Folks may wonder if visiting our church will somehow obligate them to give money in an offering plate. In case you are wondering, the answer is no. There is never pressure to give money at our church. In fact, we teach that there are at least 3 reasons that God specifically tells people not to give.
Here are three specific reasons God says he wouldn't want your money.
1. God says he wouldn't want your money if you know you have a broken relationship with someone due to offending them. Matthew 5:23 “therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
2. God says he wouldn't want you money if you are trying to impress him, appease him for your guilt or win his favor so you will go to Heaven. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost…” We want to make sure everyone understands that giving in the offering, coming to our church, getting baptized or any other “work of good” has no power to remove guilt for sin or save your soul. Forgiveness is a free gift of God’s grace through the gift of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. His death and resurrection secure our forgivness and salvation once we accept the free gift and give our lives to his control. It has nothing to do with giving tithes or offerings of money. We are much more concerned for folk’s spiritual condition before God than if they give any money in an offering plate.
3. God wouldn't want your money if you have not fully surrendered your whole life to His authority and are growing in your relationship with him. In 2 Corinthian 8 in the Bible Paul, the writer, is talking about the believers in the church at Corinth giving money. He makes this statement, “…And this (giving) they did, not as we hoped (or expected), but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and (then) unto us by the will of God. Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace (of giving) also.” God wants his children fully submitted to his will for their life and living in a daily relationship with him before they give. He wants them growing in other areas of their spiritual life first.
Make no mistake, giving tithes and offerings of money is part of the life of a believer, but we believe that that giving is between you and God. Sure, we give opportunities for people to give at our church, but there is never pressure to do so. We want believers to give, not out of compulsion, but from a grateful heart for all God has given and done for them by his Grace.
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We certainly don't want to take you away from a great church, but if you don't have a church home where the Bible is preached and taught in a way that helps you grow deeply in your relationship with God or if you attend a church where you feel that the truth is compromised, we'd love to have you visit Eagle Heights. Perhaps you have never really gone to church or even worse don't have a real relationship with God. If so, we invite you to join us soon to learn more about the Bible and how you can enjoy a personal daily life with God.
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