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
Breaking down Matthew 23:23 is not hard. What amazes me is that most Christians who believe in tithing ten percent of their income do not realize they suffer from cognitive dissonance as the truth about the tithe challenges their belief system. That is something most believers are not use to. Some people have familiarity with tithe scriptures but have no real knowledge of the word. It’s ludicrous to think that Jesus endorsed money as a tithe when the context is specifically about crops in Matthew 23:23. If you believe that tithing is money, you are suspending your common sense and embracing ignorance. Many people practice self-imposed censorship by not reading things that challenge tradition because they feel that if they embrace what the Bible defines as the orthodox tithe, they would somehow loose out on blessings. However in reality, when you pay a tenth of your paycheck and call it a tithe, you are distorting God's word by adding to it something the Bible, God, the apostles and the early church never endorsed. Matthew 23:23 deals with land based tithing. The ten percent you pay to your church is nothing but a temple tax to support a religious institution.
For example, some translations say pay a tithe and some say give a tithe in Matthew 23:23. This is done on purpose to set up a pre-disposed doctrinal theological ideology in the mind of the reader. Do words such as pay, give and income establish different interpretation patterns in the minds of those who read the Scripture? The answer is yes. Investigate different Bible translations that use the words pay, give and income and write the first meaning that comes to mind. As you examine them, you will realize that different words conjure up different meanings. Depending on which word is used in the text, it can determine how you interpret the verse and change the context, which leads to the wrong conclusion about a biblical subject.
You will also notice that some translations do not use the words pay, give, or income at all, but use the word tithe only. In translations where the word pay or tithe is used, it implies a mandatory obligatory practice and based on the instructions of the law, pay is the right word in Matthew 23:23. In the Torah, tithing is obligatory no matter how you felt and that implies obligation. The Israelite farmers paid the tithe to the Levites and it was not a gift. In translations where the word “give tithe” is used, it implies that tithing is freewill giving, but the Torah does not teach tithing as giving. Giving is not mandatory; giving is a freewill choice. If you give, it is not based on obligation; rather, it must come from the heart. Tithing, however, is mandatory in the Torah and it is not giving. So when you say you must pay tithes, it must be agricultural goods and livestock, which the law endorses. But if it’s money, it is the law of men, because Matthew Chapter 23 does not endorse money as a tithe commodity.