Your Money and the Church

by Frank Chase Jr

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My second book, Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway was written so that I could leave a record of my biblical discovery about tithing. When I first started studying the subject tithing and the paying of ten percent of your income, I immediately started experiencing cognitive dissonance when I learned about it true definition. It was pretty severe and I had to jump through many emotional hoops about how my discovery would be received by the religious community. For years, I went back and forth as to whether I would even write the book. But in the spirit of Martin Luther the reformer, I moved ahead with great trepidation and completed the writing and publishing of my tithe manifesto book. Prior to making this momentous decision to resign from tithing to embrace grace giving, I wrote a tithe resignation letter explaining my theological shift. I posted the letter onto my blog at http://tithenomore.com/2015/09/06/why-i-resigned-from-tithing/.

I find that when I explain to people that I no longer tithe by law but give from the heart, I often get this bewildered look in their eyes as if I’ve had a nervous breakdown. But in my eyes, my decision lines up with scriptures but somehow others think that there is no way I could be coherent in my reasoning or thinking.

Just the other day, I had a conversation with young gentlemen in the grocery store. We began with small talk about healthy eating and progressed to religious practices in the church. During our conversation, I shared with him what books I had written. When the conversation progressed to tithing, I shared with him that I no longer tithe and explained what the Bible actually teaches about tithes or the tenth. When he asked me what tithing was, I explained to him what the word means in Hebrew and defined it in its original context. When I said tithes or tithing in the Bible is not money and never has been, he asked me what are tithes? I said tithes are food, eatable items (crops, cattle and grain). His reaction was like someone hit him in the head by a 2X4. The cognitive dissonance was surreal in his expression that he did a double take and asked me to repeat what I said. So in chapter one of my book Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God Anyway, I wrote about why I penned the book. The chapter is titled, My Story For Writing This Book.

For centuries, monetary tithing has been taught as an undisputed fact. Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway challenges that assumption and puts many of the modern tithe teachings to the test of scripture. This book examines the word tithe from the original Hebrew language and presents the authentic meaning of the orthodox term based on land, culture, language and literature of the Hebrew people.

For church-goers who are tired of being told they rob God of tithes and offerings every Saturday and Sunday, and that God requires a tenth of their income until death, this new book opens the biblical scroll and shines a light on the truth of Scripture by debunking centuries-old tithe doctrines, which say a tithe is ten percent of a person's income. The author explains why many churchgoers are not the ones who really rob God. But exposes who the real God robbers are in this shocking tithe manifesto. The book dissects the word tithe and places it back in its original scriptural context and explains its orthodox meaning.

The real story of the book is that ten percent of a person's income does not represent a biblical tithe. The biblical tithe has always been food. A monetary tithe of ten percent represents a tax for religious purposes. A true biblical tithe is narrowly limited to food and clean animals from land inheritance in Israel. Also, true biblical tithing was never extended to crafts, trades, and fish and since Jesus was never a farmer, nor headsman, he was not required to tithe.

Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway is an educational book that tackles a religious taboo subject such as tithing and adds more information to an under-saturated subject in the book world concerning tithing. The book is a scholastic work and should be read by anyone who has felt skepticism about the truth and accuracy of the modern monetary tithe system that is not contained on the pages of the Bible. Check out the book on the web.




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