Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
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. Tackling 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? These questions and more 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.
There are many questions around tithing and giving money to the church and the bible has much to say about the subject with many hundreds of references. It is no wonder then that the subject of tithing has become largely misunderstood with “Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?” proving a timely release. At 450 pages it’s the result of meticulous research and the application of an enquiring mind with DR. Chase Jr. underpinning his words with rigorous academic research. Extensively cross-referenced it isn’t a quick read but neither is it a heavy one as he presents a broadly accessible perspective. He doesn’t ask us to agree with his analysis and conclusions, his aim is to educate and provide robust terms of reference with which to make an informed decision and he achieves this with consummate ease. Taking us from the origins of tithing to exploring our relationship with God and the many ways tithing has been interpreted. Yes, his words are aimed primarily at the Christian community where they will likely solicit much in the way of reflection and debate but there is a wider subtext that explores the nature of giving and on this level his words engender an even broader readership.
A compelling and informative read that is sure to ruffle a few feathers, Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway? is recommended without reservation.
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About Dr. Frank Chase Jr
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.