7 New Testament Myths About Money

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7 New Testament Myths About Money

Published on Fri, Jan 04 2013 by moroluwayo
Over time, I got to understand that the gospel of Jesus is strikingly different from the religious and greedy gospel of churches. Below are 7 myths about money from the gospels, often twisted by pastors and parroted by gullible members.
  1. The widow who gave her all was never pronounced blessed. Jesus only said she gave more (Mk. 12:41-44; Lk. 21: 1-4).
  2. Tithing alone without executing social justice attracted a curse not a blessing. To be truly blessed a person would need to execute social justice in addition to paying tithes. If all you do is just pay your tithes, chances are you will be more cursed than blessed! Payment of tithes alone does not guarantee blessing. (Mt. 23:23; Lk. 11:42)
  3. In the parable of the Republican and the Pharisee, the giver and tither was not blessed or justified. The sinner was, because of his humility and sincerity. Giving and tithing alone does not guarantee blessings from God. (Lk. 18:9-14)
  4. Jesus told the rich man to give his wealth to the poor to find salvation. He did not ask him to give it to his ministry or preaching efforts, to be blessed. He had to give it to the poor and then come follow Jesus (Lk. 18:18-25; Mk. 10-17-23)
  5. The woman who blessed Jesus with the expensive alabaster oil in preparation for his burial was blessed with notable mention (wherever the gospel is preached) not with corresponding wealth (Matt. 26: 6-10)
  6. The early disciples redistributed wealth contributed by members. They did not consolidate wealth in the church and store up billions in excess for massive egoistic projects and in high interest yielding accounts or stock market investments (Acts 4: 32-35)
  7. Paul raised offerings and donations, not for his ministry but for Christians suffering from a crisis (2 Corinthians 8; 9:1-3,12 [http://www.sofii.org/node/499]).
The corruption of the gospel by spreading myths about money is why the church has lost its potency. When members constantly compare ministers to businessmen, it shows that they see the ministry as a kind of business and the ministers as deserving to live on the same level as oil magnates, entertainment superstars and dubious businessmen.
 
The truth is that as good as wealth is, it is not the purpose of ministry. If you want to make money, do so through proper productive business, not through ministry. Donations through appeals is not the way to build wealth, productive enterprise is! That is why many men who brought significant change to their societies had to live a life of sacrifice. It's why Mandela, Ghandi and Lee Kuan Yew could change nations and our jet riding ministers can't. It's not by getting bigger, it's by getting better. You can't serve God and Mammon, QED!
 
As a proof, I’d say that if our top 5 men of God in Nigeria simply follow the dictates (and example) of Christ and give their wealth to the poor, or donate to worthy causes like research and education, this country will change in a second! A minister MUST be comfortable and able to meet his needs, but is not meant to become obscenely wealthy from running a ministry. That is like becoming a millionaire from running a charity!
 

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akintunde
Sat, Apr 20 2013
8:02 PM
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Nice Akin
 
Also who can afford to go to this so called universities. Are these universities affordable for the everyday Nigerian/church member. 
 
 
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Pikin-In-Chief
Fri, Jan 04 2013
2:06 PM
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Folks need to speak up for Character
 
Call it what you like: Moral Fiber, Character, Honor. Our society is missing it big time. We are institutionalizing corrupting practices at such a rate it's alarming. The Creep moves from politicians to Religious leaders. What we need is for more people calling a Spade a Spade, just like this. No pulling any punches here, please continue to say it as it is. Maybe, if enough of us keep saying it, others will start rethinking this concept of celebrity style churches and pastors. Everyone's got a brain, more needs to use it!
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darl.oleru
Fri, Jan 04 2013
11:32 AM
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Brilliant work!!!!
 
This write up is absolutely brilliant!! Keep the light shining.  
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cybeeus
Fri, Jan 04 2013
09:24 AM
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ON POINT!!!!
 
Thanks Rolu! You couldn't have put it better!!!
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Akin.Adekeye
Fri, Jan 04 2013
02:05 AM
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Thank you, Rolu!!!
 
Dude, you have laid out so very succinctly what has been burning deep inside me for a long, long time.  I never understood how people could follow these so-called megachurches and make excuses for the obnoxious wealth of their ministers.  I don't get it.  A few points that I've been making to my friends and family on this topic:
 
1.  If Jesus were a present-day Nigerian, he would not attend a megachurch.  He would find it absolutely obnoxious.  He angrily drove out barterers from his father's house back in his day, right?   I don't recall too many other instances in any of the four Gospels when Jesus was visibly angry.  God's house should be for worship, not for buying and selling and doing business.  He would condemn the modern day megapastor selling blessings for a tenth of YOUR hard-earned income.  Wise up, people.  
 
2.  Jesus was NOT rich.  No matter what your minister tells you.  He wasn't.  He relied on a fish to obtain money to pay taxes on behalf of himself and his disciples.  On taxes, government levies, etc., he said "give unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's."
 
3.  He spoke truth to power.  He wouldn't stay silent about corruption while accepting a tenth of your ill-gotten wealth.  He wasn't a cynical moneygrabber.
 
4.  To the rich man who wanted to get into the kingdom of God, he said to sell ALL his belongings, give it to the poor, then follow Jesus.  When the guy hesitated, Jesus declared that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (in other words, pretty much impossible), than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God.
 
5.  On the widow's mite, he applauded a poor woman who gave everything. Out of her own lack, she still gave everything. Such generosity of spirit is what Christianity used to be about.  Not about flashy cars and private jets.
 
6.  Speaking of flashy cars and private jets -- OK, I could maybe be convinced that Typical Naija MegaPastor X needs a private jet.  After all, Naija roads are terrible, and Typical Naija MegaPastor X may need to preach in Lagos, Accra and Nairobi on the same Sunday.  God bless him.  He has an empire.  He's a big shot.  Whatever.  But, please tell me why Typical Naija MegaPastor X needs a Rolls Royce or a Bentley.  Someone, please, please, please explain this to me.  And, please don't insult my intelligence by telling me that Typical Naija MegaPastor X was "blessed" with his Rolls Royce or Bentley by his congregation or a rich follower.  BS!  He couldn't put this "blessing" to better use to help the needy?  In a country as poor as Nigeria?  Seriously?  GTFOH!   
 
7.  And, please don't tell me these ministers are alright because they build a university or two. Good for them, but I'm not impressed. It's not enough. This is not their money. They have no money. This is the people's money! If the people pool their money together and you choose to build a university, how about you take some of your accumulated wealth and you subsidize tuition such that the average Nigerian or church member can send their kids to your school without having to steal money to afford tuition?!?!?!?  Contrast the Naija way with what Oprah is doing at her school in South Africa -- she's giving those girls a first-class education, and not charging them a dime. And, she's not even a minister.
 
8.   This issue is a proxy for all that ails the country. We demand too little of our so-called leaders. We defer to our corrupt institutions, including our religious institutions. Instead of fixing our aviation industry in the aftermath of the Dana crash, for instance, we chalk it all up to "God's will"! I'm sorry, why is it always God's will for Nigerians to be screwed? Instead of giving money to Typical Naija MegaPastor X to extend his empire to Europe and America where they are NOT needed, how about the flock insist that they help the impoverished in Naija, first? Doesn't charity begin at home anymore? Nigerians really do need to wake up.
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