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 short answer is no. For 30 years I was inundated with the idea that it was my duty to bring 10 percent of my income to the church because it was God’s storehouse. When I studied the word and discovered it had no relationship to what we call church today, that left me in shock because I thought the denomination I was a part of was doctrinally accurate. I asked myself, how could I not know that the storehouse in the Bible was not a church? So I spilled a lot of ink trying to explain the nature of the biblical storehouse and what items God’s people placed it. Effectively, the storehouse is a barn for livestock and crops, ladies and gentlemen. The edifices people congregate in and call church has history that dates back to Constantine and Charlemagne of the Holy Roman Empire. The church building is for people. The storehouse is for animals and crops. This book excerpt gives enlightening insight into what God defined as the storehouse. That’s why biblical word study is important in catching error in teaching that is propagated from the pulpit to the congregation. Believing that the church is the storehouse for tithes is driven by the force of custom, tradition and habit and is never based on scripture.
When God says, bring all the tithes into the storehouse, it should be understood that He is talking crops, herds and flocks. If the priests brought the whole tithe into the storehouse as God requested, there would have been enough food in his house. The food was for the Levites who were on temple duty. The key part of Malachi 3:10 is where it truly becomes interesting; according to the common spiritualized interpretation of Malachi, if you test God by paying 10 percent of your income, God will open up the windows of heaven and shower you with financial blessings. Malachi 3:10 says:
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it (NKJV).
Like a meticulous surgeon, you must find out what God meant in Malachi through word study. But before going further, I want to first head off a pro-tithe argument at the biblical pass. While tithe-collecting churches argue that tithing in Israel was upon produce and animals; today’s believers must tithe from a paycheck because all human productivity owes its origins to the earth directly and indirectly because God owns the whole earth. On the surface that seems true, but when you connect money to the earth, the tithe in Hebrew remains eatable items (produce and livestock), which makes the argument for money tithing baseless because it ignores the original Hebrew definition of the word.
Let’s examine what Malachi meant when he referred to the storehouse. To deconstruct the cemented idea that the storehouse in Malachi is the modern church building, you have to define the word from its original language to understand the context and the events that took place. Since it is established that God instructed priests to bring all the tithes into the storehouse, there is no need to belabor the point. However, did you notice the word tithes is plural in Malachi? Based on the context from Malachi Chapters 1, 2, and 3, Numbers 18:9-32, Nehemiah 10:34-39; 12:44 47, and 2 Chronicles 31:15-19, tithes in Malachi refer to the items brought to the storehouses in the cities and towns where the priests and Levites lived. The storehouse in Jerusalem contained food tithes also, however, the priests and Levites brought those tithes to the main temple storehouse when it was their turn to perform their rotational duty. In Malachi, God instructed that the food in the storehouse be replaced every week as the priests and Levites rotated. The tithes in Malachi are not addressing the poor tithe every third year or the sixth year tithe or the tithe the Levites gave to the priests. Of course, the question becomes, did the Israelites themselves ever bring tithes to Jerusalem? Perhaps they did during all the three yearly festivals as stated earlier in this book, but I will admit that anyone writing about Israel’s tithing system, writes from a counter-intuitive perspective because many of us were not raised in a theocratic society and we may not know all the nuances regarding the Hebrew people’s cultural norms.
The storehouse imprint on the psyche of people as the church building with a steeple is the image many money-tithing believers cling to. The storehouse in the Bible does not refer to a church building. What is the storehouse in the Bible? The meaning depends on the context of Scripture. The Hebrew word for storehouse is “owstar” or “o-tsawr.” It means a depository, a treasure from Strong’s #214. It is also from Strong’s #686, which is “osar,” a root that implies to store up, to lay up in store. Storehouse has several meanings in the Hebrew language; the word appears 79 times in 70 verses in the KJV of the Bible. However, this book will not explore each verse, but that is something worth perusing in personal study. Based on the Hebrew language, the only meaning for storehouse referenced in Malachi refers to a place which stores food and drink rather than money. The storehouse in Jerusalem adjoined the temple and it is where the Jews and perhaps the Levites brought the tithe of corn, oil, barley, wine, cattle and flock if they lived close. When the temple was destroyed in AD 70, tithing effectively ended. The purpose of the storehouse was for the sustenance of the priests and the Levites not for the upkeep and funding of church ministries. The storehouses were not only in the Jerusalem temple, but the storehouses also resided in the Levitical cities and towns where the people lived.