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
While researching the tithing doctrine, I discovered a scripture where the Pharisees practiced Corbin. Religious leaders who wanted to avoid using funds to help parents or family members often invoked Corban whereby they could say the available money they possessed is inaccessible because it is gift to God or the temple. Although this is a slick way for Pharisees to avoid helping family members, many churchgoers employ a type of Corban when they say that ten percent of their income belongs to God or church and can’t be used for other purposes. Jesus rebuked Corban, a tradition that makes the Word of God of no effect. Paying monetary tithe makes the Word of God of no effect because tithing is a tradition of man that God never instituted. In effect, the Pharisees used one scripture to invalidate another scripture. The same goes with pastors who interpret tithing scriptures out of context to invalidate God’s tithing law that define tithes as livestock and crops. It’s amazing that even in the first century, the Torah was being manipulated. Nothing hasn’t changed centuries later since monetary tithing was introduce outside of scripture. I realize now that paying tithes for 30 years, I practiced Corban, and neglected my family’s financial needs to fulfill a non-binding institutional law of the church.
I’ve noticed over years of studying the Bible that it’s very easy to overlook the message behind the message especially when the Messiah speaks. For example, there is a conversation the Savior has with the Pharisees dealing with corban in Mark 7:9-13. The verses have an indirect correlation to tithing.
“He [Jesus] said to them [the Pharisees], “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban “—’ (that is, a gift to God or the temple),then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making theword of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down [throughout time]. And many such things you do” (NKJV).
If you notice the conversation Jesus had with the religious leaders, it appears they are using a corban vow. What the Pharisees had done was to establish a tradition based on Numbers 30:1-2 that allowed them to use a corban law to escape financial responsibility for taking care of needy parents. All a person had to do to squirm out of helping needy parents was to invoke corban, which classifies the money as a dedication to God. So in effect, they nullified the Word of God with their traditions and Jesus called them out on the practice and rebuked them for it. He wasn’t going to let them get away with using one biblical teaching to nullify another. In some of today’s churches, the traditions of men say you can’t take your non-negotiable mandatory tithe that belongs to God and use it for any other purpose. Therefore, the tithe becomes corban (that is a gift to God or to the temple). So if you have money your family needs, but act as if it’s corban or a dedicated tithe based on the church’s entitlement claim to your money, you are doing exactly what the Pharisees did, practicing corban. When you say you have to pay 10 percent to God and neglect your household, you are saying your tithe money is corban, which means you are seeking a way to escape your financial responsibility to feed, clothe and care for the needs of your immediate family.