ANOTHER SYMPTOM TO OBSERVE
Most missions and churches in the third world are not self-sustaining. Most do not meet their own needs and continue to appeal for more money and resources from the West. There is an unrealistic and unbiblical fear that without foreign support their church or mission will surely cease to exist. The diagram below uses the US and Asia as an example picturing this dependency on money.
As you can see, when a ministry, mission or church is built or connected with money, then its ‘lifeblood’ can become money. Therefore, when the money stops, the ministry stops. Money can become a substitute for the Holy Spirit and cause the mighty weapons of God to become powerless. When the church is connected to the Holy Spirit it is unstoppable and is a powerful force that the gates of hell cannot stop (Matthew 16:18). Note: One purpose of this course is to help us return to the way of Christ, the way of the Holy Spirit, and the apostles so that the church today can be liberated from this type of dependency and become an unstoppable force in the world today. The Apostle Paul’s desire for the Thessalonians was that they would walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one except the Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 4:8, 12). Keep in mind, if you are going to plant a typical ‘Western Church’, then you will need money.
The greatest movements of God today are where money is not involved. Persons may not have all the modern technology and conveniences we do, but they are not needed when the Holy Spirit is working powerfully in the souls of people. His work is always spontaneous, free from traditions, and transforming. Is this what you want to experience?
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