Covenanting to be Deceptive and to Deceive
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 23, 2020)

From the Book, “Storehouse Tithing” by James Andrew Hensey, ©1922, p.5:

“Dedication

To the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, the Mother of Storehouse Tithing, which, when man’s devices failed, took God at His word: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse”; thereby not only perpetuating her own ministry but promising to lead the whole church back to the Divine plan, this book is affectionally dedicated.”


The author attributes the origin of the doctrine that giving a tenth of ones monetary income to the House of God to the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1895.

The WCME church was going under due to a financial debt that was more than $80,000 that they just could not seem to meet. That is, not until four families agreed to “bring Gods tithe into the storehouse,” and wrote up a “covenant” for all members of the church to enter into if they wanted to.

The four families were,

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Fraser Clark; (at whose home the families met)
Reverend and Mrs. J.W. Magruder;
Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Yerger;
and Mr. and Mrs. William G. Roberts.

The families spent the afternoon discussing how to get out of the great debt that the church was in and were about to go to their respective homes, when William G. Roberts suggested that they all try “God’s Plan: Tithing”.

Each family said they had been giving a tenth of their monetary income to God; part of the tenth to the church, and part to charities. William suggested bringing “the full tenth into the storehouse,” and suggested that they all covenant with him in “God’s Financial Plan for the church” that he was willing to enter himself. And their “covenant” worked.

By 1922, more than 400 members of the WCME denomination had signed this covenant to bring the full tithe into the storehouse, and the church made its way out of debt. The problem? Bringing a tenth of monetary income to the House of God was NEVER “God’s Financial Plan for the church.”

The Bible tells us that the command to tithe was given to the nation of Israel, not to the New Covenant church. Eleven of the twelve tribes of Israel were commanded to give a tenth of their agricultural increase to the twelfth tribe, (the Levitic tribe) for two reasons…

1. Because while the eleven tribes had been given a land inheritance in the land of Canaan, the Levitic tribe was not given a land inheritance. The tithe of the land of Israel was to be their inheritance.
2. The tithe of agricultural increase was due the Levitic tribe for their service in the Tabernacle, and later, the Temple.

As aforementioned, the commanded tithe was to be given to the Levitic tribe from the agricultural increase of the other tribes. This mandate is found in Leviticus 27:30,32.

The eleven tribes were not to take their tithes to the House of God, but were to take their tithes to Jerusalem to give to the Levitic tribe there in Jerusalem. This mandate can be found in Deuteronomy 12:10-11, with Jerusalem being named as the location in 2 Chronicles 6:5-6.

A Priest from the biological bloodline of the Levite Aaron was to be present at the time that the eleven tribes gave their tithes to the Levitic tribe. This mandate can be found in Numbers 18:24-28 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38.

There is not one verse in the entire Bible that says that God requires man to give a tenth of his monetary income to the House of God. Even the Lord Jesus Christ knew that His Father did not require tithes of monetary income, and demonstrated so in the Gospels on more than one occasion. (reference: Matthew 17:24-27; Luke 12:33; 22:36)

The Bible proves that the men of Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal church did not enter into a covenant to observe “God’s Financial Plan for the church,” but entered into a covenant of deception and to deceive others.

God’s Tithe: Where to Take It
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 08, 2020)

God never said that people all over the world are requried to tithe. Nor did God ever say that His tithe is to be taken to a man-made structure referred to as a church building. Nor did God ever say that His tithe is to be stored in a church bank account.

The Bible names only one man-made structure and one geographical location in the entire world where God’s tithe was to be stored…

…the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Location:

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.

The Structure:


1 Chronicles 17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:
1 Chronicles 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.
1 Chronicles 17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?
1 Chronicles 17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
1 Chronicles 17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
1 Chronicles 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,
1 Chronicles 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
1 Chronicles 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
1 Chronicles 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

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.

Who Is Right?
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 09, 2019)

Many in the pro-monetary tithing camp will run to a modern dictionary to get the definition of the word “tithe” when trying to prove that we are supposed to tithe our employment wages/government benefits/ household monetary income to our local church. Of course, the modern dictionaries define the word “tithe” as “a tenth part of man’s income given to a religious organization or institution.” However, the biblical definition of the word “tithe” is simply “tenth; tenth part.” That’s it.

The real problem is the fact that pastors contradict the Bible in the matter of God’s commanded tithe. The definition does not give all the specifics of God’s commanded tithe. For those, one should study the word of God…not modern dictionaries.

1. the elements of God’s commanded tithe

1a) pastors say it is monetary income
1b) the Bible says it is agricultural increase (see Leviticus 27:30-32)

2. the location of God’s tithe

2a) pastors say it is to be observed all over the world
2b) the Bible says it is to be observed only in Canaan/Israel (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11

3. the recipients of God’s commanded tithe

3a) pastors say they are authorized to take collect tithes from their congregations
3b) the Bible says only Levites, widows, fatherless, and strangers are to receive His commanded tithe (see Deuteronomy 26:12-17)

4. who is required to tithe to the House of God

4a) pastors say the congregation is to tithe to the House of God
4b) the Bible says that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God (see Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

5. Who Malachi is speaking to when he says bring all the tithes to the House of God

5a) pastors say Malachi is a command for our present-day church assembly
5b) The Bible says Malachi is a command for the Priests of Israel (see Malachi 1:1;6-6;2:1)

So, which is right in points 1-5 above?

Do you believe the pastors to be right? or do you believe God is right? Who are you in agreement with? Pastors that contradict the Bible, or God? Your answer will reveal who you really serve.

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?

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Guilty Pastors
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 26, 2019)

Malachi 3:8-10 is often used to preach fear, guilt and condemnation to members of the New Covenant church that fail to give ten percent of their employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income to the church they attend or are members of. But is that really what Malachi is saying in the passage? Let’s look at the Scriptures, shall we?

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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.

When you isolate the above three verses from their context, the passage can be used to preach fear, guilt, and condemnation to those who do not tithe. Now, let’s look at the context. Back up to 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?

Notice that God was calling for a return to His ordinances. God’s tithe ordinance stated that

a) tithes were to be agricultural (Leviticus 27:30,32)
b) the congregation was not to begin observing the tithe until they crossed the river Jordan and entered the land of Canaan to live there (Deuteronomy 12:10-11)
c) the congregation was forbidden to tithe to the House of God (Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38)

This means that

a) Malachi 3:10 cannot be speaking of monetary tithes
b) Malachi cannot be speaking of a church building outside of the land of Canaan
c) Malachi cannot be speaking to the congregation

Malachi would not be calling for a return to the Law and then telling people to transgress the Law by

a) tithing money
b) tithing in a land outside of Canaan
c) telling the congregation to tithe to the House of God

Conclusion:

When a pastor uses Malachi 3:10 to preach guilt, fear, and condemnaiton to members of his flock that are not tithing their employment wages/government benefits/household monetary income, that pastor is guilty of handling the word of God deceitfully.

Further, context shows Malachi was speaking to Israel

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

specifically, to the Priests of Israel

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.

The Priests of Israel had removed that which was clean from the House of God and replaced it with that wich was unclean. And God sent His servant Malachi to rebuke the Priests and to order the Priests return that which they had stolen

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

The command, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” was given to the Priests of Israel…not to the congregation.

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.

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.

Biblical Tithe Facts
by Ronald W Robey
(written May 04, 2019)

What is in the Bible concerning tithes:

a) the children of Israel were to tithe their agricultural increase. Leviticus 27:30-34
b) the children of Israel were not to take tithes to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22
c) the children of Israel were to give a tenth of their agricultural increase to the Levitic tribe. Numbers 18:21-26
d) the Levitic tribe was to go to the farming communities to collect tithes from the children of Israel. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
e) a Priest from the Aaronic bloodline had to be present at the time the Levites received their tithes. Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
f) the children of Israel could redeem (buy back) a portion of their agricultural crop tithe from the Levitic tribe. Leviticus 27:31
g) the children of Israel could not redeem (buy back) any of their flock and herd tithes. Leviticus 27:33
h) the Levitic tribe was to give a tithe of the tithe they received from the children of Israel to the House of God. Numbers 18:27-28; Nehemiah 10:29, 37-38
i) God only required the Levitic tribe to tithe to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-22; Nehemiah 10:29,37-38
j) the children of Israel were not required to tithe during times of war. Deuteronomy 12:10-11
k) the children of Israel were to go to Jerusalem years one, two, four, and five in a seven year cycle and eat a tithe in the city with all members of their household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 14:27-29; 26:12-17; Leviticus 25:1-6
l) the children of Israel were to give a tithe to widows, to orphans, to foreigners, and to the Levitic tribe in Canaan years three and six in a seven year cycle. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 14:27-29; 26:12-17; Leviticus 25:1-6

What the Bible does not say concerning tithes:

a) that New Covenant churches are authorized Tithe Collection Agencies.
b) that pastors of New Covenant churches are authorized Tithe Collection Representatives.
c) that tithes are to come from man’s employment wages.
d) that members of the congregation of New Covenant churches are to tithe to the church they attend.

Questions for the Faithful Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 26, 2018)

Malachi 3:10 (KJV) 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].

Questions to Ponder:

1. If the Church is the ‘storehouse’ as many Pastors claim, why are the tithes they collect not stored in the Church?

2. If the Bank is the ‘storehouse’ why are the Pastors telling their congregations to bring their tithes to the Church?

3. If the ‘storehouse’ is the Bank and not the Church, why are Pastors not telling their congregations to take their tithes to the Bank?

4. Considering the promise by God that He will pour out a blessing so huge there will not be room enough to contain it, are those who have tithed faithfully for years more faithful in tithing than God is to His promise?

This leads us to the last question…

5. What faithful tither can honestly say he/she has received a blessing so huge it could not be contained?

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.

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Working for the Enemy
by Ronald W Robey
 
On Sunday mornings, Pastors tell their congregations: “God requires you to give ten percent of your money to the Church.”
 
Then they pray: “God, bless these Tithes and Offerings for your work in this world. In Jesus Name. Amen.”
 
Sorry Pastor… but it doesn’t work like that. You can’t “LIE” on God, and then expect Him to bless the results of that LIE.
 
In Matthew 15:9, Jesus said: “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
 
The psalmist rightly sang: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the LORD will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)
 
Pastors… God is not in a lie. God does not sanction lies. God does not bless lies. Stop LYING on God. There is not one Scripture in the entire Bible… not one verse from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, that either command, or instructs, people to give ten percent of their monetary income to their local church.
 
When you take up those “tithes” that you have lied to the congregation about God requiring, you are not taking them up to further God’s word in the Earth… you have strayed from God’s word.
 
Lying is of the enemy of our souls. When you lie about monetary tithes being required of the congregation, you are working for the enemy… not for God.
 
For the one who has been conditioned to believe that God requires monetary tithes: Tithing money may seem to work in your favor every now and then; a new and better paying job, unexpected money in the mail, et.al.. However, we must remember… satan offers wealth and prosperity for those who believe his lies and bow to him.
 
To accept lies, one has to reject truth. In yielding to the pastor’s lies, you are inadvertently rejecting God.
 
Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 
Take notice, those seeming “bonuses” for tithing may not be from God at all. What seems to “work” is actually working against you.
 
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Often, when preaching on tithing, many preachers will state that Jesus confirmed the tithe in Matthew 23:23.  I wholeheartedly agree.

However, the tithe Jesus confirmed in Matthew 23:23 is not the same tithe that pastors are preaching in our pulpits today. Not even close.

In Matthew 23:23, The Mosaic Law was still in effect. The New Covenant would not begin until the death of the Testator Jesus Christ.

Why is this important? Because, the tithe commanded in the Mosaic Law was strictly agricultural in its content. Leviticus 27:30-33 tells the reader that God’s commanded tithes were of crops, flocks and herds. Before anyone tries to claim that agriculture was their means of money, think again. Verses 15 & 18 of this same chapter proves they had money. Even verse 32 states that the tithe could be bought back if the farmer so chose to do.

Being under the Law, the scribes and Pharisees were tithing what the Law demanded. Not money, but crops from the garden. And Jesus confirmed that they were to do so.

In order to say Jesus requires us to tithe our money, one needs to provide a Scripture verse that states this. If there is no such command in the Word of God, (there isn’t) then one has to add to the Word of God in order to preach that command.

So, are we supposed to tithe summer squash and sheep? Cucumbers and cows? Let’s examine the Scriptures for the answer, shall we? Leviticus 27 does say God’s tithe was to be agricultural. However, verse 34 states that the commands were given for the children of Israel.

Now, some may argue that once we became God’s children we became Israel too. The Scriptures reveal that we are a separate nation from the nation of Israel.

Look at Psalm 147:19-20. There, we read that the commands given to the children of Israel were not given to any other nation.

In Acts 15, the religious leaders of Jerusalem were demanding that the Gentile Converts to Jesus Christ be made to keep the Mosaic Law. Both Peter and James berated them, telling them that by putting an impossible yoke upon the Converts. They were tempting God and subverting the souls of the Converts.

Long story short, the Gentile Converts were not required to keep the Mosaic Law. This decision was made by the Apostles and the Holy Ghost.

Only four necessary things were required of the Converts,… Tithing was not one of those necessary things.

Flash forward fifteen years to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Chapter 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen as a command, the tithes are still “according to the Law,” and still the property of the sons of Levi. In other words, they are still agricultural, and have no part of the Christian Church.

The monetary tithe requirement Doctrine being promoted, preached, and proffered in our Christian churches is totally foreign to the Word of God. It is a man-made doctrine.

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.