Be careful whom you allow to be a teacher.
Who are these false teachers that God says will teach incorrect doctrine? “Multitudes” are pastors!
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. —Matthew 7:15
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” —Matthew 7:21-23
These teachers twist the truth and deny the power of Jesus. They have their own ideas of what is true and righteous, usually mixing a lot of truth with a little error to disguise the error.
God holds each of us accountable for what we believe. You cannot stand before God on judgment day and try to lay the blame for having incorrect doctrine on someone else. It doesn’t matter what Billy Graham said, or the Pope, or your pastor, it only matters what God says!
. . . examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. —Acts 17:11
Many times I will see someone standing at an intersection with a sign asking for money. At first I feel compassion for the person, but then I start wondering why they are not working. If they have the ability to hold a sign on a street corner for so many hours, couldn’t they get a job? I suppose their deeper need is to know the Lord, so maybe dropping a Bible tract in their hands would help.
Once my wife gave some cash to a lady and the address to our church office (close by). She told the woman that our church could offer more assistance and a long-term solution. She was back on the street the very next day and never approached the church.
So where do you stand on street beggars?
One of the biggest scams today is street begging. Certainly not all, but MOST of these “beggars” make quite a lot of money. They prey on unsuspecting motorists who feel very burdened by what they perceive as reality.
These “professional” beggars travel from town to town, try a variety of signs until one “pulls,” and don apparel that is the epitome of life in the pits. It’s been estimated that a good beggar can pocket $500 to $2000 a day.
God holds us accountable for where we spend His money.
Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, “How have we robbed You?” In tithes and offerings. —Malachi 3:8
The safest place to give is your local church.
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. —1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Any beggars can be directed to those churches who have funds allotted to offer assistance, as well as guidelines for dispersion and can discern between those who are in real need and those trying to take advantage of people’s sympathy.
If you and your spouse pray about a certain situation (where you know the true facts of the circumstances), be sensitive to God’s leading. He may want to use you to help a brother or a sister in Christ. If you feel led to help a stranger, talk to them first to determine their real needs (other than money) and always include a tract and/or Bible.
Don’t forget, regardless of how we have used His money in the past, we can be rewarded for making better decisions in the future.
. . . My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. —Revelation 22:12
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