Ministering by A Living Hope vs. A Money Hope?

I have several people asking me for money for their church planting or building ministries. I believe in giving and sharing and being overly generous whenever possible. My wife and I love to give and share and believe in having an open hand, and we both wish we could afford to give much more than we do, to many more people than we do.

I understand  that money makes almost everything in life on this planet easier. But, I can also see that many protestant ministries, funded by wealthy churches have and are exporting a major stronghold about the ministry of the church and about money… along with some evangelism on the side.

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Spiritual Auto-Immunity

I’ve wanted to post about this bad memory for quite a while.

I remember one time a pastor encouraged about four young ambitious Christians in his church to compete for an open youth pastor position. This ambitious man openly argued that we should be competing for the position, as if the church was his personal business. I argued about this but quickly threw in the towel, the winner of that completion was the most assertive, the most brazen and the least spiritual one of the lot.  The most qualified person by far (who was not me) left in frustration, never to preach again.

Pastor’s who openly encourage competition at their church (and I know more than one) and against other churches are fleshly and confused about who the church is and how God wants his people to interact with one another.

The  body of Christ is literally a body, a living being, and it is not in competition with itself. We who are the church are literally Jesus Christ on the earth. His body, his ladder to the earth, healthy bodies do not compete against themselves.

When a physical body does fight against itself we call it an auto-immune disease. Auto-immune diseases are serious and can be deadly.

Jesus Christ does not have auto-immune diseases and he is not suicidal.  So those who compete, teach, encourage factions and self-promotion within the body of Christ are acting out of the flesh, out of selfish humanistic ambition. They depart from his body, they depart from Jesus Christ himself. And their followers cease to function as the church at all.

They become something else entirely, something of fallen mankind, something akin to any other religion of the world.

The measure that one acts out of selfish ambition is the same measure that one resists the Lord ship of Jesus himself.

Modern Edits to Acts 5:41

What if someone were writing more chapters to the book of Acts as they observed present day Christians? “So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.” – Acts‬ ‭5:41‬ ‭NASB‬‬ It seems things have changed with many of […]

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