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 https://www.fcpublishing.com
Most pastors love to claim that they deserve support for preaching the Gospel. To some degree they do based on Paul’s writings. I cover his arguments for support in my book. But a puzzling question always arises in my mind about tithing. In my scriptural research, I never found one single verse where Jesus paid tithes to anyone at the temple in Jerusalem. Everywhere Jesus preached, why is there no evidence of him asking congregations for money? Pastors love to collect tithes and offerings from members but they can’t provide you an example of where Jesus either paid or collected a monetary tithe in the Bible. That should be a clue that something is rotten in Denmark. My book excerpt clearly indicates freewill giving reigned supreme in the first century. What I discovered is that rich people supported Christ’s ministry and those who heard his message were not required to pay a tithe to support the ministry. Freewill offerings and personal donations sustained the ministry. If you understand the tithing law during the time the temple stood, Jesus could not have paid or collected tithes. The reason being is that the tithe by God’s Law belonged to the Levites as their inheritance. If Jesus tried to collect tithes, he would have been in violation of his father’s law.
Where did Jesus’ ministry resources come from? The Scriptures give eight sources of possible income for the moneybag carried by Judas. The following Scriptures will show that Jesus never asked the synagogue congregants for free-will offerings. Nor do we see the synagogue leaders asking people to make offerings to Jesus. The custom in Jesus’ time involved charity and taking care of the needs of travelers including those who preached?
1. Matthew 9:10 says, “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax-collectors and sinners, came and ate with him and his disciples” (NIV). It is clear the disciples used their homes to support Jesus’ ministry. Notice that many people were eating in Matthew’s house and someone had to prepare the food. The disciples provided the support of food and lodging. Mark 2:15 says, “While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him” (NIV). Luke 5:29 says, “Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them” (NIV). If you do a little research, you will discover that the tax collectors worked for the Roman Empire. Levi accepted the call of Christ and subsequently threw a big party for Jesus with great openness. In this event, Levi uses his personal wealth to pay for a banquet and lodging to support Jesus’ ministry and the disciples.
2. Mark 1:29-31 says, “As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them” (NIV). Again, Jesus and the entourage left the synagogue. This context shows support comes from the residence of the disciple—Simon. His mother-in-law waited on them after Jesus healed her fever. Jesus was there at the synagogue by invitation of the synagogue leadership when He and the disciples visited Capernaum. Remember, the tithe could not go the synagogue, but only to the Levites. Look at what happened when the people left the synagogue. They all went to Simon’s house. Again we see a disciple using his home to support the ministry of Jesus. If you ever read the New Testament without theological bias, you’ll see that many healings happened in private homes and not exclusively at the synagogue. Wow! That throws out any false assumption that you have to go to church to be healed or touched by the Father. You can be healed at home and this is important because Jesus and His disciples founded the house-to-house church ministry.
3. Luke 19:2-6 says, “A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being short man he could not because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today. So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly” (NIV84). Again, Zacchaeus provided his home to house and feed Jesus. These men were not poor but wealthy men with abundant resources. Even after Jesus death, we see in John 19:35-42 that Joseph of Arimathea, a rich man and a disciple provided an expensive tomb for the Messiah’s burial. Again, rich people supported Jesus’ ministry not tithers. Joseph of Arimathia contributed his personal tomb and Zacchaeus provided lodging for Jesus. These men belonged to the upper class (Matthew 27:57-58). Do any of these examples show that people tithed to Jesus? No! However, what we see is that disciples gave of their free will to support Christ’s ministry.
4. This next Bible verse is more than enough proof that Christ received support from freewill offerings and personal donations but never from a tithing requirement. Jesus received support from many women followers in Mat 27:55-56 and it states, “Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons” (NIV). The followers of Christ provided support for the ministry out of love without following a tithing obligation. Luke 8:1-4 is a clear example where Jesus received support from His followers, but it was out of their own means and not from a tithe. Follow what the Bible says and not what man says: “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them [Jesus and the Disciples] out of their own means” [money] (NIV). This passage is clear that well-to-do women supported the ministry of Christ out of their personal means rather than tithes. Nowhere do we see Jesus ask the synagogue to support His ministry with honorariums or any other fundraising methods. Based on the text of the verse, if Jesus received tithes, then the verse would read the women “…were helping support them (Jesus and the Disciples) out of their tithes.” Freewill offerings supported Christ and the disciples. Because the women who traveled with Jesus were not farmers, they could not tithe because they did not possess the required substance of the tithe, so they gave according to their means. In the KJV of Luke 8:3, the word substance is used. Substance in the Greek is Strong’s #5224 and is a noun and it means “huparchonta.” The people and the women supported Jesus from their possessions including property. Even though the text talks about financial donations, the money is not considered tithes.