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Posted: 2/5/2006 10:43:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 10:45:49 AM EDT by motown_steve]
I went to church today for the first time in a long time. This is the church that my dad goes to, but I went by myself. I almost fell off my chair. The preacher took 2 offerings (plus made it "missions sunday" and passed out envelopes for people to include donations for missionaries in the general offering) and then in his sermon told the congregation to beware of panhandlers. Honest Abe! I couldn't believe it.

He was also talking about how in the past he had to move his family out of "palaces" and into "pig pens" so that they could start up a new church. Well, I noticed that he chose to start this church (only 2 hears old now) in a very well to do part of town.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:55:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/5/2006 2:03:58 PM EDT by Wdsman]
How our church handles money:

Church bulletin tells visitors that the offering is for members and that they are not expected to give.

20% off the top goes to other organizations that we think are doing good work. We figure if we are going to encourage our people to give we ought to do the same.

The preacher (me) has nothing to do with the money. I don't know who gives what. I see the financial report every month when everyone else does.

Statements I've made about money in the last couple of months in a sermon or at Sunday School.

"If you know someone who is poor and needs help, isn't it stupid to give money to the church and then tell us who they are so we can give it to them. Just give them the money, you don't need to go through us. If you can't take care of them, tell us and we'll do what we can too."

"God doesn't need your money."

I quoted someone here who said that one of the things they've learned about God is that He is not good with money. I then told them that God is good with money. He doesn't need theirs. If they would like to participate in what we're doing fine, BUT if God's behind it, it will happen whether they help or not.

God doesn't want your money. He wants YOU.

I guess I've never believed that God needs anyone's money and thinking he does keeps some preachers from preaching the truth.

My .02

Edited for spelling
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:57:27 PM EDT
I don't go to church (but I do believe in God)
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:58:51 PM EDT
No
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:58:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wdsman:
God doesn't want your money. He wants YOU.

I guess I've never believed that God needs anyone's money and thinking he does keeps some preachers from preaching the truth.



Just thought this bears repeating.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:59:46 PM EDT
who gives a shit. If people are too blind to see it for themselves then they should do just that, they need it, they want it then by all means go right on ahead.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:02:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I went to church today for the first time in a long time. This is the church that my dad goes to, but I went by myself. I almost fell off my chair. The preacher took 2 offerings (plus made it "missions sunday" and passed out envelopes for people to include donations for missionaries in the general offering) and then in his sermon told the congregation to beware of panhandlers. Honest Abe! I couldn't believe it.

He was also talking about how in the past he had to move his family out of "palaces" and into "pig pens" so that they could start up a new church. Well, I noticed that he chose to start this church (only 2 hears old now) in a very well to do part of town.





Unfortunately they are few and far between, some of them are very adept at hiding it, some of them are honest and serving God. Of the preachers I have known .... maybe 8 or 9 only 1 fits the last description
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:04:08 PM EDT


Yes.

Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:05:09 PM EDT
Steve, what was your point here?

"Is there such thing as an honest preacher"... geez.
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 2:05:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/8/2006 4:33:57 AM EDT by TrijiCog]

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