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. The author meticulously examines the word tithe in both the Hebrew and Greek language. To understand every Bible verse that contains the word tithe, the author gives context and definitive definitions for clarity of the text. This book also explains the concept of giving from a New Testament perspective without the mandate of ten percent and explains why the Apostle Paul never mentioned tithing to any of the New Testament congregations. From Genesis to Revelation, this book is about how to properly interpret biblical terms to arrive at the proper interpretation of a biblical text that refers to money or tithing. Because there are pros and cons about tithing, the author examines both tithing and non-tithing theological camps and presents analysis and conclusions so that the reader can make an informed choice as to how they will give in the future. Since money is vital in every part of society and the church, this book spends a considerable amount of time detailing how money was used in the Bible to help readers know the difference between tithes and money. The tithing phenomenon has been around for centuries and this book is an expose' into the how the current doctrine came into existence and who the culprits were who played a major role in what churches teach today. Whether you agree or disagree with tithing as a viable doctrine, KLEPTOMANIAC is a back to the past look at Israel's history and how they practiced tithing in a theocracy. This book also questions how tithing practices of today affect people financially and how those practices are unlike tithing practices of yesterday. Not only does this book challenge the accepted definitions of the tithe, it also questions the sustainability of the current practices, especially when economic times get tough for people who may not be able to give much. 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. Not only does the book cover the Old Testament tithe, it also unveils what the New Testament teaches about giving by analyzing some of the epistles of Apostle Paul concerning his views and instructions on charitable giving.
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Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Been Robbing God Anyway is incredibly informative about tithing. Coughing up ten percent of a paycheck always seemed odd, but this book puts the breaks on the misinterpretation of the scriptures about tithing. The research in this book covers aspects of tithing so well; it’s hard to dispute what the author uncovers. The most shocking and simplest revelation about tithing is that the author reveals tithing is not about money but livestock and crops. He backs up his theological assertions with scripture, and the Hebrew and Greek languages. If you think you know what tithing is, this book will upend your beliefs and make you want to research tithing doctrines. I personally enjoyed where the author explains how he arrived at his newfound theological beliefs about tithing after practicing tithing for more than 30 years. Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway dives right into the centuries-old tithing controversies. The book explains how the monetary tithe practices of today came into existence. The book also laid bare that the Holy Roman Empire, which later became the Catholic Church, influenced how tithing would be taught and practiced in the church of today. As I read through the pages of the book, I was amazed at how prevalent monetary tithing had become even in the face of contravening evidence. I was equally disturbed that many Christians seemingly don’t know the origins of tithing as the author points out in the book. In the pre-face of the book, the author explains why he resigned from tithing and presents a sound scholarly position as to why tithing is not a New Testament doctrine. This entire book is a lesson in biblical history on tithing. The second half of the book, even goes into what New Testament giving is all about. This book is profound in that the author provides readers with definitions for all the words associated with tithing and that makes it easier for readers not to have to look up complicated biblical terms. From the beginning to the end of the book, the author deconstructs the tithe doctrine, highlights how tithing is abused by pastors and churches and exposes what true biblical tithing is. Anyone who reads, Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway, whether they agree or disagree with tithing, will walk away from the book encouraged and convicted to study the subject if they really care about biblical authenticity. Getting informed about the land, language and literature of the biblical people on tithing is a must, and this book certainly does an excellent job in uncovering the truth about tithing from the scriptures. And for those who endorse monetary tithing, this book will upset their theology if they are unflinching, die-hard pro-tithers. If the truth about tithing is hard to swallow, this book will cause some readers to experience theological cognitive dissonance. Reading Kleptomaniac and discovering that tithing was never about money, but about food that God requires is a discovery that can shake the biblical pillars of many Christians. For those who read Kleptomaniac will be surprised about the author’s biblical understanding of tithes and his use of hermeneutics and exegesis. Reading this book, some will discover that biblical authenticity and accuracy on tithing was tossed out on its head to lull the masses into settling for traditions of men who interpret tithing scriptures from a financial perspective to amass cash for the institutional church
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? The untwisted truth about the centuries-old tithes and offering deception by Dr. Frank Chase Jr, TH. D fills a narrow but very real niche in the area of biblically derived lessons and advice on the subject of tithes and offerings. I would have thought most Christians would research this topic themselves if it were very important to them, but to have all the references in one book, along with sound commentary and advice from a biblical scholar, certainly makes it easier. Dr. Frank Chase Jr. describes his own evolution of ideas about tithing and I must say we went through many of the same phases in pretty much the same order. I stopped evolving while Frank Chase Jr. went on to write this book that helps other Christians who have the same questions he had. Christianity at its best. Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway? may have more biblical quotes and references to tithing and money in general than any book I have ever read, save, of course, the Bible itself. It is written in a very smooth and articulate style that I’m guessing will be understandable to most people, but at the same time Dr. Frank Chase Jr’s education and vocabulary are evident on every page. As is his faith and his desire to help. From Abraham to Paul, Frank Chase Jr. delves into the origin, the definition, the application, and even the abuse of the custom of tithing. It is an interesting and sometimes colorful history and one Christians should certainly be more aware of. This book will help them.