Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?

Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?

by Frank Chase Jr




Journey through the pages of the Bible to find the untwisted truth about the centuries-old teachings on tithes and offerings. Embark upon a proverbial archaeological quest to uncover the true meaning of money in the Bible. Examine the ancient languages of Hebrew and Greek to give context to these words, and prepare to let go of the common beliefs concerning giving and tithing as you learn the history of the original people of the Bible and how they related to money.Are the arguments put forth today about tithing fact or fiction? Did God ever require a tithe of money? Are Christians really cursed for not tithing ten percent of their income? Citing support from Scripture and meticulous research, these questions will be answered based not only on these findings but on the land, the language and the literature of the original Biblical people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975521779
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 07/14/2016
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Frank Chase, Jr. was born in 1959. He grew up in Baltimore and during his four year stint in the United States Army became a follower of the Messiah. After completing his tour of duty, he attended Washington State University and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Because of a strong belief 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. His decision to shift from tithing to freewill giving was difficult for him and his family, but through tears, fears and uncertainty, he ultimately decided to move forward. That decision sparked the desire to write Kleptomaniac, an exploration of tithing.He has been married to his wife, Teresa, for 20 years. He is a proud father of six and grandfather of seven. In his professional career, Frank writes preventive maintenance articles for Army aircraft for the Department of the Army. He is an avid racquetball player and loves movies, reading and good conversation, and he never shies away from talking about difficult or controversial subjects.

Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Preface xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 My Story for Writing This Book 1

Chapter 2 A Lesson in Necessary Tithe Definitions 17

What Does the Word Tithe Mean? 23

The Scripture Defines and Declares the Limited Tithe Content 25

The Hebrew Word for Tithe 28

Chapter 3 Abram's Tithe before the Law and the Established Covenants 31

The Covenant With Abram 33

Follow the Money Trail That Leads to Egypt 34

Abram Meets Melchizedek 39

The Spoils of War Tithe 43

Where Did Abram's Tithe Come From? 45

Chapter 4 The Life of Abram and his Father Terah 55

The Jewish Encyclopedia Comments on Terah and Abram 56

Bible Researchers Comments on Terah and Abram 57

Chapter 5 Jacob's Tithe Proposal 63

The Fear Factor 66

Chapter 6 Show Me the Money 77

DOT'S God Establish Money Tithing in Genesis? 81

Did God Establish Tithing in Exodus? 87

Did God Establish a Money Tithe in Leviticus? 93

Did God Require Money Tithing in Numbers? 96

Docs Deuteronomy Demand a Tithe of Money? 97

Did Judges Establish a Universal Money Tithe Mandate? 98

Was Money Tithed to Kings in First Kings? 99

Was Money Tithed to Kings in Second Kings? 101

Is Money Tithed in Ezra? 103

Is Money Tithed in Nehemiah? 105

Money is Mentioned Once in Ester 106

Is Money Mentioned in First Samuel? 106

Planting Seed vs. Planting Money 117

Chapter 7 The Tithe in Israel 119

The Levite Tithe in Israel 126

The Levitical Inheritance Package in Israel 131

Why Were the Levites Chosen? 136

Third Year Tithe or Poor Tithe 141

Chapter 8 Did the Levites Work Fulltime or Part-Time in the Temple? 151

Levites Worked as Teachers of the Nation 155

Levites Worked as Judges 156

Levites Worked as Medical Doctors 156

Levites Worked as Singers and Musicians 157

Levites Worked as Architects and Builders 158

How Did the High Priests, Aaron and His Descendants Get Paid? 165

Chapter 9 Can Money be required as Firstfruits? 171

Chapter 10 Mala Chi is the Smoke Screen for Tithing 183

Is the Church the Storehouse? 194

Scriptures Define the Windows of Heaven as Rain From the Sky 199

Is the Devourer the Devil? 202

Chapter 11 How to Refute Unbiblical Tithing Statements 209

False Pro-Tithe Arguments 211

Statements That Refute Tithing 217

Statements From Tithe Supporters in Early History 222

Statements From Tithe Opponents in Early History 223

How the Tithe Changed From Food to Money 228

Chapter 12 Giving in the Gospels 235

The Gospel Syndrome 238

The Rich Young Ruler 245

The Righteous Pharisee 247

Follow the Money in Jesus' Ministry 254

Chapter 13 Did Paul Convert the Tithe to Money? 267

What is the Context of the Giving Event in 1 Corinthians 16:1-3? 283

Chapter 14 First Corinthians 16: Giving to Needy Saints 291

Chapter 15 A Discussion of Paul's Work History and Ministry Needs 307

What Did Paul Teach About Work in 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2? 315

Paul's Rights as an Apostle 320

Chapter 16 New Testament Giving Principles Verses Old Testament Tithing 343

Conclusion 365

Bibliography 379

Research Sources from Websites 383

Endnotes 391

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