What is your opinion on giving and the tactics used to get people to give?

What is your opinion on giving and the tactics used to get people to give?

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What is your opinion on giving and the tactics used to get people to give?

There is no denying that money is needed to run any church or ministry even if you use your house for your services, you need money to pay bills, pay for your resource materials, outreaches and other miscellaneous needs…..

However, I have noticed that INTEGRITY is a missing ingredient in some churches because they don’t care to have systems that keep them in check. I think it’s sad to have a mega-church and not have systems in place to show accountability and trustworthiness.

When a ministry receives first fruit offerings, special offerings, tithes, partnership offerings, special seeds, project seeds etc and when a member gets up and asks for accountability of the funds, he is immediately tagged as a carnal Christian and immature.  You also see some loyalists of the ministry become angry and defensive. Sometimes you can’t blame such folks because they were trained and programmed to think that way. The fact that you were trained a certain way does not make it right even if it was practiced for 60years.

So here goes my question? Why have we trusted so much in our own ability to hold ourselves accountable instead of setting up systems to hold us accountable? Why are we building imaginary castles for the devil to knock down? This attitude has opened the door to inappropriate/misuse of funds. Scripture says to give no place to the devil but we have opened the door wide for temptations of all sorts.

The focus seems to have shifted from people to materialism and the fatness an envelope you bring, this also qualifies you to become a pastor, deacon or deaconess. The early church gave out of their dedication to Christ; Paul never forced or coerced them to give, neither did he give positions based on their giving. The Macedonian church which comprised of (Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea) was not rich, yes, go and research it, but they raised money to help the Jewish Christians, the amount was not the focus but love for their neighbor.

Another issue I have come across is the TACTIC used to get money from God’s people…. Giving should be voluntarily out of a cheerful heart….. TO MANIPULATE OR COERCE PEOPLE INTO GIVING GOES AGAINST GOD’S HEART. 2 Corinthians 9:7- “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. We have to be careful of the TACTICS used to get people to give.

The other day a pastor was trying to raise money from his members to give towards a particular partnership arm so his church can be recognized to receive an award during their ministry’s awards ceremony, in an attempt to get his members to give he said, If you don’t give, I will pray to God and that money will come out whether you like it or not by some other means, in other words, since you refused to give, I will pray and God will allow something bad to happen such that that money will still come out of your pocket. Yes, this is not a made up story, it truly did happen and is still happening as we speak. We need to be very careful of the things we say on the pulpit, remember the words of the master in Matthew 18 vs 6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”. Ministers need to think of the consequences of the things they say.

Jesus said in Matt 11 vs 30, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Let those who say they are servants of Christ not place any heavier burden than Christ spoke of. Jesus loves and died for people. In this kingdom, it’s all about the father and his family.

Adaora Emelieze

 

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