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
Using Abram’s example to substantiate monetary tithing is always the argument pastors use to mandate green back tithing. This part of the book, I had to really unpack the history of Abram’s life in an effort to understand why arguments that Abram paid monetary tithes before the law was viewed as indisputable and unquestionable evidence. Examining scripture and history, I could not find one place where Abram paid a tithe from his personal wealth before he met Melchizedek. I also noticed that Abram was 80 years old when he paid the tithe only once from the spoils of war. And then, I looked for examples of where Abram’s children paid a tithe in money to prove the claim that tithes were always money. Needless to say, the more I searched for monetary tithe evidence in the scripture, the trail went cold. So I traced back Abrams history in scripture with his father only to discover that his family’s amassed wealth through the principles of commerce and had nothing to do with tithing. The evidence is clear, if you follow the money, Abram’s history in Ur Canaan, and his encounter with Pharaoh and Egypt, it is clear how Abram got rich. So it’s official, the monetary tithe is a permanently solved case no longer cold.
The first question that comes to mind is: did the material goods they amassed result from tithing or from the works of commerce when they lived in Ur and Haran? In the KJV version of the Bible, verse 5 uses the word substance. Would it be a stretch to say that Abram inherited his father’s substance after he died? I don’t think so. Abram had substance from what they took when they left Ur and the wealth they amassed in Haran through economic endeavors over many years. If Abram tithed in Haran, who would he have tithed to? You cannot present a money tithe argument from silence in the Scripture when there is no scriptural evidence to support that position. You must name someone who received Abram’s tithe before he met Melchizedek. Following Abram’s money trail picks up no scent of a tithing principal. There is no overwhelming proof that the wealth his family and Lot accumulated is because they tithed before the law.
The word substance in verse 5 is Strong’s #7399. The Hebrew word is “Rekuwsh.” It means property, goods and possessions. Abram left Haran at God’s command with goods, property and servants. He left with his wealth and his workers. The word substance involves all movable goods of livestock, stores and utensils. When Yahweh called Abram to leave his country, he took his inheritance, his estate, his domestic animals and his riches, and traveled to Canaan. Abram’s wealth did not come through practicing tithing.