Monetary tithing has been taught as an undisputed fact for centuries. 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 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 church-goers 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.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult, young adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the book Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway because as a biblical researcher, I always questioned the subject of tithing ten percent of income to a church or pastor. However I never gave it much thought after my initial indoctrination into the church. Thirty years later, now that's a different story. Frankly as financial struggles ensured, I began to question tithing again. Often what I read and studied in the Bible did not match up with what was being taught across the pulpit. Then when I enrolled in theology school I thought this subject would be covered and it was not. So after I graduated from theology school with the doctorate, I began to read books in tithing and consult biblical experts and after I learned all the facts, I was inspired to write the book to let reader know what the word tithe really meant in the Bible.
My Story for Writing this Book
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32 NKJV).
The words, The Truth Will Set You Free, proclaimed by Christ centuries ago changed my life forever in unimaginable ways. What I painfully know is this: searching for and discovering truth can separate people, destroy friendships, and throw unsuspecting believers into exile from institutional Christianity.
The truth that set me free is what I learned about a century’s old teaching called tithing. My quest for truth begged for an answer to the proverbial sixty-four thousand dollar question. Does the modern day multifaceted tithing system have any resemblance to biblical tithing? The hermeneutical and exegetical answer based on the land, the language and the literature of the biblical Hebrew Israelites is no! God never issued a new commandment to convert the orthodox biblical food tithe into money as a method to support the New Testament church in age of grace. The change of economic systems across history from agricultural to monetary did not cause God to change his holy food tithe to money.
I practiced the tax-deductible greenback tithing system for 30 years. After extensive research on the subject and prayer, I discovered Christ never endorsed tithing as a command or a principal for New Testament/New Covenant believers. When I peeled back the tithing onion in biblical and secular history, shock and dismay beat upon my theological head like a 2×4. When I regained consciousness, it was apparent Christ never endorsed money tithing as many modern preachers assert. The Savior followed 613 instructions of the Law and the only authentic stipulated tithing law He endorsed was the tithe the Bible emphatically claims are eatable items such as crops, cattle, herd, flocks and sheep. In Jesus’ own words, in Matthew 23:23, he acknowledges that the Pharisees tithed mint, rue and cumin, which were eatable items and yet somehow people assume money is implied? The bottom line; tithing is not money, but food and Yahweh never commuted the food tithe to money in the 1st century nor the 21st century. Defining the authentic biblical tithe to include non-food sources is not mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. To command the tithe of money is “teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Also, tithing money violates what Yeshua said, “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matt 15:6). The New Testament has no tithing commands; however, you will find much concerning abundant giving from the heart.
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