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 https://www.fcpublishing.com
When it comes to tithing, the Old Testament is always consulted, especially Abram’s tithe to establish a New Testament tithe command. But it is strange the no one ever consults Apostle Paul’s views on giving and tithing, and why he never mentioned tithing in any of his letters to the congregational assemblies he ministered to. If monetary tithing was so important, why is New Testament scripture silent on tithing in every reference Paul makes about giving? No one can pull a verse from Paul’s writings and empirically prove he taught all first century believers to tithe money to the synagogue. In fact, many Pastors go out of their way using improper exegesis to prove a tithe requirement by stating that the reason why Paul is silent on tithing is because tithing was understood by first century believers to be obligatory and it was a prevalent practice that it was not necessary for Paul to mention it. However, this assertion is bogus because if tithing was so important to the health of the congregation, Paul would have mentioned it and for him not to say anything to the people about God’s tithing command would have been a sin. It is a fact that Paul taught freewill giving from Deut. 16: 16-17. The conclusion is, Paul never taught tithing.
Nowhere does Paul teach either from the Old Testament or from historical accounts that money was paid to priests and Levites as a salary to preach or teach the Word. When you consider Paul’s financial advice on giving to the Corinthians, it refers to meeting the needs of God’s people, not salaries, church mortgages, or electric bills. Paul was an astute man, so why would he write so much about giving and purposely leave out the word “tithe” from everything he wrote in the New Testament?
Today, the opportunity for preachers to insert the word “tithe” in the text to justify church support, even though it is out context, is irresistible. The urge is so great that tithing becomes compulsory as if the tithe were an obligation for those under the New Covenant. If the New Testament requires tithing, a reasonable person would expect that an important financial instruction would appear in a verse that addresses how to finance God’s Kingdom. But it doesn’t. Isn’t it obvious the compilers of the New Testament were aware of the financial needs of sustaining cathedrals, edifices, and buildings used for what we call ministry today? It seems totally out of character and foolish for them not to translate something from the original language that commanded a New Testament tithe. Since that is what happened, it is presumptuous and preposterous to assume that tithing is required for believers as an obligatory principle. It is an undeniable fact that the Apostles never mentioned that anyone should tithe money. If Paul taught tithing and failed to mention it, then his writings on giving would have to be viewed as false doctrine if Christians are bound to tithe. Even if you say paying 10 percent is based on a pre-law doctrine under the New Testament, the tenth is still a fixed number and is not based on giving from the heart where believers choose the amount, as Paul instructed.