Friday, November 8, 2013

Preach By Faith Or Preach No More Than To Ask Money For Ministry

We Preachers, Should We Expect Money From Foreign Countries To Preach Gospel In Our Motherland ???????

Question : WE INDIAN PREACHERS, SHOULD WE EXPECT MONEY FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO PREACH GOSPEL IN OUR MOTHERLAND ??????? We will preach the Love of Cross to India and wash India by the Blood of the Lamb with our hard work. Today, many preachers including top preachers are using India's name and collecting money, funds to preach gospel and build Churches.....ENOUGHHHHHHHH..... It's our time for Youngsters... We will work hard and support our Ministries.... Hey, Preachers who all use India's name for their own gain are saying India is a poor country so please help India.... STOP ALL YOUR GAMES...start to PREACH THE GOSPEL. What do you think about this?

Answer : No preacher should ever beg for sustaining himself or his ministry. If someone cannot survive in ministry except by appealing for money or by distorting the message of the gospel and dilute it to a health and wealth gospel of greed, it would be better for them to leave the ministry and do some other work for themselves than to continue in it and lose their eternal reward completely. If God has really called a minister to do His work, God will provide for His servant and also for His own work. Each preacher should wait patiently on God to provide for their needs and should not reveal their need to the Church or any other person until God supplies their need. This is true faith. False faith is doing God's work presumptuously and then start to beg openly for money from the people who have come to hear the word of God when some need arises. Some people hide their unbelief and share their need as some prayer points to pray before people and then expect people to supply for their needs. These are worthless tricks of some people who think that God's name is the one thing they can use to beg for money with out losing their dignity. These are charlatans and not genuine ministers of the gospel.

God's word clearly says to,
"7 Remember those who rule [and lead] over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. " (Heb 13:7-9). In the above verses we see clearly that those who are true ministers of the gospel should not only spiritually lead and speak the word of God with signs, wonders and miracles following them, but their faith should be seen in the work they do having a clean hands, being accountable to those who are being served, with a open display of good godly character that does not run after gain for themselves or has covetousness hidden behind their religious act and talk or lusts after strange flesh having adulterous eyes (2 Peter 2:12-14). Only those godly ministers will have the true grace of God with them to establish the heart of the believers in the true grace of God that transforms inwardly the mind of those who hear the word of God to do it in their lives. Those ministers who live with the wrong motive of earthly gain will have no grace to change the heart of the hearers who hear them and make them be established in the true grace that comes through genuine faith. Each believer should not follow a minister of God without testing their lives and motives through the Spirit of God, if ever they are deceived by someone whom they follow blindly, they personally have to give account to God for being deceived and for wasting their lives and resources that God had given to them to glorify Him (Rev 2:2). Doctrines of preachers and teachers of God's word must be tested by comparing Scripture with Scripture and then only should be trusted, just like the Berean believers did in the first century to the teachings of the great apostle Paul, which was actually commended by the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:10-11). Each believer is responsible for his own spiritual state before God and therefore cannot blame any other person as the cause for being deceived, as the word of God is already given to all believers to find clarity of thought and find the counterfeit from the genuine.

The word of this great man of God is worth remembering even in these end times we live in because single handedly he proved his word in fulfilling the glorious ministry he started and finished by faith. This is none other then the China Inland Mission founder Hudson Taylor who famously said, “God’s work, done God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” This quote is not a quote for fundraising as people usually misuse it. It is a quote that magnifies God and says that He is never in lack of money for doing His work as He is the one who owns the whole heavens and the earth in all its fullness
(Psa 50:10-13). But it is up to us to trust God's timing and stand in His appointment to let Him do His work through us for His glory. So God is looking not for laborers who do it for cheap money as though there is lack of resource with God and that it needs to be managed through cheap and voluntary labor for God's Kingdom. But actually God is looking for faithful servants and sons who are ready to let themselves die and let God transform them in to His likeness through letting God live through them in their times of wants and waiting in the ministry they are called to do for God.

The Didache meaning “Teaching” is the short name of a Christian manual compiled before 300AD. The full title is The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. Though this manual was not considered as the inspired Scripture, yet this was the apostles manual that many followed as spiritual principles guide during the first three centuries to excel in their spiritual lives along with the Gospels and Epistles the foundational apostles wrote in the first century. If we could open it in our times, this apostolic teaching is also speaking to our times of the end prophetically. So only we are opening it up and are seeing what the apostles had to say about ministers who ask for money and who do not have the Character of Christ to display in their lives. In the first three century after Christ's death, clearly the apostles told the believers that if any one comes asking money for themselves or for the ministry, they should immediately be considered as false minister. 

The same thing we see as a confirmation in their "Teaching" in which they say, "Even if a prophet teaches the truth, if he does not do what he teaches, is a false prophet (Matt 23:1-3)....Receive everyone who comes in the name of the Lord. When you have tested them you will know them, for you will be able to discern true from false. If the one who comes is a traveler, assist him, as well as you can, but he should not stay with you more than two days — or three if necessary. But if he is a craftsman who wishes to settle with you, let him work for his bread. If he has no trade, use your discretion to provide a way for him to live as a Christian among you, but not in idleness. If he will not do this, he is trading Christ for profit. Beware of such men. But all true prophets and teachers who wish to settle among you are, like workers, worthy of their food. Therefore you should always give the first fruits of the produce ...If you do not have a prophet, give them to the poor instead. If anyone says in the Spirit, “Give me silver”, or asks for anything else, do not listen to him. But if he tells you to give to others that are in want, let no one judge him... In the last days the false prophets and corrupter's shall multiply, and the sheep will be turned into wolves, and love will be turned into hate. As lawlessness increases, they will persecute and betray and hate one another. And then the deceiver of the world will appear as a Son of God, performing signs and wonders, and the earth will be delivered into his hands. He will do things more unholy than any since the beginning of the world." [Referred from the Source website named as Christian History Institute :]. 

From the above teaching of the apostles we know that anyone no matter how anointed a minister of God may seem, if they have a tendency to trade Christ for profit, stays idle but says why I should not be rich as I am a minister of God and then asks money for himself or in the name of God asks for money to promote His ministry, immediately what they speak should not be heard by the believers as they are false ministers who have gone astray for profit. Each believer should choose to willingly give to the Lord how much he wants out of cheerfulness, God loves the heart of those such cheerful givers who come forward to give voluntarily for the Lord out of love and gratefulness for what He had already done for them in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 9:7; Exo 35:21-22). We are warned nearly from the first few centuries prophetically by the apostles that the last generation will be misled and become deceived through signs, wonders and miracles done by false ministers in the name of Christ who under the influence of the evil one will try to turn the sheep followers of Christ in to greedy wolves who run after the flesh (Matt 7:21-23), they will also try their best to conceal hate and corruption under the suit of the anointing of love given by Christ to spread His message and extend His kingdom for His glory (Matt 7:15-20). Surely these will cause a division within the Church of God and will take them after themselves (Acts 20:29-35). Never invest your precious God given resource of time, talent and treasure in to a ministry just because it is followed by signs, wonders and miracles, instead look for a ministry that has a lasting fruit of changed lives, transformed character and empowered lives. O what a warning to our generation that is running after signs and wonders! May the fear of the Lord bring back the greedy entertainment seekers of the Church to become the true seekers of God!

No matter whether the ministry of God is done in a wealthy country or poorest of the poor country, God is never in lack of money to provide. God provided supernaturally for Elijah food and sustenance in the wilderness through a raven, as well as in the village where he stayed after that with a widow and her son who had nothing but a little flour and oil to eat and die, God supernaturally multiplied the flour and oil to supply Elijah's and the widows need in spite of people who lived around them were without food because of famine. Elijah's ministry is a model for the Church in our times as we are also waiting for a Spirit of Elijah to come upon the Church and make it ready for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Messiah who is going to come. God will provide where we are, but the most important thing in doing ministry is, are we doing it by faith in God without asking or by begging all people who have money with them. Is our ministry built by revealing our needs only to our Lord Jesus? Are we bold enough to venture by faith what we are told by God to fulfill or are we looking for support from earthly sources who will promise their support? Only the ministry done with the right motives of faith will have reward for eternity. Never miss the eternal by lusting for the temporal!

Much Blessings...


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