Tithes


Putting God First
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 12, 2018)

If a person living in the United States of America is placing ten percent of his money into the collection plate as it is passed in front of him on Sunday morning, believing it to be “God’s tithe,” then he is putting his pastor first…not God.

Leviticus 27:30-33 states that God’s tithe is to be agricultural.
The pastor says God’s tithe is money.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 states that God’s tithe is not to be observed until you are living in the land of Canaan as a citizen.
Pastor says tithes are to be observed in the United States of America.

Numbers 18:21-23 states that God’s tithe is to be given to the biblical patriarch Levi and to his bloodline descendants.
Pastor says he is God’s authorized tithe collection representative.

Numbers 18:21-23 & Nehemiah 10:37-38 state that the congregation is not to tithe directly to the House of God.
Pastor says that the congregation is to tithe to the House of God.

Deuteronomy 26:12 states that the congregation is to give the tithe the third year.
Pastor says the tithe is to be given every week.

Malachi 3:10 is not speaking of a monetary tithe. Nor is it saying to tithe to a church in the United States of America…it is speaking of the agricultural tithe required by Law.

It is clear that, in the matter of tithes, God is not “first”…the pastor is. It is the pastor’s word that people are yielding to…not God’s.

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.

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Obedience Pleases God…Not Disobedience
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 22, 2019)

Argumet: “In the Bible, God commanded tithes, and He is pleased when we tithe.”

Rebuttal: “How is giving ten percent of one’s monetary income in response to the command to tithe agricultural crops pleasing God? Throughout the Bible, when one did not obey God God cursed him; God sent famine to their land; God sent locusts to attack what little did grow; God even killed some because of their disobedience.

Reckon He was real pleased, right?

An example of pleasing God would be eating a tithe annually in Jerusalem as He commanded. Another example would be giving your tithes to Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners every third year as He commanded.

Don’t kid yourself. Acts of disobedience do not please God.

Rights Revoked!
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 21, 2019)

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

The commandment to take tithes (see Hebrews 7:5 above) was done away with because it was weak and unprofitable. (see Hebrews 7:18 above) Any God-given rights that a person may have had to take tithes on behalf of God have been revoked.

Not one verse in the Bible from Hebrews 7:19-Revelation 22:21 say that the command to take tithes was reissued. Pastors have no directive from God to take tithes of the members of their congregations. They may claim that they have “official right” to take tithes, but according to the word of God…

…they do not.

Blinded!
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 21, 2019)

Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Not only does Proverbs 3:9-10 say nothing about curses for not tithing…

…it doesn’t even mention the word “tithe” in it at all.

Proverbs 3:9 says “honour the LORD“. It does not say “tithe”to the LORD.”

There is a difference.

And, since Leviticus 27:30-33 is clear that the tithe of the land was to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds, Proverbs 3:9-10 can not be saying to tithe money.

God’s commanded tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. But religion has blinded the minds and hearts of so many to believe that Proverbs is saying to tithe your monetary income.

Malachi Proves Them Wrong
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 21, 2019)

So many want to say that Malachi 3:8-10 is instruction to bring the tithe. However, let’s not forget Malachi 3:7, which says…return to God’s ordinances

So, what are the commands that God has given in His ordinance of tithing?

1. Move to the land of Canaan before beginning to tithe. De. 12:10-11

2. Tithe agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. Le. 27:30-33

3. Give tithes to the Levitic tribe in the land of Canaan. Nu. 18:21-26

4. If you are a member of the congregation, don’t approach the House of God with tithes. Nu. 18:21-22; Ne. 10:37-38

Given the fact that Malachi 3:7 says to return to God’s ordinances,

a) Malachi cannot be telling people all over the world to tithe. He would not call for a return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and tell people all over the world to transgress the ordinances in verse 10. (see #1 above)

b) Malachi cannot be speaking of money in 3:10. He would not tell anyone to return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and tell them to transgress the ordinances in verse 10. (see #2 above)

c) Malachi cannot be telling people to give tithes to pastors who are not descendants of the patriarch Levi. He would not tell anyone to return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and tell them to transgress the ordinances in verse 10. (see #3 above)

d) Malachi cannot be telling the congregation to tithe in 3:10. He would not tell the congregation to return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turn around and tell them to transgress the ordinances in verse 10. (see #4 above)

Proper exegesis of Malachi 3:7-10 reveals that many pastors are handling the word of God deceitfully when they teach that Malachi is speaking of churches around the world being God’s Tithe Collection Agency.

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

Guilty of All
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 20, 2019)

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

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The apostle James said that to offend in one point of the Law is to be guilty of all the Law. So, do today’s “tithers” offend in any point of the Law? Let’s find out, shall we?

a) One of the first points established in the ordinance of tithing is the fact that God’s tithe is to be agricultural.

Leviticus 27:30-33 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. 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. 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.

God said the agricultural tithe had to be given. After the crops tithe had been given, the one who gave the tithe had the option of buying a portion of the tithe he had given back.

Therefore, if one is giving ten percent of one’s money and not ten percent of agricultural increase…one has offended in one point of the Law concerning God’s commanded tithe. He is therefore guilty of all.

b) God also said that tithing was not to begin until crossing the river Jordan, entering Canaan to live there, and finding rest from enemies.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 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; 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:

Therefore, if one is tithing, but has not become a citizen of Canaan yet…one has offended in one point of the Law concerning God’s commanded tithe. He is therefore guilty of all.

c) God also said that the Levite, (bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi) is the only one who is to tithe to the House of God.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 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. 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.

Therefore, if one is taking tithes to the House of God, but is not a Levite…one is offending in one point of the Law. He is therefore guilty of all.

d) God also said that an Aaronic Priest (a Priest born in the lineage of Aaron) must be present at the time tithes are given.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 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. 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.

Therefore, if one is giving tithes, but an Aaronic Priest is present…he is offending in one point of the Law. He is therefore guilty of all.

Tithers may not realize it, but they are guilty of disobedience to God rather than obedience. For they offend in more than one point of the Law that governs the observance of God’s tithe and are therefore…

…GUILTY OF ALL.

When Pastors Preach Tithing
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 20, 2019)

When pastors preach tithing, I listen carefully to their sermon to see if the pastors sermon is in agreement with the Bible on tithing.

When the Bible makes known to the reader the elements of God’s commanded tithe, the tithe is revealed to be food…not money..

When the Bible makes known to the reader the givers of God’s commanded tithe, the givers are to be the children of Israel and the Levites…not the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus.

When the Bible makes known to the reader the recipients of God’s commanded tithe, it is bloodline descendants of Levi, widows, orphans, and foreigners who are supposed to receive tithes…not pastors in the New Covenant church.

When the Bible makes known to the reader the geographic location that God’s commanded tithe is to be observed, it is the land of Canaan that tithes are to be observed…not in churches around the world.

When the Bible makes known to the reader the times that the giving of tithes is to be observed, annually or every third year are the only options given. God does not say that tithes are to be given weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

When the pastors sermon on tithing contradicts the word of God, I reject that pastor’s sermon. When the pastor’s sermon contradicts the word of God, you should reject the pastor’s sermon as well. God’s word is truth. The pastor’s sermon…is not.

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

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