"Owe no man anything," is His Word (Romans 13:8). To disobey is to court disaster. We have no right to go forward until God supplies the funds. Let us get out prayers requests for the needed first, instead of forging ahead, and the looking for the money that does not come in. If God can provide for our needs after, He can just as easily do so before. George Muller spent only what God gave him. He prayed first for the money necessary and waited for God to answer that prayer before going ahead. And that is always a safe procedure. We have no right to incur debts for others to pay. Let us get out of debt and keep out. Debt is a disgrace. It is dishonoring to God.” (1)
This seems like radical words, but they come from a man who invested much of his life in God’s harvest field and learned what advanced the mission work. From experience, I can affirm that being out of debt gives a freedom to obey God and be directed by Him. As a servant of the Lord, we are under His authority. Solomon was right when he said, “the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). That is not freedom. It was the aim of Oswald Smith, and it should be our aim, to follow principles that accelerate the spread of the gospel, not hinder it.
(1) Oswald J. Smith, The Challenge of Missions, page 135.
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