Tithing


Monetary Tithing Was Not Required
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 14, 2018)
 
Jesus was a Carpenter. His apostles were mostly fishermen. And guess what????
 
They were not required to tithe.
 
Even Jesus reveals that they were not required to tithe their money in Luke 12:33. There, we read:
 
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
 
Five things to notice in this verse.
 
1. Jesus told the apostles to give the money gained to the poor in the form of alms.
2. Jesus did not tell them to tithe money gained to the House of God.
3. Giving alms to the poor is what lays up treasure in Heaven…not tithing.
4. The fact that Jesus told the apostles to give money gained from sales to the poor in the form of alms PROVES EMPHATICALLY that God did not require money to be tithed to the House of God.
5. If God required money to be tithed to the House of God, then Jesus told His apostles to disobey God in Luke 12:33.
 
Disobedience is an act of rebellion. Rebellion is a sin that is comparable to witchcraft.
 
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Not the Congregation’s Responsibility
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 14, 2018)

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Why Malachi 3:10 cannot be speaking to the congregation:

1. Malachi 3:7 says there is to be a return to God’s ordinances.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

2. God’s tithe ordinance says that His tithe is to be observed after taking up residence in the land of Canaan/Israel. (De. 12:10-11)

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:

3. God’s tithe ordinance says that His tithe is to be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi. (Nu. 18:21-23)

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

4. God’s tithe ordinance says that the congregation cannot tithe to the House of God. (Nu. 18:21-23)

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

5. God would not tell the congregation to return to His ordinances (Malachi 3:7)

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

and then turn around and tell them to transgress His ordinances by taking their tithe to the House of God. (Malachi 3:10)

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Conclusion: God was speaking to the Aaronic Priests in Israel, (confirmed in Mal. 2:1)

Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

not to the congregation. It is not the congregation’s responsibility to tithe to the House of God.

An Expository Teaching on Malachi 3:6-10
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 09, 2018)
 
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
 
Notice in verse six it does not say, “ye Christians”. It says, “ye sons of Jacob.” Not once in the word of God are Gentile Believers called “sons of Jacob”. So Malachi is not speaking to Gentile Believers, but rather he is speaking to actual bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob.
 
Let’s go on…
 
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
 
In verse seven, Malachi tells the sons of Jacob that they had departed from God’s ordinances and that they were to return. Knowing what God’s ordinance concerning tithes is will help you to understand verses eight through ten.
 
God’s ordinance of tithing is found in Leviticus 27:30-33. There, we learn that God required a tenth part of the agricultural crops of the land of Canaan and every tenth animal from the flocks and herds to pass under the shepherds counting rod. These were the tithes God required. He never said money is to be tithed in His tithe ordinance.
 
Commands written in the tithe ordinance are:
 
1. The tithe of the land is to be given to a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi. (not to a Nigerian pastor) Numbers 18:21-26.
 
2. The tithe is not to be observed until entering the land f Canaan to live there as citizens of that land. Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11.
 
3. The congregation is not to take the tithe to the Levites at the House of God, but is to keep it in their farming community and the Levite is to travel to that farming community to receive the tithes there. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
4. An Aaronic Priest must be present with the Levite at the time the Levite receives the tithe from the congregation in the farming communities. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
5. The Levite is to hand a tithe of the tithe to the Aaronic Priest so that the Aaronic Priest can lift it before God as a representation of the entire agricultural harvest of Canaan. Numbers 18:27-28.
 
6. The Levite is then to take that tithe of the tithe that was lifted before God to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
7. A second tithe is to be eaten in Jerusalem annually by the members of the congregation who were farmers and herders. Deuteronomy 14:22-26.
 
8. A third tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners every third year. Deuteronomy 14:27-29; 26:12
 
This is the summation of all the commandments that were written in God’s tithe ordinance. Malachi 3;7 has God speaking through His servant Malachi, telling specific sons of Jacob to return to that ordinance and the commands written in it. I say “specific” sons of Jacob because, as written in God’s tithe ordinance, (which the sons of Jacob are to return to) the congregation cannot be the intended audience of Malachi 3:6-10.
 
Remember…the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. God would not tell them to return to His ordinance of tithing and then turn around and instruct them to transgress the ordinance by ignoring the instruction that they are not to approach the House of God with the tithe.
 
The “sons of Jacob” that God was referring to were the priestly Aaronic bloodline. This is proven to be true when we look at Malachi 2:1, where Malachi tells the Priests that he has a commandment for them. Yet, if you search the entire second chapter, no commandment is found therein.
 
The commandment is in Malachi 3:7. That commandment is, “Return” to God’s ordinances.
 
Let’s continue…
 
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
 
In verse eight, the Aaronic Priests are asked, “Will a man rob God?” They are then told that they had robbed God. When they ask how they had robbed God, Malachi tells them that they had robbed Him in tithes and offerings.
 
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
 
The Priests had stolen God’s tithe and brought a curse upon the land of Israel. (formerly called Canaan) The Priest’s act of removing God’s tithe from the storehouse had not only robbed God, but it also robbed the entire nation of God’s provision and God’s protection. God had closed the windows of Heaven so that no rain could water the crops in the fields. God also allowed the locusts to do damage to what little crops were growing.
 
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
 
The tithes Malachi was speaking of were the tithes required by Law…agricultural tithes. Malachi was not speaking of a monetary tithe requirement, as God never commanded a tithe of the monetary income of the congregation. Returning the stolen agricultural tithes to the storehouse would move God to open the windows of Heaven so that rain would once again fall on the land of Israel to water the gardens. Verse eleven goes on to say that God would also rebuke the devourer. (the locust) for the sake of Israel.
 
Therefore, it is no less than a lie for pastors to teach their congregations that Malachi is instruction for church members to give a tenth of their money to the House of God..

Obey His Commandments?
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 07, 2018)

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

For those who teach that John 14:15 means we are to obey God’s tithe commandment…

The tithe commandments…

1. Tithes are to be agricultural. Lev. 27:30-33
2. Congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:21-23
3. Only Levites are to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:21-23; Neh 10:37-38
4. Eat a tithe in Jerusalem every year. Deut. 14:22-26
5. Give a tithe to the poor in Israel every third year. Deut. 14:27-28; 26:12
6. Only a tithe of the tithe went into the Temple Storehouse…not the tithe itself. Neh. 10:37-38
7. An Aaronic Priest must be present at the time tithes are given. Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38

Malachi was speaking to the Priests of Israel. They had stolen God’s tithe and God wanted it back. We know God was not speaking to the congregation, as 3:7 says to return to the ordinances. The ordinances said that the children of Israel aka the congregation was not to approach the House of God with their tithes. Num. 18:21-23. God would not tell the children of Israel to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by telling them to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…”

The only storehouse God ever said His tithe was to be put in was in Jerusalem. Deut. 12:10-11; 2 Chr. 6:5-6. It was destroyed in AD 70 and God never instructed anyone to rebuild it.

The reason? God no longer dwells in buildings made with hands. Acts 7:48; 17:24 We are the Temple of God now. 1 Cor. 3:16

Conclusion:

The doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the word of God and should not be preached. Jesus said those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men worship Him in vain. Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7

The Letter Killeth
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 16, 2018)

Of late, many in the camp of thought that God requires us to tithe our monetary wages, have argued that we should not be teaching what the Old Testament says concerning tithing. Their reasoning?

“The letter killeth, but the Spirit bringeth life.”

Apparently, to teach the Bible as it is written, is to them…living under the letter…which means spiritual death.

Preaching what the Bible says concerning God’s holy tithe does not mean one is living under the jurisdiction of the Law. It simply reveals that one knows what God said His holy tithe was to consist of; who was required to tithe; who was authorized to receive the tithe; where and when the tithe was to be observed.

The letter killeth.

2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

According to 2 Corinthians 3, the Law of Moses was a “ministration of death.”

Now, if it is wrong to teach the truth as it is written in the Old Testament, why in the world would the Apostle Paul tell the young Evangelist Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

and

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

One of the things Scripture is to be used for is “correction”. It is impossible to use the Scripture for correction, if one is dismissing what the Scriptures say. And yet…dismiss the Scripture is exactly what these teachers are telling you to do when they tell you that, “the letter killeth.”

They do not want sound doctrine. They turn their ears (and hearts) away from the truth. They would rather hear a minister who teaches contrary to what the word of Truth says.

The Law is indeed a “ministration of death”. It shows man his lost state. However, it also points to Christ.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Since the only place tithes are commanded in the Bible are under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law, to submit to the biblical command to tithe today is to place oneself under the jurisdiction of the Law, and subsequently under the ministration of death.

To place oneself under the jurisdiction of the Law is to commit spiritual suicide. For, when one is in the House of the Law, one is rejecting Christ.

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

The Faithful Steward
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 01, 2017)

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

The etymology of the word “steward reveals that the word is from the Old English stiward, stigweard “house guardian, housekeeper,” from stig “hall, pen for cattle, part of a house” (see sty (n.1)) + weard “guard” (from Proto-Germanic *wardaz “guard,” from PIE root *wer- (3) “perceive, watch out for”).

Which is the more faithful steward?

a) The man who commits to giving ten percent of his employment wages to the local religious institution he attends before meeting his family’s physical needs

b) The man who commits to meeting his family’s physical needs before giving any money to the local religious institution he attends

The Staff of the religious institution are exhorted to be “faithful stewards” over that Office that they have been appointed to.

The man who is only a member of the congregation has a greater responsibility to be a faithful steward at home.

What Tithe Are They Defending?
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 27, 2016)

Often, when preaching on tithing, many preachers will state that Jesus confirmed the tithe in Matthew 23:23. I wholeheartedly agree.

However, the tithe Jesus confirmed in Matthew 23:23 is not the same tithe that pastors are preaching in our pulpits today. Not even close.

In Matthew 23:23, The Mosaic Law was still in effect. The New Covenant would not begin until the death of the Testator Jesus Christ.

Why is this important? Because, the tithe commanded in the Mosaic Law was strictly agricultural in its content. Leviticus 27:30-33 tells the reader that God’s commanded tithes were of crops, flocks and herds. Before anyone tries to claim that agriculture was their means of money, think again. Verses 15 & 18 of this same chapter proves they had money. Even verse 32 states that the tithe could be bought back if the farmer so chose to do.

Being under the Law, the scribes and Pharisees were tithing what the Law demanded. Not money, but crops from the garden. And Jesus confirmed that they were to do so.

In order to say Jesus requires us to tithe our money, one needs to provide a Scripture verse that states this. If there is no such command in the Word of God, (there isn’t) then one has to add to the Word of God in order to preach that command.

So, are we supposed to tithe summer squash and sheep? Cucumbers and cows? Let’s examine the Scriptures for the answer, shall we? Leviticus 27 does say God’s tithe was to be agricultural. However, verse 34 states that the commands were given for the children of Israel.

Now, some may argue that once we became God’s children we became Israel too. The Scriptures reveal that we are a separate nation from the nation of Israel.

Look at Psalm 147:19-20. There, we read that the commands given to the children of Israel were not given to any other nation.

In Acts 15, the religious leaders of Jerusalem were demanding that the Gentile Converts to Jesus Christ be made to keep the Mosaic Law. Both Peter and James berated them, telling them that by putting an impossible yoke upon the Converts. They were tempting God and subverting the souls of the Converts.

Long story short, the Gentile Converts were not required to keep the Mosaic Law. This decision was made by the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

Only four necessary things were required of the Converts,… Tithing was not one of those necessary things.

Flash forward fifteen years to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Chapter 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen as a command, the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still the property of the sons of Levi. In other words, they are still agricultural, and have no part of the Christian Church.

The monetary tithe requirement Doctrine being promoted, preached, and proffered in our Christian churches is totally foreign to the Word of God. It is a man-made doctrine.

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

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