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Normally I would not have started a thread in this part of this site, because the point of any thread is to minister to as many people as possible: Therefore I had questioned the wisdom of this site(and others like it), for even having parts of their site unavailable to everyone. But this morning I saw the light, when the Lord gave me “this subject” to post about. This is something that every IFB needs to hear, while those who are not IFB, don’t need to hear; Because it could to turn them away from IFB Churches. ------------------------ The subject of this thread is money. I having been an pastor for 25 years or so and an IFB pastor for c.20 years, but I had never sat(as a member), in an IFB Church. (If you want me to explain this I will later). But the Lord has seen fit, to place me as a “member” of a good IFB Church for the last year and a half or so. I don’t know exactly what the LORD is up to, by not opening a door for me to pastor my own Church during this time, but every day I keep reminding myself, that “The Lord knows what He is doing”! Anyway, it’s been a good year and a half for my wife and myself, because we are still in the center of God’s will and am still being wonderfully blessed by Him: And praise the Lord I am ministering more than ever through my job and daily visits to a local college. One of the areas in which we are being blessed, is in the good preaching we are hearing(for the most part) from the pulpit, and also “some” of the practical things we are learning, about the workings of an IFB Church. Now don’t get me wrong; For 20 years I had also been in God’s will, as I pastured IFB Churches, but they had not been a “carbon copy” of other IFB Churches because I had never sat under an IFB pastor. Now, I can get a little closer to the point of this thread. My pastor is a good man: And even though we are not on the same page in every area, I generally get a blessing from his messages. But.... he has a problem, in the area of money! I won’t go into every detail of “this problem”, because space would not allow it. But recently he completed a series of “talks” on Sunday night about the personal finances of the members of his Church; And during the 6 or 7 weeks of this series, the Lord has revealed a lot of things to my heart(none of which were the intent of his talks). His intent was made clear, from beginning to end. Basically he taught(and believes), that “gain is Godliness” and that if you are not “well to do” financially, than something is wrong in your life and in your walk with the Lord! He believes that every “good Christian” will drive a nice car and have a nice house and be out of debt and will always pay all of his bills on time etc. And he bases this belief upon God’s promise to bless us for our faithfulness..... “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38) Although this is one of his favorite verses to quote; he seems to be blind to others.... “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5) “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.” (Matthew 19:21) “For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.” (Matthew 26:11) ....along with thousands of other Scriptures. ------------------------ Now although this is bad enough, it goes further. He regularly “tweaks” other Scripture passages, to make them apply to money, when they don’t really have anything to do with “filthy lucre” at all. Sure enough, during this series on “our personal finances”, I had come very close to leaving this Church, but the Lord would not give me permission. As I said before, I trust that “the Lord knows what He is doing”, and this morning, I realized that my son(who lives on the other side of the country), who also attends a solid IFB Church, might be being exposed to this same kind of error. As I began to consider the kind of warnings I might give to him, I thought about all the people that log on to this site and what I could say to warn you. One more thing; During my years as a pastor I had received a lot of literature from IFB Churches and pastors and had noticed a preoccupation with money with most of them. Also, during my time in this Church, we have had several guest speakers, who seem to have fallen into the same error as my pastor and seem to echo some of the same tripe that he preaches. Therefore it could be that this problem is so widespread, that I will get an avalanche criticism and maybe even be kicked off of this site. Please don’t do that. If you think I am wrong, lets talk about it in light of Scripture and see who God agrees with.