Pot to Kettle…Black!
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 24, 2019)

Pastors often warn their congregations to beware of televangelists because, “Televangelists will take verses out of context in order to prove their prosperity gospel, or their seed-faith doctrine.”

It is not just televangelists that handle the word of God deceitfully. It is also pastors in many local churches. For instance,…

God said His required tithe is to be agricultural, (Leviticus 27:30,32) but pastors say God requires monetary tithes.

God said the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. (Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38) But pastors say the congregation is required by God to tithe to the House of God.

God said that a biological descendant of Aaron the Priest must oversee the tithe when it is given. (Nehemiah 10:29,37-38) Pastors say to give the tithe even though a bloodline descendant of Aaron the Priest is not present.

God’s word says that Malachi is addressing the Priests of Israel. (Malachi 1:6-7;2:1) Pastors say Malachi is addressing the congregation.

God said His tithe is to be observed only after entering the land of Canaan to live there. (Deuteronomy 12:10-11) Pastors say tithes are to be observed all over the world.

Many pastors that point an accusing finger at televangelists for using Scripture wrongfully have three of their own fingers pointing back at them.

Pot to Kettle…”Black!”

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

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How to Obey God in the Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 22, 2019)

How to be obedient to God in tithing:

1. Move to the land of Israel before you begin tithing. Deuteronomy 12:10-11

To tithe in any other land than the land of Israel is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

2. Tithe only from land you have inherited in Israel or from livestock animals you own. Leviticus 27:30,32

To tithe from anything other than agricultural crops, flocks, and herds is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

3. In years one, two, four, and five of a seven-year-cycle, take a family vacation to Jerusalem and eat a tithe there with your family. Deuteronomy 14:22-26

To not travel to Israel years one, two, four, and five in seven-year-cycle to eat a tithe with your family is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

4. In years three and six of a seven-year-cycle, do not eat your tithe, but keep it in your farming community to give to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, to widows, to the fatherless, and to strangers. Deuteronomy 26:12-17

To not give a tithe to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, to widows, to the fatherless, or to strangers in Israel every third and sixth year in a seven-year-cycle is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

note: the seventh year in the seven-year-cycle, you cannot plant seed or reap a harvest. So, no tithe of crops will be required that year; Leviticus 25:1-6

5. If you are not from the bloodline of the biblical patriarch Levi, do not tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

To tithe to the House of God when you are not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

6. Give tithes to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi when they come to your farming community. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

To give tithes outside of a farming community when you are not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

7. Do not give tithes to a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi unless a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron is present with him. Nehemiah 10:37-38

To give tithe when a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron is not present is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

8. If you are a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi, take a tithe of the tithes you receive from others to the House of God.

To tithe to the House of God when you are not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi is an act of disobedience to God’s tithe command.

These are the guidelines that God has given in His word concerning the elements of His commanded tithe; the recipients of his commanded tithe; the location of his commanded tithe; and the time of His commanded tithe.

Which is Lying?
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 22, 2019)

Christian institutions certainly should be supported financially. But not through lies.

An institution supported by lies is not “Christian”. It may be religious, but it is not Christian.

God’s church is built on the truths written and spoken by the apostles, Jesus Christ being the Chief Cornerstone. It is not built on lies.

Ephesians 2:19-20 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

The monetary tithe requirement doctrine taught in many religious institutions around the world today is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible. It actually contradicts what God said in the Bible that His commanded tithe is. God’s word says that God’s required tithe was to come from agricultural increase.

Therefore, either God’s word is lying about what the commanded tithe is, or religious institutions around the word are lying about what the commanded tithe is.

Which of the two do you believe is lying? God’s word, or the religious institution?

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

What Did Abraham Tithe?
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 21, 2019)

Genesis 14:16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Notice two things in this verse that many overlook, or their pastors don’t want them to see.

1. The goods that Abraham brought back belonged to Sodom and to Lot.
2. The goods that Abraham brought back DID NOT belong to Abraham.

Now notice…

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

“and he gave him tithes of all.”

“Tithes of all?” What does that mean, “tithes of all”? All the goods that Abraham brought back in verse 16…not his own property, but the property of Sodom and of Lot. Abraham tithed the property of other people’s wealth…not his own wealth.

Abraham confirms that it was not his wealth in verses 21-24, where we read…

“And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

Abraham was returning the goods that belonged to Sodom (after he had given the customary tenth to Melchizedek) and Bera wanted to reward him by giving him the goods that he had recovered. But Abraham would have none of that. He told Bera that he had promised God that he would not take ANY of the spoils to himself (as his own property) lest he give Bera occasion to say he had made Abraham rich.

The text of Genesis 14:16-24 PROVES beyond a shadow of doubt that what Abraham gave as tithes that day was from the property of others…not from his own property.

And, if that isn’t enough, we have the text of Hebrews 7:4 that tells us what it was that Abraham tithed that day…

Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man (Melchizedek/Melchisedec) was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

The tithe Abraham gave to Melchizedek/Melchisedec was from the goods/spoils (properties of Sodom and Lot) that Abraham had recovered after killing the wicked kings and rescuing the hostages.

No Right to Tithes
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 18, 2019)

Many today claim that the text of 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 is proof that pastors are to receive tithes of their congregations. 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 says,

“Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”

The context of 1 Corinthians 9 shows that the apostle Paul was speaking of the rights of an apostolic missionary to receive food and lodging from those they ministered to on their missionary journeys.

Paul was affirming the rights that Jesus Christ bestowed upon those He sent out in the mission field to preach the Gospel in Luke 10…the right to receive food and lodging from those they ministered to on their missionary journey. They were not to demand anything from those they preached to, but were to accept any food and lodging that the people offered.

At the time that Paul wrote his first epistle to the church at Corinth, the Mosaic Law was still being observed by Christ-rejecting Jews. We know this, because in the epistle written to the Hebrews seven years later, the apostle wrote,

Hebrews 7:5 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:

Seven years after the apostle’s first epistle to the church at Corinth, tithes were still according to the Law. The Law stated that God’s holy tithe was to be agricultural; only to be given after becoming a citizen of the land of Canaan; (Israel today) and only to be given to four classes of people;

a) the Levitic tribe
b) widows
c) orphans
d) foreigners in the land

The apostle Paul, being from the tribe of Benjamin, did not qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe. This is how we know he could not have been speaking of tithes in 1 Corinthians 9. He was speaking of his rights as an apostolic missionary. The apostles had no right to tithes.

Not once in the Gospels do we find Jesus telling anyone He commissioned to preach on His behest to receive tithes of those they preached to.

Deceived Fools
by Ronald W Robey

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

The toxic qualities of beverage alcohol has the ability to deceive the one who partakes of it.

Example:

If everyone who drinks alcohol were to be totally honest with God, with their fellow man, and with themselves they would admit that the first time they drank alcohol they got drunk.

Maybe not full-blown, falling down, slobbering drunk. But they were drunk nonetheless. Speech possibly slurred slightly. Unable to think straight. lightheadedness. et.al.

These were all symptoms of drunkenness.

The next time they partook of the same amount of an alcoholic beverage, they were able to drink that amount without experiencing the same degree of those symptoms of drunkenness. The third time, they were able to drink more. The fourth even more.

And yet, they didn’t feel drunk like they did the first time they drank. So, what happened?

Folks, beverage alcohol is called an intoxicant for a reason…

…BECAUSE IT IS TOXIC.

The alcohol that made them fell drunken the first time they partook of it destroyed brain cells…the very cells that told them they were drunk with just one beer, one glass of wine, one shot of whiskey…no longer could tell them that they shouldn’t be drinking that intoxicant called beverage alcohol.

The alcohol had done exactly what the wise king Solomon said it would do…deceive the one drinking it, turning them into fools. Solomon knew of the ability to deceive that beverage alcohol has. That is why he told his son,

“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.”

The word “Look” in Proverbs 23:31 is translated from the Hebrew “רָאָה ra’ah” (pronounced raw-aw’)

Ra’ah is a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative):—advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see(-r, -m, one another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-)spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions.

Solomon knew the best way to avoid being deceived by beverage alcohol was not to desire it…not even to approve of it.

Why Don’t You Tithe?
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 07, 2019)

Question: Why did you stop tithing?

Answer: For me, it was not how churches were handling money that convinced me not to tithe. It was how preachers handled the word of God deceitfully in order to justify receiving tithes.

The word of God reveals that they are not authorized by God to preach a monetary tithe requirement sermon…much less, to receive tithes on His behalf. God’s commanded tithe was

a) to be agricultural. Leviticus 27:30,32
b) to be observed only after becoming a citizen of the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 12:10-11
c) to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in the land of Canaan. Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:27-29; 26:12

Further, the bloodline descendants of Levi were the only ones required by God to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.