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
You would think most people want to know what the Bible describes as tithing. And yet, if the choice is whether a person should eat tithes or pay tithes, many would rather pay monetary tithes even against what the scriptures actually teach. That is mindboggling to say the least. In all of my studies of the scriptures, tithing always had to do with something being planted in the ground and with livestock. Goats, sheep, bulls, rams, grain and other crops are the items God commanded as a tithe. So why do preachers violate the scriptures to maintain an unauthorized financial system as a means of supporting the institutional church when it is not in the Bible? Even when the Bible makes it clear that tithes come from livestock and crops, people still want to believe that paying ten percent from a paycheck is commanded in the Bible against all logic, reason and empirical biblical evidence. This book excerpt is clear what tithing is and yet some will close a blind eye to the truth of the Word. That’s why I spent so much time including much details about money in the Bible to show readers that Old Testament people had money including Abraham and he never paid tithes from his own wealth but from spoils of war.
People understood the tithe as the Lords property while it was still growing in the field. In Ancient times, the farmer could buy his tithe back from the Lord by paying the priest 120% of its value in money. The priest in turn, would give the tithe (produce) back to the farmer and take the money and then buy a replacement tithe. Israel used money but never as a substitute for a tithe. The priests would never present money to the Lord since His tithe was to be holy to the Him and money was not holy (Leviticus 27:30). It must be remembered, the biblical definition of a tithe included what the tithe was composed of, which was agricultural products only.42
We know the tithe is not money based on the Hebrew word for land. The keyword in Leviticus 27:30 is land. The tithe comes from the land. Land in Hebrew is “erets” (Strong’s #776). It represents the earth, arable ground or owned land. The land God speaks of is the land He promised Abram in Genesis 13:17. If God promised Abram land, then how would God give Abram the land of Canaan that other people occupied? God’s promise fits the Hebrew meaning because “erets” also means owned land. It is important to note that tithing had not started yet in Leviticus because Israel was still roaming the wilderness. Leviticus gives details of the tithe requirements for implementation once they got into the land of Canaan.
Let’s critically examine Leviticus 27:30-33. From the Scripture, we can extrapolate that the tithe refers to agricultural products (seed of the land and fruit of the tree), herds and flocks. Now, the text does not say 10 percent of the herds or flocks. It says the tenth animal that passed under the shepherd’s rod is the tithe, not the first tenth as is common in tithe teaching today. The message coming from pulpits every time the church doors open is that the first tenth of your check belongs God, but when you examine the tithe verses in Leviticus and the entire Bible, God never says that. Since farmers and cattle herders tithed in Israel, make sure you understand that Yahweh meant what he said about the tenth animal. If a cattle herder had less than nine cattle in a birth cycle, whether sheep, bulls, or goats, they did not tithe because God wanted the tenth animal from the increase not the ninth. Herders tithed only the tenth animal whether its condition was good or bad. The Bible says God would accept the eleventh animal if the herder thought the tenth did not meet the standard. Despite the condition of the tenth animal, it became the tithe; it could not be exchanged for another animal because the tenth animal was holy unto the Lord. Israel paid a tithe on an increase and never on a decrease. For example, if you have nine sheep and during the birth cycle, those sheep would need to give birth to ten or more calves to tithe on the increase. If you had less than ten, you did not tithe. When you examine the Jewish Mishnah, which is a compilation of Jewish oral traditions called the Oral Law, the text reveals that whatsoever is kept watch over, cultivated, and grows from the soil; whatever is used for food (excluding unclean) is what is tithed. The tenth sheep, the tenth goat, the tenth bull was the tithe, not 10 percent. Remember if a herdsman had nine cattle, he didn’t tithe because the tenth animal that passed under the rod belonged to God as the tithe despite its condition.
No one can assume from silence in the Scripture that a man in Israel tithed a tenth of his income from making a living, harvesting clams. If he raised walnuts and sold some to the marketplace, the money was not titheable based on the empirical and historical definition of the word tithe as eatable items. Leviticus Chapter 27 focuses on vows. The chapter ends with a critical introduction to tithing meaning it was not the writer’s intention to lay out a full description of the tithe laws. A more comprehensive description of the tithe laws appears in Numbers and Deuteronomy. Today’s tithing doctrines come from twisted hermeneutics and exegesis. Many tithe teachers take Old Testament tithe verses and write a new giving prescription that commutes the agricultural, herd and flock tithe to money. They interpret tithe verses using eisegesis in which one reads into the text their personal meaning based on the circumstantial impact of a different economy without scriptural support to change eatable tithes to money. The food and crop tithe described in the Old Testament is not a prescription for money tithing in the New Testament.