Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Robbing God

Hudson Taylor made the statement, “God’s work done in God’s time never lacks God’s funds.”  Isn’t that exemplified by Pharaoh’s daughter taking care of Moses?

Yes, that’s true to a point.  The Body of Christ operates like our physical bodies.  The Body of Christ is suffering right now because God’s money is being extorted and being given to ministries that do not rightly divide the Word.

Every red cent that a blood-bought believer gives to ministry is supposed to go to the Pauline Grace message, but we know it doesn’t.  Paul says a lot about money, for instance...

Philippians 4:17
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Ministries that don’t rightly divide are stealing God’s money, like the people did in Christ’s day.  Every member of the Body of Christ is to give back to the Pauline Grace message.  You’re not going to learn that in a denominational church.  You’re going to have to come to that understanding by seeking the truth from God.  You’ll hear someone like me give you the Word rightly divided.

God will provide; but the Body is still suffering because saints aren’t doing their part.  Just like your physical body – if one of your body parts isn’t operating right, you feel it; your body suffers.  So we have to make known the Mystery to our brethren.  We’ll get a few; not many, but a few will come over to this truth, and once they do they’ll begin to supply the need.  God will never have us lack.  He’ll  make a way; God’s grace abounds:

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

But most of God’s money is going to other causes.  People think they’re doing it for God but they’re not.  They don’t understand God’s Word.

2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I [Paul] say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.


...Transcribed from an informal Q&A session at NCGF on 10/26/2011.


2 Corinthians 8
1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;

2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

6 Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.

11 Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have.

12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

13 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:

14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:

15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.

16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.

17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.

18 And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;

19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace ['this,' their offering: their ‘abounding in grace’ v7, the ‘proof of the sincerity of their love in faith’ v8, their ‘performance’ v11], which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us:

21 Providing for honest things [Pauline doctrine], not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.

23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love [v8], and of our boasting on your behalf.

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