) taken to the House of God in Jerusalem (Deut. 12:10-11; 2 Chr. 6:5-6; Mal. 3:10)

Is not obedience to God’s command to tithe at all.  As the apostle James rightly said, For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10)

You can’t cherry-pick from the tithe commands the parts that you like and ignore the rest of the tithe commands. 

Guilty of One, Guilty of All
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 18, 2019)

According to the Bible, the church is not authorized to receive God’s tithes. If what is written in the Law still applies, then God’s tithe is only to be taken to Jerusalem…nowhere else.

Now, one might say that we are no longer under the Law but under Grace. And this is true. However, just because we are under Grace does not mean we can transgress the Law.

The apostle John wrote in his first epistle, “My little children, I write unto you that you sin not.” To paraphrase, John said, “Don’t sin!” So, what is sin? Well, John later explains in the same epistle, “Sin is the transgression of the Law.”

Now, the Law said that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem…not to a local church building in another geographical location in the world. But here’s the thing…God’s Law also says that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with their tithe. I kid you not. Read Numbers 18:21-22. It says that the congregation could not approach the Tabernacle with their tithes. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 later confirms that the same command applied to the Temple.

God never amended His word to say that the congregation can now take tithes to a religious institution doing business as a “church”. Each time you open your Bible, it will still say that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.

This means that each time a member of the congregation takes tithes to their local church…they are actually guilty of transgressing the Law. (again, tithes are supposed to be taken to Jerusalem…not to your local church) And, as the apostle James said, “If you are guilty of one point of the Law, you are guilty of all.”

The church can operate on voluntary contributions. Members who are taught properly will contribute out of love rather than by force.