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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.
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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.

Malachi’s instruction to prove God by bringing the tithes into the storehouse was not speaking of a monetary tithe. It was speaking of an agricultural tithe; the tithe required of the children of Israel at the time. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)

It had nothing to do with the New Testament Church whatsoever. The Priests of Israel were the ones God was speaking to. They had robbed God, and God wanted His tithes brought back to the storehouse from which they were removed. (cross reference Nehemiah 13:1-12)

Pastors have misused Malachi 3:8-10 and abused the flock over which God had made them overseers (see 1Peter 5:1-4) with a command that is totally foreign to Scripture… the command to tithe money to the New Testament Church.

In Mark 12:39-44, Jesus warned of Scribes, religious leaders in the Temple who were robbing widow’s houses. Today, many religious leaders around the world continue not only to rob widows houses through the monetary tithe requirement lie, but they also rob every other household that believes their teaching that God requires monetary tithes of New Testament Church congregations.

In the Bible, tithes were never commanded for the New Testament Church, never carried to the New Testament Church, never collected in the New Testament Church, and never controlled by the New Testament Church. They were the property of Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners in Israel.

Psalm 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

In the last place that tithing is seen as a command in the Word of God, Hebrews 7, it is still the sons of Levi to whom the tithe belongs, and the tithes are still according to the Law, i.e.; agricultural.

Pastors and Church Leadership need to repent of twisting the Word of God into a lie and begin teaching the Word as it is written.  God’s commanded holy tithe was never monetary… it was agricultural.

Leviticus 27:30-33 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. 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.

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Beware of Thieves
by Ronald W Robey

It has been said by many that in the story of the widow who put her last two mites in the Temple Treasury, she was being commended by Jesus after she did so.

I am not so sure this was the case. Notice:

Mark 12:38-44 And he said unto them in his doctrine, BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: WHICH DEVOUR WIDOWS HOUSES, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation. And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

If one reads the text in context, (beginning at verse 38) one will see Jesus was warning of religious leaders who, “devour widow’s houses”. He then sits against a wall across from the Treasury.  Lo and behold, a widow comes and drops all her living into the Treasury.

What I see in that text is Jesus pointing out a destitute woman has just been robbed, not that He was commending her. Her money could have purchased some needed things that she lacked, but she put it in the Treasury? Why?

The scribes, the lawmakers, had demanded the widow’s needed money.

Perhaps this is why we see in the New Testament, (post-crucifixion) a change in teaching on money.

Prior to the cross, there were requirements from God for certain monetary values to be given to the Temple. There were additional monetary demands imposed on the children of Israel by the religious leaders of the Temple. Yet, in the rimes that God did command money be given to the Tabernacle or the Temple, not one command is given for a monetary tithe to be given to the House of God,… not one.

In the New Covenant, we find no set required amount imposed upon the faithful in Christ.  Instead, we see exhortation to give as we see need and as we are able. No unnecessary burdens laid upon the people of God.

Many pastors today emulate the unjust scribes of Mark 12. They impose monetary burdens and financial distress upon their congregations through a man-made monetary tithe requirement that is totally foreign to either Old or New Testament texts, and in many churches, multiple offerings in a single service.  In these unjust collections, not only do they rob widows houses, but they also oppress the hireling in his wages.  They demand a cut of the hard-worker’s weekly earnings, even though they had no part in his labor to receive his earnings.   These religious leaders are preventing many in their congregations from properly feeding themselves and their families, they are obstructing the congregant’s ability to purchase needed medical attention, etc..

Jesus’ words of warning should be heeded by all. “Beware of those who devour widows houses!”

And yet, many are deceived by their religious leaders demands and threats.

Truly disheartening.

Yes, the meeting place does have its bills, i.e.; electric, water & sanitation, telephone, etc.. However, if getting those bills paid means that even one member may have to suffer lack for his or her own household or health needs, then the meeting place should close its doors.  The Apostle Paul told the saints at Corinth:

2 Corinthians 8:13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

Many Pastors and spiritual leaders today demonstrate little or no sympathy for their members. They impose monetary offering demands on the congregation that God never authorized.

May they repent of their wickedness before their day of judgment.  If they fail to repent, Jesus declares that they will receive the greater damnation.

Catching up on some reading last night, I discovered a trend among members and pastors in many mainstream denominational Churches.

They frown on people not attending Church services.

Their reason? Because the Bible says we should assemble together, and the Church is there to strengthen and feed the flock of God.

The problem I have with their argument is the fact that many members of those mainstream denominational churches teach that God requires 10% of your monetary income be given to the Church. This is a major reason why many DO NOT attend Church today, because of false doctrine being taught from the pulpits and members embracing said false doctrines.

I must ask, is it wiser to be divided by truth, or to be united in a lie?

In the Bible, the tithes that God said were to be given to the ministers of the Tabernacle, (later, the Temple) were strictly agricultural in their content. Even in the last chapter that tithes are commanded, Hebrews 7:5-9, they are to be given to the sons of Levi… physical descendants of Jacob’s son Levi.

Yet, how many of these Pastors can actually prove that they, in fact, are sons of Levi. And, even if they could prove that they are, in fact, sons of Levi, they still have a brick wall that cannot be torn down…

…They must take tithes “ACCORDING TO THE LAW.”

That is the command the sons of Levi have,… to take tithes according to the Law.

What did the Law say concerning tithes?

1. That they are agricultural. Leviticus 27:30-33 (This eliminates the authority of pastors to take tithes of people’s monetary income)
2. That they are commanded of the children of Israel. Leviticus 27:34.
(This eliminates the responsibility or obligation of parishioners having to pay a tithe of their monetary income)
3. That they are not to be observed outside the boundaries of the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11. (This eliminates the alleged authority of pastors to take tithes who live in any other geographical location other than Canaan)
4. That they are to be eaten by sons of Levi, widows, orphans, & foreigners in Canaan. Deuteronomy 14:22-29. (this eliminates any authority of any Church to take tithes in order to pay its utility and maintenance bills. It also eliminates the authority of the Church to take tithes for any debt payment intentions whatsoever)

There are so many today who, because of failure to study their Bibles, do not realize that each time they respond to their pastor’s sermon and call for monetary tithes, they are doing nothing more than yielding to a lie and hindering any worship that may be going on in their assembly from even reaching God’s heart.

Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9, that because they taught commandments of men for doctrines of God their worship was in vain.

These assemblies that teach the monetary tithe requirement worship in vain. The doctrine of the monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the Word of God.  It is a commandment of men.

Back to the statement at the beginning of this document,…

People who teach and embrace the false doctrine of the monetary tithe requirement should not think more highly of themselves than those who are staying out of their assemblies. God may have told those who are staying out of those assemblies to come out from among them, shake the dust from their feet as a testimony against them, and be a separated people unto God..

It is far better to be divided by truth, than to be united in a lie.

Undeniable Problems

by Ronald W. Robey

When donating money to a religious institution, one may give any monetary amount one chooses; be it 1%,10%, or 100%.

The problem is not in the individual choosing himself how much money he will give to the religious institution, as 2 Corinthians 9:7 clearly instructs each man to give “as he purposeth in his heart”.

The problem is when the giver is giving 10% of his money to the religious institution he attends because:

a) Leviticus 27:30 says, “The tithe is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.”
b) Malachi 3:8-9 state that non tither’s are robbing God.
c) Malachi 3:8-9 says non tither’s are cursed.
d) Malachi 3:10 says to bring the tithe to the storeHouse
e) Jesus said in the Gospels that tithing is to be done.
f) The Preacher says that God requires us to tithe.

Why are the above examples problematic? In examples a – e, one is attempting to tithe because of what is written in the Law, yet:

1) they are not wanting to tithe what the LORD said His holy tithe was to consist of, i.e.; agricultural produce and livestock
2) they are not wanting to tithe where the LORD said His holy tithe was to be taken, i.e.; farming communities in the land of Canaan
3) they are not wanting to tithe to whom the LORD said His holy tithe was to be given, i.e.; Levites, widows, orphans and foreigners

In other words, they are attempting to justify tithing by looking to the Mosaic Law, yet offending in several points of that Law. The Apostle James said that to offend in one point of the Law, is to be guilty of all.

Why is example f above problematic? Aside from the obvious fact that the Preacher is lying when he says God requires us to tithe our money, it contradicts 2 Corinthians 9:7. It is another person dictating what you must give, instead of allowing you to choose what you will give.

Following is the e-mail that I received from the last Church Linda and I were members of.  I received this on September 25, 2012 after I had sent them an email informing them of our intentions to be back in services after the current pastor resigned.  He was supposed to resign in October 2012.

(words in italics are from the original e-mail, words in bold are mine to explain certain parts that would otherwise be unclear to the reader)

Dear Ron and Linda:

Greetings to you in Jesus name. I trust that all is well with each of you. This Email is in response to your recent Email, part of which was to inform us that you have plans in the future of returning to Victory Heights.
 

On Sunday, September 23, 2012, in our regular evening service the church met in a special session to discuss your past, present and future membership with our church.

Linda and I had been members of VHBC since 2005.  As members, we should have been informed of the meeting so that we could attend and defend our views with Scripture.  We were not afforded this privilege that even criminals in our court systems are afforded. 

Because of your relentless actions of the past four months 

Our actions were speaking truth in public (on our Facebook pages and in the community around us, not within the four walls of the organization doing business as Victory Heights Baptist Church of Cleveland, MS

and your UN-Christ like attitude

Haven’t figured out where the accusation of ‘UN-Christlike attitude’ came from yet.  We did not realize it was un-Christlike to speak truth.

and your public display of your disagreement with Scriptural tithing for Christians,

What we were teaching was exactly what the Bible says concerning tithes… that God’s Word says His holy tithe was agricultural, (Leviticus 27:30-33) that it was for the Levites, widows, orphans and strangers in Israel, (Leviticus 27:34; Numbers 18:24-26; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Deuteronomy 26:12)  Everything we were teaching then about tithing, and are still teaching to this date, is backed up perfectly with the Word of God.  So, I don’t understand why it is considered to be “against Scriptural tithing” by Victory Heights Baptist Churchit was decided by a unanimous decision by all in attendance, to ask the two of you to voluntarily withdraw your membership from our church.

Again, as long-standing members, we should have been afforded the opportunity to attend this meeting.  Had we been informed, we would have attended and presented Scripture that proves our stance.

Should you fail to notify us within the next seven days of your intentions, it has been decided that we will remove you with or without your consent. This means of course that you have no rights whatsoever as a member to voice your opinion or to have a vote on any matter.

We replied to the email with our defense, giving every Scripture that had to do with tithing.  Keith Kendall, the man who sent us the excommunication email, rejected those Scriptures, writing back his argument which basically put the New Testament Church in ancient Israel and under the Mosaic Law of tithing.  Funny thing, he had no valid explanation as to when God gave permission for anyone to take a tithe of money to a fellowship of Gentile Believers.

It is evident by your public display of your disagreement with our Scriptural teaching and stand on tithing, that you do not agree with us on this matter.

Their teaching on tithing is that God requires us to tithe our earnings and income to the Church.  They claim it is Scriptural.  Yet, if one does a search through their Bibles, one will not find such a requirement or instruction for the New TEstament Church.  The children of Israel were given the command to tithe agricultural increase, but there is no such command for the Church.  Even in the last place tithing is commanded, Hebrews 7:5-8, it is still “according to the Law” and still for the “sons of Levi”.

Your public display of calling us extortioners and you writing and talking to church members and asking them to believe what you believe is a clear cut action on your part to cause division among the brethren.

Concerning the ‘extortioners’ remark, I never once named Victory Heights Baptist Church.  I had written an article on my Facebook page about extortion, (which also can be found on this blog) which revealed that when pastors use guilt and fear tactics to manipulate their members into tithing, that by the legal definition written in our U.S. Government’s laws, is extortion.  Again, there is no mention of any specific Church in the article, so the accusation levied against me must be because they are using an old smokescreen and deception tactic… “When you can’t disprove the message with Scripture, attack the messenger.”

Writing and talking to Church members, telling them to believe what I believe.  This argument is only partially right.  The part that is right is the “talking” part.  I have never written to members of Victory Heights Baptist Church concerning the tithe, to my recollection.  I always talked to member of VHBC openly and face to face,… and that has only been about 6 members while traveling down the road.  I have never spoken about the tithe on Church property.

Also, concerning telling them to believe like I believe, that is misleading to say the least.  I always told them not to believe me just because I said something, but rather to get their Bibles and look up the Scriptures for themselves.  I always told them to be as the Bereans of Acts 17.

In Romans 16: 17,18 we are told to mark them which cause division and to avoid them. According to 1Corinthians 5:11 the Christian is told not to keep companywith or not to even eat with a person who is, among other things, a railer. A railer is one who treats others with contemptuous language. Once again it can not be denied that you  are guilty of doing just this.

I used contemptuous language?  Really?  By using Scripture?  Obviously an accusation has been levied against me that is unnecessary, uncalled for, and untrue.  The e-mail said I was causing division, yet the funny thing is, the votes against me were unanimous and saving one member thatmoved to another town after the house she was living in was sold by the owner, all the members that I spoke to about what the Bible says about God’s holy tithe are still members of the Church…. So how could have the truth I spoke caused divisions?.  One would think that if i was causing division, the vote would not have been unanimous.  eh?

It is the consent of the church to withdraw fellowship form the two of you unless you publicly apologize and repent of your actions. Unless youare willing to do so, we will certainly withdraw all fellowship from you until such a time that you do. This is the only way that you could ever become a part of this local assembly once again. 

Publicly apologize?  For what?  Teaching the Truth as it is written in God’s Holy Word?  Repent?  of what?  Teaching that  there is not one Scripture in the entire Bible that says money is to be tithed by Gentile Believers in Christ to an organization doing business as a Church ?  We will never do so.    Revelation 22:15 states that among those found outside of God’s kingdom are those who make and love lies.  For us to deny the truth that God has revealed to us through His Spirit and the reading of His Holy Word, would put us among those who love lies.  This is why we will never agree with VHBC’s unScriptural teaching of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine.
Remember that this is a decision of all the members who were in attendance at this meeting and not the decision of one or two people.The church was unanimous in its decision! Waiting for your response.
 
 
Keith Kendall
Victory Heights Baptist Church

Cleveland MS.

In closing, VHBC claimed that my actions were unBiblical and my teachings unScriptural.  They are not.  It is evident by the wording of the e-mail that the actions of the Church were unBiblical. 

For instance, the Bible says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”  (Galatians 6:1)  If the members of VHBC felt that I was in error, according this this verse they are to come to me and to restore me in the spirit of meekness.  Or are they sending a message that they are not spiritual enough to correct one who is in error? 

The Members have the attitude that we are wrong, and will not be allowed to speak with me on the matter.  When leadership of a religious organization dictates who its members can and cannot speak to, that is the signs of a cult, is it not?  When it forbids truth to be spoken by outside influence, is that not cultic? 

One last thought, the I was accused of “causing division”.  Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!:”  And this is true.  However, I am sure that God would be more pleased with one divided by truth than united in error.  I will not re-unite with VHBC while they are in error.