Sacrificial Giving Strengthens Faith

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denis says:

i am unsure ‘sacrificial’ giving isn’t getting mixed up with a contemporary concept of what sacrificial is or means. I see nothing in the N.T. on giving that suggests giving til it ‘hurts’. Giving is God’s way of raising His children, not raising money for a start.
as far as i understand it then in line with it being God’s way of raising his children – there are certain balances;
1) a person ought not feel the ‘should’ or be emotionally charged/blackmailed in their giving.
2) as a person decides in their own heart what they should give
3) whatever the amount they decide, they need to be able to do it cheerfully
4) it needs to be by faith (faith comes by hearing God

all of these things need to be in play at the same time when deciding upon a figure – and it is nobody elses business except the person before their God. He may expand them a little from time to time – but… all of the above will be in play.

there is more but space etc

i do not read of giving in the New Tstament ’til it hurts’ – nowhere.
best regards
denis

PRINCE says:

thanks for justice done on this topic GODBLESS YOU. FROM PASTOR PRINCE BETHEL

Camille Goudeseune says:

Chris, the danger you speak of is real. It destroyed any honor held by the word “televangelist”, for example.

But it is just a danger, not a law of physics. Each case must be evaluated individually. For some Christians, the GREATER danger may be using this reasoning as an excuse to avoid giving.

Chris Smit says:

Hi Jeff

Have you noticed how that sacrificial giving in the bible was always directed at the POOR. Jesus says in Mat 25 that giving to the poor equates to giving to GOD.

Yet sadly today churches are the ones who demand to be the focus of sacrificial giving. How dare they when Jesus set the example in that when he asked the rich young ruler to sell all …and give it to the POOR…and not to himself.

The sin of coveteousness is never clearer than in the churches of the world today as when we hear preachers say “give to GOD”…and meaning that THEY are Gods designated recipients rather than the poor.

The world see this and is sickened!

The religious institutions of today are still ‘devouring widows houses’…as they make a pretense of their prayers.

Chris

Jon says:

Chris,
A suggestion that I have for you is to give to missions. Missionaries and those that they are ministering to are often some of the poorest people on the planet. Most homeless here in America have a dry place to sleep, some bedding, some food, and some alcohol. Giving to those involved in missions is both giving to the poor and to God’s work, all through one system. Sacrificial giving is necessary. God does not want most of us. That is still sin.
Deuteronomy 6:5
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Anything less is sin. Granted that principles of stewardship also say that we should multiply our money, but just because we have money does not mean that we have to spend some of it on ourselves. We can put some of it towards increase, under the plan to give it to God when it is increased, as long as our plan is not to spend it on ourselves. However, we should still keep the giving at the forefront.