Giving Money to the Poor and to the Gospel

Throughout the New Testament, we see evidence that those who followed Christ gave materially to the poor and to those who preached the gospel.  We today in the kingdom of God should do the same.

That we should give to the poor is the more obvious biblical truth.  And there are many scriptures from both the apostles and the prophets to confirm this.  That we should give to those who preach the gospel is slightly less obvious, but confirmed in Scripture as well.

I want to make clear my support of giving financially to those who preach the gospel.  I take pains to do this because otherwise some people might believe I do not support this idea.  There would be two reason someone might think that I don’t support making financial contributions to gospel ministers.

First, I do not support churchgoing.  That I do not is abundantly clear from A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom, and posts such as Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church and Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is.  Because I don’t support church, some might think I don’t support the idea of preachers of Christ receiving financial aid.  I do.  Very strongly.  I hope you will support those who preach Christ, for Christ is the light of the world.  The more He is preached, the better off will be the inhabitants of the world.  Those who preach Him and don’t siphon off your devotion to church or themselves deserve financial support.  Therefore, while I don’t believe in supporting church, I strongly believe in supporting those who preach Christ faithfully and preach Him alone.

Second, I do not receive offerings for myself.  I make that clear in the About section of this blog.  However, just because I don’t receive financial contributions does not mean I do not want you to give to others.  On the contrary, I hope you will materially support those who preach Christ.  Those ministers who choose to preach Christ instead of church will lose their financial support from the church.  Therefore, you can help them continue to preach Christ even if that happens.  Do not worry about a tax deduction.    Giving to a charity for the poor often means giving to a tax-exempt organization.  However, giving to someone who preaches Christ without the encumbrance of church will often mean giving to an individual and foregoing the charitable deduction on your taxes.  (I’m speaking, of course, primarily to Americans.)  Churches will not contine to pay ministers who do not preach the necessity of church involvement.  Therefore, do not give to me, but do be generous with others who preach Christ alone.

To sum up, do not give money to church and do not give money to me.  However, do give money to those who are faithfully preaching our Lord Jesus Christ that they may do so from the best of their labor rather than from what is leftover after their labor.

Here are some scripture verses to help you better appreciate the importance and value of ministering financially to those who minister the true gospel:

Romans 15:26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.
Romans 15:27 Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.

In this passage we see the motive for giving being twofold:  because of poverty and because of preaching the gospel.  That is, the saints in Jerusalem were deserving of help from other churches because 1) the saints in Jerusalem were poor, and 2) the saints in Jerusalem had preached the gospel such that other churches were formed.

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1 Corinthians 9:14 So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel.

Those who preach the gospel of Christ are worthy to receive support.

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Galatians 6:6 The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
Galatians 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Galatians 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

Note especially the first verse.

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1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

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The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

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