2 Corinthians 8:16:21;
But praise be to God, who has imbued Titus with the same eager concern for you. He did accept the admonition, but because he was more forward, he went to you of his own accord. And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches; and not only that, but who was also chosen from among the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind: avoiding this, that no one should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us: providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
The leaders of the church have the following obligations for the church's money and property.
(a) Teach members about Christian giving so that they will understand what God wants of them as faithful Christians. Allow them to give to show their love for God and their brothers and sisters.
(b) Protect church funds and property to avoid waste and harm. Use caution when managing the church's funds and assets.
(c) Those in charge of the church's finances and property must be trustworthy and proven men and women who abhor covetousness.
(d) Good accountability and recordkeeping should be in place when necessary. Ministers are stewards of the church of God's money and property, and they must account to God.
(e) Every transaction involving church funds and property should be marked by truth, justice, and purity.
(f) Church funds and property must be carefully guarded against theft, embezzlement, misappropriation, and personalization. The Lord's name is written on His money and possessions.
(g) Before taking a loan for church purposes, careful consideration should be given so that the church of God is not enslaved to creditors.
To be irresponsible with church funds and property, or to embezzle them, demonstrates a lack of fear of God. Such a person will face God's wrath.
Excessive demands on donating should not deplete God's people. God desire for His people is to have food, clothing, and a place to dwell. In the eyes of God, believers who are unable to feed their families are worse than unbelievers.
As a result, any minister who overburdens the people of God with financial demands to the point where they are unable to care for themselves, provide for their families, or obtain the basics of life is guilty of sin.
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