Exhortations

Ministry of Help

Giving is a big factor for the growth of the church especially if it’s coming from the members.   However,  while the church membership starts growing,  the personal touch of the Pastors to individual members sometimes change.  These Pastors  are more focused with their own personal goal. There are many noticeable changes in the church nowadays and that will be your observation.

The 30 minutes preaching is more common now, however attendees or members of the congregation are spending more time listening to the same sermon that makes made them feel more unsaved.  Hearing about a  Pastor’s preaching of salvation time to time is common to most evangelical churches nowadays, thus, raises questions how many times they need to listen to salvation preaching to be saved?

If a Pastor stops preaching Salvation, what do you think will he/she preach? I think preaching about what religion could do to help the widows and orphans in their distresses will help these Pastors to avoid the temptation and influence of making easy money offered by the world. The poor are the very vulnerable beings in the world to be hooked into doing wicked things. According to James the brother of Jesus: says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

Will these preachers  have the courage to preach tithing/giving that may cause to boomerang onto them. We contribute money to the church not to make the leaders rich or build an elegant building but to help the poor to save them from living a distressed life. It is stealing the food from the mouth of the poor. If the church is not doing these things then your hard-earned money has no value and will not be added to your name in the book of life. We should not support a  church that is just playing church as a front, with the intention to get rich, but the funds should be used  to help the poor. This is one of the many things that might hit back these Pastors, especially when life is getting tougher. So, preaching the doctrine of tithing is not one of the easy tasks to get out in the open.

“Oppressing the poor to enrich themselves and giving to the rich will cause poverty to the giver”— Proverb 22:16. What this means is to look after your own first before giving away that hard-earned money the assurance that it goes to the right beneficiaries, otherwise it may only bring back distress to your life if you give it to the wrong cause.

We should not donate in favor of the rich over poor people; to a person over another but to be equally distributed according to their needs. One could have a bigger family than the other and one  could be an orphan living by himself. Our faith is in vain if we do not practice what the Bible tells us to do.

We should not give special treatment to people due to the amount they give or due to the status in life, but to those who show love and compassion to men and passion with God. The kingdom is available for those who acknowledge Him and chooses less fortunate people to become faithful and love Him. To discriminate against the poor because of their position in life is against the commandment of love.

If you love yourself you should also do the same to others. Sometimes love is misinterpreted as romantic love and to avoid being in charge of making advancement, we should bear in mind that love can also mean respect. We love God because we respect Him. He loves us because we are His children. 

May the good LORD bless and keep us in this journey.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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