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.

Cursed!

by Ronald W Robey

(written June 29, 2020)

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

God wants us to give because we love to give, not because it is dictated that we give by another party.

2 Corinthians 8:12 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.

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

God does not want us to give to the point that we ourselves are in great need. Many a church member has gone without things they needed because of pastors telling them that, “Malachi 3:8-9 says you are robbing God if you do not tithe.” And, “Malachi 3:8-9 says that if you do not tithe, you are under a curse.”

If only people would learn to read…nay, study their Bibles, they would see that they cannot be cursed if they refuse to tithe.

Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Christ redeemed those that were under the Law from the curse of the Law. The ONLY way you can be cursed is if you place yourself back under the jurisdiction of the Law by attemptiing to observe any part of the Law.

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

To attempt to observe Gods’ tithe ordinance, but not to observe the commands written in that ordinance, brings a curse upon the one who is attempting to observe it.

Numbers 18:21-22 says that the congregatiion is not even to go near the House of God with their tithes. By the authority of Galatians 3:10, I can assure you that if you are a member of the congregation and are obeying every command concering tithes in the Bible except the command not to go near the House of God with your tithe…you are cursed.

Leviticus 27:30,32 says that the commanded tithe is to be agricultural. By the authority of Galatians 3:10, I can assure you that if you are a member of the congregation and are obeying every command concering tithes in the Bible but giving a tenth of your money instead of the commanded agricultural crops, flocks, and herds…you are cursed.

Deuteronomy 12:10-11 reveals that the congregation is to take their tithes to Jerusalem. Still another says that an Aaronic Priest, (a descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron) is to be present at the time the congregation gives their tithes. If you are attempting to observe God’s tithe ordinance, but not observing every command given by God, by the authority of Galatians 3:10, I can assure you you are cursed.

Pastors have church members placing themselves under a curse, and the church members don’t even realize it.

The apostle James takes it even further.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

If you offend in just one point of the Law, (we already know that there are people who place themselve under the Law by attempting to observe Gods’ tithe ordinance) and you do not obey all the commands written in the Law, (we already know that those who attempt to observe Gods’ tithe ordinance are not obeying any of the commands written in that ordinance) you are guilty of the whole Law. Your tithng is not recognized as an obedient act by God. You have actually disobeyed Him.

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.

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.