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By   •   August 12, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

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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7 Comments

  1. bianca says:

    We started attending a new church after relocating to a new town, we have brought 5 people as visitors, none of them wants to come back, i have also witnessed other people walking out because the pastor is insulting while he tells people to give their 10th… we are un-able to get through a month at this stage with just enough food to get by, we have two small children to feed, and also started home schooling as we could not afford school. We are still expected to give money, even after we offered our skills and free time to our church as our 10th. I feel like leaving.

  2. Tyron JOhns says:

    I ask you the same question what is the most important thing to you money or Christ. Could you live in a smaller house or drive a less expensive car. And after I am “gone” I have my children to think of leaving something to and how can I do that if I give the church my “accumulations” will the church take care of my children or my wife after I am gone ? NO they will just asking them for the same 10%

    1. Latoya M says:

      From my on experience: I have been giving 10% of my earnings faithfully for about 15 yrs. Even when I was a single mom, going to school, and working part time at Office Depot, I still gave. The Lord kept me and my son. Sometimes it wasn’t easy, but I remained faithful the God. He blessed us time and time again. When my son got ready to go to college, I didn’t know how I was going to send him to school, because his grades wasn’t the best. But God. He made a away. I found out from a coworker that because I was a disable veteran, my son could go to any school in Alabama for free up to 4 years. I just had to pay for building fees. That’s for kids, step kids, and spouse. I gave God is 10 percent and He took care of my family and have continue to

  3. Darleen says:

    God loves everyone for who they are. Rich, poor, donations or not. You should be able to give if you can but if you can’t you shouldn’t be pressured or frond upon. You make I seam that church is just a business, not somewhere you go ask god for help. You make the decision in life of what you say and if by doing so you lose people and faith from you pressuring people to give you there money then good job. You should be proud of yourself pushing people away from god because they dont give you the money that you ask for. I donate alot to many organizations isn’t that the same? I’m helping others and giving them hope to keep going , but apparently that’s not the same as giving god your money. But the same I understand the church has there needs

  4. Darleen says:

    It’s interesting to finally hear someone talk about this issue. Many years ago I was very committed to a church until one day in our study bible group one of our members was discussing this issue with the pastor. She and her husband donated more than 10% of there earnings. They had a huge house and there power bill alone was about 500 a month. Her husband lost his job and they couldn’t contribute the same since she didn’t make as much. The pastor insists they had to keep donating the same amount in the name of god and in there faith. The woman looked at me and asked me, Darleen how can I give them even 10% ? I wont be able to pay my bills anymore because I don’t make half as much as my husband makes. That was the last time I went to church!

  5. Brent james says:

    God want my heart first romans 12

  6. deacon victor dandridrge says:

    I’m leadership developement,leader looking for classes that can help my church to grow!