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.

Charity Begins At Home
by Ronald W Robey
 
God doesn’t expect the saved to give under the guidelines of the Mosaic/Levitic Law. He has brought us into a new Covenant. The old is no more.
 
Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
 
So many pastors and teachers today attempt to keep their congregations under the guidelines of the Mosaic/Levitic Law when it comes to giving, when that is not God’s plan for the Church at all.
 
God has given us His direction concerning our giving… and it is not a giving that is forced on us. Notice:
 
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 
2 Corinthians 8:12-13 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
 
God wants us to choose for ourselves, the amount that we want to give. The word “purposeth” in the above verse is translated from the Greek word, “proaireomai,” and it simply means… “to choose for oneself”. Now ask yourself, if you are giving 10% of your money because your pastor has told you that ten percent is what God wants, have you chosen for yourself? or have you let someone else choose for you? When you give 10% for any other reason than because it is what you chose to give, you are giving under the wrong motives. If you give because you don’t want to be cursed, you give for the wrong reason. If you give because Pastor Rex Torshun told you God expects it, you give for the wrong reason.
 
You are to give according to how you choose in your own heart to give; keeping in mind that if you sow generously, you will reap much and if you are miserly in your giving, you will reap very little.
 
The other verse I posted reveals that God does not want your giving to ease others and place you under a burden at home. You make sure you take care of family needs first… then give what you feel you are able to give. That is the giving that God expects of you. Not a giving because of being bullied or guilted. Not a giving that leaves you struggling. Take care of family first.
 
1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
 
And who knows? God may want your giving to go to that poor widow on your street who is struggling. He may want your giving to go to an orphan at your local school. Or to a foreigner who is barely making it. Open your eyes to those around you. They just may need that money before your Church does.
 
Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
 
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do know the church needs funds to operate, and if you want to give to meet the church needs that is wonderful! But be careful not to neglect those who are in need in your own community if you are able to do so. Many times we give $5, $10, $20, even $50 to missionaries to other lands and turn our eyes and hearts away from those in need in our own neighborhoods.
 
Maybe its time we should all begin to remember the old cliche, “Charity begins at home.”

God says His tithe is crops and livestock.
Many preachers say, “Yea, hath God said…?  Tithe your money”

 

God says His tithe was restricted to national Israel.
Many preachers say, “Yea, hath God said…?  Tithe in whatever country you live”

God says His tithe was taken once a year to the Levites.
Many preachers say, “Yea, hath God said…?  Tithe weekly”

God says His tithe was to be eaten by the tither and his family once a year.
Many preachers say, “Yea, hath God said…?  Your tithe is not for you to keep”

God says His tithe was to be given to the widows, the orphans, the foreigners taking refuge in Israel once every three years.
Many preachers say, “Yea, hath God said…?  Your tithe is to pay the preacher and to keep the Church doors open”

Shortly after creation week, there was another that questioned God’s design.  Things didn’t fare well with Him

Yes, God did say He does not change.  Consider your ways.

Things That Are Different Are Not the Same
by Ronald W Robey
(written July 25, 2013)
 
When teaching their congregation that God expects them to tithe, many pastors will tell them to turn to Genesis 14 and see that Abram tithed before the Mosaic Law was established.
 
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (Genesis 14:18-20; KJV)
 
After reading this passage, the pastor then tells his congregation that this means that since tithing pre-dates the Mosaic Law, and is found within the Mosaic Law, it is to be kept and observed today for it is an eternal moral principle for all people of all ages.
 
But is this true? Is it an eternal moral principle for all people of all ages? Let’s compare today’s monetary tithe to Abram’s tithe and see what the similarities are, if indeed there are any…
 
a) There is only one recorded instance of Abram tithing to Melchizedek found in the Word of God.
Do pastors teach that Christians only need to tithe once as Abram did?
 
b) That which Abram tithed was not wages earned for a day-to-day job. It was from the spoils of war.
Do pastors require tithes from day-to-day jobs? or from the spoils of war?
 
c) Abram tithed to Melchizedek only after he had been refreshed with natural food and drink.
Do pastors feed you natural food before receiving tithes?
 
d) Abram’s tithe included clothing.
Do pastors tell you to tithe clothing?
 
e) Abram tithed what did not even belong to him. He had promised God he would not keep any of the spoils lest Bera have the opportunity to say he had made Abram rich.
Do pastors expect you to tithe that which belongs to another man? or that which belongs to you? (yes, I know God owns it all, but the fact is, that which He owns, He gives to us. There are enough verses to show this as a fact)
 
f) Abram did not tithe to a Church or a Temple.
Does your pastor tell you you can tithe anywhere else other than the Church?
 
As the diligent student of the the Word of God can see, that which is being pushed off as “tithes” today nowhere resembles that which Abram tithed to Melchizedek. It is nothing short of nonsense to try to justify tithing by going to Abram’s tithe to Melchizedek.
 
Was Abram’s tithe continued in the Mosaic Law? When comparing the account in Genesis 14 with the tithe that God required under the Mosaic Law, one will see that Abram’s tithe didn’t even resemble God’s Holy tithe under the Mosaic Law. Notice:
 
Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
 
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. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai. (Leviticus 27:30-34; KJV)
 
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. (Deuteronomy 14:22-29; KJV)
 
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. 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. (Nehemiah 10:37-38; KJV)
 
Scriptures pertaining to the Mosaic Law reveal that the tithe God required of the children of Israel and the Levites was strictly agricultural.
Is this the same as the tithe that Abram gave to Melchizedek? No! Abram’s tithe included articles of clothing.
 
Further, in Numbers 31, we read that God required far less than a tithe from the spoils of war…
 
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation: And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation: And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the LORD. And of the children of Israel’s half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD. And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep, And threescore and twelve thousand beeves, And threescore and one thousand asses, And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him. And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep: And the LORD’S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen. And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD’S tribute was threescore and twelve. And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD’S tribute was threescore and one. And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD’S tribute was thirty and two persons. And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD’S heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses. And of the children of Israel’s half, which Moses divided from the men that warred, (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep, And thirty and six thousand beeves, And thirty thousand asses and five hundred, And sixteen thousand persons;) Even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses. (Numbers 31:25-47; KJV)
 
Again, the tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek cannot be likened to the tithe God required of the children of Israel.
 
Now, one may argue that Israel was strictly an agricultural nation while under the Mosaic Law. Many claim that money was scarce in that time. Yet the Word of God reveals just the opposite…
 
The fact is, there were men of many trades and occupations that came out of Egypt and much gold and silver was also taken from Egypt by the Israelites.
 
Psalms 105:37-38 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.
 
Today’s monetary tithe does not resemble the Mosaic Law tithe, nor does it resemble the tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek. All three tithes are so much unalike in their elements and particulars that it is foolish to attempt to justify one by giving as an example another.
 
So, where did the monetary tithe doctrine come from? Not from the Word of God! Not one verse in either the Old or New Testament concerning tithing instructs one to tithe one’s money. Again, where does it come from? From the invention of man.
 
Sadly, so many have believed the invention of man and elevated it to the same level (if not higher) as the word of God itself.
 
Psalms 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.