Tithing


A Cherished Lamb
by Ronald W Robey

Question: “Did Cain and Abel tithe in Genesis 4:3-6?”

Answer: The key to understanding what was offered in Genesis 4:3-6 is found in the New Testament Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 11:4 (KJV) By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

First, We see that Abel operated in faith…not by Law. He was not commanded to offer a certain amount, but offered what he believed the LORD would be pleased to receive.

Second, We see that his offering was an excellent offering.

Third, We see that Abel’s offering was a sacrifice…something that Abel loved…possibly a favorite lamb…hey, he was willing to give it to God…again not by Law, not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

Fourth, We see that this offering caused Abel to be identified as being righteous. One is only made righteous be faith in God. Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him as righteousness.

Fifth, We see that God testified of Abel’s gifts. God wanted people to know that Abel had given Him something that was cherished by Abel…something precious and dear to Abel’s heart…yet, not so precious and dear that it took precedence over God.

We see in God’s testimony, acceptance for an unselfish act on behalf of Abel.

It is my belief that Abel’s sacrifice by faith was not a tithe. Abel’s sacrifice by faith made him righteous. One can never be made righteous by tithing. Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek did not make him righteous. Israel’s tithe to the Levite’s did not make them righteous.

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How Tithers View Matthew 23:23
by Ronald W Robey

“YOU SHOULD TITHE”

for some strange reason, tithers understand Matthew 23:23 to say, “you ought to tithe”.

They cannot understand the rest of the verse, which says…

a) who Jesus was speaking to, “SCRIBES AND PHARISEES”

b) what was being tithed, “MINT AND ANISE AND CUMMIN”

c) what Jesus said should have been tithed, “THESE, (referring to mint and anise and cummin)

d) that tithing is a “LESS WEIGHTY MATTER OF THE LAW”

The reason that so many only see the command to tithe in Matthew 23:23, and not who was being told to tithe, nor what they were being told to tithe…is because they are reading the verse through the tainted lens of religion, and not by the guidance of the Spirit of Truth.

Sadly, we can point out the words “scribes and Pharisees”; we can point out the words, “mint and anise and cummin”; we can point out the words “matters of the Law”…even capitalizing the words as I did above, and still many will not understand the verse because they refuse to take those tainted lenses of religiosity off.

Cancelled
by Ronald W Robey.

In many of my discussions with people of the pro-tithe persuasion, an argument has arisen,

“If you cannot provide a Scripture verse where Jesus cancelled the monetary tithe, then it was never cancelled by Jesus!”

One can counter with the statement,

“If you cannot produce a Scripture verse where Jesus said money is to be tithed, then money is not to be tithed.”

The latter claim is just as weak as the former. It is best to approach the former claim from a different angle.

We know in Genesis 14 that Abram tithed war spoils. Those war spoils may, or may not have contained things used as money in the time of Abram, i.e.; silver, gold, brass, etc., etc..

For the sake of an argument, let’s speculate that gold and silver were recovered from the kings that were slaughtered by Abram and his armies at Hobar.

Then, we go back to the question, “Can you provide Scripture where Jesus cancelled a monetary tithe?”

No, I cannot.

However, using the word of God, I can prove that Jehovah God did cancel a monetary tithe.

Notice:

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 is the first time we see God giving instruction of what His holy tithe is to consist of. There is no mention of money being a titheable commodity. Only agricultural products, i.e.; crops and livestock.

If that isn’t proof enough that money is no longer accepted by God as titheable, we can produce further proof,…

Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

Deuteronomy 12:8 states that man could not do what seemed right in his own eyes. God said His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock (see Lev. 27:30-33). Therefore, even if it seemed right to tithe money, God said it was not.

His holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops and livestock. He cancelled any authority for His holy tithe to come from any other sourse than “the seed of the land, the fruit of the trees, and every tenth animal to pass under the rod.”

God Himself cancelled the monetary tithe more than thirty-four hundred years ago.

And He never reinstated it.

The Tither’s Psalm:

The Pastor is my Shepherd, I shall not think for myself.

He makes me to tithe my money on the altar of his ego. He brainwashes me with promises of wealth.

He excites my inner greed with smooth words and fair speeches.

Yea, though I see no monetary tithe anywhere in my Bible, I will not comprehend it. My Pastor assures me that God is mistaken about tithes being agricultural.

He prepares for me a message of prosperity. Though at present my Pastor gets richer, one day my wallet shall also overflow.

And I will exalt my Pastor and feed his lusts for as long as I live.

If Preachers Were Honest

by Ronald W Robey

 

If,

preachers were totally honest with their congregations about God’s holy tithe being agriculture and not money; and If,

preachers were totally honest with their congregations about God’s tithe being required of only the children of Israel; and If,

preachers were totally honest with their congregation about God saying His holy tithe was to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi; and If,

preachers were honest with their congregations about God restricting the observance of tithing to the land of Canaan; and If,

preachers were honest with their congregations about God’s tithe being given to the Levites every three years instead of every week; and If,

the Institutional Church did not teach Malachi 3:8-10 as being instruction for the New Testament Church; and If

the Institutional Church didn’t have empty envelopes labeled “TITHES” in collection plates, on tables, or in the backs of pews; and If

preachers didn’t tell the congregation that they should tithe their monetary income…

…would the congregation come up with the idea all on their own that money is to be tithed? The fact is,

if the Church Leaders were preaching exactly what God says concerning His holy tithe in the Bible; the congregation

would more than likely never get the idea that God expects them to tithe; they would know that

tithe was for Israel in the land of Canaan only. Why not

teach them voluntary giving out of a heart of love for God and the things of God instead?

 

 

Tithe Under “the Order of Melchizedek”
by Ronald W Robey

There are many that teach and/or believe that tithes should be given today.. They will argue that Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek was BEFORE the Law, they say that Abram tithed under the Order of Melchizedek, and therefore, tithing “under the Order of Melchizedek” should be employed.

If we go with the “tithe under the Order of Melchizedek” argument…

Under the Order of Melchizedek, it was a man that tithed. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek applies, then no woman should be told to tithe.

Under the Order of Melchizedek, the tithe was not from man’s wages. Nor was it from government benefits of the one who tithed. Therefore, if the Order of Melchizedek applies, it should not come from man’s wages or government benefits.

Under the Order of Melchizedek Abram tithed spoils of war… spoils that did not belong to him. He had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property. Therefore, under the Order of Melchizedek applies, those who tithe should tithe only war spoils, and should promise God that they will give the rest of what they tithe from away.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? Abram was 79 years old when he tithed to Melchizedek. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek should apply, man should not tithe until he has reached the age of 79 as Abram was.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? Abram tithed in the Valley of Shaveh. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek applies, tithes need to taken to the Valley of Shaveh and given there.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? The tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was from stolen items Abram recovered from kings he killed in battle. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek applies, the tithe should only come from stolen items recovered after killing people… specifically, kings.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? Abram tithed in an open valley, not in a wooden or brick building commonly referred to as a church. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek applies, tithes should be given in an open valley… not in a building.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? Abram was childless when he tithed to Melchizedek, and there is no mention of him tithing after Ishmael was born. Therefore, if under the Order of Melchizedek, those who tithe should not have any children prior to tithing.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? The first person who is recorded giving a tithe was married to his sister. Therefore, if “under the Order of Melchizedek” applies, only those who are married to their sisters should tithe.

Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek? The first tithe was given only after receiving bread and wine from the one being tithed to. Therefore, if “under the Order of Melchizedek” applies, one should receive bread and wine before giving the tithe.

“Tithe under the Order of Melchizedek” shouldn’t be argued in the case of tithing of one’s wages. It fails miserably.

Tithing is a Choice
by Ronald W Robey

One of the reasons people tithe today is, “tithing is a choice.”

And I wholeheartedly agree! Tithing is indeed “a choice”.

However, since Jesus reveals in Matthew 23:23 that tithing is a matter of the Law, each time you “choose” to tithe, you are placing yourself under the Law and thereby rejecting the Spirit of God.

Gal. 5:4  But if ye be led by the Spirit of God, you are not under the Law.

What does the Law say concerning the observance of tithing?

a) that tithes are to be agricultural. (Lev. 27:30-33)
b) that tithes are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in Canaan. (Deut. 12:1,10-11; 26:12)
c) that the tithe is to be eaten. (Deut. 14:22-29)

 

So, while you do have the “choice” to tithe, you do not have the choice to tithe money. Nor do you have the choice to tithe outside of the land of Canaan. Nor do you have the choice to tithe to Protestant, Catholic or Baptist churches.

By choosing to place yourself in the jurisdiction of the Law, you have an obligation to observe the tithe in the manner that the Law demands…or be under a curse.

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.

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