Tithes Existed Before the Law
by Ronald W Robey

There are many that teach and/or believe that tithing is to be observed today. They will argue that Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek was BEFORE the Law and tithing continued during the Law. They conclude with the premise that, “Because Abraham tithed, you should tithe.”

If we go with the “Tithing existed before the Law” argument…

a) Tithing existed before the Law? It was a man that tithed. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, then no woman should be expected to tithe.

b) Tithing existed before the Law? The tithe was not from man’s wages. Nor was it from government benefits of the one who tithed. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes should not come from man’s wages or government benefits.

c) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed spoils of war… spoils that did not belong to him. He had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies, those who tithe should tithe only war spoils, and should promise God that they will give the rest of what they tithe from away.

d) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram was 79 years old when he tithed to Melchizedek. Therefore, if the fact that, “tithing existed before the Law” applies,, we should not tithe until we have reached the age of 79 as Abram was when he tithed.

e) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed in the Valley of Shaveh. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes need to taken to the Valley of Shaveh and given there.

f) Tithing existed before the Law? The tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was from stolen items Abram recovered from kings he killed in battle. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, the tithe should only come from stolen items recovered after killing people… specifically, kings.

g) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram tithed in an open valley, not in a wooden or brick building commonly referred to as a church. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, tithes should be given in an open valley… not in a building.

h) Tithing existed before the Law? Abram was childless when he tithed to Melchizedek, and there is no mention of him tithing after Ishmael was born. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, those who tithe should not have any children prior to tithing nor tithe after they sire children.

i) Tithing existed before the Law? The first person who is recorded giving a tithe was married to his sister. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, only those who are married to their sisters should tithe.

j) Tithing existed before the Law? The first tithe was given only after receiving bread and wine from the one being tithed to. Therefore, “if tithing existed before the Law” applies, one should receive bread and wine before giving the tithe.

The “Tithing existed before the Law” argument shouldn’t be used to justify the monetary tithe requirement doctrine…It fails miserably.

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A Promise of Rain
by Ronald W Robey
 
Read Malachi 3:10. As a matter of fact, read the entire Book of Malachi. It is only four chapters, which can be read in minutes. The first few chapters set the background for the third chapter.
 
In Chapter 1, we find Malachi rebuking the Priests of the Temple in Jerusalem for removing the acceptable offerings from the Temple and replacing them with less acceptable offerings.
 
In chapter 2, we see Malachi telling the corrupt Priests that he has a command for them. And yet, we do not see a command in chapter 2 at all.
 
Thus, the previous chapters are the lead-in for the instruction found in Malachi 3:10.
 
Now, read Genesis 7:11-12 & Genesis 8:2. There is a repeating phrase in all of these verses… “the windows of Heaven.”
 
Genesis 7:11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
 
Genesis 7:11-12 reveals that when the windows of Heaven opened, it began to rain upon the Earth.
 
Genesis 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
 
Genesis 8:2 reveals that when the windows of Heaven were closed, the rain stopped falling upon the Earth.
 
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 promise given in Malachi 3:10 was that if the Priests would return the stolen tithes, God would open the windows of Heaven, not for job security, not for protection from ill health, restoration of broken homes, not for the restoration of broken marriages, etc… One has to work to keep a job…not pay God to keep it. One has to eat right and exercise for the best health…not pay God for it. One has to show love and compassion to keep or restore one’s marriage…not pay God for it. The promise given by God was for rain to fall upon the land of Canaan.
 
The rain would bring an over-abundance of crops in the gardens and orchards. So large would be the agricultural harvest, that there would not be enough room to hold it all.
 
God said that if the stolen tithes were returned, He would “rebuke the devourer”. The devourer in Malachi 3:10 is not some enemy causing you to get fired from your job. It is not some demon causing sickness. It is not a demon breaking families and marriages apart. The devourer in Malachi 3:10 is an insect that has the potential to destroy the agricultural crops.
 
God said that if the stolen tithes were returned, He would not let the fruit fall prematurely from the vine. This again is speaking of that which grows in gardens, squash, pumpkins, grapes, etc…anything that grows from the ground on a vine. It has nothing to do with protecting women from having miscarriages.
 
The promise of Malachi was that if the Priests would return the tithes that they had stolen, God would send rain from Heaven…rain would cause the fruits and vegetables in Canaan to grow to the point that other nations would recognize that God’s hand was upon the children of Israel and that God had blessed Canaan greatly for their sake.
You’re Doing it Wrong!
by Ronald W Robey
 
In order for a Christian to properly observe God’s tithe ordinance today, that Christian would have to:
 
a) be a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Jacob. (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20)
 
b) receive from God a portion of the land of Canaan as an inheritance. (Genesis 28:13-15)
 
c) live peacefully in the land of Canaan (Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11)
 
d) raise crops or breed livestock on that portion of the land of Canaan that he inherited (Leviticus 27:30-33)
 
e) give a tenth part of the crops raised and/or every tenth animal of the livestock he bred to pass under a rod to a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi in rural communities in the land of Canaan (Leviticus 27:30-33; Numbers 18:24-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
f) have a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron present at the time that he gives his tithe to the bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi. (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
g) give a tenth of all agricultural crops he grew every third year to widows, orphans and foreigners. (De. 14:28-29; 26:12)
 
h) be unfaithful to Jesus Christ (Romans 7:3-4)
 
Any attempt to tithe anything that is not agricultural is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
 
Any attempt to tithe to anyone who is not a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
 
Any attempt to tithe in any other geographic location than the land of Canaan is in direct contradiction to God’s word and would not be obeying God in the tithe.
 
Monetary tithes were NEVER commanded for, carried to, collected in, or controlled by the New Covenant Church.

Three Opponents
by Ronald W Robey

Every time a Pastor preaches that God’s commanded tithe is monetary, he enters a debate in which he has three opponents…

1. God
2. God’s word
3. The Preacher of Truth

The word “tithe” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 14 times in 13 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:30,32; Num. 18:26; Deut. 12:17; Deut. 14:22,28; 2 Chr. 31:5; Neh. 10:38; Neh. 13:12; Matt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42)

The word “tithes” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 23 times in 20 verses of the KJV. (Le 27:31; Nu 18:24,26,28; De 12:6,11; De 26:12; 2Ch 31:12; Ne 10:37,38; Ne 12:44; Ne 13:5; Am 4:4; Mal 3:8,10; Lu 18:12; Heb 7:5,6,8,9)

The word “tithes” in relation to a voluntary tithe appears only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Gen. 14:20)

The word “tithing” in relation to God’s commanded tithe appears only 2 times in 1 verse of the KJV. (Deut. 26:12)

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to God’s commanded tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses of the KJV. (Lev. 27:32; Num. 18:21)

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (Gen. 28:22; Heb. 7:4)

The phrase “the tenth” in relation to a forced tithe by man is found only 2 times in 2 verses in the KJV. (1 Sam. 8:15,17)

The phrase “a tenth” in relation to a voluntary tithe is found only 1 time in 1 verse in the KJV. (Heb 7:2)

Of the forty-four (44) references to tithe found in the Bible, only thirty-six (36) speak of God’s commanded tithe. Only fourteen (14) of the thirty-six verses where God’s commanded tithe is seen mention the elements of God’s commanded tithe. Those fourteen (14) verses reveal God’s commanded tithe to be agricultural…not monetary.

God’s commanded tithe is

a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)

Money is never referred to as tithe in the entire Bible.

Given the Scriptures that define the elements of God’s commanded tithe, it is blatantly obvious that Pastors who teach a monetary tithe requirement to their congregations are in direct opposition to Almighty God, to God’s word, and to the preacher of truth.

Proof of Obedience
by Ronald W Robey
Pastors often say that “tithing is “proof of your obedience and love toward God”. However, how can one be obedient to God in tithing when one is not tithing what God said is to be tithed; to whom God said His tithe is to be given; where God said His tithe is to be taken; and when God said His tithe is to be given in His word?
 
Here’s how to be obedient to God in the tithe…
 
a) Move to the land of Canaan. (De. 12:10-11)
 
b) Stop tithing money and start tithing agriculture. (Le. 27:30-33)
 
c) Stop giving tithes weekly and start giving tithes every third year. (De. 26:12)
 
d) Stop giving tithes to your Pastor in a building outside of the land of Canaan and start giving tithes to Levites, orphans, foreigners, and widows in the land of Canaan. (De. 14:27-29; 26:12)
 
e) Eat a tithe in Jerusalem every year with all the members of your household. (De. 14:22-26)
 
The monetary tithe requirement doctrine is egregious. It is leading people away from God…not to Him. As long as one is tithing money to one’s Pastor outside of the land of Canaan, one is not obedient to God in tithing…one is obedient to man.
 
When you yield to your Pastor’s call for God’s tithe to be given at your local church, you are essentially saying, “God, I live by my Pastor’s word…not yours!”
 
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.
Clearly Written
by Ronald W Robey
 
When attempting to defend the monetary tithe requirement lie being preached in religious institutions around the world, many will quote Romans 14:22, saying we are not to judge. However, they are using Romans 14:22 out of context.
 
Romans 14:22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
 
Romans 14 tells us how we are to deal with matters that are not clearly written in Scripture. When Scripture is silent concerning a matter, we should ask ourselves, “Is it edifying?”
 
While there are some things not covered in the word of God, the matter of how God’s ordinance of tithing is to be observed is clearly and fully written for our learning. Therefore, we are not to teach contrary to what the Bible says concerning God’s tithe.
 
Scripture is clear. God’s tithe ordinance is”
 
a) agricultural (Le. 27:30-33)
b) for the children of Israel to obey (Le.27:34)
c) not to be observed until living safely in Canaan. (De. 12:10-11)
 
That ordinance decreed that God’s tithes were
 
1. to be taken to Jerusalem annually and eaten in that city with household members. (De. 12:10-11; 2 Ch. 6:5-6; De 14:22-26)
2. to be given to Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners every third year (De 14:27-29; 26:12)
 
The ONLY building in the Bible ever constructed by the hands of man that God said tithes are to be taken to was destroyed in AD 70.
No Resemblance
by Ronald W Robey
Many today teach that the events recorded in Genesis 14 show that Abram faithfully practiced tithing. For the sake of avoiding an argument, let’s just suppose that the events of Genesis 14 show a continual practice by Abram. There still is a major problem that those in the pro-tithe camp cannot rectify…
…How does Abram’s alleged “tithe practice” prove that members of the New Covenant Body of Christ should tithe today?
The text of Genesis 14 proves that Abram’s tithe:
a) was not from his own employee wages, employment bonuses, or personal wealth
b) was from the spoils of war
c) was taken from the camp of people he killed
d) was not given in a church sanctuary
e) was given to a king in the land of Canaan
f) was given only after receiving a spoken blessing upon him
g) was given only after receiving bread and wine from the king of Salem
In our modern church assemblies, members are taught that tithes:
a) are to come from employee wages, employment bonuses, or personal wealth
b) are not to come from blood money
c) are to be given in a church sanctuary
d) are to be given to Pastors worldwide
e) are to be given in order to be blessed
Conclusion: Even if the tithe recorded in Genesis 14 was a continual “practice” of Abram, such a practice is not taught, nor encouraged in our modern church assemblies. Pastors are deceitfully handling the word of God and using it to teach a tithe that cannot be supported by the text of Genesis 14. There is no resemblance between Abram’s tithe and the modern tithe taught in church assemblies today.

Genesis 14 should not be used to preach a monetary tithe requirement for the Body of Christ.