We are very blessed
to be part of a nation which allows us to assemble together freely.
people have been blessed by this freedom and the richness of our
heritage. However, may the Grace of God upon this nation be not an
for sin and offense.
of Jesus to the apostles included: "Heal the sick, raise the
cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have
freely give." (Matt. 10:8 NIV).
The Spirit of
God is not a commodity to be bought and sold. (Acts 8:9-24)
...and we are
not to practice partiality between the rich and the poor:
"Suppose a man
comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a
man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to
man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say
to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet,"
you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the
eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he
those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich
who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into
court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him
whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in
"Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. But if
show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. "
(James 2:2-9 NIV)
In reckless disregard
for these scriptural principles and more, the practice of charging
for conferencs or services has become increasingly
have witnessed the development of conferences to teach people how to
(pray) for as high $300 per conference, certain 'School of the
-type conferences costing $175! (and this is apart
room and board!), and a "Prayer and Fasting 1998" conference that was
as open to "any believer who wants to pray and fast for our nation and
the world!" with a required fee of $200 for a satellite
We have also heard reports that there are people who charge
The practice of
requiring payment for spiritual services is similar to the contemporary
practice of either fees or 'required donations' being extracted in
cults or New Age meetings of various kinds. The assembling of ourselves
together in conferences should not be an occasion to practice
or discriminate against our fellow Christians who do not have money,
or position in Christiandom. By placing insurmountable or difficult
in front of those who might otherwise want to attend Christian
we leave out the poor or middle-class. We do this when we charge
Hyped up expectations
over conferences with glossy pictures of your favorite ministers and
bios or 'credentials' does not override Scripture. Telling Christians
this is 'just what we need' in order to be ministered to or in order to
minister should not make us desperate to pay the peddler . Strong
inferences or promises that we will come away with the
'anointing' or other fabulous experiences or knowledge, do not negate
the fact that no one can serve God and Mammon at the same time (Matt.
you attend a spiritual conference or special meeting, please consider
"Fees" have somehow taken the place of "love-offerings" and "alms". The
fact is though, once upon a time in the
U.S., ministers like Katheryn Kuhlmann prayed and rented large
buildings on faith alone. This was during The Great
Depression, yet each time she stepped out in faith, her expenditures were paid for. Do our
so-called great ministers of today have any faith??
Do they need money first for the miracles of God to come forth? If so, why?
Ask yourself some other questions: Why is it that many who used to charge
only a nominal registration fee of perhaps
only $25, suddenly began charging $200 per person? Do the math. Ask
yourself, how much is $200 per person multiplied by 1,000 people? Isn't
the total $200,000? If $300, isn't the total $300,000?
Consider this: Is a fee waived for the poor in your
midst in some way? Are there any free meetings at all? How much
accumulated wealth does any one minister have, compared to those whom
he or she says they minister to?
Whatever the practices of a ministry in regards to
a conference "fee" or love-offering, be sure to follow the money trail.
aware of not only expenditures, but how much money is
paid to whom, such as salaries, hidden speaker's fees,
worship leader's fees, and local church 'rentals' of
believe those who "steal" for the themselves
the money they claim to take up as donations to
the poor or on behalf of other ministers should be reported.
requiring ministries to
be honest and open about their practices when it comes to
money, alms, and the poor. Consider these things before
you give, and not after. No longer should Christians
plunk down hundreds of dollars with no idea where
it all goes!!!!
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
Please see our money page,
for many articles, links and information about this general subject.
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