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
The cries from the pulpit that believers should follow Abram’s example and pay tithes like Abram did almost rings true until you study what he actually paid as a tithe. This book excerpt shows that Abram never paid money as a tithe to Melchizedek. The context surrounding Abram’s saga was a rescue mission for his nephew Lot, which lead him into a warring conflict with city state kings. Now I don’t know how pastors and teachers can surmise that what Abram gave to Melchizedek amounted to a monetary tithe. The Bible is clear in Hebrews that Abram’s tithe was the spoils of war he captured in defeating enemy kings. The scripture never says Abram gave money to Melchizedek. And the pre-law tithe argument does not hold water because this was a tithe based on a war custom of the culture. The contents of Abram’s tithe came from what he took from the battlefield and not his personal income or wealth. And if you study the text closely, Abram only paid a tithe as a one-time act when he was in his eighties. The word study presented in this excerpt shows that Abram’s tithe consisted of goods, victuals, food supplies and other edible items and not money. Financial manipulation of the scripture can ruin your life.
Examining the circumstances of the raid on Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot lived helps us understand what items Abram tithed to Melchizedek. Genesis 14:11-12 say, [Kings] “took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed” (NKJV). What do these verses tell us about the nature of Abram’s tithe? Since we’ve established the case for the spoils of war tithe, let’s investigate further.
In the KJV, two words are important: goods and victuals. The Bible declares that the kings Abram fought had confiscated goods and victuals from Sodom and Gomorrah. Under an extreme personal theological financial bias, how could anyone assume Abram’s personal wealth was with him as he sought to recover the stolen goods and victuals?
A word study is the only way to maintain the integrity of the verses. The word goods in Hebrew is Strong’s #7399 and it means, “rekuwsh.” In Hebrew, goods in verses 11-12 refer to personal property, substance, livestock, stores, and utensils. The kings walked out of Sodom and Gomorrah with movable possessions, supplies and valuables owned by the individuals including Lot; however, this does not necessarily refer to wages or money. A second important word in the text is victuals. The Hebrew word is Strong’s #400 and it means, “okel,” This word victual means the kings took things like cereal/grain, meat, and food supplies. Is the picture becoming clearer on what the tithe was in Genesis 14? It should be. What Abram tithed from based on the historical context of the spoils of war consisted of cattle, or valuables (including idols of precious metals), food, women, people, defeated warriors, weapons and money the soldiers pocketed.
Abram’s tithe was not for the purpose to support a person, priesthood, or a religious institution because he never gave a tenth of his personal wealth. The tithe Abram gave derived from the spoils of war. This won’t sit well with biblical modernists who reference Abram’s tithe as a justification to demand a regular tithe from believers to financially support churches. I admit it is hard to teach the truth that tithing is not money when you are in hock to pay for a building mortgage and all the maintenance requirements for 30 to 40 years.