Tithes


It’s in the Bible!
by Ronald W Robey

Whenever I mention the fact that I don’t tithe, someone is sure to reply, “It’s in the Bible!”

Tithing is indeed commanded in the Bible.  I do not dispute that fact at all.

However, we cannot focus on the fact that the command to tithe is in the Bible and ignore the commanded elements of the tithe; the commanded givers of the tithe; the commanded location of the tithe; or the the commanded recipients of the tithe.

The Elements of the Tithe

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.

Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

Psalm 147:19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
Psalm 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

The Location of the Tithe

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:

The Recipients of the Tithe

Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

From the above biblical texts, we are able to glean many precious and wonderful truths that are ignored in many mainstream religious institutions around the world today.

There is no instruction in the entire Bible where God said that one’s monetary income is to be tithed to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church. Even in the last place in the Bible where tithing is mentioned, (Hebrews 7:5-9) the author says that the tithe still belongs to the sons of Levi, and that they are still “according to the Law.

The Law states that God’s holy tithe is

a) agricultural (Lev. 27:30-33
b) only required of the children of Israel (Lev. 27:34; Psa. 147:19-20)
c) only to be observed by those living in the land of Canaan (Deut. 12:1,10-11)
d) to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners (Deut. 26:12)

God NEVER amended the tithe command to say money is now required as tithe. He NEVER amended the tithe command to say tithes are to be given around the world.

Pastor’s have handled the word of God deceitfully to teach a tithe command today that is totally foreign to the word of God, i.e.; a tithe of man’s monetary income.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

The Elements of the Stolen Tithe
by Ronald W Robey

The elements of the tithe mentioned in Malachi 3 are easily explained when one takes into consideration what is written in Luke 16:16.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

“The Law and the Prophets were until John.”

This means that, when Malachi addressed the stolen tithes, he had to have been speaking of the tithe that the Law demanded. Malachi existed 460 years before Luke 16, and was therefore bound by the Mosaic/Levitic Law just as the rest of Israel was.

That fact established, what was the tithe required by the Mosaic/Levitic Law?

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.

According to Leviticus 27:30-33, God’s holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds. Therefore, Malachi could not have been speaking of any other tithe than the agricultural tithe required by Law.

Had Malachi been speaking of anything other than agricultural crops, flocks and herds, he would have been telling Priest’s of the Temple (it was the Priest’s that had stolen the tithe) to transgress the Law. Transgression of the Law is sin, according to John’s epistle.

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Malachi would not have told anyone to tithe their money. He would not have encouraged the transgression of the Law in order to correct a transgression of the Law.

I trust that the above helps to bring light and truth and clears up any misconceptions that readers may have concerning what tithe Malachi was referring to.

 

No Biblical Record
by Ronald W Robey

Seeing that there is no biblical record of Abram having ever given a tithe of his monetary income to any Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church; and

Seeing that there is no biblical record of Abram having ever given a tithe of his monetary income to any priestly representative of God; and

Seeing that there is no biblical record of either Jesus, or any of His Apostle’s having ever given a tithe of their monetary income to any Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church; and

Seeing that there is no biblical record of either Jesus, or any of His Apostles having ever given a tithe of their monetary income to any priestly representative of God; and

Seeing that there is no biblical command, or instruction, for the saved in Christ Jesus to tithe their monetary income to Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church; and

Seeing that there is no biblical command, or instruction, for the saved in Christ Jesus to give a tithe of their monetary income to a priestly representative of God; I do hereby attest and affirm before both God and man, that

Those who teach a monetary tithe requirement doctrine of the saved in Christ Jesus are teaching contrary to what is written in the word of God.

No Value in Lies
by Ronald W Robey
 
What “value” is it in bowing to lies?
 
God said His holy tithe is agricultural. Pastor’s preach that it is money. Are Pastor’s more knowledgeable than God? Is the Pastor’s word to be “valued” more than the word of God? or, do Pastor’s now imitate the serpent in the Garden who said, “Yea, hath God said,…?”
 
Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
 
It is vain to for a Pastor to worship the living God when that Pastor teaches man-made commandments, telling his congregation that it is a God-ordained directive. God doesn’t accept that Pastor’s worship.
 
Remember Jesus words in Matthew 7:21-23?
 
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
 
Pastor’s may think that teaching a command that is nowhere found in Scripture is doing a service for God,… however, it is not.
 
The monetary tithe requirement is extortion. It is “The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.”
 
Pastor’s would do well to read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, paying special attention to the part that says that extortioner’s will not inherit the Kingdom of God. They would do well to reflect on Revelation 21:8, which informs us that all liars will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.
 
There is no “value” in preaching lies.
 
Pastor’s have no right to preach the monetary tithe requirement. They are supposed to preach the word, (2 Timothy 4:2) not a doctrine that is totally foreign to the word of God.
 
And the members of the congregation should be studying the word, (2 Timothy 2:15) if they truly love God. If they would take time to study the word, they will be less likely to fall prey to ravenous wolves leading them astray.

Who Rules Your Heart?
by Ronald W Robey

God: My tithe is agricultural. (Leviticus 27:30-33)
Preacher: God’s tithe is money.
God: My tithe is required only of the tribes of Israel because their father Jacob vowed to set it apart from Me. (Leviticus 27:34)
Preacher: Both Jew and Gentile are required to tithe if they are saved.
God: My tithe is only to be observed by those living in Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
Preacher: God’s tithe is to be observed all over the world.
God: My tithe is to be eaten. (Deuteronomy 14:22-29
Preacher: God’s tithe is to pay the light bill, to pay salaries, to buy materials, to buy property to build church buildings.
God: My tithe is to be given to Levites. (Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38; Hebrews 7:5-9)
Preacher: You are to give God’s tithe to your Pastor, who is God’s Minister.
God’s tithe can be found in the pages of the Holy Bible. The tithe that the preacher teaches is not found in the Bible.
Who is the ruler of your heart? God? or your preacher?
The Land of the Tithe

by Ronald W Robey

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.

According to Leviticus 27:30, God’s holy tithe was to come from the land,… “And all the tithe of the land, whether it be of the seed,…”

What “land” is God speaking of here? It may surprise some readers to discover that God was not speaking of the entire world in Leviticus 27:30. Rather, He was speaking of a SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION.

Can I prove this with the Bible? If I couldn’t, I wouldn’t have said it.

Grab your Bible and turn to Deuteronomy 12. I’ll wait,…

Let’s begin in verse 1.

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.

God is speaking to a SPECIFIC PEOPLE in Deuteronomy 12:1, e.g.; the children of Israel. The children of Israel had left Egypt and the unjust oppression they were under there forty years earlier.

After forty years of wandering in the wilderness, they were getting ready to enter the land that had been promised their forefathers,… the land of Canaan.

God is now giving the children of Israel guidelines that He expects them to obey once they enter the land that He was giving to them.

Read on,…

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:

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 reveal to the reader that the “land” which Leviticus 27:30 was speaking of was the land of Canaan. Once the children of Israel took up residence in the land of Canaan, and were safe from their enemies, THEN they were to begin tithing.

So, Leviticus 27:30 is not speaking of a worldwide, global tithe. It is speaking of a centralized tithe, restricted to the land of Canaan.

Further, Leviticus 27:30 tells us that God’s tithe was to consist of a SPECIFIC thing. It was to come from agricultural increase,… not from the money that the children of Israel had.

A careful study of the word of God will reveal to the reader that God never told anyone in His word to give ten percent of their money to any religious entity or to any religious institution.

His commanded tithe has always been agricultural increase,… it was not to come from anyone’s weekly/bi-weekly/monthly monetary income.

Pastor’s have handled the word of God deceitfully and have twisted the word of Truth into a lie; turning God’s holy tithe into an unholy thing.  They have redefined both the elements, and the location of God’s holy tithe.  By doing so, it is not God’s tithe they preach,… but man’s..

The monetary tithe requirement doctrine that is being taught in religious institutions around the world today is totally foreign to the word of God.

Psalm 147:19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
Psalm 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
Will a Man Bribe God?
by Ronald W Robey

Will a man bribe God? Yet, you have bribed Him.

 
But you say, “How have we bribed Him?”
 
With ten percent of your money. You are cursed with a curse because you have bribed Him,… everyone of you. You have attempted to pay God ten percent of your money in order to receive His divine favor and His protection.
 
 
Repent of this wickedness you are doing! Jesus Christ already paid for God’s divine favor upon your life. It is because of faith in Jesus Christ that God’s mercies are new every morning,… not because you give ten percent of your money to a religious institution doing business as a “church”.
 
God is not a mob Boss. He is not a Mafia Don who sends out thugs to collect protection money from people. He does not threaten people with curses if they fail to give them ten percent of their financial income.
 
Wake up, people! You have allowed ravenous wolves to enter in among you, and they are extorting your money and pointing your to a god that does not have the power to save you. The god these wolves are preaching requires you to tithe your monetary income, while the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the God that sits upon His throne in the third Heaven,… NEVER spoke such a command from Heaven to any Apostle or Prophet of His.

Monetary tithing is a criminal act against the God of Heaven and against the cross of Christ.

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