Friday, 4 December 2015

Fear of offending those who feed one's belly and feed the local church's needs is a Problem in the Church

 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:11).

Many in the modern Church, the body of Christ, fear those people who have the ability to provide more finance to their local church. They fear offending such people because of a fear that they will not provide money to the church. This is to trust in the ways of people and the arms of the flesh, instead of trusting fully in God to provide. Many missionaries in parachurch ministries, such as university campus ministries are also full of the fear of offending those they are under a duty to care for. They fear offending them because those people who they are under a duty to care for provide them donations, that which they need to feed their bellies.

It is precisely a manifestation of the spirit of mammon in many in the modern Church. Such people, by fearing those who provide them money, including to do church work are in bondage to the spirit of mammon. They are trusting in the arms of the flesh. If they fully trusted in God, they would not be under the spirit of mammon as they are, manifested by their fear of those who provide them finance to either feed their belly and their families, or to do the work of the local church.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7)