July 2020

Will You Stop Being Disobedient to God?
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 29, 2020)

The Webster’s 1913 Dictionary defines the word “disobedience” as “Neglect or refusal to obey; violation of a command or prohibition”

So, in order for one to be guilty of disobedience in tithing, there first must be a command given concerning tithing. Are you aware of

a) what God’s commanded tithe is?
b) where God’s commanded tithe is to be taken to?
c) to whom God’s commanded tithe is to be given?

The answers to all of these questions are in your Bible. If you study your Bible well, you will discover that

1. God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, not monetary. This means that if you are attempting to obey God’s tithe command, but tithing money…you are disobedient to God in tithing.

2. God’s commanded tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem. This means that if you are attempting to obey God’s tithe command, but are not taking His tithe to Jerusalem…you are disobedent to God in tithing. (note: Numbers 18:21-22 reveals that God did not even what the members of the congregation approaching the House of God with their tithes; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 reaffirm this prohibition)

3. God’s comanded tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. This means that if you are attempting to obey God’s tithe command, but are not giveing the tithe to bloodline descendants of Levi…you are disobedient to God in tithing.

I yielded to the pastor’s calls for monetary tithes for the first nine years of my Christian walk. But in 1988, God showed me through His word that, while I was obedient to the pastor’s call for monetary tithes, at the same time I was disobedient to God in tithing. It was then that I stopped yielding to the call for monetary tithes altogether. I did not want God to see me as a disobedient child.

Will you stop being disobedient to God also?

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.

How to Emulate Abram in Tithing
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 21, 2020)

Many, in their zeal to defend tithing in the Body of Christ quote John 8:39, which states:

John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

They say that if we are Abraham’s seed, we will do the works of Abraham. So how did Abraham tithe? How do we emulate Abraham in tithing. Let’s look at the Biblical text to shed some light on Abraham’s tithe, shall we?

Genesis 14:8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;
Genesis 14:9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.
Genesis 14:10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
Genesis 14:11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.
Genesis 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.
Genesis 14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
Genesis 14:15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
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.

There is no record of Abraham tithing before the events recorded in Genesis 14. Therefore, in order to emulate Abraham in tithing, we must pattern our tithing after the manner in which Abraham tithed.

a) wait until a relative of ours is kidnapped
b) assemble a small army to pursue the kidnappers of our relative
c) kill those who kidnapped our relative
d) recover any and all properties that were stolen by those we kill
e) go to an open valley to meet with dignitaries
f) give a tenth of the recovered properties that we recovered to any dignitary we choose to give it to.
g) return the remainder of the recovered properties to their rightful owners (minus what may have been eaten by our small army)
h) encourage the rightful owners of the recovered properties to reward those who joined us in our pursuit of the kidnappers of our relative.
i) not tithe our own property

If your tithe observance is not observed in the manner listed in points ‘a-i’ abouve, then you are not emulating Abraham in the tithe and should not be claiming that you are. Nor should you be insisting that others emulate Abraham in tithing since you are not emulating him yourself.

In Matthew 23:3, Jesus said: “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” In this verse, Jesus was speaking of obeying scribes and Pharisees. He said to do what they ask, but not to do what they say they do. Because they say they do things, but don’t actually do them

There is application for the Body of Christ as well. Those that say they emulate Abraham in tithing do not emulate Abraham in tithing thought they clam they do. When they say we should emulate Abraham in tithing, we should dismiss their orders.

History Repeats Itself
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 08, 2020)

“And yet, disgusting as it is to see Christian princes in this field more inhuman than any pagan tyrants ever were, yet this is a little less outrageous than the fact that among our priests also, in whose eyes all money ought to be quite worthless and whose duty it is freely to share the endowments they have so freely received, everything has its price, nothing is free. Think of the storms they raise over those famous tithes of theirs, how hatefully they oppress wretched common people! You cannot be baptized, which means that you cannot become a Christian unless you pay cash; such are the splendid auspices under which you enter the portals of the Church.” – Erasmus; “The Adages of Erasmus” p.122, 1946; Translation by William Barker

The injustices, oppressions, and suppressions of the church in Erasmus’ day are also prevalent today. In our modern apostate church, pastors won’t even ordain a man who feels God has called him into the ministry if he is not consistent and faithful in forking over a tenth of his money to the church.

A demand never put upon His apostles in the Bible. He called them, prepared them, and sent them to preach the Gospel…He never demanded they pay Him ten percent of their money or they would not be sent.

Many a person will not even enter the doors of a church building because, “They’re just after my money.” Many a person has been removed from church membership roles because they failed to tithe.

Jesus rightly warned of ravening wolves (extortioners) in Matthew 7:15. The apostle Paul told the Elders at Ephesus that “grievous wolves would rise among them, not sparing the flock.” We are seeing those ravening, grievous wolves more and more. The flock is not spared.

They are money-hungry extortioners masquerading as “men of God.”