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
Official Orthodox Biblical Tithing Has Passed Away
Biblical authenticity is important. Without it, lives can be ruined by religious dogmatism. I still experience shock about how deceived I was about God's authentic approved tithe. So if the tithe God approved passed away on August 10th in the year 70 A.D., when the Romans destroyed the temple, why have people been blinded of this fact for centuries? Thirty years of believing monetary tithing was biblical when it was actually agricultural, herds and flocks is a momentous revelation. Allowing the scriptures to speak authentically is not easy, especially if someone has an ingrained indoctrination on a biblical subject. When new information comes along that disputes long held beliefs, it can have a bull in a china shop impact on the thought process, producing cognitive dissonance. When you are wedded to an idea or theology that has no provable empirical evidence, it will not be easy to get people to consider other valid viewpoints. Change comes through research, study, questioning data and alleged facts. I pursued this method of study on tithing and found many scriptural truths and in particular that all tithes were edible and the people who ate the tithes were Levites, poor, widows, orphans, strangers, and temple choirs and workers. Nowhere in the Bible does God command a monetary tithe of ten percent. Fascinating isn't it?
When I allowed the biblical text to speak to me, I cried many tears day and night after discovering the shocking truth that tithing was not a Christian requirement. Had I known the truth, I would not have been mislead for more than 30 years by teachers who used smooth talk and fancy testimonies to make money tithing the golden calf to financial security. Only the truth sets you free and the truth is, Israelites never understood crops, livestock or food tithing to be their version of money tithing as preachers teach today. Israel had plenty of money because they bought land with money, they bought burial plots with money, they were commanded not to charge interest on money in Deuteronomy 23:19, “When you lend money, food or anything else to another Israelite, you are not to charge interest” (CEV). Also, this verse and many more prove they had money and never paid tithes with money. To top it off, if you go back and check the biblical record, you’ll discover that not every Israelite tithed because not every Israelite was a farmer or rancher. Only farmers and ranchers tithed the required crops and livestock. When you follow the biblical facts, it will become clear what true giving is and how to practice it.
Here are the facts of New Testament giving when guided by the Holy Spirit, personal faith and a relationship with the Father in heaven and his Son, Yeshua.
1. The only principle that can be gleaned from Scripture on giving is that there is no established New Testament tithe command or principle concerning 10 percent of your income. However free, willing, heart giving is the standard.
2. When Preachers share the Gospel with you, the only principle of giving that exists is when they share spiritual teachings from the Gospel, you in turn, as a matter of support should share material offerings with them (not money only).
3. The New Testament establishes a right of support for preachers but that right is not a commandment to collect tithes from God’s people by demand or with threats of a curse.
4. Giving is based on ability and willingness; you decide how much to give by setting something aside.
5. Giving is regular.
6. Giving should not be done if you don’t have the means, but giving time and talent is acceptable.