Megachurch pastor’s message stops an inner-city ministry

A mighty megachurch pastor
Preached a message proclaiming
That all his member’s tithes
Belonged to his church
And that God didn’t want them
To be given anywhere else.
One married couple was saddened
Because they were giving
One week of their tithe
Every month
To a small local inner-city ministry
That was changing the lives
Of dozens of broken people
And now they felt like
They had no choice
But to shift that money
Back to their megachurch.
Without that money
The inner-city ministry
Couldn’t continue.
The megachurch
Shut it down.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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