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
I'm amazed how preachers love to use Paul's references to giving as if somehow believers must pay ten percent of their income to the institutional organization. The fact is, none of Paul's writings address tithing.
The tithe was holy to God throughout the entire Old and New Testament, but it was not money that was holy, it was livestock and crops Yahweh deemed holy in Israel. To continue to confuse income with the Lord's tithe is not scripturally sustainable.
Paul never suggested that anyone in the first century pay him or the temple in Jerusalem a tithe from income. This is a fact because Malachi 3:8-10, says that the tithe was the required food in His house for the Levites to eat. However, Paul always encouraged believers to give from the heart by saying in II Cor. 9:7, “Each should give according to what he decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
As profound as Paul was, he made sure no one would misunderstand giving, so he used specific words in II Cor. 8 and 9, like ministration, collections, and gifts and never uttered the word tithe. The reason he never mentions tithing is because first century believers understood the tithe was edible and still belonged to the Levites.
In Paul’s time and in modern times, Christians chose what group or sect of believers they fellowshipped with and how much influence that ministry would have in their lives. In today’s economic system, income is always confused with the Lord’s tithe. When a person gives 10 percent of their income, always remember that the money is not being used in the same way as the actual herd and crop tithe of the Old Testament. Therefore, money is not holy to God because it is not the Lord’s tithe but crops and cattle are. Paul never converted God’s tithe to money and giving your church a tenth is not tithing to God.
When offering time rolls around on Sunday morning, verses from 2 Corinthians Chapters 8 and 9 and Malachi Chapter 3 are used out of context by pastors to argue for tithing. These Scriptures are strung together to make it appear that Paul taught believers to become faithful tithers. This disingenuous intellectual process takes place through repetitive groupthink, which involves not telling the whole truth about the authentic whole tithe until money tithing becomes truth by convention. Also, to ensure regular tithing is not abandoned, some pastors pronounce a curse on people to produce fear as a way to bolster the argument that 10 percent belongs to God.
Even though 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 do not support tithing, people have a way of connecting Paul’s giving references to tithing by cobbling together verses from the Old and New Testament to bolster the position that Christians need to tithe money. None of the Apostle’s letters give any real methods of continuous weekly giving to support a building called church.
The problem with modern day churches is that the Epistles never instruct believers how to support buildings that a pastor and his representatives sign off on to obtain a mortgage with a lending institution. Most Bible teachers create extra-biblical instructions along with taking Scripture out of context to amass financial support. The context of 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 deals with Paul’s giving appeal to help needy saints in Jerusalem who experienced a famine. How do we know this? The event Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 refers to events in Acts 11:27-30, “During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples,as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul” (NIV). If you read this verse in the NKJV, it is clear that Paul did not command them to help but they gave voluntarily because Acts 11:29 says, “Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea” (NKJV).
The important factor in Acts is the famine situation and the causes that put fellow believers in a tight spot that required help from Corinth. How could anyone interpret 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 to mean that Paul addressed tithing? In fact, the context is about an unidentified gift. Is the text referencing to money or food that Paul collected for the people who were suffering and who needed help? Be mindful that Paul uses specific words in his letters such as ministration, collections, and gift to describe benevolent giving, not tithing.