Christian Living


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:
 
#tithe #tithes #tithing
A Guaranteed Return
by Ronald W Robey
 
Are you looking for an investment with a guaranteed sure-fire return?
 
There is a verse in the Bible that guarantees exactly that.
 
Proverbs 19:17 He that tithes his monetary income to his local church lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will He pay him again.
 
Oh wait,… that’s the wrong version. That was from the DPV. (Deceitful Pastor’s Version)
 
The real return promise is,
 
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.
 
Many preachers around the world today tell their congregations that God requires them to tithe their monetary income, and that the tithe belongs in the local church that they attend,… not in charity work outside the four walls of that religious institution.
 
The problem?
 
There is no command, nor instruction in the word of God for anyone to give a tithe of their monetary income to their local Church.
 
Sorry folks, but it just is not there.
 
What is in the Bible, are verses that have to do with assisting the poor in their difficulties.
 
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?
 
What is in the Bible, are verses that have to do with caring for those who are in distress.
 
Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
 
It is the wicked that don’t want you aiding the poor. It is the deceitful pastor who would rather you ignore needs around you and instead invest your money into his ministry.
 
However, God’s word tells us,…
 
Proverbs 22:22-23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
 
Did you know that if you see a poor person in need, and you have the means to meet that need, but refuse to help that person, you are guilty of robbing that person?
 
So many times, people pass a beggar on the way to their local church. They have money in their purses with which they could enrich the life of that poor person, but instead take the money to their local church that already has thousands of dollars in its bank account.
 
When they do so, they demonstrate exactly what the Apostle John was talking about when He said,
 
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?
 
They demonstrate that, though they may have an outward appearance of godliness, their hearts have not the love of God at all.
 
Instead of ignoring those in need that you pass everyday when out shopping, or that you pass on your way to your local church, stop and show Christ to them. Matthew 25 says that when you give them drink and food, when you give them clothing, when you minister to their sickness,… you do so unto Christ as well.
 
Those people need ministering to more than your local church needs your money. Maybe it’s time you begin lending to the Lord and watch Him work.
 
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.
Natural? or Unnatural?
by Ronald W Robey
 
Venom : Since tithing was observed both prior to the Mosaic Law, and during the Mosaic Law, It is only natural for the Christian to tithe in this age after the Mosaic Law..
 
Anti-Venom: In the Bible, it is not recorded that Abram tithed his monetary income. However, in Genesis 14 & Hebrews 7, it is recorded that Abram tithed spoils of war.
 
In the Bible, it is not recorded that the children of Israel tithed their monetary income. However, it is recorded that they tithed their agricultural increase.
 
In the New Testament, it is not recorded that the early church tithed their monetary income. However, it is recorded that the early Christians sold houses and properties and gave 100% of the proceeds from those sales to those in need within their community.
 
In the Bible, it is not recorded that the early Christians were encouraged to give a tithe of their monetary income to people in need. However, it is recorded that they were encouraged to give whatever they purposed in their hearts to give.
 
Conclusion: Upon comparing the monetary tithe requirement to what is written in the word of God concerning God’s holy tithe, we have to admit that it is unnatural for Christians to tithe their monetary income.
Robbery in Progress!
by Ronald W Robey
 
Often, when discussing the topic of tithing, many defenders of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will point out the account of the widow in Mark 12; saying that “the widow tithed money to the House of God, and Jesus was pleased with it.”
 
The fact is, the widow was not tithing that day. Let’s examine the account, shall we?
 
Just the day before, Jesus said that the scribes had made the Temple a den of thieves.
 
He leaves and comes back, teaching more wrongs the scribes and Pharisees are guilty of. He says the scribes are robbing widows houses.
 
Then, he sits against a wall facing the treasury box.
 
It is no coincidence that a widow came in right after Jesus had said widows were being robbed.
 
What did she do?
 
She cast the last bit of money she had to live on into the treasury box… a box governed by people who rob widows. A box in a building that had become a den of thieves.
 
Jesus knew that widow would be there that day. He finished His message of reproof just in time for the widow to arrive.
 
The widow’s arrival was a demonstration to the crowd just how widows were being forced out of their homes… they were being forced to give all they had to the thieves that Jesus was reproving.
 
And what was it Jesus did when He left the Temple?
 
He told His Apostles that the corrupt Temple would be destroyed.
 
Jesus’ statement that the widow gave more was not praise for what she gave. Rather, it was a statement of pity for a widow who had just been robbed; a woman who had just given everything to thieves.
 
She came into the Temple poor, and left the Temple destitute
 
The context of the story reveals that the crowd was not witnessing a widow giving with a cheerful heart,… they were watching a robbery in progress!
 
As to the argument that the widow was tithing, one only need look to the books of the Law to see that she could not have been tithing. In Leviticus 27:30-33, God told Moses what His holy tithe was to consist of. The required tithe was to consist of agricultural crops, and flocks and herds from livestock. It was not to come from one’s monetary income.

Pastors who use the text of Mark 12:41-44 to encourage the members of their congregations are guilty of manipulating the text to say something it does not.  They are guilty of robbing their flock.

So many are talking about Christians who voted,  demeaning them because they went to the polls and cast their vote in the Presidential race for the Oval Office.
 
Their argument is that, “by casting your vote for a man/woman to rule, you are rejecting God.” They base their belief on a passage found in the book of 1 Samuel
 
1 Samuel 8:4-7 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
 
These people are using the passage to imply that we are rejecting God if we choose to participate in the elections.
 
They are forgetting one important thing. The land of Canaan was ruled by a Theocracy. The children of Israel had to reject God in order to vote for a king.
 
We in the United States of America have never been a Theocratic nation. The land has always had a man ruling it.  Prior to William Penn, et.al. settling in the New World, Native Americans ruled the land.

It is not a matter of rejecting God at all. It is a matter of choosing the best man for the job that is going to be in office.  Whether one votes or not, America will have its President.. Those who did not vote did not hinder the election from taking place, did it?  They did not prevent anyone from becoming the President of the United States.  There is always a winner in the election with, or without, their vote.

 
If a Christian voting helps to install a man in the Oval Office who will overturn and reverse many abominable acts currently being accepted in the nation today, then that is a step in the right direction.
 
We can choose a man to represent our nation as a whole and still have God rule our hearts and homes.

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