The wolves of today would not be in business if there weren’t so many biblically-illiterate people who claim to be following Christ while they fund these false ministries.
Could you be funding a wolf ministry and not yet realize it?
Only those who are in God’s Word diligently and daily can discern properly who is true and who is false.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
The LORD makes it clear in His Word that He would have all wolves to become skinny – dried up and out of business!
Actually one sign of a wolf is that he refuses to teach the sheep how to discern truth from falsehood (Ezekiel 44:23-24)
Were we not all repeatedly warned of these wolves coming on the scene in the final days?
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3
Below is a possible revenue flow model to begin a local fellowship – to honor God according to HIS Word – seeking to follow the wisdom of His kingdom priorities.
The percentages can be adjusted. This is a possible model, attempting to align with the divine plan. The attempt is to exercise kingdom priorities as revealed and recorded in the Holy Scriptures. As we saw above, it seems that many local churches do not exercise biblical priorities when stewarding the revenues coming into their local body of believers. The LORD reveals His priorities to us in His Word and we should diligently adhere to His wisdom.
- Benevolence for local believers – (hardship needs for God’s people, etc. – Matt. 25:40, 45; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-35; Romans 15:26; Galatians 2:10; James 1:). This could include supporting genuine local ministries who do this type serving (Acts 6:1-4).
- Elder fund – Elder brothers who are serving in the study and dispensing of God’s Word and doing ministry to the saints – overseeing, feeding, nurturing, watching for their souls, and being given to prayer (Acts 6:4; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14)
- Sending forth fund – This would be a fund that is available when God speaks to send forth one or more saints, especially those He’s equipped, for ministry exploits (Acts 13:1-2). To be prayerfully decided upon by elders as they seek the LORD – possibly to be used when another preaching elder(s) is set forth by the Spirit or an equipped saint is sent forth for true missionary work (1 Tim. 5:17).
- Local Evangelism Fund – This is to support several diligent witnesses and a Gospel tract ministry, etc.
- Foreign Missions –
- Internet Media Feeding and Evangelism Fund –
- Administrative workers, printing costs, postage, etc. –
One might say that this seems pragmatic, but is it not biblical? Need we pray and be “led of the Spirit” to the point that we do not acknowledge what the Holy Spirit of God has already given us in His Word? See 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13.
In local gatherings already established, it would certainly be wise to reconstruct current revenue flow to align with the LORD’s priorities. For those who may be being led to begin a new fellowship to care for, feed, and train up saints, this would be the right time to lay the foundational grid up front.
Jesus Is coming to take account of every penny of our stewardship. See Matthew 25; Luke 12, 16.
People – His people first, then the world – Gal. 6:10; John 17:9; Matt. 25:40, 45
Geographically – Acts 1:8 – Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, then the utter most parts of the earth.
Divine Principle and Directive: Take good care of those men who do the most important work on earth – they worship and serve Him full-time and watch for the souls of His beloved people in prayer, the Word, rebuke, maturing and fruitfulness (Acts 6:1-7; 2 Tim. 3:15-4:5; Eph. 4:11-12). All suffer when they are shorted (Deut. 12:19; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 Cor. 9:1-14).
The question recently arose as to what poor people to help. “The poor saints“ are God’s priority.
“For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.” Romans 15:26
Note here that the Christians in the cities of Macedonia and Archaia were “pleased” or blessed “to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.”
Learn also Galatians 6:10 and John 17:9 for God’s priority.
Wise Kingdom Givers
The LORD is calling for the launching and financial support of ministers and ministries for the advancement of His kingdom. His Great Commission command is still in full force and will be until He returns (Matthew 28:18-20). God has not changed and we are fully responsible to be doing what He sent us forth to do. He is not pleased with the waste of money on temporal physical buildings, CEO salaries, unbiblical church programs, and the myriad of irresponsible spending and waste that goes on in the modern visible church. As a member of the body of Christ, we should understand and see that God’s kingdom is a “spiritual house” and not a physical building (1 Pet. 2:5). To His own, Jesus said that the LORD’s kingdom is “within you.” (Lk. 17:21) There are numerous other unnecessary expenditures that are the result of the physical buildings – light bills, electric bills, janitors, supplies, repair, upkeep, remodeling, etc. ….. To a large degree, it seems that the vast majority of the financial love offerings of God’s people are absorbed into a building and a bureaucracy. Also, the people – who are the real church – are being pigeon holed into a central meeting place without launching and mobilizing them for ministry, which is the divine mandate placed upon leaders – to mature all Christians they oversee to do ministry (Eph. 4:11-14). Any local church organization not doing so is false.
Going a Little Deeper
“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
The Greek word that “observation” comes from here is parateresis whichmeans inspection, ocular evidence. God’s kingdom is within the saint in the earth and so His children do not need to look with their physical eyes for it to come. King-dom = domain of Jesus the King. Where ever King Jesus reigns, His kingdom has come.
Putting the Greedy Wolves on a Diet
“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” Philippians 3:18-19
I believe the LORD is calling His people to defund the hirelings who have built their little church business and building nest and are absorbing billions of dollars of the money of God’s people for their own selfish gain (Philippians 3:18-19). Regrettably, so many people do not peer into the Word and look beyond their own immediate comfort to see what is really going on. So, they continue to financially fund those “evil workers” who are actually “enemies of the cross of Christ” while pretending to represent Jesus (Philippians 3:1-3; 18-19).
Most of our minds have been well trained by enterprising pastors to bring money to their physical church building on Sunday mornings. This allows a nice comfortable place for us to be entertained for an hour weekly. Is this not self-serving? All local churches that meet in a separate building are not operating this way, yet it seems the vast majority are in this hour of apostasy.
Kingdom Proposal – at any time (don’t wait till Sunday or when you are inside a physical building), write a check or carry cash to a true servant of Christ so their lives and families can be sustained to do the most important work on the earth – the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the hearts of men. The time is short beloved. Pray daily for the true servants of Christ around you to be able to be full-time in the care of souls, fastings and pray and the ministry of the Word.
Would you mind if I shared a personal testimony? – Knowing God’s plan for His kingdom furtherance and economy, it has always seemed just and right to immediately and deliberately release those funds into the hands of men who were laboring in caring for the body of Christ and to win souls. I remember when I owned my own company – a Christian business directory here in the Dallas area. Checks of varying amounts would come in to the business. Having been blessed to understand “firstfruit” principle or truth, I would call one of my friends who did ministry and would ask him to meet me somewhere in the vicinity in which we lived. I would then give him a portion of the amount of money that had come in to the company that day.
Unfortunately, the hoards of hirelings have made their church buildings the “official” place to give. God never limited our giving to a certain building. He says to give the offerings where the Word/meat is being brought forth and where His New Testament plan is being enacted (Mal. 3:8-11; Gal. 6:6).
Instead of focusing on furnishing the hearts of men with the Word and character of Jesus, the hireling further furnishes and embellishes his own church palace.
Always keep in mind that we must live by God’s Word and see things the way He sees them. His kingdom is not limited to any man’s church building. Jesus Christ made all things for His own pleasure (Col. 1:15-17; Rev. 4:11). To the true servant of Christ, the whole world is his pulpit and mission field – he doesn’t hypocritically wait till he is conducting a so-called “church service/program” to serve others and communicate the Gospel. In contrast, the hireling has his staged profession with no passion for lost souls or to perpetually declare God’s Word to all, everywhere he happens to be. He’s a fraud.
Christ commanded, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk. 16:15) The spread of God’s kingdom in the hearts of men is the worthy cause which true believers are to support and also to cease funding all who are not doing such in their daily lives. Anyone can stage a ministry – true disciples live to serve and minister. For example, most leaders today do not do personal evangelism, nor do they care about those they speak to on Sunday mornings. Yet, they have the luxury of passing a basket to collect financial offerings weekly from those they refuse to get to know. When do we see those who are supposed to “watch for your souls” calling their sheep on the phone for a moment to ask how one is doing and asking to lift up a prayer or share a Scripture to encourage? (Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-6) Of the false shepherds cited in Jeremiah 23, the LORD says they “have not visited them (the sheep).” (Jer. 23:2) In other words, their shepherds, like most today, were too busy playing golf or sporting around to care for the LORD’s people. Such a person is not “given to hospitality” or “apt (capable, ready) to teach.” (1 Tim. 3:2)
“For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Jeremiah 10:21
As we partake in His true Gospel program, will our Father in Heaven not reward each the giver and the goer for eternity? (Romans 10:14-15) Let’s fund the true Gospel saints and those called out men who genuinely live and spread it! Jesus told us: “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4:36)
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