Don’t die a rich Christian

There’s a time when being a Christian and having money in the bank that does nothing but accrue interest becomes a sin. That is a sin I intend not to commit. Let a Christian’s money be used for the Gospel, not 10% like legalists would like you to do, but let all the money you have be used for the Gospel. It should be a disgusting thing to hear that a Christian is rich and doesn’t have anything to do with his money. Start an orphanage, support a missionary, print Gospel tracts, publish Gospel magazines, build houses for the poor, take poor kids to Universities, but don’t die a rich Christian. I don’t want to attend a funeral of a rich Christian, who left millions in his bank account, it must be a sad occasion. But some of you watch TBN, so you must be offended by this. AW Tozer sold millions of books, yet never died a rich man. John Wesley did even more than Tozer, yet he died with no money in his name. Why should you die with money in your name, when it could have been used for the Gospel? Leave life insurance for your wife and children, but let everything be used for the Gospel. The Gospel is urgent, and needs money.

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  1. Anthony said

    I disagree. I certainly don’t think that the likes of Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Rodney Howard Browne and all the others are correct. They preach heresy and blasphemy and say Christians should be rich.

    But I don’t think you can say that having money in the bank is a sin.

  2. It’s not a sin to have money, but it’s a sin to have money when you know of a Gospel endeavour that needs that money urgently, yet you keep it in the bank. We have been lied to by those who preach tithing into thinking that giving 10% is enough and that’s all that God requires. God wants everything, not 10%, but 100%. He wants your whole life, so you can’t keep money for rainy days when your whole life belongs to God. This is what John Wesley understood, what Ravenhill and Tozer understood as well, but that’s the higher grade of the Gospel living, but I guess a Christian can decide to adopt a lower grade of Gospel living. But we shouldn’t find ourselves preaching lower grade Gospel so we can accomodate lower grade Gospel living that we are used to. The standard of Christianity is very high and that’s what should be preached.

    Didn’t the early church sell their own houses and livelihoods for the Gospel, check Acts 5?

  3. Anthony said

    Actually, we’re no longer under the law of tithing. We’re now under the grace of giving. We give to God and that doesn’t necessarily mean handing 10% or 20% or anything else to your local church, as you state. But I think that there are two big factors here – firstly, the first, best thing to do is ask the Lord what He wants us to do with any money.

    Secondly, some people have more money than they can give away. Didn’t one of the Rockefellers convert when they had a terminal disease, and then spend the rest of his life giving away three quarters of his wealth? He still died a rich man.

    I understand where you’re coming from, but to make a blanket statement that those with money in the bank are sinning because they should be spending it on the gospel is a little harsh. You could say that those who stay at home rather than go overseas to witness are sinning too.

    I don’t believe in saving for rainy days – God looks out for those – we turn to Him when we’re in need. In fact, I haven’t worked for three months and He’s looking after us right now, but that’s not the point.

    My understanding is that if you have money in the bank, it’s fine. If God tells you to give money to someone or something specifically, then to not do so is a sin. We’re under the grace of giving. There’s no law telling us we MUST give. I know the early Christians did, but they didn’t have to,

  4. Anthony, I agree with you, hence I said “there’s a time”. The example you use about a Rockaffela is very accurate. We can’t expect Bill Gates to spend all his money before he died, it would be improbable, but if he were a Christian then it would be expected for him to give as much as he can. So good point.

    But this is where I disagree with you: didn’t God tell us already how to use our money – for the Gospel? And doesn’t the first church give us a blue print on Christian giving? I think we know what we need to do, we just need to do it. Can we ever get to a point where there’s no hungry child begging on the robots, so do we need God to tell us to give first before we help that child? The idea is that as long as there’s a need we should never keep money in the bank which doesn’t have an immediate use, and there will always be a need. A Christian can never have a justifiable reason to keep uncommitted money in the bank instead of giving to the Gospel.

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