Now we turn to the fifth essential principle.
A current example that the Lord brought to our attention was after the 2008 economic down-turn. In an African country, the local pastor said that after this down-turn, giving and money from America fell off. He said that after what he learned from Paul’s model, it did not matter. He would work and continue doing ministry with what God gave him. The most effective indigenous ministries we have seen are where the local church is totally Self-Sustaining!
“Paul does not repeatedly exhort his churches to subscribe money for the propagation of the Faith. He is far more concerned to explain to them what the Faith is, and how they ought to practice it and to keep it.” (Roland Allen, The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It, Public Domain, page. 4). This is the antithesis of what we have learned for hundreds of yours, but it is critical to learn the biblical model. From self-sustaining churches come the self-propagation of the gospel and the planting of other indigenous churches.
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