Say what? Never preached without helping?

Where they got this idea, I’ll never know, but I do know they did not get it from Scripture.

https://twitter.com/EAUKnews/status/1168841366954237952

“The early church never preached the good news without tending to people’s physical and material needs.”

Never? It’s not like the apostles traipsed into cities and started soup kitchens and housing projects before they started preaching.

Time to get real, people. The church’s one mission is proclaiming the gospel. Once people were converted, they took care of their own. That is what the Bible shows.

To another country

“Why should we look upon removal to another country as a sorrowful necessity when it is laid upon us by the divine will?” —C.H. Spurgeon

The entire devotional, which is quite short, is well worth reading.

Church business

We do ourselves a huge disservice when we treat the church like the business world. It is the utmost folly to appoint business men who have little spiritual content in their life to the eldership or the deaconate. Don’t get me wrong; a spiritually minded man, who is also a businessman, may do well in the eldership, or as a deacon, but many times we look at a man’s business acumen and fail to discern his spiritual qualities, or lack thereof. The church is not a business, and it should not be. What happens when the eldership and the deaconate become filled with unspiritual business men? We become results oriented. We measure things by the bottom line.

I’m not thinking just about money. The bottom line does not always have to be money. It can be completion of tasks or projects. It can be building repairs and improvements. It can be the implementation and management of programs. It can be an unhealthy focus upon works. It can be whether we deem our mission works “successful.” It can be our efforts at evangelism, counting bible studies or bodies baptized. It can be counting daily Bible readers, or counting the number of people who visited or whom we visited, or any number of other things wherein we can demonstrate “success” with a number. This is the heart of what it means to be results oriented. —Kevin Cauley