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Is the word "stewardship" a positive or a negative word to you? Do you get as excited about attending a presentation by your church on the subject of stewardship as you do going to hear your favorite singing group perform? What is the definition of the word "stewardship" in your mind? For most Christians stewardship is a negative word. You would much rather go to church to be entertained than to hear about stewardship. Why is this so? The word "stewardship" to most people means one thing and one thing only: "giving money to the church?' Since you never seem to have enough money to go around, this is not your favorite subject.
Who is responsible for the negative attitude about stewardship? Church and denominational leadership must accept a portion of the responsibility. Although I am a Christian and a Southern Baptist, this plague is not limited to our denomination. The world looks upon the church as an organized body of holy beggars. When they hear the word of God, whether it is on television, radio, or at the local church, they are, quote, "Given an opportunity to worship God through giving!" Listen carefully! If they do not know Jesus personally, they cannot worship God through their giving. The truth is there is such a need for money these days that we will take it almost anyway we can get it, and from anyone who will give it. The success of many churches today is a result of the charisma and manipulative powers of the pastor to raise funds. Churches can be built physically or spiritually, but the Bible says in Psalm 127:1, Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. If enough money is available, a great looking church can be built. Statistical comparisons may make this church favorable to the physical eye, but spiritual discernment will reveal spiritual adultery.
There is an affair going on with the god of self-sufficiency. God does not call pastors to be fund raisers. They ...
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