Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | January 5, 2010

The Per-purse Driven Church

To the Editor:

Every church depends by faith on God to supply its needs through the collection of tithes and offerings from its members for its operation. However, churches and ministries should be careful to not abuse that supply or to bring dishonor to God.

In this current economic turn-down almost every church and ministry has suffered some loss of income due to the suffering of its members. Yet, it seems that some churches and ministries are deemed to be too big to fail. (Where have we heard that before?)

One large church has spent $900K more than it took in during 2009, so a national appeal is made and it gathers at least 1.5 million dollars more than it needs. It is the donor’s business what they do with their money; however, this Per-purse Driven Church begging for money seems unseemly. As did one Televangelist’s appeal claiming that if he does not get $4.5 million that God was going to kill him and take him home. That’s absurd! What threat is it for a Christian to be taken to Heaven? Another Televangelist’s slide down the PTL theme park’s water-slide was all wet, as well. The ministry still sunk. It was all washed up.

Listen! Where God guides–He provides! Any church or ministry that can close–should close because the Devil would rather run a ministry than close it. My Bible still says that, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

Pastor Terry K. Hagedorn
Calvary Baptist Church
PO Box 282 Reedsville, WV
Ph. 304-864-3870

“Pointing Mountaineers to Mount Calvary.”


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