Deceitful Pastors Misrepresent Malachi
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 24, 2020)

Malachi was calling for a return to God’s ordinances. (see Malachi 3:7) God’s tithe ordinance said,

a) Tithes are to be agricultural. (Leviticus 27:30,32)

This means that, when a pastor uses Malachi 3:10 to teach that tithes are to be monetary, that pastor is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

b) The storehouse to take tithes is in the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

This means that, when a pastor uses Malachi 3:10 to teach that the religious institution he presides over in the office of pastor is God’s authorized Tithe Collection Storehouse, that pastor is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

c) Tithes are to be given to bloodlind descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. (Numbers 18:21)

This means that, when a pastor who is not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch uses Malahci 3:10 to teach that he is God’s authorized Tithe Collection Representative, he is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

d) The congregation is not to approach the House of God with their tithes. (Numbers 18:21-22; reaffirmed in Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

This means that, when a pastor uses Malahci 3:10 to teach that the congregation is to bring their tithes to the House of God, he is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

Conclusion:

Malachi 3:10 is not

a) a call for monetary tithes

b) a call for tithes to be taken to religious institutions outside of Canaan

c) a call for non-Levitic pastors to take tithes of the congregation

d) a call for the congregation to tithe to the House of God

No matter how many times a pastor says that his congregation is required by God to tithe their money and to bring that tithe to the House of God, the Bible will always state otherwise.

This begs the question…

“Who is the liar? God? or the Pastor?”

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.

If God’s Tithe is Monetary
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 21, 2020)

If God’s tithe is monetary, then that means that

a) Leviticus 27:30 is a lie
b) Leviticus 27:32 is a lie
c) Deuteronomy 12:17 is a lie
d) Deuteronomy 14:22 is a lie
e) Deuteronomy 14:23 is a lie
f) Deuteronomy 14:26 is a lie
g) 2 Chronicles 31:6 is a lie
h) Nehemiah 10:37 is a lie
i) Nehemiah 12:44 is a lie
j) Nehemiah 13:5 is a lie
k) Nehemiah 13:12 is a lie
l) Malachi 3:10 is a lie
m) Matthew 23:23 is a lie
n) Luke 11:42 is a lie
o) Hebrews 7:5 is a lie.

Those who insist that God’s tithe is monetary reject and deny fifteen verses in the Bible that prove it is not.

Biblical Tithe Guidelines
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 16, 2020)

Following are the biblical mandates governing the observance of God’s commanded tithe…

1. Tithes must be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. Leviticus 27:30,32

2. A portion of the agricultural crops tithe, after it is given, can be bought back at twenty percent over the value of the portion. Leviticus 27:31

3. The animal tithe cannot be bought back. Leviticus 27:33

4. If one attempts to exchange the animal tithe for another animal, he forfeits both animals. Leviticus 27:33

5. Tithes are to come from land that the Jews inherited. Deuteronomy 12:10-11

6. The place to tithe is in the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 12:10-11 (2 Chronicles 6:5-6 later identifies the place as the city of Jerusalem)

7. Tithes are to be given to the Levitic tribe because they have no inheritance among the other eleven tribes. Numbers 18:21-26

8. The congregation is not to take tithes to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

9. Bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi are the only people commanded by God to tithe to the House of God. Their tithe is a tithe of the tithes they receive from the congregation. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

10. A Priest from the bloodline of Aaron must be present at the time that the congregation gives their tithe to the Levite. Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

11. The congregation is to take a tithe to Jerusalem at the end of the Harvest to eat with the members of his household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26

12. If the one with the tithe lives too far from Jerusalem, he can sell the tithe and carry the money to Jerusalem. However, once arriving in Jerusalem, he is to use that money to buy food and drink so that he can eat it and drink it with members of his household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26

13. Every third year, a tithe must be given to widows, to orphans, to foreigners, and to Levites. Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-17

The above Scriptural truths are the only commands God gave concerning tithes. God never commanded people to tithe their money to the House of God. Nor did God tell people to take their tithes to any other city but the city of Jerusalem.

If your tithe observance is contrary to any of the thirteen Biblical truths listed above, you are not obeserving God’s commanded tithe, but man’s.

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Was Jesus Withholding Truth?
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 16, 2020)

If God requires tithes of man’s monetary gain, please explain why it is that not one person in the entire Bible was told by either God, Jesus Christ, the prophets, or the apostles to tithe their monetary gain?

Why is it that, when the apostles gained a coin from catching a fish, (Matthew 17:24-27) they gave the coin to Tax Collectors in Capernaum instead of taking a tenth of the coin to Jerusalem? (God required the children of Israel to take their tithes to Jerusalem)

Why is it that, when the apostles sold their possessions, (Luke 12:33) they gave the money to the poor as alms instead of taking a portion of the money to Jerusalem as tithe?

Why is it that Jesus told them to sell a garment and use the money gained to purchase a sword? (Luke 22:36) instead of giving a tenth of the proceeds as tithe?

If God requires man to tithe his monetary gain, Jesus sure was slack in informing or instructing his apostles correctly in the matter. Was Jesus withholding truth from the apostles?

Who Is Authorized To Take Tithe?
by Ronald W. Robey
(written February 11, 2018)

Many pro-tithe proponents argue that tithes are still required today. This begs the question…

…if the monetary tithe requirement teacher is correct, who is it that is authorized to take tithes?

In the Bible, the very last commandment concerning tithes is found in Hebrews 7:5. It clearly states the command to take tithes was given to the sons of Levi.

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:

Had God wanted the called-out assembly, the ekklesia to tithe, the Apostle Paul sure missed the chance to inform his readers of such a requirement in that passage. Paul didn’t say that the Pastor has a command to take tithes of the congregation. Paul didn’t say that the Elder has a command to take tithes of the Body of Believers. Nor did Paul say that Bishops have a command to take tithes of the called-out assembly.

And for good reason…

…because the command to tithe was given to the children of Israel, and the command to take tithes was given to the Levitic tribe in Israel. (Lev. 27:30-34; Ps. 147:19-20; Nu. 18:24-26; He. 7:5-8) God never told the apostles to teach New Testament Ministers to take tithes from the New Testament Church Body. (Acts 15:24,28-29; 21:23-25)

The Apostles and the Holy Ghost determined at the Jerusalem Council that Gentile Converts were not to be required to keep the Mosaic Law. The tithe command was part of the Mosaic Law.

Had Paul told Pastors/Elders/Bishops to take tithes of the Body of Believers in their respective assemblies, Paul would have been speaking and instructing them to act in direct opposition to the decision made by the rest of the Apostles and by the Holy Ghost concerning the Gentile Converts and the Mosaic Law.

If it is true that tithes are required today, the tithes must be taken by those that the Bible says have the legal right to take tithes,…bloodline descendants of Levi.

But wait…

…Hebrews 7:18 states that the command that the sons of Levi had, the command to take tithes, was disannulled. Cancelled.

Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

No one…let me repeat…no one, has authority today to take tithes of anybody.

To insist that some religious figures in the church have that authority, one has to deny what is clearly written in the Bible for all to see.

Out of a Heart of Love
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 11, 2020)

I am so glad that, after nine years of believing that Malachi was speaking of a monetary tithe, the Holy Spirit told me to focus on Malachi 3:7. In that verse, I discovered that God was calling for a return to His ordinances.

It was then that my perspective changed. I could no longer haphazardly read Malachi 3:8-10 with the belief that God was saying that the New Testament Believers in Christ Jesus are required to tithe their monetary income to the local church they attend or are members of.

Malachi was calling for a return to God’s ordinances, and I knew that the apostle James stated emphatically in Acts 15:24 that there was no command for Gentile Believers to keep those ordinances.

But, for the sake of an argument, let’s just surmise that the New Testament Body of Believers in Christ Jesus are required to keep God’s ordinances…

We still run into a snag. Why? Because

a) God’s tithe ordinance said that agricultural crops, flocks, and herds were to be tithed…not money. Leviticus 27:30,32. Upon learning this, I realized that I could no longer teach the congregation that ten percent of their money was God’s required tithe.

b) God’s tithe ordnance said that tithes are to be taken to Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6. Upon learning this, I realized that I could no longer teach that the congregation was required to bring tithes to the building where I pastored in Manassas, VA.

I began teaching these truths in 1988…

1. That no minister living outside of the land of Canaan is God’s Authorized Tithe Collection Representative

2. That no religious institution outside of the city of Jerusalem is God’s Authorized Tithe Collection Facility.

After learning what the Bible actually says about

a) the commanded ELEMENTS of the tithe;

b) the commanded GIVERS of the tithe;

c) the commanded LOCATION of the tithe;

d) the commanded RECIPIENTS of the tithe;

e) the commanded YEAR of the tithe

I could no longer teach or preach a monetary tithe requirement doctrine.

God’s desire for the New Testament Body of Believers in Christ Jesus is that man gives out of a heart of love…not due to a command by a second or third party. Giving out of a heart of love will be more acceptable than giving because another person said we must give.

God does not demand a certain percentage when we give. He only wants us to consider the following as we give…

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

God’s Guideline for Biblical Tithing
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 03, 2020)

In the Bible, God had a strict guideline that He expected to be followed when it came to tithing. This guideline was so strict that, if it was not observed in the manner God said it was to be observed, the children of Israel would be cursed.

So what was God’s Tithe Guideline?

1. Tithes were not to be observed until the children of Israel, aka the congregation, were living in the land of Canaan. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11)

2. Tithes were to be strictly agricultural. (see Leviticus 27:30,32; Deuteronomy 12:17; 14:22-23; 14:26; 2 Chronicles 31:6; Nehemiah 10:37; 12:44; 13:5,12; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42)

3. The congregation were to take their tithes to Jerusalem. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

4. The congregation was to give a tenth part of their agricultural increase to the Levitic tribe. (see Leviticus 27:30,32; Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

5. A bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron was to be present at the time the congregation gave their tithes to the Levitic tribe. (see Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

6. The Levitic tribe was to take a tithe of the tithes that they received from the congregation to the House of God. The Levites were not to take the entire tithe they received from the congregation to the House of God…only a tithe of the tithe. Ten percent of ten percent. The remaining ninety percent of the tithes the Levitic tribe received was to be their sustenance for when they were not working at the House of God. (see Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

7. At the end of the yearly harvest, the congregation is to take a second tithe to Jerusalem to eat with members of their individual households. This would include, not just family members, but servants in the household as well. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6)

8. Those members of the congregation that had to travel great distances in order to get to Jerusalem could sell their tithe before starting the journey to Jerusalem. However, upon arrival at Jerusalem they were to use the money from the sale of the tithes to purchase food and drink to eat with the members of their household. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-26)

9. Every third year, the congregation was to keep the tithe (that they normally took to Jerusalem to eat) in their cities to be distributed to Levites, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in their cities. (see Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12-17

These are the guidelines God set forth governing the observance of tithing. There is no other format of tithe observance required by God in the entire Bible than what is written in the guideline above.

This mean that, when pastors teach their congregations that God’s word instructs them to tithe their monetary income to the House of God, these pastors are guilty of

a) handling the word of God deceitfully
b) lying to their congregations
c) extortion

“Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. – Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”

Monetary Tithes (Not a Building Block of the Church)
by Ronald W Robey
(written April 18, 2018)

Although Jesus taught much in the Gospels, He said very little concerning tithing. Let us look into the instances where Jesus spoke on this subject, shall we?

In Matthew 23, we read:

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 23:23 is almost identical to Luke 11:42.

Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Therefore, I will address both verses as if they are but one.

First, we must acknowledge the fact that Jesus had not yet gone to the cross at this point in time. Therefore, although the Books of Matthew and Luke are found in the New Testament section of our Bibles, what Jesus is saying in these verses is still under the jurisdiction of the Old Testament.

Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise, it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

It took the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross in order for the New Testament to be in force. In Matthew 23:23 & Luke 11:42 Jesus had not yet died. He was speaking under the Law to a people governed by the Law. He even affirms in Matthew 23:23 that tithing is a less weighty matter of the Law.

Since Jesus identified tithing as a matter of the Law, we must remind you that the Law said that the tithe was to be agricultural. That tithes were agricultural is clearly seen when Jesus describes elements found in the tithe that was given by the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus said they included, mint and anise and cummin; rue and all matter of herbs…all agricultural herbs from gardens. And Jesus said, “These ye ought to have done.”

In other words, Jesus was telling them that they were tithing exactly what was required by the Law that they were under. Not once in either Matthew 23:23 or Luke 11:42 does Jesus mention money being tithed. Nor does He say that money should be tithed. Not once.

This begs the question…Since Jesus did not say money was to be tithed, how is it that Pastors are convincing church members that Jesus commanded tithes of money?

The only other tithe Jesus mentions in the Gospel is found in Luke 18:12. Let’s look at the surrounding text to better understand what is being said…

Luke 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:12 is part of a parable…an illustration to expose the self-righteous attitude of the Pharisees, and to reveal to them that their pride in their works will not be rewarded by God. The parable did not actually happen. It was a story to expose the pride of the Pharisees.

And there we have it…the only three instances in the New Testament where Jesus speaks of tithe…exposing self-righteous attitudes that is a sin, and the tithing of agricultural increase. Nowhere in any of the texts did Jesus endorse, or command monetary tithing.

If the Chief Cornerstone of the Church didn’t speak of monetary tithing, monetary tithing clearly was never meant to be a building block in the doctrines of the Church.

Do Not Fall Prey to Extortion
by Ronald W Robey
(written June 10, 2019)

When you tithe money in response to a preacher saying that Malachi 3 is instruction for you to tithe your money, you are not putting God first…you are putting man first.

God said His tithe is to be agricultural…not money. Man says tithes are to be money.

I stopped tithing my monetary income in 1988, when I realized that I, and thousands of other preachers, had been preaching God’s tithe erroneously..

I, like many others, preached that Malachi 3:8-10 was an indictment against the saved in Christ who do not tithe. I preached that the congregation was to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.” The storehouse being the church.

But I was wrong to do so. And here is why I was wrong…

If you back up to Malachi 3:7 and read it, you will discover that God is calling for a return to His ordinances. Do you know what God’s tithe ordinance says?

1. They are to be agricultural. Le. 27:30,32 (a portion of the crop tithes could be bought back once given, Le. 27:31; animal tithes could not be bought back, Le. 27:33)
2. They are to be given to bloodline descendants of Levi. Nu. 18:21-26
3. They are not to be given until you are a citizen of the land of Canaan. De. 6:1-3; 12:10-11
4. The congregation is not to take tithes to the House of God. Nu. 18:21-26 (carefully notice verse 22, which is parked in the context of the tithe command)
5. A tithe is to be carried to Jerusalem, eaten with your family, and shared with bloodline descendants of Levi. De. 14:22-27
6. A tithe is to be kept in your city every third year and given to bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners. De. 14:28-29; 26:12-17

Back to Malachi…

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said the congregation was not to approach the House of God with tithes, Malachi 3:10 cannot be telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God. He would not tell the congregation to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by bringing tithes to the House of God.

Since Malachi 3:7 called for a return to the ordinances and the ordinances said that agriculture was God’s commanded tithe, Malachi 3:10 cannot be saying to tithe money. He would not tell anyone to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by bringing money as tithe.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Context holds that answer. Read the entire previous two chapters leading up to chapter three, and the verses in the third chapter leading up to verse 10. They reveal that the Levitic line of Priests, aka Aaronic Priests, were robbing God by offering unclean animals on the altar and keeping the clean animals for themselves, (1:6-14) and God was commanding them to return to the ordinances. (2:1;3:7)

When pastors teach that Malachi is calling for the congregation to tithe money, they are teaching the exact opposite of what Malachi is actually teaching.

Not once in the entire Bible is man told to give a tenth (tithe) of his money to the House of God. May all be diligent in studying the word of God so that they do not fall prey to pastors who handle the word of God deceitfully. May they be wise in the word and not fall prey to extortioners in the pulpit.

“Extortion: The obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right. – Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th Edition; Thomas West Publishers, ©2004”

John Shot the Message (But He Did Not Shoot the Messenger)
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 06, 2020)

Crafty Preacher: “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”

Rebuttal: “And yet, when I read John’s first epistle, I discover that he says not to sin, and that sin is the transgression of the Law.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

The Law says that 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 27:32 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.

Therefore, when you tithe your monetary income instead of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

The Law said that God’s tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem.

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:

2 Chronicles 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

Therefore, if you are taking your tithes to any other location than Jerusalem, you are transgressing the Law…which the apostle John instructs the reader of his epistle not to do.

Oops…The apostle John just shot down the crafty preacher’s message that “We can tithe our monetary income because we are under Grace.”