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
Many pastors like to argue that the Old Testament tithe was for the Levitical ministry, so that’s why believers are to pay tithes today. That argument sounds good but it is off by a million miles. One of the main reasons a tithe was given is because God made a promise to the children of Israel that they would receive an inheritance. In that promise, the Levites were left out of the land inheritance promise. So God created a substitute inheritance for the Levites, which was the tithe from the land given to the other Israelite tribes. The Levites never received the tithe as wages for working they performed in the tent of meeting. The Levites were compensated with tithes and offerings because they received no land inheritance, but that is not all they received, they also got forty-eight cities, and two-thousands cubit of land, which was a tri-part inherence that was very different from what the average Israelite received. So that means the church has no legal right to collect monetary tithes using Levitical law and that means the only way to give should be based on freewill offerings. And the law does not authorize pastors to collect tithes.
Let’s critically examine Leviticus 27:30-33. From the Scripture, we can extrapolate that the tithe refers to agricultural products (seed of the land and fruit of the tree), herds and flocks. Now, the text does not say 10 percent of the herds or flocks. It says the tenth animal that passed under the shepherd’s rod is the tithe, not the first tenth as is common in tithe teaching today. The message coming from pulpits every time the church doors open is that the first tenth of your check belongs God, but when you examine the tithe verses in Leviticus and the entire Bible, God never says that. Since farmers and cattle herders tithed in Israel, make sure you understand that Yahweh meant what he said about the tenth animal. If a cattle herder had less than nine cattle in a birth cycle, whether sheep, bulls, or goats, they did not tithe because God wanted the tenth animal from the increase not the ninth. Herders tithed only the tenth animal whether its condition was good or bad. The Bible says God would accept the eleventh animal if the herder thought the tenth did not meet the standard. Despite the condition of the tenth animal, it became the tithe; it could not be exchanged for another animal because the tenth animal was holy unto the Lord. Israel paid a tithe on an increase and never on a decrease. For example, if you have nine sheep and during the birth cycle, those sheep would need to give birth to ten or more calves to tithe on the increase. If you had less than ten, you did not tithe. When you examine the Jewish Mishnah, which is a compilation of Jewish oral traditions called the Oral Law, the text reveals that whatsoever is kept watch over, cultivated, and grows from the soil; whatever is used for food (excluding unclean) is what is tithed. The tenth sheep, the tenth goat, the tenth bull was the tithe, not 10 percent. Remember if a herdsman had nine cattle, he didn’t tithe because the tenth animal that passed under the rod belonged to God as the tithe despite its condition.