"Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece
and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved
to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an
enterprise." Rev. Sam Pascoe
The world of religion has become a profession rather than an extension of God’s
love. Many so called "ministries/ministers" view ministry as something
they have a right to profit by in the name of God. Now a days it has become all
too common for preachers to charge money for their preaching, this is a disgrace
and the Lord is not blind to their deeds.
Proverbs 23:23 "Buy the truth, and sell it not; also
wisdom, and instruction, and understanding."
1 Corinthians 9:15-27 "But I have used none of these things:
neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for
it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying
void. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a
dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. What is my reward then?
Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ
without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. For though I be
free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might
gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the
Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain
them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law,
(being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might
gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might
gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means
save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker
thereof with you. Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth
for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a
corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as
uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under
my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have
preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."
In the Book of Micah, the religious leaders had become accustomed to taking
money for ministry, while telling people what they wanted to hear which
displeased the Lord.
Micah 3:11 "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests
thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money:
yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none
evil can come upon us."
The Lord also spoke to Isaiah about the greed of Israel’s priests, who took
money and spent it on themselves.
Isaiah 56:9-11 "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant,
they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to
slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are
shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every
one for his gain, from his quarter."
Jeremiah 6:13 "For from the least of them even unto the greatest
of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even
unto the priest every one dealeth falsely."
Now, that’ is not to suggest that every ministry or minister who asks for
donations is wrong in doing so, there are those that provide free literature
and/or programming, in such a case asking for donations strictly for this cause
Preachers telling people that they can’t do anything without their
continued financial support for them personally is a lie! Does anybody really
believe that a minister is so busy or incapable of working at a job to pay their
own way? There is nothing in Scripture stating that everyone is supposed to
follow and subsidize their living.
Acts 20:29-35 "For I know this, that after my departing shall
grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own
selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples
after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years
I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. And now, brethren,
I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build
you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves
know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities [He physically
worked to provide for himself and those with him], and to them that were
with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said,
It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Scripture does NOT teach that "ministry" is something you leave
your job to "go into", but does says just the opposite!
1 Corinthians 7:20-24 "Let every man abide in the same calling
wherein he was called [ his vocation, trade, occupation, etc]. Art
thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made
free, use it rather. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is
the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's
servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called [his vocation, trade,
occupation, etc.], therein abide with God."
Do not quite your day job!
Working hard is the primary means by which we can do good and help others.
Ephesians 4:28 "… but rather let him
labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to
give to him that needeth."
Paul followed his own advice, he continued to make tents, he paid his own way
so that he could help others without ever being a financial burden to them.
Others are mentioned, Pricilla and Aquila, who worked with Paul in his business.
Peter, Andrew, Thomas, Nathaniel, James and John were fisherman by trade. We
know from Scripture that several of the disciples continued to fish even after
the resurrection of Jesus (John 21:2-3). This of course doesn’t mean they
fished all the time and that they never took leave to travel for ministry, they
did not end their professions to serve the Lord.
After the death of Jesus a supported priesthood came to an end by God, it was
not until the middle of the third century that the concept of a paid/supported
"clergy" came into fashion again, only this time without God's
Lack of finances may affect the speed with which a mission is carried out,
but it does not prevent it from being carried out.
1 Timothy 6:6-12 "But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But
they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many
foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For
the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after,
they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many
sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after
righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good
fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called,
and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."