It is very hard for us in the Western Church to believe that God does not need our money. Our whole culture revolves around the earning and giving of money. Yet, when the church began at Pentecost, when the growth of the church was the highest it has ever been, money was not part of the growth. The lame beggar at the temple asked Peter and John for money, no doubt to buy food just to survive.
“Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”” (Acts 3:4–6). THE GOSPEL IS A PERSON, NOT MONEY!
Paul places the power of the gospel to save in “the word of the cross...God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:20–21). Notice that Paul did not add, ‘and money’. THE WISDOM OF GOD IS IN THE PERSON OF JESUS, NOT MONEY!
Please understand the point I am making. I am not saying we cannot use money to support the spread of the gospel. What I am saying is that where we have trained in parts of the world and money has been flowing there before we arrived, hearts are much less interested in the Scriptures and biblical principles. WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL! WHERE DISCIPLING AND TRAINING OF CHURCH LEADERS AND PLANTERS IS TIED TO MONEY, persons are distracted and miss the biblical principles. Their hearts and passion for a Holy Spirit filled model, as in Paul, are severely weakened by the pipeline of money. We must be communicating the right message – Christ and His Word!
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