Did Jesus Fail His Mission?
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 11, 2019)

If God demands that monetary tithes go to the House of God, then Jesus proved Himself to be a defiant and rebellious Son who was also a liar and a thief…thereby disqualifying Himself from being the sacrifice needed to atone for man’s sin.

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Matthew 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Matthew 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Notice Jesus did not tell the apostles to take a tenth of the money they gained from fishing and give it to the Temple in Jerusalem? Notice He told them to give the money to the Tax Collectors in Capernaum instead?

If God requires monetary tithing, then Jesus’ failed His entire mission in that one event in the timeline of His ministry on Earth.

And again…

Luke 12:33 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.

If the Father required monetary tithes, Jesus would not have been able to give the instructions He gave to His apostles in Luke 12:33 without telling them to defy God Almighty.

He told them to give the money as alms for the poor. Alms were always done outside of the Temple. Notice again…give alms…not take a tithe to the Temple.

And yet again…

Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

Use monetary gain for what? Not tithe…to purchase a sword.

The truth is, God never told anyone to tithe their money to the House of God. The only ones demanding tithes of money are those who handle the word of God deceitfully.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 4:2 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.


Kept in Darkness!
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 10, 2019)

Many Pastors teach the monetary tithe lie due to the denominational values of the religious institution they preside over. They hearken to the denominations requirement to preach monetary tithing, not because it is required by God, but because it is required by the denomination itself; and the pastors do not want to lose the position of authority they have been placed in.

According to Proverbs 29:12, “If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked”. The Pastor who teaches denominational values (the monetary tithe requirement lie) that contradict God’s word, not only stains his own heart with wickedness when he does so, but his entire Staff (Deacons, Musicians, Ushers, Teachers, et.al) also becomes wicked.

And the corruption of the heart doesn’t just stop at the Pastors Staff…it actually spreads like a virus throughout the entire Body…keeping the congregation in darkness as well.

The darkness spreads over the entire congregation because…

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

The Pastor of the church, because he is the one the church body relies on to teach them, is the eye that reads the Scriptures that illuminate life’s path for the congregation . However, when a Pastor preaches denominational values that contradict the Scripture…the entire congregation walks in darkness.

The solution?

Either assign a new Pastor who will not favor denominational values over God’s word, but will teach the truth as it is written in God’s word thereby bringing light to the congregation, or flee that den of iniquity.

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

When a denomination’s values contradict God’s word, then that denomination’s values must be put on trial and judgment must be passed against those values.

God’s Word Speaks for Itself
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 09, 2019)

God’s word speaks for itself. It says that

a) the ONLY tithe God commanded was an agricultural tithe; (Leviticus 27:30-33)

b) the ONLY people God commanded to tithe were the children of Israel; (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20)

c) God decreed that the children of Israel were not to take tithes to the House of God; (Numbers 18:21-26)

d) the ONLY people God authorized to receive His commanded tithe are Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners in the land of Canaan; (Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:27-29; 26:12)

e) the ONLY people required by God to tithe to the House of God were the Levitic bloodline of the descendants of the Patriarch Israel; (Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:37-38)

f) the ONLY House of God that was authorized to store God’s tithes was the Temple in Jerusalem. (Deuteronomy 12:8; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

This means that

1. those who teach that God requires monetary tithing have no light in them; (Isaiah 8:20)

2. those who teach that God requires monetary tithes are not walking with God. (Amos 3:3)

The Best Teacher
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 09, 2018)

I have often heard the phrase, “Experience is the best teacher”.

And for many years, I believed it. After all, who is best qualified to instruct a person in job skills than one who is skilled at that job? If you want to learn all about firefighting, you would not go to an English Teacher who’d never fought a fire in his life. You would go to a fireman. And since you want to learn all about firefighting, you would probably seek out the most experienced of firefighters you could find.

However, even professionals tend to make mistakes in their own fields Many who make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and move on. Many, are greatly injured or even killed because of mistakes they have made.

One mistake can greatly affect others. For instance, a great mistake in the early 20th Century caused the deaths of more than 1500 people. I am speaking of the tragedy that occurred with the Titanic.

Many who identify as “Christian” today believe that, “Experience is the best teacher”. They base this assumption on the fact that they have been “tithing” their monetary income for years, and they’ve always been able to pay off any and all financial obligations on time, every time.

“It has always worked for me. I tithe; God opens the windows of Heaven,” seems to be their unified cry. Experience, to them, is their teacher. However, their “experience” is not the best teacher. Nor is it a reliable teacher.

Why not? Because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. There is a way that seems right to us, but the ends thereof are the ways of death. We cannot trust our own hearts.

Many base experience of having a money supply as being proof that tithing money is right. They say Malachi 3 is proven by their experience of always having money when they need it, or God sending unexpected money when they need it. However, Malachi 3 was not speaking of a tithe of money. He was speaking of the tithe according to the Law.

Had Malachi called for monetary tithes, he would have been calling for transgression of the Law. No, my friend, Malachi was speaking of agricultural tithes in chapter three, not money.

And the blessing attached was speaking of rain from heaven to water the gardens so that food would grow. The rain would bring a harvest of fruit and vegetables so large that the barns would not be big enough to contain them all.

Malachi’s promise was not for enough money to pay bills. It was for more agricultural crops than the barns could hold. Their experience contradicts what the word of God clearly states, and that is why experience is not “the best teacher”.

One thing to consider… the enemy of our souls will often reward people for listening to and yielding to his lies.

Remember the story of Jesus and the Temptations He faced in the wilderness? Satan told Jesus he could give Him the wealth and prosperity of the world. Had Jesus believed satan; had He bowed to satan; there is no doubt in my mind that satan could have given Him great riches and prosperity.

But Jesus knew who satan was. He used the word of God to defeat satan. Jesus said, “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him alone shalt thou serve.”

Today, many pastor’s flash pictures of wealth and prosperity before the eyes of their flocks. They handle the word of God deceitfully; telling the flocks, “If you tithe, God is going to bless your finances, your home, your health, and the work of your hands. If you fail to tithe, God will allow the devourer to ruin your finances, your home, your health and the work of your hands.”

Pastors may be experienced in teaching from the Bible. However, when they teach the monetary tithe requirement, as experienced as they may be, they err greatly. They are going outside of their field of expertise; whether knowingly or unknowingly.
And their error affects others.

They have many in their congregations believing their “twist” on Malachi 3:8-12 so much that they don’t see that God’s promise was not money here and money there… it was for an abundance of agricultural crops so big that the barn could not contain it all.

Because they fail to study their Bibles, they foolishly believe the lie that they are told. Their “experience” of a little money here and there blinds their hearts and eyes to what is actually going on. They are not walking in truth, but in a lie.

Experience is not the best teacher… the word of God is.

Acts 2:38 Baptism
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 08, 2019)

So many people are told today that if they do not “obey Acts 2:38 by getting water baptized,” they cannot be saved. That is a foolish doctrine. One is saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…not by being submersed in water.

And Acts 2:38 is not even about water baptism…it is about being baptized in the Spirit of God.

In Matthew 3, we find the cousin of Jesus, John the Baptist, baptizing people in the river Jordan. John declares,

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” (v.11)

The baptism of the Lord is with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This Holy Ghost Baptism is what took place in Acts 2:4…they were baptized in the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them the utterance.

In Acts 2:38, Peter was telling the people he was preaching to that if they received that same baptism that they had witnessed early in the chapter, i.e the baptism of the Holy Ghost…they too, would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Water Baptism does not save anyone. It is nothing more than symbology. It is a voluntary outward expression of an already experienced inward possession.

Malachi, Rightly Divided
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 08, 2019)

If members of the congregation would rightly divide the word of truth, they would know that Malachi

a) is not calling for people worldwide to tithe

Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

b) is calling for 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?

God’s ordinances concerning tithing say that

1. God’s tithe is to be agricultural, not monetary

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.

2. God’s tithe must be given to bloodline descendants of the patriarch Levi

2Numbers 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.

3. The congregation is not to tithe to the House of God.

Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.

What is written in the ordinances proves that Malachi

c) is not saying money is to be tithed

d) is telling Levites to tithe to God’s House and no one else

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

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

Summary: Malachi would not be calling for a return to God’s ordinances in Malachi 3:7, and then instructing transgression of the ordinances in Malachi 3:10. Those who use Malachi 3:8-10 as “proof-text” for a monetary tithe requirement are guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 Corinthians 4:2 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.

He Won (an Italian Sonnet)
by Ronald W. Robey

When i considered the price He paid
For man the creature’s sin
i had to thank Him yet again
As on my knees i prayed
For there upon that cruel cross
He died that i might live
But when He cried, Father forgive
My shame i could not gloss
There upon Calvary’s hill
The sky turned dark as night
Three hours without the sun
Standing there i felt a chill
They crucified the light
Then three days later, He won