Do You Qualify?
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 11, 2018)

The preacher that teaches his congregation that God requires them to give Him a tenth of their monetary income is robbing all who believe and yield to his sermon.

Who qualifies to give God’s commanded tithe? The answer may surprise you.

a) First and foremost, in order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must be a physical descendant of the biblical Patriarch Jacob. Leviticus 27:30-34 reveals that God gave the instruction to tithe to the children of Israel. Psalms 147:19-20 reveal that the commands given to Israel were not given to any other nation.

b) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, God must have given you a portion of the land of Canaan as an inheritance. God’s commanded tithe is a result of Jacob’s vowing to give God that which God promised him. God promised to give land to Jacob and His descendants in Genesis 28:13-15. Jacob promised to give the tenth back to God. God required the children of Israel to give to Him that which was set apart for Him,… a tenth of the land of Canaan. (Deut. 12:10-11)

c) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must live in the land of Canaan. In Deuteronomy 6:1-3 and 12:1,10-11 we read that tithing was not to be observed until crossing Jordan and entering the land of Canaan. God did not want His holy (set apart) tithe to come from other geographical locations.

d) In order to qualify to give God’s commanded tithe, you must raise crops or breed livestock on that portion of the land of Canaan that you have been given as an inheritance. In Leviticus 27:30-33 we read that God said His holy tithe must come from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds. There is no command to tithe anything else than that which comes from agricultural crops, flocks, and herds from within the land of Canaan.

Who qualifies to receive God’s commanded tithe?

e) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must be either a bloodline descendant from the Levitic tribe; a widow; an orphan; or a foreigner. (Num 18:21-26; Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12)

f) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must have no land inheritance or be too poor to own land. (Num 18:21-26; Deut 14:27-29; 26:12)

g) In order to qualify to receive God’s commanded tithe, one must have a Priest from the bloodline of Aaron accompanying him at the time he receives tithes. If no Priest is present, he cannot collect God’s commanded tithe. (Neh 10:37-38)

If one attempts to tithe by any other means; in any other geographic location; or to any other people than what, where, and to whom God’s word decrees, that person is in direct contradiction to God’s tithe ordinance. If one attempts to collect tithes by any other means; in any other geographic location; or from any other people than what, where, and from whom God’s word decrees, that person is in direct contradiction to God’s tithe ordinance.

One cannot say that one is obedient to God in the tithe if one is not tithing in the manner that God’s word says that His tithe ordinance is to be observed.

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Resisting The Weekly Call
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 24, 2019)

I have not attempted to be obedient to God’s tithe ordinance in more than three decades. Why not?

Because, if I were to attempt obedience to God’s tithe ordinance, I would be disobedient to that very command.

For nine years after I was saved, I yielded to the call to “Honor the Lord with your tithes and offerings” each Sunday Morning service. But shortly after I was ordained into the Gospel Ministry, I discovered that even though I had been putting ten percent of my money into the collection plate each Sunday for nine years, I had been disobedient to God’s tithe command all that time.

I had been bewitched into believing that I was being obedient to God’s tithe ordinance, when the sad reality was…I had been obedient to a man-made commandment that contradicted God’s tithe ordinance.

God’s tithe ordinance said:

a) God’s tithe was to be agricultural. Lev. 27:30-33
b) The tithe was not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan and becoming a citizen in the land of Canaan. Deut. 12:10-11
c) The tenth of the land of Canaan was to be given to the Levitic tribe in Canaan. Num. 18:21-26
d) The congregation was not to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:21-22; Neh. 10:29,37-38
e) Only the Levitic tribe in Canaan was to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:29,37-38
f) A tithe was to be taken to Jerusalem at the end of the harvest to be eaten with members of the congregation’s household. Deut. 14:22-26
g) The congregation was to share that tithe with the Levitic tribe as well. Deut. 14:27
h) Every third year, the congregation was not to eat their tithe, but was to give it to the Levitic tribe, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners in their cities. Deut. 14:28-29; 26:12

Once I discovered these truths concerning God’s tithe ordinance, and the fact that I had not been obeying God in the tithe at all.

And so…

…I stopped being disobedient by refusing to yield to the weekly call to “Honor the Lord with your tithes and offerings” from the pulpit. I no longer will be disobedient to God in the tithe. But I will ever walk in truth as it is written in God’s word.

Made Free
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 23, 2019)

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

I like how Jesus formed his words in John 8:32,

Notice that Jesus did not say, “…the truth shall set you free.” He said, “…the truth shall make you free.”

There is a difference.

A dishonest jailer could open a prison cell and let an inmate out of prison, setting him free. However, if that prisoner has not served out his sentence, or if he has not been pardoned by the Governor, he will be hunted down and returned to prison to serve out the rest of his sentence plus any additional time for escaping.

However, if he has served his sentence, or if he has been pardoned, then he is made free…completely free; without having to look over his shoulder every time he hears a siren.

Through believing on Jesus’ name…we have been made free; with no need to worry of one day ending up in the lake of fire and brimstone.

Now, that is something to shout about!


Authorization Revoked!
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 22, 2019)

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:

The word “commandment” in Hebrews 7:5 is translated from the Greek “εντολη”, pronounced “en-tol-ay'”. It means, “injunction, i.e. an authoritative prescription:—commandment, precept.”

So, what Hebrews 7:5 is saying is that at the time that the Book of Hebrews was penned, the bloodline descendants of the patriarch Levi had an authoritative prescription, given them by God, to take tithes from their brethren. Their brethren being the remaining eleven tribes of Israel.

However, in verse eighteen of the chapter, the author drops this bombshell of information…

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

Since God wants people to give out of love instead of out of guilt and/or fear, the authoritative prescription to take tithes was found to be weak and unprofitable. It was therefore…

…cancelled.

There is no more an injunction given by God to take tithes. God has given no one authority to take tithes today.

Live by the Word
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 19, 2018)

If we were supposed to live by our opinions, God would not have included 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in our Bibles. If God had wanted the elements of His holy tithe to be money, He would not have said His holy tithe is agricultural in Leviticus 27:30-33.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 reveals that we need to live by what is written in the word of God. Not opinion…not an extra-biblical revelation…but by the word of God.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

What is written in the Scriptures is for doctrine…this means that the Scriptures are there to teach us.

What is written in the Scriptures is for reproof…this means that when we are doing wrong, the Scriptures should convince us that we are wrong.

What is written in the Scriptures is for our correction…this means that when we are wrong, the Scriptures are there to help us right that wrong.

What is written in the Scriptures is for our instruction…this means that the Scriptures are to train us in the way we should be going.

If we allow the scriptures to mold us, through their doctrine, through their reproof, through their correction, and through their instruction…we will be perfect and thoroughly furnished in the things of God.

If one is wishing to submit to the ordinance of tithing, one must obey all the commands written in that ordinance. Else, as the Apostle James says in James 2:10, one is guilty of all. It’s just as if you didn’t tithe at all if you are not going to tithe in the manner God decreed in His word.

Look at it this way…

If you sent your son to the supermarket with money to purchase corn, and he wasted the money at a game arcade instead, would you say your son obeyed you? Of course not!

So why would you think you are obedient to God when you are not tithing in the manner that God’s word says His tithe is to be observed?

If we are going to claim to be ‘obedient’ to God in the tithe, then shouldn’t we be tithing exactly as He commanded tithing to be observed in His word?

a). agricultural Lev. 27:30-33
b). in the land of Canaan Deut. 12:1,10-11
c). to Levite’s, widows, orphans, and strangers every third year in a seven year cycle. Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12; Lev. 25:1-6
d). you are not to tithe to the House of God if you are not a Levite. Num. 18:21-22
e) do not give tithes to ministers that are not from the bloodline of Levi. Num. 18:21-26; Neh. 10:29,37-38
f) a priest from the bloodline of Aaron must be present when you give your tithe. Num. 18:21-28; Neh. 10:29,37-38
g) eat a tithe in Jerusalem with your family each year. Deut. 12:10-11; 2 Chr. 6:5-6

If you are not willing to tithe as God’s word says His tithe is to be observed, then it would be wise not to attempt to tithe at all.

The Tithe Secret
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 18, 2018)

Would you like to know the tithe secret that pastors hope you will never find out?

It’s a secret that thousands upon thousands are never told by their Pastors. Knowing this secret could have you walking in Financial Freedom and enjoying God’s far-reaching favor?

The secret?

God never commanded anyone in the Bible to tithe their money. Nor does God require the saved in Christ to tithe their money today. God’s commanded tithe was agricultural, and was required of citizens of the land of Canaan only. No other nation in the world was expected by God to tithe.

k If you adjust your lifestyle by walking in these truths, not changing your spending habits at all…you will notice that you have ten percent more money to save at the end of each week.

However, if you would like to see an even greater financial freedom, try giving some of that money you save away…not to that religious system that has been lying to you…that system that has been extorting your money week after week through deceitful sermons…try giving to those in great need in your community.

The single mother struggling to feed her child, the widow who has no husband to provide for her, the orphan, the homeless person…the need is there, just look around you.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again. Proverbs 19:17

Read Malachi Again
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 17, 2019)

Does your church teach you that, as a member of the congregation, God requires you to tithe to the House of God? Does your Pastor use Malachi 3;8-10 to show you that you are a thief if you don’t give ten percent of your monetary income to the House of God?

What would you say if I told you your pastor has been teaching that passage in Malachi wrong? What if I told you that God does not require you to give a tenth of your monetary income to the House of God?

Would you be willing, with a mind to see, read, and know the truth, to open your Bible and compare what I am about to show you concerning the command given in Malachi?

First, let us look at Malachi 3:7…

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?

In Malachi 3:7, God is calling for a return to His ordinances. Are you aware that God’s ordinances say that

a) 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.

b) the congregation is forbidden to tithe to the House of God?

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

This means that, contrary to what has been preached concerning tithes for many years is wrong. Malachi is not saying to tithe money. Nor is he telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God.

The ordinances say that the congregation is to give the tithe to the bloodline descendants of Levi, and that the bloodline descendant of Levi is to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of God.

Nehemiah 10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

That’s right…only a tithe of the congregation’s tithe (1%) was to go to the House of God…and it was only the Ministerial Staff (the bloodline descendants of Levi) that were required to tithe to the House of God.

Malachi would not have told people to return to the ordinances in verse 7 and then turned around and told them to transgress the ordinances in verse 10.

Malachi was not speaking to the congregation! They were not allowed to tithe to the House of God by Law. Pastors have been preaching Malachi wrong for many years, and because the congregation doesn’t study properly, they never realize that they are not required by God to tithe money. Nor does God require them to tithe to the House of God.

So, if Malachi was not speaking to the congregation, who was he speaking to?

The answer can be found in the previous two chapters of the Book. From the very first verse, we discover that Malachi was sent to give a message to Israel.

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

As we read a little further down in the chapter, we find that Malachi was sent specifically to the Priests of Israel. They had robbed God by removing tithes and offerings from the storehouse and replacing them with unacceptable and unclean offerings.

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.

In the second chapter, Malachi tells the Priests that he has a command for them.

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

However, if you read the entire second chapter you will discover there is no command given to the Priests. The command is not given until chapter 3. That’s right…”Return unto Me”.

Again, God was calling for the Priests to return to His ordinances and to bring the tithes they had stolen back into the storehouse where they belonged.

If you still want to obey Malachi 3:10, you can’t…for two reasons.

1. The House of God that God said His tithe was to be taken to was destroyed in AD 70.

2. The Law said a Priest from the Aaronic bloodline must be present at the time the congregation gives their tithe. There is no Aaronic Priesthood today. That ended when the House of God was destroyed in AD 70 and the Priests and Levites scattered.

So, now you probably want to know…”How do we keep our place of meeting in operation if not by tithes?” The answer is simple…Voluntary, free-will contributions made by the members. No need to lie to them about a monetary tithe that God never authorized, nor commanded in His word. Teach them to love God and to have a love for the things of God. If they love God, they will give toward meeting needs.

They may even give more, since they will be giving out of love rather than out of guilt.