Wednesday night, Judy and I were at an RV repair shop, Henderson’s Line-Up in Grants Pass, Oregon. The owners, Robert and Barbara Henderson turned their showroom for aftermarket RV parts into a meeting place to host Usama Dakdok, an Egyptian Christian whose ministry exposes the truth about Islam and teaches folks how to reach Muslims.
If there is anyway you can arrange to have this man come to your church and educate believers in your area, you should do it! He’s been a frequent guest on Sean Hannity’s radio show and has traveled fulltime speaking at churches for the last 14 years.
Like so many ministries, they could certainly use a surge of finance to boost their ministry and like so many ministries, they’ve experienced rather meager support over the years. Not because their ministry is not valued, but because of one of two problems plaguing the church today.
The first is that many believers have a “me-centered” theology, that it’s all about them. Success becomes the pursuit, and its attainment is measured by the house they live in, the car they drive, etc. The accumulation of things becomes obsessive and burdensome at the same time. Their growing wealth is consumed upon what John calls “the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” which he goes on to say, “is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)
As a result, they can ill afford to give generously to support the gospel they claim to love. But what does Paul say? “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” He goes on to explain what he means by abounding to every good work… 1) to scatter or dispense one’s blessings liberally, 2) to give to the poor and 3) to supply the needs of the saints.
The second problem plaguing the church in regards to finance is the belief that somehow expending effort and diligence to obtain wealth is worldly. It’s not the obtaining of wealth that’s a problem; It’s the motive and disbursement of that wealth that is so often the problem.
But it’s even more subtle than that. I believe the vast majority of believers actually vacillate between those two opinions. They understand the importance of finance as a position of influence and a means of doing good but don’t want to cross the line to greed and self-absorbed consumption. As a result, they never really obtain wealth and would be in a world of hurt if they missed their next paycheck.
It’s time to get over that!
Wealth is not inherently evil. It’s our carnal nature that wars against the Spirit that must be dealt with. Bring your life into total submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, (a practice rarely taught anymore), and then if you are going to labor in the marketplace, do it with all your heart and for the right reasons!
Look. Yesterday I saw that this ruthless, murderous group known as ISIS has captured seven oil fields and two refineries and is selling their oil on the black market for pennies on the dollar, generating $2 – $3 million a day in revenue. It’s been reported that they have a nest egg of about $2 BILLION and growing rapidly with a goal to bring their evil agenda to our shores.
While Christians dither about whether it’s okay to obtain wealth, our ruthless enemy has no qualms about it and uses every means possible to take it. Why? Because they understand it takes money to move an army and forward their evil agenda.
The war rages while we sleep. How do I know we are sleeping? Because when we sleep, we dream. It feels so real, but in reality nothing is happening. The church sees what’s going on, but like in a dream, they for the most part, do nothing, change nothing, pray for nothing while fiddling on Facebook. They are in a dream state. Sleep walking while the enemy ravages our young people, robs us blind in too many ways to enumerate here and plots our very destruction!
Many complain that our president is playing the fiddle while Rome burns so to speak, but what are we doing? Dancing to his tune? Watching I Love Lucy? May I suggest that we take this threat seriously before we are on the run here? And if not this threat, there are others.
The point is that if you are called to the ministry, then get busy and minister the true and full, saving gospel of Jesus Christ without compromise. If you are called to the marketplace, then get busy. Learn how to compete. Learn how to succeed wildly. Learn how to capture resources for the kingdom of God.
Be generous now and even more generous later. We are at war, but it seems that only one side understands that. Just like the ISIS group and many others openly claim they are at war with America and official American policy is currently denying that reality, so it is with the church.
The devil is openly at war with us, teaching Islam in our schools while denigrating and suffocating Christian teaching and expression, infiltrating our churches with a liberalism that accepts immorality and perversion as okay because “God understands”. No HE doesn’t. Not in the way they think.
Our nation is in flames with rampant abortion, acceptable immorality, abominable perversion of every stripe, and freedom of every religion except Christianity. The attacks on every sphere of life are daily and severe but the church sleeps on in some kind of comatose state while the country we love disintegrates.
It’s time for believers to wake up before it really is too late.
Preach the gospel. Live the gospel. Support the gospel. Find your place in the battle and enjoin it with all your heart. If you feel your place is in capturing resources to finance the gospel, then do that with excellence.
Our reason for existence is to equip believers to succeed in business so they can advance the gospel by every means possible. We believe we are in a war so serious, the likes of which have not been seen in many centuries, the stakes of which have never been higher and the consequences of our action or inaction have never been more serious.
Many believe we are in the last days before the return of our Lord and Savior, the coming King, Jesus the Christ. If you really believe that, then pick up your sword (God’s Word) and engage the battle. Don’t sit idly by, while millions slide into Hell.
Do something! Preach the gospel! Live the gospel! Fund the gospel! But don’t just sit there and talk about how bad things are. In the name of all that is good and decent, engage the battle, serve the King, reach the lost, capture resources for kingdom use, live your life with meaning and purpose. Make it count for eternity!
This is my passion and I hope you will join me. Watch for announcements next week.