I just visited the website of a “bishop” and the video on the homepage is him – asking – no actually INSISTING — people donate “at least $1,000” to his cause, talking about what he’s doing and what he needs and how everyone needs to donate…. there is NO TALK about the WORD OF GOD. NONE! God I weep for those being led astray by these false teachers who are only out to get….the WORD OF GOD is NOT FOR SALE. THE WORD OF GOD..IS NOT FOR SALE! God did NOT charge you money to receive His Christ and freedom in Christ so neither should we charge to bring people the word of God!
Now don’t get me wrong – IT IS BIBLICAL that pastors/teachers/missionaries are to be SUPPORTED by the churches but supported does not mean new cars, building you a home, keeping you in designer clothes, mega sanctuaries, or more marketing for YOURSELF. Supported biblically means some church members may have opened their homes to give them a bed while they were traveling, they would provide food for them while they were in town ministering, things of that nature. Not to mention, they did this from the HEART they were LED on their own to give out of LOVE AND REVERENCE for GOD – not some preacher giving a guilt trip to compel people into giving. Never, not ever – not ONE place in the bible does God command people to honor their pastors in such a way that they lead these lavish lifestyles in the midst of parishioners who barely have enough to eat. NO SIR! Even CHRIST had NO WHERE TO LAY HIS HEAD – so what makes ministers think it okay to use church funds to build up their dreams and desires? ANYTHING we are blessed with is to glorify God and advance His kingdom…not to advance OURSELVES.
On the flip side, it is also biblical that Jesus went without in humility and so did some of His greatest apostles! In fact the Apostle Paul often refused any support – working with his own hands – so that NO ONE could dare say he was in it for money! It IRKS MY NERVES when I see these “titles” (i.e. pastor, bishop, evangelist, etc.) out here ciphering money for a bigger church, bigger network, bigger ministry (in essence MORE GLORY FOR THEM…not GOD)- when the people in your very own church community and the community you should serve is suffering and in lack. STOP BUILDING BIGGER CHURCHES AND GET OUT THERE AND MINISTER LIKE GOD CALLED US! GEEESH I REFUSE to charge people to share what GOD GAVE ME FREE! – that’s my pulpit rant for the day- I’m sorry y’all but that just BURNED ME UP this morning. You will NOT disparage sincere Christians for their faith and then turn around and use your faith to cipher money in the name of the LORD. NO SIR. That’s not “enlightenment” that’s thievery…and it’s the work of the enemy and God is NOT in it. ….I have the good mind to go post this on his page in hopes that some of the people buying into his foolishness may see the truth. That is our job as Christians – to expose the darkness and tricks of the enemy (Ephesians 5:11), I’m NOT afraid to do it.
Matthew 10: 8-9 ” Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
1 Corinthians 9: 3-18 “I’m not shy in standing up to my critics. We who are on missionary assignments for God have a right to decent accommodations, and we have a right to support for us and our families…. But we’re not going to start demanding now what we’ve always had a perfect right to. Our decision all along has been to put up with anything rather than to get in the way or detract from the Message of Christ. …You know, don’t you, that it’s always been taken for granted that those who work in the Temple live off the proceeds of the Temple, and that those who offer sacrifices at the altar eat their meals from what has been sacrificed? Along the same lines, the Master directed that those who spread the Message be supported by those who believe the Message. Still, I want it made clear that I’ve NEVER gotten anything out of this for myself, and that I’m not writing now to get something. I’d rather die than give anyone ammunition to discredit me or impugn my motives. If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! IF THIS WAS MY OWN IDEA OF JUST ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE A LIVING, I’D EXPECT SOME PAY. BUT SINCE IT’S NOT MY IDEA BUT SOMETHING SOLEMNLY ENTRUSTED TO ME, WHY WOULD I EXPECT TO GET PAID? So am I getting anything out of it? Yes, as a matter of fact: the pleasure of proclaiming the Message AT NO COST TO YOU. You don’t even have to pay my expenses!”
3 John 5-8, “Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles [nonbelievers]. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (emphasis added)
2 Corinthians 2:15-17, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”