Money, Deception and Financing the Kingdom of God the Right Way
* Why money isn’t the most important need concerning building the kingdom of God.
* Where many churches, ministries, businesses, families and individuals go wrong when having abundant resources.
1 All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.
2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.
4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
It’s instructive to note that after man sinned and the ground was cursed, what would have been a relatively easy way to live in abundance, was immediately turned into a need to work harder and longer to have enough provision to live by.
That means people would have to focus more on money and finances than ever before, yet, it also meant it could easily distract us from the more important things of life, which went beyond finances alone, to worshipping and learning about God and obeying His commands.
Since that was true, it also pointed to the need for mankind to better manage their time in order to meet the requirements of God – both in regard to providing for their needs and all that entailed worshipping Him.
That’s what those scriptures above are relating to. In the case of Israel, that was how it was as they were preparing to enter the promised land after 40 years in the wilderness, and also with Jesus, as the devil tempted Him to make stones into bread after 40 days of fasting, also under wilderness conditions.
The relevancy of all that to financing the kingdom of God is enormous. Why that’s so is because there have been many individual Christians, families, businesses, ministries and churches that have an abundance of resources under their control, and yet fail to advance the kingdom of God.
What God is looking for
Let’s go back to the beginning of the Bible narrative when God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Keep in mind that this was before they sinned.
Basically, what God was looking for was for them to eat of the Tree of Life in the original garden, and from there multiply and fill the earth with the very life of God living and operating within them.
If you’re not sure about my conclusion concerning the Tree of Life, take note that it was in the center of the garden. The importance of that would have been known by Adam and Eve, which is of course why Satan came and tempted Eve to take her eyes off of that tree and latch them onto the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Once the life of God was in Adam and Eve via the Tree of Life, they would have had children without sin and spread the very glory of God throughout the earth by all the human race bearing His very image.
I’m not suggesting here that if Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten of the Tree of Life and yet had born children, that they would have been born in sin. What I’m saying is by eating of the Tree of Life they would have more fully reflected the image of God by the life of God dwelling in them.
Understand that when God breathed life into Adam, He was bringing him to life and allowing him to breath; it wasn’t the transfer of the life of God into Adam at that point; that was the purpose of the Tree of Life.
Jesus referred to this in general when He told His disciples that He was the vine and they were the branches (Jn. 15:5). The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ reinforces that by saying the leaves of the Tree of Life are for the healing, or more accurately, health, of the nations (Rev. 22:2). The leaves of the tree are God’s people.
The reason I’m focusing on this so strongly is because nothing has changed concerning the Tree of Life, even though sin entered the world through Adam. The bottom line is man is to continue to live by the word of God as His greatest calling in life, with the rest being second in importance.
Jesus stated that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness first, all these things, by which He meant things required to meet our needs, would be added unto us (Mt. 6:33). It is still our primary job to seek His kingdom and live by His word.
Importance of financing and building kingdom of God right
This is vital to the work we do on the earth at every level. I’ve seen, and I’m sure most if not all of those reading this article have seen, when God’s people start to get an abundance of resources, they can go widely off track concerning the kingdom and word of God.
This is why I labored above to show what it was God was looking for and requiring of mankind from the beginning. The purpose was to bear the image of God across the entire earth. That purpose, which is called the eternal purpose, still remains the reason behind the creation of the human race. That hasn’t changed, and it’ll never change; it was eternal, meaning it had nothing to do with sin. It was in the mind and heart of God from before creation.
What inevitably happens when people, businesses, institutions, ministries and churches get a lot of resources under their control, they initiate a lot of things that are very dubious in nature, and many times, forsake the very word of God. To put it another way, they start to spread something that isn’t the image of God around the world, essentially becoming that which God is against.
Among the deceptions associated with a lot of money is the assumption it means a Christian or Christian organization has incurred the favor of God. It’s very possible at one time that it was true, but as numerous times in history show us, and also our current generation, it doesn’t take long for this to rapidly change.
One of the major reasons for that is when there is a lot of money available, people are less apt to adhere to input from others, so they start to do and say things that aren’t under the discipline of the Holy Scriptures or subject to the counsel of those around them that are meant to be checks and balances.
After all, if God does provide abundant resources for people and organizations, and those organizations no longer reflect His actions, thoughts and words, they are now spreading something that isn’t the image of God around the world.
The issue is that no matter what resources are made available to us, there is nothing we should engage in that is in opposition to the will, purpose and image of God. Everything we do, say or express should model Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.
If that isn’t what we use our resources for, we are either walking in outright rebellion to God, or are being deceived. We will be held accountable for how we allocate our resources and capital.
Watching out for the opportunists
One final thing I want to talk about concerning having a lot of resources is it attracts many people that don’t adhere to our way of life in God, and we must take precautions in regard to not being talked into financing our enemies.
Now it may seem that this would be easy to do, but the reality is it’s one of the hardest. Many formerly great Christian denominations, along with their assets, have been taken over by godless liberals and SJWs, which when they take positions of authority, actually have kicked out those that are in agreement with the original purpose of the church.
This has also happened in the corporate world with businesses like Disney, which are now almost totally converged, and are not even trying to hide their disdain for Christians and conservatives by using powerful franchises such as Star Wars to spread their dark ideology.
All I’ll say about that here is to have filters in place concerning those that appear to qualify for positions of authority. The only qualification shouldn’t primarily be the level of skill a person has, but more important, what it is they believe and what they’re really committed to. Skill is of course vital, but a skillful person can undermine what is being done if they don’t have a legitimate commitment to building God’s kingdom on the earth.
How they usually ascend to the top leadership positions is by first volunteering, and then after gaining acceptance and respect, start to recruit like-minded people to the organization, ultimately overwhelming it with numbers, changing it into their image; an image that has no resemblance to God.
Many times this happens with new people coming into the organization. Be aware of those that hint at changing the core purpose of whatever it is you’re involved in, whether government, church, family, business, or any other entity that has resources at its disposal.
With great resources comes great responsibility. Our first responsibility is to be sure we model the kingdom of God and image of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
When we have that secured and in place, we can then start to think in terms of how to allocate our resources for the advancement of God’s kingdom on the earth, understanding that it should be used to support those that have similar worldviews as we have. We’ll of course never have complete agreement on everything, but the foundations of the faith need to be readily asserted and lived out by whoever we’re giving money to.
The one exception to the rule would be the poor, who we are to give to whether they’re our enemies or not, or whether they’re evil or not. The good news there is the poor consume resources and don’t use them to work against us like our enemies do.
If we’re those that have a lot of resources from tithes, business or donations, we’re even more accountable to God as to how we allocate those resources, and it needs to align with His purpose and goals. We aren’t to arbitrarily throw our money around in order to fulfill the will of God as we perceive it. We’re to thoughtfully pray and consider where our money is going to be put to use in the best way, and where it can be skillfully leveraged for full effect.
Ultimately, God wants His image to be spread across the entire world in His people, based upon His character, His holiness, and His people taking dominion over the planet. Those are the areas we are to commit our resources to in all the creative forms they may take.