November 2020


If You Want to Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 29, 2020)

Question: “Can I give God’s tithe to people in need on the street? Or does God’s tithe have to be taken to my local church building?”

Answer: God laid specific guidelines out in the Bible as to how His commanded tithe is to be observed.

First and foremost, His tithe is to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30,32

Secondly, those who are required by God to tithe are to move to the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 12:10-11

Thirdly, the majority of people that God commanded to tithe are not to take their tithe to the House of God, but are to give their tithe to the Levitic tribe. (note: a person can only be a Levite by being born a biological descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi) Only the Levitic tribe was commanded by God to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

It was only every third year that God said tithes are to be given to people who were not Levites. (yes, they were to give tithes to the Levite as well) Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-17

Giving a tenth (tithe) of your money is not obedience to God in the tithe. Giving tithes in your church building that is not in the land of Canaan is not obedience to God in the tithe. Giving tithes on a street outside of Canaan is not obedience to God in the tithe.

In order to obey God in the tithe, one must follow the guidelines governing the observance of God’s commanded tithe that God set forth in His word. To attempt to obey God in the tithe but not follow the guidelines God set forth in His word is actually failure at obeying God in the tithe.

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

Why Context is Important
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 23, 2020)

Why context is important…

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.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for Christians to tithe, when Malachi 1:1 says that Malachi is speaking to Israel, not Christians?

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

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:8-9 is an accusation against Christians, when Malachi 1:6-14 says that Malachi is accusing 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.
Malachi 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
Malachi 1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for Christians, when Malachi 2:1 says that the command is for the Priests of Israel?

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

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for the saved in Christ, when Malachi 3:6 reveals that Malachi is speaking to sons of Jacob?

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is saying to tithe money, when Malachi 3:7 is calling for a return to God’s ordinances and God’s tithe ordinance said that tithes are to be agricultural, not monetary?

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?

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.
Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for the congregation to bring their tithes to the House of God, when Malachi 3:7 is calling for a return to God’s ordinances and God’s tithe ordinance said that the congregation is not to go near the House of God with their tithes?

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for the congregation to bring their tithes to the House of God, when Malachi 3:7 is calling for a return to God’s ordinances and God’s tithe ordinance said that God only commanded the Levitic tribe to tithe to the House of God?

Nehemiah 10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

How can anyone say that Malachi 3:10 is instruction to take tithes to a church building, when Malachi could not have been speaking of a church building since church buildings never existed in Malachi’s day?

How can anyone think that Malachi is speaking of taking tithes to religious institutions around the world, when God makes it clear in His tithe ordinance that the place to take His tithe is in the land of Canaan?

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:

I suppose when one isolates Malachi 3:10 from its context, one could easily be deceived into believing that Malachi 3:10 is saying anything but what Malachi is actually saying.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye (Priests of Israel; Malachi 1:1,6-14;2:1) all the tithes (agricultural tithes; Leviticus 27:30,32) into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, (Temple in Jerusalem; Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6; 1 Kings 6) 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, (rain; see Genesis 7:11-12; 8:2) that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

That’s why reading Scripture in context is important.

Covenanting to be Deceptive and to Deceive
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 23, 2020)

From the Book, “Storehouse Tithing” by James Andrew Hensey, ©1922, p.5:

“Dedication

To the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, the Mother of Storehouse Tithing, which, when man’s devices failed, took God at His word: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”; thereby not only perpetuating her own ministry but promising to lead the whole church back to the Divine plan, this book is affectionally dedicated.”


The author attributes the origin of the doctrine that giving a tenth of ones monetary income to the House of God to the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1895.

The WCME church was going under due to a financial debt that was more than $80,000 that they just could not seem to meet. That is, not until four families agreed to “bring Gods tithe into the storehouse,” and wrote up a “covenant” for all members of the church to enter into if they wanted to.

The four families were,

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Fraser Clark; (at whose home the families met)
Reverend and Mrs. J.W. Magruder;
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Yerger;
and Mr. and Mrs. William G. Roberts.

The families spent the afternoon discussing how to get out of the great debt that the church was in and were about to go to their respective homes, when William G. Roberts suggested that they all try “God’s Plan: Tithing”.

Each family said they had been giving a tenth of their monetary income to God; part of the tenth to the church, and part to charities. William suggested bringing “the full tenth into the storehouse,” and suggested that they all covenant with him in “God’s Financial Plan for the church” that he was willing to enter himself. And their “covenant” worked.

By 1922, more than 400 members of the WCME denomination had signed this covenant to bring the full tithe into the storehouse, and the church made its way out of debt. The problem? Bringing a tenth of monetary income to the House of God was NEVER “God’s Financial Plan for the church.”

The Bible tells us that the command to tithe was given to the nation of Israel, not to the New Covenant church. Eleven of the twelve tribes of Israel were commanded to give a tenth of their agricultural increase to the twelfth tribe, (the Levitic tribe) for two reasons…

1. Because while the eleven tribes had been given a land inheritance in the land of Canaan, the Levitic tribe was not given a land inheritance. The tithe of the land of Israel was to be their inheritance.
2. The tithe of agricultural increase was due the Levitic tribe for their service in the Tabernacle, and later, the Temple.

As aforementioned, the commanded tithe was to be given to the Levitic tribe from the agricultural increase of the other tribes. This mandate is found in Leviticus 27:30,32.

The eleven tribes were not to take their tithes to the House of God, but were to take their tithes to Jerusalem to give to the Levitic tribe there in Jerusalem. This mandate can be found in Deuteronomy 12:10-11, with Jerusalem being named as the location in 2 Chronicles 6:5-6.

A Priest from the biological bloodline of the Levite Aaron was to be present at the time that the eleven tribes gave their tithes to the Levitic tribe. This mandate can be found in Numbers 18:24-28 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38.

There is not one verse in the entire Bible that says that God requires man to give a tenth of his monetary income to the House of God. Even the Lord Jesus Christ knew that His Father did not require tithes of monetary income, and demonstrated so in the Gospels on more than one occasion. (reference: Matthew 17:24-27; Luke 12:33; 22:36)

The Bible proves that the men of Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal church did not enter into a covenant to observe “God’s Financial Plan for the church,” but entered into a covenant of deception and to deceive others.

God’s Tithe: Where to Take It
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 08, 2020)

God never said that people all over the world are requried to tithe. Nor did God ever say that His tithe is to be taken to a man-made structure referred to as a church building. Nor did God ever say that His tithe is to be stored in a church bank account.

The Bible names only one man-made structure and one geographical location in the entire world where God’s tithe was to be stored…

…the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Location:

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:

2 Chronicles 6:5 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:
2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

The Structure:


1 Chronicles 17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:
1 Chronicles 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
1 Chronicles 17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?
1 Chronicles 17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
1 Chronicles 17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
1 Chronicles 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
1 Chronicles 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
1 Chronicles 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
1 Chronicles 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

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.