Acts 4:34-35

Acts 4:34-35…”For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales, and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” This type of communal selflessness is missing in our churches. Regardless of whether it was intentional or not, the seeker sensitive movement conditioned church goers to see themselves as consumers. In American Christendom especially, people go to church mainly to have their own needs met. The concept of joining a church, committing to the other members of that church, submitting to the authority of elders, and seeking to serve others doesn’t sell. Scripture provides a blueprint for our churches, and we need to return to it, particularly in the way we view our possessions. Storing up treasures on earth is futile.

Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Acts 4:32

Acts 4:32…”All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Prosperity gospel preachers either don’t know this verse exists, or have removed it from their bibles. Either way, the biblical model for Christ’s church is not compatible with the idea that the “King’s Kids” are guaranteed to receive special financial blessings which they deserve. If we happen to receive undeserved financial blessings from the Lord, we are to share them with our fellow church members, particularly those in need. If we believe that anything we have been given is far more than we deserve, then we’ll be more likely to hold on lightly, and give abundantly.