KLEPTOMANIAC, Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway is a trek through the pages of the Bible to find the untwisted truth about the centuries-old teachings on tithes and offerings. Every page of this book has information that will make you become an analyst in getting to the bottom line of what tithing is in the Old and New Testament. It takes you on a journey to first define the word tithe and then breaks down the differences between giving and tithing as the Bible instructs. The author attempts to expose what most people believe as fact to bring them to what the Bible actually teaches when it comes to true giving. Are the arguments put forth today about tithing fact or fiction? This book tackles tough questions like, did God ever require a tithe of money? Was the contents of the tithe always money in the Bible? Who is really robbing God today? Did God change the tithe at some point in biblical history? Are first fruits money? Is the tithe food, money or both? 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? These questions will be answered based on scholarship, the land, the language and the literature of the original Biblical people. Not only will questions be answered for those confused about whether or not they are required to pay ten percent of their income to any religious institution, they will learn what the Bible really teaches about money and stewardship in the interest of seeking truth. Monetary tithing has been taught as an undisputed fact in churches for centuries. Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway challenges that assumption and puts modern tithe teachings under the microscope of scripture. This book examines the word tithe from the original Hebrew language and presents the authentic meaning of the orthodox term based on the land, language and literature of the Hebrew people. The author also explains why many church-goers are not the ones who really rob God.
Dr. FRANK CHASE, JR., is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978 and then enlisted and served in the United States Army for four years. During his path in life, he has served as a teacher, counselor, mentor and leader in men’s ministries and has spoke at various men’s conferences. He is a graduate of Washington State University and has a BA degree in Communications with 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. He also started his publishing company, FC Publishing, LLC to self publish his first two books. As a writer, Dr. Chase authored his first book, False Roads to Manhood, What Women Need to Know: What Men Need to Understand, dealing with the issues of manhood. He recently published his second book titled, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway, which takes you on a proverbial archaeological quest to uncover the true meaning of biblical tithing.
The context of Leviticus 27:30-33 shows the tithe is land based, which makes Israel an agricultural economy. Israel had monetary system and never tithed money in a partial agricultural economy. Author Ron Knot addresses the buyback program in his book, Tithing Fact or Fiction? He writes, “The tithe was known to be the Lords property while it was still growing in the field. In Ancient times, the farmer could buy his tithe back from the Lord by paying the priest 120% of its value in money. The priest in turn, would give the tithe (produce) back to the farmer and take the money and then buy a replacement tithe. Money was used but never as a substitute for a tithe. The priests would never present money to the Lord since His tithe was to be holy to the Him and money was not holy (Leviticus 27:30). It must be remembered, the biblical definition of a tithe included what the tithe was composed of, which was agricultural products only.” We know the tithe is not money based on the Hebrew word for land. The keyword in Leviticus 27:30 refers to land. The tithe comes from the land. Land in Hebrew is erets (Strong’s #776). It represents the earth, arable ground or owned land. The land God speaks of is the land He promised Abram in Genesis 13:17. If God promised Abram land, then how would God give Abram the land of Canaan that other people occupied? God’s promise fits the Hebrew meaning because erets also means owned land. It is important to note that tithing had not started yet in Leviticus because Israel still roamed the wilderness. Leviticus gives details of the tithe requirements for implementation once they got into the land of Canaan. Let’s look at Leviticus 27:30-33 with an eye of critical examination. From the scripture, we can extrapolate that the tithe is agricultural products (seed of the land and fruit of the tree) and herds and flocks. Now, the scripture does not say 10 percent of the herds or flocks. It says the tenth animal that passed under the shepherd’s rod is the tithe, not the first tenth that is common in tithe teachings today. The first 10th of your check goes to God is the message every time the church doors open, but when examining the scriptures, God never says that in Leviticus. Since farmers and cattle herders tithed in Israel, make sure you understand that Yahweh meant what he said about the tenth animal. If a cattle herder had less than 9 cattle in a birth cycle, whether sheep, bulls, or goats, they did not tithe because God wanted the tenth animal from the increase not the ninth. Herders tithed the tenth animal no matter its condition was good or bad. The scripture accepted the eleventh animal as a tithe if the herder thought the tenth did not meet the standard.