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By   •   August 12, 2004   •   Topics: ,

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Why do churches keep asking for money all the time? Frankly, it turns me off and I think it does the same to lots of others. If people want to give that's fine, but I don't think they ought to be talked into giving money.


A:

Would it surprise you to learn that I don’t think people should be “talked into” giving money to God’s work either? The Bible says we should give because we want to, and “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

At the same time, churches and other ministries need money to operate; to be blunt, if they don’t have any, they’ll go out of existence. Even Jesus’ little band of disciples had a treasurer, and the Bible mentions several women who “were helping to support them out of their own means” (Luke 8:3). In our own ministry, we have always tried to make people aware of the opportunities we have before us, and encourage them to support us if God leads them to do so.

I can’t help but wonder, however, if your real problem isn’t something deeper—perhaps something you haven’t even realized. My question is this: What is the most important thing in your life? Is it Christ and His will—or is it something else, such as money?

Only you can answer that question, of course—but I challenge you to do so. Some day, your life will be over, and everything you have accumulated here will be gone. Are you ready for that day? You can be, by committing your life to Christ and beginning to follow Him every day.

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14 Comments

  1. Luke says:

    Church is starting to look more like a business.

  2. Akilah Crenshaw says:

    Churches are being run like a business. God meant for the priests and consecrated ones to govern the house of God. What happened to deliverance and the place you go to set free? They’re skipping through the Bible for their benefits. Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre but of ready mind (1 Peter5:2). Using God’s name vain is wrong.