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
It is true that God's requires tithes and offerings according to Malachi. But when you investigate what the word tithe actually means according to the land, language and literature of the Hebrew people's culture and scripture, it is not what churches teach. The tithe God counts on in the scripture is the tenth part of agricultural products and livestock. The tithe the institutional Church counts on is the tenth part of the paycheck in perpetuity. The edible tithe items are holy unto the Lord, the cash, which the Bible calls mammon is not holy unto the Lord. Money is deemed holy by traditions of men outside of scripture. When the original meaning of a word is changed in transliteration to support an idea to increase financial support for religious leaders and pastors it is because they could not find any scripture to prove that money is God's tithe. Of the forty-four references to tithe found in the Bible, only thirty-six speak of God’s commanded tithe. Only fourteen of the thirty-six verses where God’s commanded tithe is seen mentions the elements of God’s commanded tithe. Those fourteen verses reveal God’s commanded tithe to be agricultural…not monetary.
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.