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
To answer this quintessential question and to put the suspense to rest, no believer today robs God of tithes and offerings unless they are farmers and ranchers in Israel under the covenant of the law. The words, “Will a Man Rob God?” has an immense psychological impact in churches because many believe Malachi 3:10 requires ten percent of their paycheck to be paid to God through the vehicle of the institutional church. Could you imagine my shock when I discovered that monetary tithing is not the subject of Malachi chapter 3. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, your paycheck is not a titheable commodity. In chapter 10 of my book, you will also discover that the storehouse the tithe was brought to is not a church but a barn for storing crops and cattle. The words robbing God can have a lasting impact on how you handle your money. Many sermons address Malachi 3:10, and pastors will make it their primary goal to ensure you cough up ten percent. To make sure you do not hold back, you’ll be called a God robber and the fear of that label drives many congregants to pay up. But know this, your money is not a biblical authentic tithe. Paying ten percent to the church resembles a temple tax or tax return giving.
Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts; “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” Says the LORD of hosts (NKJV).
The thought that God promises abundant blessings and rewards for tithing money is hard not to believe. However, when you examine the Scriptures, do tithes and offerings really translate to money? Can we apply tithing crops and cattle as it did in the Hebrew nation eons ago to tithing money today? If you are scared of Malachi’s curse, you won’t be after reading and understanding what follows in this chapter. Dismantling the argument for tithing using Malachi starts with proper interpretation principles. The belief that you must tithe on gross or net income is where the confusion begins. Depending on who is teaching the subject, some will say the tithe is on gross pay and others say tithing is on net pay. Both are actually wrong. The second problem is that for hundreds of years since the sixth century, the early church and subsequent denominations have been unable to convince the majority of Christians throughout the ages that tithing money actually works as taught. The third problem with using Malachi to justify the net tithe argument or the gross tithe argument is that many people don’t receive the abundant blessings they heard about. Some tithers remain poor their entire lives after tithing for years while others seem to experience economic growth. That sounds like God is showing partiality. Let me make this perfectly clear, understanding the tithe in Malachi cannot be done unless your read the entire book for context. Malachi must be read alongside Nehemiah because Nehemiah gives details that help explain Malachi. Both Malachi and Nehemiah lived during the same period and both were dealing with the issues of tithing in Israel. When reading Malachi, you must ask whether God is speaking to the Hebrew people of Israel or you?
I’m sure you have heard many tithing sermons that would blow your mind. Most of the money focused interpretations sound so good, you can’t help but walk away from the offering plate thinking, “Wow! God will turn this tenth I paid into so much money that I won’t be able to contain it!” What many unsuspecting believers don’t realize is that most tithing sermons are compilations of various tithe teachings thrown together. Over time, this hodgepodge of tithe sermons become traditions of men. Today most tithe sermons are elevated to the status of commandments of God and what you end up with is a hyper-spiritualized version of Malachi 3:810. Rodger Sapp in his book, The Children Are Free, gives a perfect rendition of what most people hear in their spiritual ear when listening to tithe sermons. You might hear something like this spiritualized version from the pulpit:
Bring (as an act of worship) the full amount of your tithe (ten percent of your on-going income) into the storehouse (the local church), that there may be food (spiritual food) in my house (the local church), and prove me now (presently) by it, (put me to test, give me an opportunity to prove myself) and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven to you–and pour out on you so much (financial, material) blessing that you will not have room enough to contain it. Then I will rebuke (protect your income) from the devourer (the devil) for you– I will stop the thief (the devil) from destroying the fruit (money, material goods) of your labors.59
This rendition sounds good and appeals to our material senses because we all need and want more money for many reasons. When you examine the spiritualized version of Malachi with an eye on proper exegesis and hermeneutics, you can see the spiritualized version is totally out of context.