“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching”
Another thing worth considering when choosing a church is its theology about money. Paul’s instruction in Titus 1:7 is clear. “As God’s steward, an overseer must be above reproach — not self-absorbed, not quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money.” He also reiterates this in 1 Tim 1: 3.
Jesus never asked anyone to ‘sow’ into his life so he could bless or heal them. This does not mean that you should not give to your church or to your pastor. The bible actually instructs us to do so. However, when greed is the motivation, please run far away. We are urged in 1 Timothy 6: 3-5 to withdraw from anyone who teaches that godliness is a means to financial gain. In verses 6 & 7, Paul the Apostle admonishes us thus: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
There are all manner of extremes out there. Some even say that people who do not tithe will not make it to heaven. Beloved, we are saved by grace through faith alone. Nothing we do can qualify us for heaven. However, we see an even greater example of generosity in the New Testament, with people selling all that they had and giving towards the work of the gospel. So, you see, the issue is not with giving but with the theology of money.
On a general note, any church that appears to make making money ‘the aim’ should be avoided. That’s an express instruction from Paul the Apostle himself. If week in week out, you cannot tell if you’re in church or in an entrepreneurship class, you should be wary. Church is not designed to feed your pocket or fuel your covetousness, but to grow your spirit.
DO THIS: Choose a local assembly that does not make money the aim.