Kingdom Giving Versus “Church Giving”.
As the Church grew in the early years in the Book of Acts, the main goal of their giving was to meet the needs of the widows, less privileged and other saints in challenging situations.
Their giving was primarily focused on the Church community. As time went by and more wealthy and influential people believed in the Gospel,especially from Rome. It was certain that much money and resources will be coming into the “Church”. The basic principles and Apostolic doctrines taught and practised by the early Apostles began to fade, giving way to a new breed of “Church” leaders who saw opportunities to manipulate the saints and accumulate wealth unto themselves.
The focus of reaching the Needy and also transforming nations, had shifted to amassing of wealth and building of huge edifices to established their new found authority and control over the saints. With time, these “Church” leaders had grown so powerful that “whatever they said” was considered equal to “The Word Of God”, and they could not be questioned. The verse bellow shows Paul’s warnings to the “Church”.
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders. I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following”.
Acts of the Apostles 20:28-30 NLT
God’s original plan of using the “Church” to disciple the nations had been hijacked by the “Roman Catholic Religion”.
We are living today in times no different from the past, most “Churches” today are focused on collecting from the saints to get rich, building edifices to show influence and control. I am in no wise refusing the fact that, God can lead men and women to build structures for worship, but the buildings are not God’s main focus, people are His main focus, for God does not live in buildings made with hands, but in people He made with His Hands.
When the focus shifts to using the people to build the structures, then God is already out of the picture. Look at what Paul says about them.
(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: Whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Philippians 3:18-19 KJV
“Church Giving” limits giving to a local assembly, the pastor, church projects, church building, church programs and much more. “Church giving” does not consider other saints outside the local denomination, it can be very selfish and egocentric. “Church Giving” will manipulate the saints to believe that, you can only give to God by giving to your “local church”, that is to your “man of God”.
If the “Church” must fulfil the mandate of Mathew 28:19, we must move from “Church Giving” to “Kingdom Giving”.
-Kingdom Giving looks beyond the local church, it is about impacting and influencing nations.
-Kingdom Giving moves from building a place of worship, to building centres of Education. Hospitals, solving real life issues in the community, supporting start up businesses, setting up rehabilitation centres and much more. This is the way to move from just a local Church, to disciples nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Through “Church Giving”, the best we can be is the light to a dark nation, but this will only create a certain level of impact, though good, it is not enough.
But through “Kingdom Giving”, we would move from just being impactful, to being Influential just as the “salt” is to the earth.o
As a Believer in Christ, may your giving move from “Church Giving” to “Kingdom Giving”. Let your giving not be limited to a local assembly, for you are called to a Kingdom,may your eyes be opened to see other saints in need, your neighbours, your community, your city and your nation.
May the Holy Spirit help us to give according to the Truth, and not according to the doctrines and traditions of men.