April 2021


Using the Law Lawfully
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 25, 2021)

In the apostle Paul’s first epistle to the young evangelist Timothy, we read…

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

So how does one use the Law lawfully?

Well, for one, he does not apply the Law to those to whom the Law does not apply…the saved in Christ.

1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

The Law is not made for the righteous man, (we are made righteous in Christ Jesus through our faith in Him and through His shed blood) but for the unrighteous and ungodly.

Besides being for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, the Law is also for those who teach contrary to sound doctrine. (Example: teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine fit this category, for the monetary tithe requirement is indeed contrary to sound doctrine)

Just as the apostle Paul used the Law to expose lawlessness during his ministry, Christians should use the Law lawfully…

…to correct the lawless and disobedient, the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and profane, the murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, the manslayers, the whoremongers, those that defile themselves with mankind, the menstealers, liars, perjured persons, and those who teach contrary to sound doctrine.

In the Middle Tennessee Baptist church, the monetary tithe requirement doctrine is less than 100 years old.

White Oak Grove Baptist Church wrote the following to Minister John Harvey Grime in 1934,…

“But as to the method of execution, we do not endorse the tithe system for the following reasons:

1. It violates the divine plan laid down in the New Testament Scriptures.

2. It violates every principle of Church polity upon which all our churches stand.

3. If the Scriptures require our churches to tithe, we have not a single Scriptural church in our association.

4. It changes our giving from the realm of voluntary worship to that of slavish obedience to Law.

5. It makes our churches tax gatherers.

6. No Baptist Church has ever adopted it. Should a church adopt it, they would cease to be Baptist.

7. So far as History goes, it was never mentioned as a Christian or Church obligation until after the “great apostasy” in 250 A.D., and then only by the apostate church, and not by Baptists. The agitation among Baptists, of this question, is of recent date.

8. No Baptist Confession of Faith has ever mentioned it.

9. It screens the rich, and oppresses the poor.

10. Not one syllable in all the Bible that connects the tithe system with the churches of Jesus Christ. When Baptists leave the Bible, they get into trouble.”


as recorded by John Harvey Grime in his book, “The Bible and History on the Tithe System”, p.4; ©1934

Stolen Meals
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 15, 2021)

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.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

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.



Numbers 18:21-23 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 above prove that the tithe given by the congregation was the inheritance of the Levites, not the property of the House of God.

The tithe of the tithes, which was to be given by the Levite, was the property of the House of God, and was to be distributed amongst the Musicians; the Singers; the Door Keepers; the Officers; the Judges; and the Superintendents of the Temple.

The tithe of the tithes was to sustain these Levites on days that they were fulfilling out their duties at the Temple. This is why Nehemiah tells us that when the Levites had no provision, they had to return to work in their own fields.

Nehemiah 13:10 And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.

In Nehemiah 13:10 Eliashib the Priestt had removed the tithes and dedicated things from the storehouse chambers and moved an enemy of God, Tobiah the Ammonite, into the storehouse chambers. Because the tithes were not there to sustain the Levites as commanded, the Levites had to desert the House of God and go to work in their own fields to sustain themselves.

The Levites had brought their meals (the tithes) to the House of God, but Eliashib had removed them.

Guilty of One, Guilty of All
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 15, 2021)

Funny, how pastors want you to be committed to “the tithe is the LORDS; it is holy unto the LORD,” (Leviticus 27:30) but do not want you to be committed to

a) the fact that God was speaking of “the tithe of the land; whether it be of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree; every tenth animal to pass under the rod” (Leviticus 27:30,32)

b) the fact that God said to cross Jordan and enter Canaan to live there before tithing (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

c) the fact that God said to take the tithes to Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 14:22-26; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

d) the fact that God said the congregation is not to go near the House of God with their tithes (Numbers 18:21-23; reaffirmed in Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

e) the fact that tithes are to be eaten (Deuteronomy 14:22-23,28-29;26:12-17)

f) the fact that the congregation is to give their tithes to bloodline descendants of Levi (Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

g) the fact that a Priest from the bloodline of Aaron must be present at the time that the congregation gives their tithes (Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

h) the fact that God said that only the tribe of Levi is to tithe to the House of God. (Numbers 18:27-31; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

i) the fact that a second tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi; to women who have lost their husbands to death; to children who have lost their fathers to death; and to foreigners in the land of Canaan every third year (Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-17)

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

Guilty of not observing any or all of points “a-i) above? Guilty of one…guilty of all.

In light of the instructions given by God concerning the observance of His commanded tithes, it is abundantly clear that pastors are not teaching you to obey God in the tithe…

…they are teaching you to obey them in an entirely different tithe than the Bible commands.

Impossible Task
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 12, 2021)


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?

Malachi 3:7 is a call to “Return” to God’s ordinances.

a) God’s tithe ordinance says that God’s tithe is to be agriculture and agricultural food by-products. – Leviticus 27:30,32; Deuteronomy 12:17;14:22-23,26

b) God’s tithe ordinance says that the congregation is to take their tithes to Jerusalem. – Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6

c) God’s tithe ordinance says the congregation is not to go near the House of God with their tithes. – Numbers 18:21-23;Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

d) God’s tithe ordinance says that the congregation is to give their tithes to the tribe of Levi as the tribe’s inheritance. – Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

e) God’s tithe ordinance says that a Priest from the biological bloodline of the biblical patriarch Aaron must be present at the time the congregation gives their tithes. – Numbers 18:24-31; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

f) God’s tithe ordinance says that the tribe of Levi is to take a tithe of the inheritance they received to the House of God in Jerusalem. – Numbers 18:24-31; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

Malachi 3:10 must be interpreted in light of what is written in Malachi 3:7 and what is written in the ordinances concerning God’s commanded tithe.

Malachi would not have called for a return to God’s ordinances in Malachi 3:7 and then told people to transgress the ordinances in Malachi 3:10. Therefore, in order to obey Malachi 3:10, observing all that is written in points “a-f” above is a must.

Since there is no Temple in Jerusalem, tithing to the Temple in Jerusalem (the only place that Malachi is actually saying to bring tithes to) is an impossible task.

Conclusion: Pastors are guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully when they use Malachi 3:10 to teach that Christians are to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…”.

Why?
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 08, 2021)

Pastors used to teach that Malachi 3:10 is instruction for the church and is not optional. To fail to bring your tithes to the local church is “an act of robbing God!”

In this modern age of banking apps, pastors are now teaching that you can “Send your tithes to us by clicking the link below.”

In Malachi 3:9, God said, “Ye are cursed with a curse.” The only way to appease God’s wrath and to have God remove the curse was to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…” Sending tithes would not remove the curse, for sending the tithes and not bringing them would be an act of disobedince.

Those whom Malachi is speaking to are told to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,” but pastors are now saying, “Send your tithes.”…

…proof that these pastors have known all along that Malachi 3:10 is not instruction from God for the saved in Christ. If Malachi 3:10 was instruction for the saved in Christ, why are pastors now telling people to disobey God and not bring the tithe as God instructed in the verse?

Will You Be Noble?
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 06, 2021)

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.

1. Who does your pastors say that Malachi is speaking of when he says “ye” in Malachi 3:10?

2. What does your pastor say that Malachi is speaking of when he says “tithes” in Malachi 3:10?

3. What does your pastor say that Malachi is speaking of when he says “storehouse” in Malachi 3:10?

Your pastor may answer…

a) the saved in Christ are the “ye”

b) money is the “tithes”

c) the church is the “storehouse”

…and many in your church assembly will believe your pastor. But the noble will search the Scriptures to see if it is so.

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.

Will you be noble?