Orphans and Other Needy
Who is responsible for them?
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
The scriptures are clear, we, the Ekklesia ( true church (people) of God) have a responsibility to those in need. The covenant of the the true church, called the New Testament does not tell us to surrender this obligation to a church system, a pastor, a “christian” charity or any other entity. I challenge you to find even a hint in the new testament of clergy, of bringing or giving to a charity or a “church” or any thing other than our personal responsibility to take care of those in need. It is our responsibility to see that God’s money which He has entrusted to us is spent wisely AND WHERE HE WISHES. Therefore we must be willing to hear God and follow His instructions as in how to use it.
Just recently there was an expose on how the largest (supposedly christian) charity was used by muslims to funnel millions of dollars to the muslim terrorist organizations. And there are regularly articles about how men, through churches, charities and others collecting God’s money have mis-spent it. Such as the Bakkers, Joel Osteen, Robert Tilton , Larry Lea and many others.
There are not a handful of these unscriptural collectors that funnel 100% of the money to the actual needy person. Almost all of them have too many salaried people (usually the leaders are over paid), office expenses, travel expenses (mostly incurred to raise more money) etc. I have personally met some of these people and they usually travel first or business class, stay in four and 5 star hotels eat the finest meal and believe this is due them. Get their financial statements and you will be sick when you see how little actually goes for the intended purpose, some are less than 10%, the majority are between 10 and 70%. Even at 90% $1 million minus 10% is $100,000.00 that does not reach those in need. At 80% its $200000.00 wasted and at 70% it”s $300000.00 and below that it is just too ridiculous to even consider.
Why do I mention this? Because most people do not realize this. Also because these un-scriptuaral collectors are siphoning millions of dollars out of the Christian community while there are thousands in need. These are humanitarian (man driven organizations), not Christian. Most of the ones that actually use money for the intended purpose do not spend it wisely. What NEED does a “church” or “ministry” have for a multimillion dollar edifice that is used a few hours a week when every city has large empty warehouses that can accomplish the same thing for pennies on the dollar . No need there, just greed, desire to out do the other guy or other worldly reasons. Jesus didn’t even have a bed of His own.
Let me give you an example. One well known group that collects $ to feed children says you can sponsor a child for $30 a month and they collect millions.
I know a Christian brother in Kenya that takes orphans off the street where they will die or be taken by muslims to use in the sex trade, as slaves or as bombs. He now has 158 that he houses, feeds, clothes, teaches, leads to Christ and teaches an occupation. They do not live in a fancy expensive building, they live in 5 rooms that cost $252 for rent. They get full care, 3 filling and nutritional meals a day when there is enough money, sometimes there is a lack. All helpers and teachers are unpaid, some live with the children.
His full monthly budget to do all they do is less than $1400 USD a month. That is less than $8.00per student (orphan) a month.
I can also tell you many instances (some real horror stories)where the supposed christian needy were just going from church to church and town to town living off those with no discernment that are trusted with disbursement.
Do you want to answer to God for giving His money to these people? You can give it wherever you wish but ultimately YOU want to help needy not greedy people and are responsible for how it is used. You are the steward He selected to handle what He has put in YOUR possession. Since we are told of our responsibility in scripture don’t you think we should do as scripture tells us. There is not one instance in new testament scripture where we are told to give money to anyone without knowing where it is used, the disciples were tested and trusted men of God and when they asked for money to be given to needy Christians that was different. Remember, Christians were constantly under attack, being killed and mistreated in many ways, and in some places starving because of the conditions. And this request was not for themselves but others, it was surely of God.
I am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. . I will explain below.
Here are some guidelines that are helpful when you are acting on behalf of God in helping others.
- Is there a need or is it a desire
- Is it best met by money or an item or just personal attention.
- DO NOT be afraid to ask personal questions, especially if prompted by the Holy Spirit.
- Do Not give money in cash unless you are directed to.
- God may speak to you to just give a certain amount of money or some other thing for some one you do not know or someone you know and if so JUST DO IT.
- And last but MOST IMPORTANT WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO? Something or nothing. Always check with the Holy Spirit and do as He says, whether yes or no, remember He knows ALL things, we do not. NOTE: SOMETIMES WHEN HE SAYS NO you will be tempted because of human emotions to do it any way, DO NOT IF HE SAYS NO. Also If he says yes you might think you missed it , but be sure you know His voice and follow it and you will never go wrong.
NOW MY PURPOSE IN WRITING THIS.
MY PURPOSE IS MULTI FOLD. First to instruct you in how to meet your Christian obligation to the poor and those in need according to scripture. Second because the churches of men do not serve God in this requirement to serve God.
For those that have a desire to do this and do not know where to start I can assure you there are more needs that you can meet right where you live. The old couple that needs their house painted, or their yard mowed or a ride to the grocery store or to sit and listen to them or——–.
The following is scriptural truth that every Christian “church” goer should get alone with the scriptures and the Holy Spirit and check it out , to see if it is of God or not. It is extremely difficult to digest if you have accepted what is taught in the church system but reading this makes you accountable to check it out and not discard it because it upsets your belief system. Note I did NOT say believe it, I said to follow scripture and test it against scripture to see if it be of God.
ALL of the problems in the USA and much of the rest of the world are FRUIT of the modern church system of man that has displaced the real followers of Christ with followers of their Apostate church system Instead of teaching scriptural principles and doctrines drawing people into the Kingdom of God, they preach and teach man made principles and doctrines that draw people into their kingdoms.
The majority of major denominations accept practicing homosexuals into their fold, family values are seldom taught, teaching the scriptural role of husband-father and mother-wife are not taught as they should be. Moral values have been allowed to become lower and lower. Instead of going into the world and changing it, their church system has welcomed the world into it and let it change them.
We as followers of Christ are to check the fruit of anything professing to be of Christ and accept what is and discard that which is not.
First , Some things that you must understand to be a real Christ follower (disciple)
The old testament was to and for the jews, gentiles were not included in God’s people. In this new testament age, relationship to God through Christ is open to whosoever will meet its conditions, anyone can now be one of God”s people. When Jesus gave up His Spirit on the cross the old testament was FULFILLED-COMPLETED and no longer for God’s people, when the temple veil was rent at His death God left the building and now became available ANY WHERE TO ANYONE who is willing to accept Christ as their Lord and savior under His terms and conditions. He no longer meets in a temple made with hands but resides in HIS people temples made without hands.
The old testament was all physical – natural. Based on accountability with harsh punishment for those that transgressed. There was no room for repentance.
The new testament is all Spiritual – supernatural. Based on accountability with forgiveness if one repents The old testament was temporary, only until Jesus came and fulfilled it. .None of the old testament law applies to the ekklesia, The new testament is their road map And it is Permanent and Eternal.
You cannot be a true follower of Christ if you do not understand this.
- The true leaders of GOD are anointed by GOD and need no approval from man.
- True GOD anointed leaders ask for nothing but always serve the body of Christ.
- True GOD anointed leaders are always available when needed, no appointment needed (sometimes at great sacrifice of their personal time)
- True GOD anointed leaders ALWAYS point to Christ and His Kingdom, NEVER to their church, denomination or any thing else.
- True GOD anointed leaders will always teach you not to follow them (or any man), but help you to reach the place where you no longer rely on them but on Jesus and then do the same for others.
There are many things that can be added to this list but you understand that.
Remember: Do not believe anything that I or any other man wants to teach you until you have taken it to scripture and with the help of the Holy Spirit discerned if it be of God.. If it passes the test YOU MUST ACCEPT IT , if it does not you MUST DISCARD IT.
TrueChristianity.org Charles LaFoe