KLEPTOMANIAC is a journey into the annuals of biblical history concerning what the Bible teaches about tithing and giving. This book will take you on the proverbial archeological quest to uncover the true meaning of biblical words that deal with money. When confusion exists about what certain words mean in the Bible, such as tithe, tithing, tenth or ten percent, this book will examine the Hebrew and Greek language to bring to life what these words actually mean in context. This book will upend the common beliefs held by believers concerning giving and tithing based on the history of the original people of the Bible and how they related to money. From the very beginning to the end of the book, everything is supported by Scripture and research. You will know from the onset why the author, Dr. Frank Chase Jr., wrote the book and learn about his personal story of what happened as a result of embracing New Covenant giving principles from the New Testament. No book asks questions like this book. And some of those questions are: does the Bible talk about tithing? Did God change the tithe at some point in biblical history? Are first fruits money? Is the tithe food or money? Is the church the storehouse? Did Jesus, Paul and the Disciples tithe? Did the early church honor a money tithe system? Are Christians really cursed for not tithing ten percent of their income?
Frank Chase, Jr. was born in 1959. He is the son of Frank Chase and Romaine Berry. He grew up in Baltimore Md. and graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978. After high school, Frank spent four years in the United States Army and during that time became a follower of the Messiah. After completing his tour of duty, he attended Washington State University (WSU) and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Because Frank believes in education, he pursued religious degrees and graduated from North Carolina College of Theology with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Doctor of Theology. You can follow is blog at http://tithenomore.com and the ebook is available on now on Book Baby and the paperback June 1st at https://store.bookbaby.com/book/kleptomaniac. For signed copies go to the Author's website at http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kleptomaniac
The great Jewish historian, Josephus wrote that the Hebrew word for tithe is ma’aser. In his writings centuries ago, he stated the tithe was everything eatable. When I began my study of all 140 Bible references to money, it was clear that from the context of every verse that money was not a titheable commodity. So it puzzles me why the modern institutional church continues to peddle the monetary tithe doctrine even when the scriptures do not support their claims that Christians must pay tithes of ten percent. Against this backdrop, the truth about tithing must be told even at the risk of excommunication from the church. At first, when studied all 140 references to money, I was certain that I would find one verse where money was tithed to the Levites or to the temple, but to my surprise not one verse mentioned anyone tithing money to the temple or the Levites. I am convinced that the only way for people to discover the truth about this centuries-old monetary tithing deception, is to sit down and study the subject unencumbered by outside doctrinal teachings to allow the scriptures, correct hermeneutics and exegesis speak loud and clear about what tithing is in the Bible. You must study to show yourself approved to find the truth.
Cold hard cash plays a role in our society and in the church. The money tithe system is the major source of income for the modern church institution. To sustain the influx of money, people must invent fund-raising schemes to keep the money flow constant. The Bible even says in Ecclesiastes 10:19 “…But money answers everything.” This Bible verse speaks volumes because pastors and church leaders who support tithing, view money as the ultimate answer to ministry rather than trusting God to move on the hearts of people. Weekly cheerleading sermons focus on how important it is for believers to open their wallets and pocketbooks and hand over 10 percent to God to receive manifold blessings. The argument that you owe God a tithe and you can’t beat God giving is powerful in collecting a tenth of income. However, no one ever discusses that theologians, Jewish sects, scribes, pastors, and Christians have argued over the validity of tithing money for centuries. Some who investigate biblical history on this phenomenon have concluded with certainty that biblical people tithed crops, cattle, sheep, goats and flocks but also gave money. Today, those who disagree with mandatory tithing doctrines have garnered the wrath of institutional church leaders; some feel marginalized and devalued because of their stand against tithing.
This chapter examines many Old Testament Bible verses with the word money. In fact, there are 140 verses in the Bible that use the word money. Believers should research every Scripture to discover how biblical people have historically handled money. Money was vital in the Bible; however, some argue that Israel and secular nations did not use money in a significant way. Some believers think Israel’s entire economy was agricultural. However, if money was not an important commodity of that time, why are there 140 money verses as opposed to only 38 references to tithe/ tithes in the Scripture?
While I cannot cover all 140 biblical references in this chapter, I will highlight some of them to give you insight into Israel’s money practices. In this chapter, you will discover whether money was tithed in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The proof that someone actually tithed money in the Scriptures must be clear. Somewhere on the pages of the sacred text, it must be evident that Yahweh converted the herd and crop tithe to money. We know the Old Testament mentions both money and tithes but they are not synonymous.