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
In the face of documented scholarship that proves tithing is not money and never was, some people will still deny the truth about tithing because of a condition called cognitive dissonance. Holding on to a core valve that is historically unproven is hard to let go even when evidence disproves that core belief. For some people, the truth can be too much to handle and because it is vital to protect that core untruth, many will do whatever it takes to protect that core value or belief. When I first studied tithing, cognitive dissonance hit me like a ton of bricks and then I was faced with what I would do about the truth. Truly, I think understanding tithing is not that difficult. And if you are willing to research, study and not reject what history, the land, language and literature says about the culture and habits of the Hebrew people of the Bible, you will save yourself from financial ruin from false tithing dogmas that have no bearing over you except what you allow. So if the first century believers never practiced tithing because they knew it was illegal, who are we to change biblical history.
When you research the history of first century believers and how they conducted financial matters, it is apparent they knew it was illegal for them to commute the livestock and crop tithe to money tithing. It appears that institutional religion rejected other means of support and co-opted the Old Testament tithe by redefining into a money collection to feed the institutional church juggernaut. For them to teach money tithing and claim that the Levite tithe inheritance somehow passed on to the New Testament church or preacher is kleptomania. They knew they were not Levites and that the tithe belonged to the tribe of Levi, which God ordained as their inheritance.