Do Not Fall Prey to Extortion
by Ronald W Robey
(written June 10, 2019)

When you tithe money in response to a preacher saying that Malachi 3 is instruction for you to tithe your money, you are not putting God first…you are putting man first.

God said His tithe is to be agricultural…not money. Man says tithes are to be money.

I stopped tithing my monetary income in 1988, when I realized that I, and thousands of other preachers, had been preaching God’s tithe erroneously..

I, like many others, preached that Malachi 3:8-10 was an indictment against the saved in Christ who do not tithe. I preached that the congregation was to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.” The storehouse being the church.

But I was wrong to do so. And here is why I was wrong…

If you back up to Malachi 3:7 and read it, you will discover that God is calling for a return to His ordinances. Do you know what God’s tithe ordinance says?

1. They are to be agricultural. Le. 27:30,32 (a portion of the crop tithes could be bought back once given, Le. 27:31; animal tithes could not be bought back, Le. 27:33)
2. They are to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26
3. They are not to be given until you are a citizen of the land of Canaan. De. 6:1-3; 12:10-11
4. The congregation is not to take tithes to the House of God. Nu. 18:21-26 (carefully notice verse 22, which is parked in the context of the tithe command)
5. A tithe is to be carried to Jerusalem, eaten with your family, and shared with bloodline descendants of Levi. De. 14:22-27
6. A tithe is to be kept in your city every third year and given to bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners. De. 14:28-29; 26:12-17

Back to Malachi…

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said the congregation was not to approach the House of God with tithes, Malachi 3:10 cannot be telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God. He would not tell the congregation to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by bringing tithes to the House of God.

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said that agriculture was God’s commanded tithe, Malachi 3:10 cannot be saying to tithe money. He would not tell anyone to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by bringing money as tithe.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Context holds that answer. Read the entire previous two chapters leading up to chapter three, and the verses in the third chapter leading up to verse 10. They reveal that the Levitic line of Priests, aka Aaronic Priests, were robbing God by offering unclean animals on the altar and keeping the clean animals for themselves, (1:6-14) and God was commanding them to return to the ordinances. (2:1;3:7)

When pastors teach that Malachi is calling for the congregation to tithe money, they are teaching the exact opposite of what Malachi is actually teaching.

Not once in the entire Bible is man told to give a tenth (tithe) of his money to the House of God. May all be diligent in studying the word of God so that they do not fall prey to pastors who handle the word of God deceitfully. May they be wise in the word and not fall prey to extortioners in the pulpit.

“Extortion: 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. – Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”