Sin is the reason for poverty. I am not saying someone living in poverty is a sinner, they may or may not be. Nor am I saying it is because of their sin that they are in poverty; again, it may or not be. What I AM saying though, is poverty is a symptom of sin. NOT necessarily the individual persons sin but sin in the world. Poverty is an oppression straight from the pits of hell.
All of that being said, I pose this question to the social justice and seeker sensitive churches…If sin is the problem, how does an oil change or mowing their yard defeat sin? Are the social justice and seeker sensitive churches merely treating the symptom? These people who are living in poverty need deliverance that can only come from the Lord Jesus Christ, not manipulation by the local mega churches to promote their good works and self righteousness.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18. The 5 fold ministry is spent for the perfecting of the Saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12) and for the Saints to go out into the world and “PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR…”, not mow their yard and serve them water.
All of these are good works indeed but understand that is not the love of Christ being shown to them but the manipulation of the devil. Love them enough to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Love them enough to tell them the Good News of the Gospel. Love them enough to tell them Who can deliver them from the darkness they are in and what HE has done…don’t pity them, love them! Take the focus off of what the church institution is doing and put it on what Jesus Christ has done. Instead of the church seeking to be a reflection of the community, it should be a reflection of the Kingdom of God with Jesus Christ as the Head.
I am thankful to God for the ministers who are spent for the perfecting of the Saints and pray for God to continue to strengthen and comfort them. We should all pray for discernment. Are you being pushed by religion to do the work of the Lord or are you being led by the Holy Spirit to do a work in which HE will equip you to do? The church today can’t wait to give you an evaluation to determine your spiritual gifts then place you in the appropriate ministry according to the results of said evaluation. This is flesh birthing things of the flesh and has absolutely nothing to do with the leading of the Holy Spirit. “And He gave some, Apostles and some, Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers;” Eph. 4:11. Jesus does the calling. He gives the appointment, not man.
Sin is the problem in the world today and many of the churches are treating the symptoms of sin (poverty, crime, etc.) instead of preaching deliverance from sin…Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else. – Donna Clark Warren