Monday, December 3, 2018

Can a Pastor Accept Gifts?

Can a preacher, a man of God, pastor accept gifts, food or money when out to preach? Yes! Can a man of God accept private jet? Yes!

Matthew 10: 9-10, “Don’t take any money in your money belts- no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed”

As at the time Jesus gave his disciples this instruction there aren’t cars or jets then, maybe Jesus might have asked them not also travel with their private cars too. Can you imagine, Jesus even told them not to go with a change of cloth, on a trip that could take weeks or months!

Obviously they won’t be using the same cloth throughout their period of stay; someone will provide the cloth they will wear. We all know it won't be possible for them to use the same clothing all through their period of stay. The same way Jesus asked them not take with them any money, that means someone will provide for them all the things they need to use money for, isn’t it?Or is someone suggesting they wont need anything all through their stay?

He told them not to hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed. Pastors and men of God have taken up responsibilities of doctors by healing through miracles, they have taken up responsibilities of teachers and counselors and so they deserve to receive hospitality from these the people.

I once said, people would spend several millions to treat cancer in hospital, but when at a single word of prophecy by a man of God they receive instant healing from cancer, they think that man of God does not deserve to be given gifts.Am not talking about greedy men of God who takes the little the poor have to enrich their large kingdoms, they also have their rewards, we will talk about such pastors in other studies.

The power of God is the healing ingredient that the man of God used, but God has used him as a tool to carry out His miracle, why didn't He use you for same, it is the power of God that the man of God uses to heal and perform miracles, but the same word of God says people should give to these men of God because they deserve to be fed.

As a member of a church or a beneficiary of a miracle or prophecy of a man of God, you have the duty of giving gifts to your man of God. It is wrong after you receive a miracle through your man of God and you fail to bless him from what God has done, for you, then you are an ingrate! Am not talking of your tithe, am not talking of your church offering, am talking of personal gifts to your pastor, your shepherd, or your man of God.

What you can give depends on how much you have and you can afford to extend to that your man of God!

It is not wrong for a man of God to accept gifts from his followers. Jesus told his disciples not to hesitate to accept hospitality because those who work deserve to be fed.

Being fed comes in various forms, and like I had earlier said, what you give your man of God depends on what you have and can afford to give.

Hospitality is not by accommodating a man of God only or giving him food to eat alone. Hospitality to a man of God can be as much as buying him a private jet, so long as you did not steal the money to buy him the jet.

I have listened to many discussions about giving to men of God, many have criticized pastors for receiving gifts. Now you can see from our text in Matthew 10:9-10 why it is not a bad thing for a man of God to receive gifts from members of his church or those who wish to show him hospitality.

If Jesus can tell his disciples not to hesitate to accept hospitality, I tell you the truth; no man of God will hesitate to accept a private jet that was bought for him.

What a man of God should not do is, dipping hands into the offerings of the church to buy himself a house or a private jet.

God bless you.

Notice: Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation.

For more information and sponsor enquiry of the CITY Pastor’s Ministry, please Contact:

Posted in Daily Inspirational  


No comments:

Post a Comment

Follow by Email