Posted by: prosperingchristians | March 20, 2010

Be Wise in Your Spending


In these days, Chrisitans must be mindful of how they spend their money, as believe it or not, the scams have hit the Christian world.

There are many who are claiming to be pastors and apostles, but are deceiving the people. We must investigate those who come our way and we must seek the Lord in all of our decisions involving money. We cannot afford to make our own decisions.

The Bible says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.” We must examine their works and determine if they are sincere. Many are claiming that they are caring for orphans, but they have very lavish ministries and live in lavish houses. However, the orphans are still on the streets and not in schools.

A pastor just approached me for prayers and financial support. He asked me to take a look at his pictures of his ministry. He had the ministry which I describe above, but when I asked about the orphans, he said they come by his house and he takes care of them. I saw pictures of them sitting under trees.

When I confronted this pastor about the recent incidents with the pastor in Kenya, he did not offer any argument to defend himself as being a true pastor with pure motives. I thought this was very interesting. I offered to pray for his ministry, rather than to donate money. No doubt, this pastor is accustomed to asking for money because of the generosity of Christians that he has encountered in the past.

I had a conversation with another pastor a few weeks ago who told me he had a touring company. Now, how does a touring company in a poor country glorify God? The Bible speaks about this attitude in I Timothy 6:10, where it says,”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.”

Are these pastors practicing the pure religion which is spoken of in the Bible in James 1:27? “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this; To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

There are millions of street children who are being victimized and abused and millions of women who have turned to prostitution in order to get their needs met. In Kenya alone, it is estimated that there are 1,100,000 million orphans. It is apparent that many of the pastors are taking advantage of this to make gains for themselves, “filling their houses with spoil.” Proverbs 1:13.

Christians, when they hear these stories, want to help, but the best thing they can do is to start by praying to God to see how he would want them to be involved. It would not be a good idea to give money right away. We would do well to follow Proverbs 1:8, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent though not,” and verse 15, “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path; for their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.”

In conclusion, if a pastor comes to you and asks for monetary support for orphans and widows, offer to pray for them instead of donating money.

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Responses

  1. I would appreciate more visual materials, to make your blog more attractive, but your writing style really compensates it. But there is always place for improvement

  2. Not bad article, but I really miss that you didn’t express your opinion, but ok you just have different approach


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