Matthew 6:21: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
I saw an article today at RNS entitled “Ministries and money: Christian charities that use your money wisely.”
According to this article, almost a third of the $373 billion given to charity by Americans last year went to religious organizations.
There was a quote by Rusty Leonard, founder and CEO of MinistryWatch, with which I agree: Donors should recognize they have a serious responsibility to give as wisely as they can, as it is not their money they are giving but the Lord’s.
RNS evaluated a number of nonprofit Christian ministries to determine:
- What percentage of their budgets the ministries spend on their core ministry programs.
- How transparent the ministries are in sharing their financial information.
- How charity watchdog agencies rate various ministries.
While the first two of these criteria are important, they are missing a much more critical question:
Do the so-called Christian charities promote and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ?
The purpose of this article is not to vet specific charities or ministries for our readers. Rather, it is to advocate the primary responsibility of Christians to advance the gospel message.
To that end, I would encourage our readers to be diligent in knowing whether the Christian charities and ministries to which they are considering giving are clear on the gospel. It may tug at our heartstrings to help people in need, but if the “help” we are sending them includes false gospel messages, are we really doing them a service?
Please be aware that some of the larger, more prominent charities are run by people who teach false gospels such as Calvinism, Lordship “salvation,” social justice, and Arminianism.
Following are some thoughts from Clear Gospel:
- We believe it is the duty of every Christian to make diligent inquiry into the doctrine of a church or ministry, particularly with respect to the doctrine of soteriology, before financially supporting it.
- We believe that those Christians who tithe or support doctrinally aberrant ministries are partakers of the evil deeds of those teachers and “evangelists” (2nd John vs. 11).
- We believe that the eternal rewards that God gives for sacrificial tithing (Matthew 6:1-4, 6:19-20) will be diminished or lost when those tithes and offerings supported ministers or ministries that are not straight with the gospel (2nd John vs. 8).
If your treasure is with ministries that clearly advance the gospel, your heart will be there also.
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