Tithes


They Rob God
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 17, 2018)

Teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine like to point their spiritual fingers and accuse non tithing members of their congregations of being “God-robbers”.

The fact is, they are the ones who are guilty of robbing God. They rob Him of His authority.

God decreed in His word that His holy tithe was to come from agricultural increase (Lev. 27:30-33) and that it was to be given to the descendants of Levi. (Num. 18:21-26

God decreed in His word that the congregation was not even to take tithes to the House of God. (Num. 18:21-22; Neh. 10:29,37-38) Instead, they were to give tithes to Levites, and the Levites were to take a tithe of that tithe to the House of God.

That’s right…preachers should not be teaching anyone has to tithe to the House of God but Levites. If you are not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi, pastors have no business telling your to tithe to the House of God.

Monetary tithe requirement teachers refuse to let God be God. They preach that which seems right to them instead of that which is written in the word of God…the word that they say they were called and commissioned to preach. They have placed themselves on God’s throne through their rebellion to what He has said in His word concerning His tithe.

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Yes, they have judged non tithers as “God-robbers.” But in pointing their spiritual fingers at those who do not tithe, they have three of their own pointing back at themselves. Their self-righteous judging of non tithers has also revealed the beam in their own eye keeps them from exercising righteous judgment.

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Tithing in the Bible
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 13, 2019)

Tithe before the Law:

1. Abram – gave tithes of war spoils to the priestly king Melchizedek , Abram did not give tithes of his monetary wages
a) The Bible does not say that because Abram tithed war spoils, the saved in Christ must tithe their monetary wages.

2. Jacob vowed to give God a tenth, but there is no scriptural record of him ever giving the tenth.
b) The Bible does not say that because Jacob vowed to give God a tenth, the saved in Christ must tithe their monetary income.

Tithe under the Law

3. The children of Israel were required to give tithes of their agricultural increase to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi.
c) The Bible does not say that because the children of Israel were required to give tithes of their agricultural increase to bloodline descendants of Levi, the saved in Christ must give tithes of their monetary income to their pastors or to God.

4. The children of Israel were to observe God’s tithe ordinance once they were living safely in the land of Canaan.
d) The Bible does not say that because the children of Israel were to observe God’s tithe ordinance in the land of Canaan the saved in Christ all over the world are to tithe..

5. The Levitic tribe in Canaan had a command to take agricultural tithes from the children of Israel.
e) The Bible does not say that because the Levitic tribe was to take tithes, pastors around the world are to take monetary tithes of their congregations.

Conclusion:

The doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the written word of God and actually contradicts the written word of God. It should therefore be rejected.

Monetary Tithing: Invention of Man
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 04, 2019)

Le 27:30-33 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Nu. 18:21-28 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

De. 12:10-11 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

De. 14:22-29 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

2 Ch 31:1-12 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Ne. 10:37-38 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Ne. 12:44 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Ne. 13:1-13 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Am. 4:4 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Mal. 3:7-12 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Matt. 23:23 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Lu. 11:42 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

Lu. 18:9-14 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

He. 7:1-18 – nothing in this passage says a tenth of one’s money is to be given to God.

The doctrine that God commands us to give Him ten percent of our money is totally foreign to the word of God. It is a commandment invented by man that contradicts what the word of God says concerning God’s commanded tithe.

God’s word says that His commanded tithe is:

a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)

Wake up people.

The Ever-Elusive Tithe Principle
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 03, 2019)

Many claim that “Tithe is a biblical principle that must be observed today.”

Principle? Where can this “principle” of a mandatory monetary tithe be found in the Bible?

Not one patriarch…
Not one prophet…
Not one apostle…
Not even the Lord Jesus Christ Himself

is recorded to have observed a practice of giving ten percent of monetary income to the House of God.

A principle is a foundation that supports an assertion.

Since money was not tithed in the Bible, there is no foundation that supports the monetary tithe assertion.

Clearly, this “tithe principle” that is claimed to be biblical…is not biblical at all.

You Are Obeying Man…Not God!
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 03, 2018)

You say you tithe your money to the church despite needs staring you in the face that week? You try to reason that the needs that are there in front of you are just the devil trying to block you from tithing your money. But, did you ever stop to consider that it might not be the devil attempting to block you from tithing? Could you possibly consider that it might be God trying to prevent you from being robbed?

God’s word is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Yet so many don’t even know what the word of God says about His holy tithe. They only know what their pastors feed them from the pulpits..

You see,

a) God said in His word that tithes are to be agricultural. (Lev. 27:30-33)

b) God said in His word that tithes are not to be observed until crossing Jordan and entering the land of Canaan to live there. (Deut. 12:1,10-11)

c) God said in His word that tithes are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners in the land of Canaan, (Deut. 26:12) and even to be eaten by the one required to observe the tithe ordinance. (Deut. 14:22-26)

d) God said in His word that the congregation is not to approach the House of God with tithes. (Num. 18:21-22; Neh. 10:37-38)

In the last place tithing is seen commanded in the Bible, (Heb. 7:5-9) the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still to be given to the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi.

1. It is man that says God’s tithe is monetary.

2. It is man that says to tithe at your local church wherever your church is located in the world.

3. It is man who says pastor’s who are not bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi can take tithes.

4. It is man who says the congregation is to take tithes to the House of God.

The Bible never authorized the man-made doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement.

When we believe man’s claim of a monetary tithe requirement, we are placing man’s word as being more authoritative than Gods’.

That is idolatry. It will cause one to miss Heaven if one fails to repent.

Questions to ponder:

a) How can one be “obedient to God in tithing,” when one is tithing money instead of agriculture? (Lev. 27:30-33)

b) How can one be “obedient to God in tithing,” when one is tithing another geographical location than the land of Canaan? (Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)

c) How can one be “obedient to God in tithing,” when one is tithing to Pastors who are not bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi? (Num. 18:24-26; Deut. 14:28-29; Heb. 7:5)

d) How can one be “obedient to God in tithing,” when one is not emulating the tithing practices of a single biblical character?

e) How is one “obedient to God’s command to tithe” in Malachi 3:10, when one is putting money in an envelope labeled “TITHE” instead of putting agricultural seeds in the envelope?

f) How is one “obedient to God’s command to tithe” in Numbers 18:21-22, when he is tithing to the House of God after God said he is not to approach the House of God with tithes?

1) Abram’s tithe in 1913 BC – war spoils
2) Children of Israels’ tithes from 1410 BC to AD 70 – agricultural increase

Tell me, “obedient” tither,… just who are you obedient to when Gods word reveals a different required tithe than that which you are passing as tithe?

Sadly, many church members who read this article will not be as the noble Bereans of the first century A.D.. They will reject this message without searching the Scriptures to see if it is so.

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.

Only One Tithe Collection Center
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 26, 2019)

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.

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

I find it interesting that while it was customary for Jesus to read the Books of the Law in the synagogue, He never once told anyone to bring/take tithes to the synagogue.

There was only ONE religious institution in all 60,000 square miles of Canaan/Israel that God appointed as His Official Tithe Collection Agency. They were not to be taken to synagogues scattered throughout Canaan/Israel where the word of God was read…they were to be taken to the Temple in Jerusalem where sacrifices were offered. And the ONLY tribe in all of Canaan/Israel that was God’s duly authorized Tithe Collection Representatives were the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi.

Contrast that with the claim made by thousands of pastors around the world today that their religious institutions are God’s Official Tithe Collection Agencies and that they are God’s Official Tithe Collection Representatives.

Who appointed these religious institutions as God’s Official Tithe Collection Agencies? Who appointed these pastors as God’s Official Tithe Collection Representatives? Such authority cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s holy word. The ONLY religious institution in the world that God ever named in all of History as His Official Tithe Collection Agency was the Temple in Jerusalem.

As a matter of fact, in the last place where tithes are mentioned in the Bible, (Hebrews 7:5-9) it says that the sons of Levi have the command to take tithes of their brethren “according to the Law”.

Hebrews 7:5-9 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: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Nothing in the text of Hebrews 7 suggests a passing of the proverbial “baton.” Quite the opposite, the text goes on to reveal that the proverbial “baton” was dropped.

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

God didn’t expand His Tithe Collection Agency…He closed it. He didn’t hire new Tithe Collection Representatives…He gave the existing ones a Notice of Termination.

Do You Qualify?
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 11, 2018)

The preacher that teaches his congregation that God requires them to give Him a tenth of their monetary income is robbing all who believe and yield to his sermon.

Who qualifies to give God’s commanded tithe? The answer may surprise you.

a) First and foremost, in order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must be a physical descendant of the biblical Patriarch Jacob. Leviticus 27:30-34 reveals that God gave the instruction to tithe to the children of Israel. Psalms 147:19-20 reveal that the commands given to Israel were not given to any other nation.

b) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, God must have given you a portion of the land of Canaan as an inheritance. God’s commanded tithe is a result of Jacob’s vowing to give God that which God promised him. God promised to give land to Jacob and His descendants in Genesis 28:13-15. Jacob promised to give the tenth back to God. God required the children of Israel to give to Him that which was set apart for Him,… a tenth of the land of Canaan. (Deut. 12:10-11)

c) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must live in the land of Canaan. In Deuteronomy 6:1-3 and 12:1,10-11 we read that tithing was not to be observed until crossing Jordan and entering the land of Canaan. God did not want His holy (set apart) tithe to come from other geographical locations.

d) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must raise crops or breed livestock on that portion of the land of Canaan that you have been given as an inheritance. In Leviticus 27:30-33 we read that God said His holy tithe must come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. There is no command to tithe anything else than that which comes from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds from within the land of Canaan.

Who qualifies to receive God’s commanded tithe?

e) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must be either a bloodline descendant from the Levitic tribe; a widow; an orphan; or a foreigner. (Num 18:21-26; Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12)

f) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must have no land inheritance or be too poor to own land. (Num 18:21-26; Deut 14:27-29; 26:12)

g) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must have a Priest from the bloodline of Aaron accompanying him at the time he receives tithes. If no Priest is present, he cannot collect God’s commanded tithe. (Neh 10:37-38)

If one attempts to tithe by any other means; in any other geographic location; or to any other people than what, where, and to whom God’s word decrees, that person is in direct contradiction to God’s tithe ordinance. If one attempts to collect tithes by any other means; in any other geographic location; or from any other people than what, where, and from whom God’s word decrees, that person is in direct contradiction to God’s tithe ordinance.

One cannot say that one is obedient to God in the tithe if one is not tithing in the manner that God’s word says that His tithe ordinance is to be observed.

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