Sunday, February 8, 2009

Proper use of church funds

If it is faithfully following the New Testament pattern the church today should only be using its funds to support its own members. 

Individual members of the church can of course do as they see fit with their own money - indeed we are instructed to "do good to ALL people and especially to those of the household of the faith" (Gal6:10). 

But the money the members put in to the church collection on the first day of the week (1Cor16:2) - the "collection for the saints" (1Cor16:1) - was just that: a collection "for the saints" ("the saints" just meaning "the holy ones", Christians, members of the church itself)

Nowhere in the scriptures do we see the church using its "collection for the saints" to meet the material needs of the world. The church's obligation to the world is to be "the pillar and support of the truth" (1TIm3:15).