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Baptist “Brider’s” teach that one can be saved and still not be a member of “the Lord’s Church”. They teach that, in order to be a member of “the Lord’s Church”, one must be baptized in a “proper Baptist Church”.
 
By “proper Baptist Church”, they mean; neither non Baptist’s, nor infants are a part of the Lord’s Church.
 
Yet, their doctrine totally contradicts Acts 2:47
 
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
 
Scripture does not say one must be baptized in water in order to be a part of the Lord’s Church. It gives as a prerequisite, “such as should be saved.”
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Lending to the Lord
by Ronald W Robey

Many today are sitting at their tables and desks and filling out their check for tomorrow’s tithe to their local assembly. Many may be doing so from their easy chair.

Many of these same people have heard a knock on their door this past week, or will hear one within the next several hours as the day progresses. Upon answering the door, they find it is a neighbor in need; maybe of a couple eggs, or a cup of sugar, a stick of butter, or some other food item… which you may gladly give if you have it.

But pause and think for a moment? Is the item asked for the only need my neighbor may have? Two eggs will not go very far, especially if there is more than one person in the household of that neighbor. A cup of flour will be spent fairly easy as well.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

If there is a need for butter, for milk, for eggs, then chances are there is a much greater need for groceries. Consider taking your neighbor to the store, or going to the store by yourself, and purchasing groceries with your neighbor… using that check you were going to give to the local assembly tomorrow.

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Church today has lost its focus. They have become self-centered and self-serving, neglecting the poor and needy of the community that they are supposed to be a light of truth and compassion in.

“Give God’s tithe to a person that doesn’t even attend my Church? How preposterous!” Suppose God had the same attitude toward us when we were lost and without God? “Give my Son for a people that don’t even know me? How preposterous!”

Brethren, let us stop this foolishness of thinking we please God in our actions when we can’t even bring ourselves to show compassion and concern for those around us.

Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

Yes, give your check that you wrote out as tithe to that person in need. For in doing so, you are giving it unto God.

A False Witness
by Ronald W Robey

One of the original Ten Commandments was, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
.  (Exodus 20:16)

Why did God command the children of Israel not to bear false witness?  What exactly is false witness?

False witness is simply deceit.  It is a lie.   God commanded the children of Israel not to lie against their neighbors.  Lies can cause great harm to the person who is being lied about… or even lied to.

Therefore, lying should be avoided at all costs.

Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

 
Since the Bible says that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, those who teach that God’s tithe is ten percent of your monetary income are not faithful witnesses. Rather, they are false witnesses.
 
And what does God’s word say concerning false witnesses?
 
A false witness is deceitful. Prov. 12:17
A false witness will not escape punishment. Prov. 19:5
A false witness will perish. Prov. 19:9
A false witness defiles a man. Matt. 15:19-20

One last thing that the Bible says about false witnesses…

Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

A false witness is an abomination.

 
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When Right is Wrong
by Ronald W Robey
 
Those who rejoice about receiving job offers, job bonuses, or unexpected money in the mail after “tithing” shouldn’t be so quick to rejoice. It is ” highly possible that your unexpected money, job bonus, or job offer after yielding to a call for monetary tithes was not from God.
 
Remember the story of the Temptation in the Wilderness? (Matthew 4) Satan rewards people for bowing to his lies quite often. After all, he is the god of this world. He offers people the wealth of the world.
 
A diligent study of God’s commanded tithe in the Bible will reveal to the reader that God never authorized anyone to take a tithe of money to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. His commanded tithe was to come from agriculture, and He said man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes.
 
The ONLY TITHE that God attached a promise blessing to in the Bible is a tithe of agricultural crops, flocks and herds from from within the borders of the land of Canaan; and that promised blessing was for rain to fall from Heaven to water the fields so that fruits and vegetables could flourish.
 
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 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
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.
Leviticus 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
 
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
 
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:
 
Don’t let experience rule your heart. The heart is deceitful above all others and desperately wicked. That which seems right is wrong if it contradicts what is written in the word of God.
Forced Tithes and Offerings Often Bring Sorrows
by Ronald W Robey
 
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 
When one looks into the definition of the words used in 2 Corinthians 9:7, one can better understand the author’s intent when he wrote the verse.
 
“as he purposeth”
 
The word “purposeth” is translated from the Greek, “proaireomai”. ( pronounced pro-ahee-reh’-om-ahee) It means, “to choose for oneself before another thing (prefer), i.e. (by implication) to propose (intend):—purpose.”
 
When needs arise, man is supposed to “choose” for himself the amount that he wishes to give.
 
“not grudgingly”.
 
The word “grudgingly” is translated from the Greek, “lupe”. (pronounced “loo-pay” It means, “sadness:—grief, grievous, + grudgingly, heaviness, sorrow.”
 
Forced offerings, (offerings dictated or coerced by others instead of by individual choice) often bring grief, heaviness and sorrow upon the one that is forced to give. This is due to the fact that “forced” offerings often leave the giver struggling to meet debts outside of the church environment, such as; house rent, (many have been evicted after being made to feel guilty if they do not put ten percent of their monetary income into an offering plate as tithe
 
Many are threatened with curses (as if God will actually curse one who has been bought by the shed blood of Jesus Christ) if they do not tithe their monetary income to the local religious institution they attend.
 
Other household needs are often neglected due to “forced” offerings. Ofttimes, electricity is cut off due to there not being enough to meet the bill; families often have to go hungry longer than they should; cars repossessed, checks bounce,… after people were forced to place money that could have otherwise met their needs,… into an offering plate at their local religious institution.
 
Many pastors that teach that God requires monetary tithes could care less that many needs of members of their flocks are neglected. Many members, after tithing, are indeed brought to a time of sorrow in their homes.
 
Brethren, this should not be. If the intent of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 9:7 is not enough to convince you that pastors teaching a monetary tithe requirement is totally wrong, then maybe the words in the previous chapter will:
 
2 Corinthians 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
 
One’s giving should be based on what one can afford to give,… not what he cannot afford to give. His giving should not be such that others are eased, and the giver himself left struggling to meet his own bills.
 
There is no mandatory tithe requirement for the saved in Christ Jesus. Instead, they are to give as they are able to give and of their own free will and volition.
 
The requirement to tithe was never given to the New Covenant Body of Believer’s in Christ Jesus. Nor was it to be imposed upon them.
 
The command to tithe was given to the children of Israel to be observed in the land of Canaan and nowhere else.
 
Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
 
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:
A Literal Blow
by Ronald W Robey
 
Many times, people use the account of Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” to justify ungodly thoughts and/or sinful actions. Their reasoning is, “God didn’t remove this thorn so that I would be kept humble.”
 
The fact is, Paul was not speaking of sinful thoughts, nor of his own sinful actions, in that passage.
 
The word “buffet” in 2 Corinthians 12 is translated from the Greek “kolaphizo”. It is defined as “to rap with the fist.”
 
The word is only used twice in the KJV. The other time is when Jesus Christ was being beaten prior to His crucifixion.
 
Both times the word “buffet” is used, it is speaking of a literal beating, not sinful thoughts. In each instance, a messenger(s) of satan was striking another person with his fist(s)
 
Sinful thoughts arise in people’s hearts because of the heart of man. When sinful thoughts arise, it is best to pray, read your Bible, sing Hymns of thanksgiving and praise,… anything that turns your focus from satisfying self and toward pleasing God. These are the means of escape that God has given us to overcome temptations.
 
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
 
James 1:13-16 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
 
Matthew 15:19-20 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
 
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
The Modern “Church” is Heading Toward Rejection
by Ronald W Robey

Argument: God said in His word that tithing is required. And Jesus said He did not come to destroy the Law.

 
 
Rebuttal: Yes, God’s word does say that tithes are required.
 
However, God’s word also says,
 
a) that the required tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary. (Lev. 27:30-33; Deut. 14:22-29; 26:12-17)
 
b) that the required tithe of the land is to be given to the physical descendants of Levi. (Num. 18:24-26; Heb. 7:5-9)
 
c) that the required tithe of the land is not to go to the House of God. (Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38)
 
d) that an Aaronic Priest must be present at the giving of the tithe. (Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38)
 
e) that the required tithe is to be observed only once one crosses the river Jordan and enters the Promised Land. (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
 
f) that the required tithe is to be given to widows, orphans and foreigners every third year. (Deut. 14:28-29)
 
 
Upon examining what the word of God says concerning God’s holy tithe, it is blatantly evident that today’s tither’s are NOT “obedient to God in the tithe at all.
 
a) Instead of obeying the command to tithe agricultural increase, they disobey God and attempt to pass off ten percent of their monetary income as His required tithe.
 
b) Instead of obeying God’s command to give His tithe to the sons of Levi, they disobey God and give what they say is God’s tithe to a pastor who isn’t even one of Levi’s descendants.
 
c) Instead of obeying God’s command to take His tithe to farming communities, they disobey God and take their “tithe” to their local church.
 
d) Instead of obeying God’s command to have Aaronic Priest present at the time of the giving of His tithe, they disobey God by giving what they say is God’s tithe without an Aaronic Priest present.
 
e) Instead of obeying God’s command that His tithe come from the Promised Land, they attempt to tithe from another geographical location in the world..
 
f) Instead of obeying God’s command to give the tithe to widows, orphans and foreigners every third yea, they disobey God and attempt to tithe to a man that God never authorized to receive tithes in His word.
 
In Hosea 4:6, God said:
 
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
 
How long will they continue to reject what is written in God’s word before He decides to reject them as He did the Priest’s of Israel in Hosea’s day?
 
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
 
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