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5/27/11 at 03:40 PM 0 Comments

Biblical principles of funding God’s work. Will you take from Bill Gates?

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What does the bible say about funding His work? Why are many ministries able to raise so much while others do not? Why does it seem easier to fund error and nonsense while the true and pure starve for funds?  The issue of who gives what, has discoloured the nature of Christian service to the extent that the driving force behind several works is not the desire to save souls, but the desire to get resources. Many are bewildered how Harold Camping raised the hundreds of millions that financed his campaign. Is it right to collect money from anybody to do God’s work?

It is false teaching to assure givers that they will reap hundred fold of what they give or that special prayers that God immediately answers will be made as they make pledges.  The Church has turned to a Bazaar and many items are offered for sale for an offering.  As God revives His Church we must prepare not to spoil it again.

Luke 17 [7]  “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? [8]  Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? [9]  Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? [10]  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ (NIV)

The following summarises some Biblical principles.

1.The true servant of God has been given access to God’s store of already provided resources. He does not need to go out of the store for God’s work. It is not an unusual feat requiring special reward or commendation ...nor does God owe anyone for making available what belongs to Him. It is an insult to borrow for God’s work or to canvass shamelessly like a market crier. God’s work is supported by Him.

2.Do not labour according to the size of your pocket but according to the size of divine provision.  God is not a wicked task master --- seeking for bricks without straw. Many see the pockets of people ...the wealthy in the congregation and (secretly) rejoice in the multibillionaire or celebrity who has been saved(or not saved)...coveting potential funds from their pockets.

3.A genuine servant watches his consecration and gives even if God will not deliver him...He still bows to God.  To lure people to give for an assurance of receiving is a deception. Job said “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”

4.If the norm is to collect monies from people (saved or unsaved) without clearing or hearing from God in prayer – no matter how dire our finances or how rich the giver, we place ourselves under a curse ... “Woe unto him who puts his trust in man”

Genesis 22[8]  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

5.We are not objects of sympathy ... and do not tell stories of how things are collapsing. Every assignment has resources divinely consigned for it ... we do not struggle to find or catch the consignment nor need to plead for sympathy.

6.God is a God of particularity.  Oftentimes there is a (often unattractive) location and (apparently dry ) place for which the resource is tied waiting.  God commands the “ravens” to feed His servant ... He does not ask His servant to launch a fundraising meeting or to lobby the ravens. The ravens are not to be flooded or mesmerised with scriptures to give.

7.The work is sometimes slowed down considerably when we wait for God ... but God is never late. Many programmes can be proven as simply not of God by observing the method by which funds were raised.

Should faith organisations target Bill Gate’ billions packaging social programmes that will attract/qualify for funding?  Meditate on the scriptures in this post and let God speak to you. Also, perhaps next time you raise funds ...instead of giving them a "free" artefact - politely tell your potential donors ...they are unprofitable servants of God only doing what they ought to do, their duty.  If they are insulted then perhaps God has no use for funds in their possession.  Do not push, deceive or market any for funds for God’s work. Do not be lured to fund human conceptions.

God had no respect for Cain's offering.  God will not be bribed with offerings. Life comes before offering, character before charisma, obedience before sacrifice  Collecting money from people we do not know may not be biblical ...we need to hear God concerning their acceptance...more often than not, silence means NO.

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