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 have always been amazed at the psychological approaches implemented in Church on Sundays when it comes to money. Getting people to cough up tent percent of their income requires real ingunuity. In this excerpt, the evidence is clear that giving is totally free-will. Anything other than that is financial manipulation. True giving is certainly not pressure tactics to raise money. Ten percent of your income being confiscated on Sunday morning through changing scripture does not make it so. Every gift a person gives must come from an open, generous heart. No matter what anyone tells you, tithing is a matter of the law, and don't fall for the new doctrine being peddled today and that is the invented doctrine of grace tithing.
In Exodus 30:14, children were never asked to give. It was those over the age of 20 who brought freewill offerings to God. Here is how we know freewill offerings are God’s way to give. The word willing in Exodus 35:5 is Strong’s #5081 and it is the Hebrew word “nadiyb” or “nadiv.” Based on the context of the verse, it means giving voluntarily, generously, and promptly. In verse 21, the word willing in Hebrew is “nadab” (Strong’s #5068). It means to volunteer, to present spontaneously. When you look at verse 29, willing is Strong’s #5071- it is the Hebrew word, “ndabah.” It means spontaneous gift. There is no way to interpret the Hebrew text as giving based on percentage. The only method we see implemented in Exodus 35 is freewill giving or grace giving. The whole message of New Covenant grace giving is that it is spirit controlled and not man mandated. There is no law that says giving must start at 10 percent of gross or net income. Grace giving can be anything from zero to one hundred percent. Law giving starts and stops at 10 percent and nothing else is required. However, giving from the heart is limitless and boundless and it’s totally motivated by the spirit of Yahweh upon the human heart. If you give any other way, your giving does not follow New Testament principles. If you think tithing is money and is connected to the New Testament, the first place to check is Matthew 23:23, which I call the Gospel syndrome.
The Gospel Syndrome
When a pastor teaches on money tithing, the first person they mention is Abram and his tithe. To bolster their tithing position, they connect Abram’s single tithe event to Malachi and then tie up the theological loose ends using Matthew 23:23 to form a plausible impenetrable doctrine. They use eisegesis to string together tithe verses from different books of the Bible to strengthen the tithe argument, while hoping you won’t study to connect the dots and find out their teaching is out of context. In Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42, the context Jesus addresses is matters of the law. Since tithing is a matter of the law in Matthew and Luke, there is no principle that can be established for a New Testament money tithe. But the question is, what is the tithe in Matthew and Luke, money or food?