Jesus Did It!
DO YOU HAVE TO PAY GOD TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN AND TO STAY A CHRISTIAN?
By: Norm Rasmussen
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NO YOU DON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yet I believe way too many people BELIEVE 'having to pay God' and being a Christian go hand-in-hand. And why wouldn't they?! When you step inside way too many local church fellowships in America, seldom will you hear the Pastor/Bishop/Elder/Deacon/Head Church Mouse say:
'If you are visiting this fellowship for the first time, or even if you've been coming for some time ' we want you to KNOW you are not expected or obligated to give money. That is strictly between you and God regarding money. In our opinion, giving money to God is just another form of worship to Him. If you don't want to worship God in any fashion, you shouldn't feel obligated to. That's a personal choice of your own. Likewise, if you don't want to give money to God as an act of worship to help pay for the expenses of this ministry or any other ministry, that TOO is between you and God. We believe a person should NEVER feel obligated to have to give money to God.'
My wife and I are extremely fortunate to have found a fellowship where that is said from time to time from the pulpit. If it WASN'T being said from time to time from the local church leadership from the pulpit, I dare say we most likely would lose grace to continue attending that fellowship.
Why am I making such a 'big deal' about this? Because so many of my years as a Christian believer (nearly 30 years as of this writing), I have gone out of my way to talk with people on the street. When I find out that they are trusting Jesus Christ as the ONE who paid full penalty for their sins when He died on the cross, and it is the ONLY way we can be right with God to get to heaven, because it is sin that separates us from God prior to making Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior ' AND they are more than willing to make that same confession at gunpoint if confronted with such a situation ' I then bring the conversation around to WHAT local fellowship are they attending. Nine out of ten say they aren't attending ANY.
When I ask 'Why?' ' no surprise at ALL to you I'm sure, they reply: 'Because the money aspect is out of balance. Money is something that keeps the unsaved from attending church, and money is something that keeps them from coming back. The whole aspect of money is not properly and clearly explained at the pulpit - nearly frequently enough. You hear all the same scriptures given about WHY Christians should be giving their money - their tithes and offerings 'To the work of the Lord,' but you seldom hear that they don't HAVE to give a dime 'To the work of the Lord, to become a Christian, nor stay a Christian.'
"And furthermore, you seldom hear, 'We would rather you NOT give any money if you feel that is what you need to do to feel loved and accepted as a person by us in this local fellowship, and more importantly, GOD. God loves and accepts us each for WHO He says we are in Christ Jesus (if we are IN Christ Jesus of course; we're NOT in Christ Jesus until we make Him our Savior and Lord) ' not how much money we give or don't give. Giving money to the work of the Lord should be nothing more than another act of worship to Him, knowing that if we DO give money as an act of worship, God promises that He will eventually reward us for it in some way.''
Truly ' I'm fully persuaded God would love EVERY local Christian fellowship -- every ministry calling themselves Christians -- to shout from the rooftops the TRUTH about money and God:
"Money is about sowing and reaping God's blessings - both in this life, yet MORE SO in eternity ... not about becoming a Christian or staying a Christian!"
I'll get emails with exclamation points (!!!!) at the end of every sentence
screaming: "Norm - you are deceived and perpetuating deception!!!!
Tithing and giving offerings is about obedience to God's Word!"
To which I would reply by saying what I'll hear when I'm on the street witnessing to lost souls:
"If I have to give money to become a Christian, you can FORGET IT!"
"If I HAVE to tithe to STAY an "OBEDIENT" Christian ... 'NO THANKS TO YOUR JESUS AND CHRISTIANITY!'"
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