Discerning Truth Versus Human Tradition (Part 7)
Properly Using The LordŐs Money
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
I. Introduction: (Note: This is part 7 of a series, please go back over things previously discussed, as they are assumed as understood by this point. You can find those outlines here: http://www.wordsoftruth.net/classesandsermons/exposingthewolves.htm).
A. First, we have to understand that there is a difference in oversight of your money and the funds that have been purposed for the Lord (Acts 4:34-5:11).
1. God views what is purposed to Him as His (Malachi 3:8-10).
a. Understand that tithing was an OT command (Deuteronomy 12:6).
b. Was about more than money (Leviticus 27:32 and Deuteronomy 14:22).
c. No command in NT for tithing, but rather giving as one purposed in the heart (II Corinthians 9:6-7) on the first day of the week (I Corinthians 16:1-2).
2. He has always desired that which is given to be Him to be spent for His work (Nehemiah 10:32-33 and I Corinthians 16:3-4).
B. There is a household principle to keep in mind too. Whose house are we [as the church] (Hebrews 3:6)?
1. You have your own house that you oversee (I Timothy 3:4-5).
2. Remember, the church is not your house or mine (Ephesians 1:19-23).
II. Body: In What Ways Does The Lord Clearly Authorize His Money To Be Used (Colossians 1:10 and Hebrews 13:20-21)?
A. Local churches have authority to support faithful preachers of the Gospel even in other locations (II Corinthians 11:8).
1. Among other things, faithful preachers of the Gospel are worthy of financial support (I Corinthians 9:1-14).
2. It is a mutually fruitful relationship between congregations and preachers (Philippians 4:11-17).
3. Included in this is the fact that a congregation can send an evangelist to another (Acts 11:20-23).
4. No mention in the Scriptures of missionaries, missionary societies, schools of preaching, publications, etc.
B. Qualified elders (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) are to be financially supported (I Timothy 5:17-18).
1. We are limited on scriptural information here. Silence is not permissive (Proverbs 30:5-6 and Acts 15:24).
2. Elders and preachers do not do all of the same work (i.e. I Peter 5:1-3).
3. We really cannot scripturally say that the way elders and preachers are supported are the same. We have to be cautious here, for there is no proof of supporting elders in other congregations (Ephesians 5:10).
C. Truly needy saints were aided with the LordŐs money (II Corinthians 8:1-9:15).
1. There are limitations (II Thessalonians 3:10 and I Timothy 5:3-16).
2. Wherein there is a NEED it has to be met (Romans 15:25-27).
3. No mention in the Scriptures of the LordŐs money spent on human institutions like nursing homes, orphan homes, widowŐs homes, aiding non-Christians from the treasury, church pantry, etc.
D. There are then the works of edification (Ephesians 4:16) and worshipping together (Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 10:16-17) in which some things are inferred.
1. The church must meet in one place (I Corinthians 11:20) and is authorized (by inescapable conclusion) to do so in places other than homes (I Corinthians 11:22; I Corinthians 11:34).
a. Some things are needed to assemble for worship (Acts 20:8).
b. Some things are NOT (John 2:13-17).
c. Be CAUTIOUS! Remember, no doubts (Romans 14:23).
2. The proper focus will be on spiritual things (Romans 8:4-8).
3. There is no mention of kitchens, fellowship halls, gymnasiums, movie theaters, or any other form of carnal entertainment in the Scriptures as a work of the local church.
III. Conclusion: When you take someone elseŐs money and use it according to your own will, that is theft (John 12:1-6)!
© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager