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A Warrior’s Armor
by Ronald W Robey

Many pastors, in an attempt to prove that men should not dress like women, will often use Deuteronomy 22:5 as their “proof-text”.  

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

If one looks at the Hebrew from which the English was translated, one will discover that the verse is not saying what many Pastors today want it to say.

Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

The Hebrew from which the word “man” is translated is the word גֶּבֶר geber. (pronounced gheh’-ber) It means, “a valiant man; a warrior”.

Had Moses been speaking of man in general, he would have used the word “adam”. (pronounced ah-dahm) Instead, Moses used the word for a valiant man, a warrior.

What is it that a warrior wears? He wears battle armor, correct? So the admonishment is that a woman is not supposed to put on battle armor.

But, is there further proof to substantiate this thought? I believe there is,… and I believe that proof is also found in Deuteronomy 22:5.

The word “pertaineth” is translated from the Hebrew “k@liy”. (pronounced kel-ee) The primary definition is “something prepared”. There are several secondary definitions given for the Hebrew word “k@liy”. Interestingly, one of those definitions for “k@liy” is “armour”

I believe the admonishment is for women not to put on battle armor to go to war. Likewise, the warrior is not to put on the dress of the woman in an attempt to neglect his duty as a soldier.

There are other verses that do tell us that males in general should not dress up like women. The strongest argument against men “cross-dressing” is found in the first epistle to the saints at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

The word “effeminate” is speaking of those men who would put on the dress of a woman. Those that do such “shall not inherit the Kingdom of God”.

Bewitched!
by Ronald W Robey

Recently, I was told in no uncertain terms that I am guilty of witchcraft.

Why?

Because my posts on Facebook “could cause some to stop tithing their monetary income to their local church”.

The fact is, I am not the one guilty of witchcraft at all. Rather, it is the Pastor’s who teach that God’s tithe is money,… they are the ones that are guilty of witchcraft..

They have bewitched many in their congregations into believing that God requires monetary tithes, when there is no such requirement written anywhere in the pages of God’s Holy word.

There are three reasons as to why many today believe that God requires tithes of their monetary income:

1. Lack of proper study of God’s Holy word.

2. Lack of understanding what God said His holy tithe is.

3. Lack of sound doctrine from the pulpits in the religious institution they attend

The only commands that God has given in His word concerning His holy tithe are:

1. They are to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30-33

2. They are to be observed in the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11

3. They are to be given to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land every three years in a seven year cycle. Numbers 18:24-26; Deuteronomy 14:27:29; 26:12

4. The tither is also supposed to eat of a tithe with his family . Deuteronomy 14:22-26

5. If the tither is not a Levite, that tither is not to take his tithe to the House of God. Nehemiah 10:37-38

6. If the tither is not a Levite, that tither is to take his tithe to a farming community to give to a Levite. Nehemiah 10:37-38

7. A descendant of Aaron MUST BE PRESENT at the time that the tithe is given. Nehemiah 10:37-38

The above referenced verses reveal that:

a) If you are tithing money instead of agriculture, you are not obeying the word of God.

b) If you are tithing in any geographical location other than the Promised Land, you are not obeying the word of God.

c) If you are not giving your tithe to Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in the Promised Land every three years, you are not obeying the word of God.

d) If you are not eating a tithe with your family, you are not obeying the word of God.

e) If you are not a Levite, but take your tithe to the House of God, you are not obeying the word of God.

f) If you are not taking your tithe to a farming community in the Promised Land, you are not obeying the word of God.

g) If you are giving your tithe with no descendant of Aaron present, you are not obeying the word of God.

Pastors would do well to turn from their false doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement and to begin preaching and teaching the truth as it is written in the word of God..

They Which Preach the Gospel
by Ronald W Robey

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

When attempting to expound on 1 Corinthians 9:14, many believe that the Apostle Paul was acknowledging the right for Pastor’s to be salaried.

But, is that really what Paul was saying?

A careful examination of 1 Corinthians 9:14 in its context reveals that Paul was speaking specifically of Apostles, not Pastors.

There is a reason for this. Apostles are not stationary, as Pastors are. Apostles travel around in the world, taking the Gospel to the lost.

The message of 1 Corinthians 9 is, because of their mission trips, they have a right to being fed and housed by those they are ministering to. The Apostle’s post-crucifixion journeys were no different than those of the Disciple’s pre-crucifixion journeys.

Jesus sent out Disciples in Luke 10:1-12, telling them not to take money for their journey. (which is in contrast to the missionary deputation drives we see in our churches today) He told them to accept food and lodging from those they ministered to.

Paul’s defense in 1 Corinthians 9 was for the Apostle’s right to food and lodging to those they ministered to. Apostle’s were separated from the local Church and sent out into the world to preach the Gospel to the lost. (see Acts 13:2)

Elders (Pastors) of the Church were not supposed to accept payment for their preaching. Acts 20:33-35 tells us that the Elders were encouraged to follow Paul’s example; working a job in order to support themselves and the weak.

Elsewhere, Paul stated that, “If any will not work, he should not eat.”

The preaching of the Gospel should be done by those who have been called out of the local assembly to go out into the world to the lost. Those in the local church should have already heard the Gospel and responded to the Gospel call. Once saved, they have no need to be told they have to be saved. They’re already past that.

They need to be fed the milk of the word that they might grow.

The Pastor’s responsibility is to feed the flock/church of God. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2) The Missionary’s responsibility is to preach the Gospel to the lost, (Acts 20:28) that they might hear, respond, and subsequently become members of a local church

Contract Fulfilled

by Ronald W. Robey

Covenant:  A Contract that brings about a relationship of commitment between two parties.

In rhe first part of Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to abolish the Law or the Prophets.”  Many tither’s, will quote this and then will go into a tirade that basically says, “See, the tithe has not been abolished and must be paid.”

These people fail to understand the last part of Matthew 5:17, which says, “but to fulfil.”

The Law was part of the Old Covenant.  Jesus came to fulfil the Law.  Anyone who has entered into a Covenant knows that once a Covenant is fulfilled, it is no longer binding.

Example: You go to a car dealership in hopes of purchasing a car.  In order to acquire the car, you enter a Covenant with the Dealership to make payments of $259 dollars a month for 5 years.  When you fulfil the Covenant you entered, the Dealership gives you the title to your car.  When the Covenant has been fulfilled and the title is legally in your possession, you do not continue to send the Dealership payments of $259.  Why not?  Because, with the Covenant being fulfilled, you are no longer obligated to make payments to the Dealership.

It is the same with the command to tithe.  It was a commitment written in the Old Covenant.  Jesus Himself said that He came to fulfil the commandments.  Was Jesus lying when He said He came to fulfil?

Not at all!  We have many texts that reveal that Jesus completed the task He came to do.  One such example can be found in John 19:30, which records the words of Jesus Christ in His final hour on the cross, saying: “It is finished.”

We also have the words of His servant Paul in Ephesians 2:14-15 & Colossians 2:14.  In these two texts, we read that Jesus took the ordinances and nailed them to His cross.  He abolished the commandments through His flesh.

The Covenant was fulfilled.  There is no more a command or obligation to tithe.

PAY IT FORWARD
by Ronald W Robey
Many today, in their zeal to defend the doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement, will cite 1 Corinthians 16:2, saying that the word “prospered” is speaking of “proportion,” or “percentage.” It is not.
1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
The word “prospered” is translated from the Greek word “euodoo”, which means, “to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:–(have a) prosper(-ous journey).”
euodoo was never translated as proportion in the Bible. The word used by the Greeks for “proportion” was the word “analogia”. Found only in one verse of the New Testament.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Back to 1 Corinthians 16:2. That verse was not speaking of proportion or percentage. It was speaking of prosperity. As God had made them prosperous in life, the Apostle Paul encouraged the saints at Corinth to help the poor saints in Jerusalem. But percentage was never mentioned. God leaves the amount given up to the giver…
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
“Purposeth”– “proaireomai”– “to choose for oneself.”
Not only was the Apostle Paul not speaking of percentage or proportion, Paul also was not speaking of tithes. Rather, he was speaking of a collection (Grk. logia) for the saints at Jerusalem.
1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Now concerning the collection (logia) for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings (logia) when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
The Greek word for “collection” was the word “logia.” Again, nothing to do with tithes. Had Paul been speaking of tithes, he would have used the word “apodekatoo.” Paul did not use the Greek for “tithes” in any of his epistles. The collection in 1 Corinthians 16 was to be freely given (not of coercion) to ease burdened saints in Jerusalem.
In today’s language, we see the simple admonishment by Paul to the Church at Corinth, “God has helped you get to where you are today. Now I encourage you to ‘Pay It Forward.'”

 

Many teachers of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine will use 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 in an attempt to prove that the pastors of our modern church assemblies are to be paid tithes by the saints in the congregation.  Their argument is that just as the Levites who worked in the House of God were authorized by God to take tithes, the pastors in the House of God are also authorized to take tithes.

But is that really what Paul was saying?

Who are “they which preach the gospel”? In order to learn just who the Apostle Paul was speaking of in his first epistle to the saints and faithful brethren at Corinth, we need to search the New Testament texts for any verses on the preaching of the Gospel.
Following is a list of several verses where we see the preaching of the Gospel…
Jesus “went about all Galilee…preaching the gospel” (Matthew 4:23)
Jesus “went about all the cities and villages…preaching the gospel” (Matthew 9:35)
Jesus declared that “the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11:5)
Jesus said that the “gospel…shall be preached in all the world” (Matthew 24:14)
Jesus said that the “gospel…shall be preached in the whole world” (Matthew 26:13)
Jesus “came into Galilee, preaching the gospel” (Mark 1:14) ñ Jesus said “the gospel must first be published among all nations” (Mark 13:10)
Jesus said that the “gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world” (Mark 14:9)
Jesus told His disciples to “go…into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15)
Jesus said that He would “preach the gospel to the poor” (Luke 4:18)
Jesus declared that “to the poor the gospel is preached” (Luke 7:22)
The disciples of Jesus “departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel” (Luke 9:6)
Jesus “preached the gospel” to the Jews in the temple (Luke 20:1)
The apostles “preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans” (Acts 8:25)

Paul and Barnabus “preached the gospel” in Lystra and Derbe (Acts 14:6-7)
Paul and Barnabus “preached the gospel to that city [Derbe]” (Acts 14:20-21)
Peter declared that “the Gentiles… should hear the word of the gospel” (Acts 15:7)
Paul relayed that God had called him to “go into Macedonia…to preach the gospel unto them” (Acts 16:10)
Paul said that he had “gone preaching the kingdom of God” (Acts 20:25)
Paul said that he was “an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1)
Paul spoke of serving “in the gospel of his Son” and hoping for “a prosperous journey” (Romans 1:9-10)
Paul said that he was “ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome” (Romans 1:15)
Paul asked “how shall [preachers] preach, except they be sent?”
Paul said that he was “to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God” (Romans 15:16)
Paul declared that “from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, [he had] fully preached the gospel of Christ” (Romans 15:19)
Paul said that he “strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest [he] should build upon another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20)
Paul said that Christ “sent [him]…to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17)
Paul said that he “came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel” (2 Corinthians 2:12)
Paul said that Titus “whose praise is in the gospel” was “chosen of the churches to travel with [him]” (2 Corinthians 8:18-19)
Paul said that he was “come as far as to [the Corinthians] also in preaching the gospel of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:14)
Paul hoped “To preach the gospel in the regions beyond” the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 10:16)
Paul warned about someone “that cometh [who] preacheth another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4)
Paul recalled that he “went up by revelation, and communicated unto [Jerusalem] that gospel which [he preached] among the Gentiles” (Galatians 2:2)
Paul said that he “preached the gospel unto [the Galatians]” (Galatians 4:13)
Paul told the Ephesians to have their “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15)
Paul said that he was to “open [his] mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which [he was] an ambassador” (Ephesians 6:19-20)
Paul said that Timothy “hath served with [him] in the gospel” (Philippians 2:22)
Paul declared that “in the beginning of the gospel [he] departed from Macedonia” (Philippians 4:15)
Paul reminded the Colossians of “the truth of the gospel which is come unto [them]” (Colossians 1:5-6)
Paul encouraged the Colossians of “the hope of the gospel… which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof [Paul was] made a minister” (Colossians 1:23)
Paul told the Thessalonians that the “gospel came…unto [them] in power, and in the Holy Ghost” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Paul said that the Thessalonians “sounded out the word of the Lord…in Macedonia and Achaia” and that their faith “is spread abroad” (1 Thessalonians 1:8)
Paul reminded the Thessalonians of his “entrance unto” them “to speak unto [them] the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:1-2)
Paul said that Timothy, who had traveled with him, was “a fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ” (1 Thessalonians 3:2)
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews declared that “unto us was the gospel preached” (Hebrews 4:2)
Peter reminded the Jewish believers in his epistle about the apostles “that have preached the gospel unto [them]” (1 Peter 1:12)
John in his vision of the Revelation saw an angel have “the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6)

Does anyone see a pattern in all of these verse references?

After examining the nearly fifty verses dealing with those who preach the Gospel, it is evident that during the first century, the preaching of the Gospel was practiced in an atmosphere apart from and unafiliated with the local assembled Body of Believers.
The preaching of the Gospel was to the lost, not to the saved! The lost, (out in the world) hear the Gospel, believe it and trust Christ. In trusting Christ, they are saved and added to the Church. (the Body of Christ)

Therefore, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 do not support the theory that pastors are authorized to take tithes of their congregations.  It is dealing with support for the Apostles, traveling ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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