Our Church Needs No Money (#171)
Bible version used: Phillips
We have discovered a way for a church to function without money. Will you cooperate?
Each member will come to church during the week with a broom and mop to keep his part of the building presentable. Then a paid janitor will not be necessary.
Each member will take his turn playing the organ and directing the choir. No organist or choir director will be needed.
Each member will bring materials and tools to repair and remodel the building. Here we can really save money.
Each one must agree to spend at least a year as a missionary at his own expense on some foreign field. This will dispense with missionary offerings.
Each member will go to school for the required years and fulfill all the qualifications to become a pastor. Then he will take his turn preaching, leading the service, conducting the funerals, performing marriages, calling on members, visiting the sick, and guiding the administration of the church. This will save the expense of a pastor.
Each member will spend some time working in the church office. And, of course, each member will bring his own hymn book and a candle to light the building for the evening meetings.
Isn’t it a great idea? A new day is dawning for our church! Would you really want it this way?
If not, give God ten percent of your income, and the church can operate in the scriptural manner.
But actually – your church needs no money! You are the one who uses the heat, light, water and music; you are the one who calls on the pastor when you are in need; you enjoy the services of the janitor and the office staff. You are the one commanded to go to the world to bring the gospel to every creature. Your missionaries go for you.
So, which will it be? The weekly candles and mops, or the weekly envelope containing the tithe?
We are near the end of all things now, and you should therefore be calm, self-controlled men of prayer. Above everything else be sure that you have real deep love for one another, remembering how love can “cover a multitude of sins.” Be hospitable to one another without secretly wishing you hadn’t got to be! Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you, as faithful dispensers of magnificently varied grace of God. If any of you is a preacher then he should preach his message as from God. And in whatever way a man serves the Church he should do it recognizing the fact that God gives him his ability, so that God may be glorified in everything through Jesus Christ. To him belong praise and power for ever. Amen!
1 Peter 4:7-11 Philip’s translation