Truth For Sale

Posted: December 23, 2011 in christian living
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I recently received an unsolicited email for an upcoming Christian conference. I deleted the original email, but I copied this text from the conference website which is almost identical. They are even bringing a well respected brother that is trusted in the Lord to share a message here. For that reason I will not name the conference outright:

“At xx 2012 A Great Commission Mega-Conference, we will seek, by the grace of God, to unpack the Great Commission, as it applies to the individual, the home, and the church. There is no more powerful force at work in the world than the life-saving, culture-transforming, disciple making power of the gospel of Jesus Christ…
Registration Type – Early Bird!
Will change September 1st, 2012
Individual – $129.00
Family – $399.00 ”

(Price does not include lodging or food).

I have been very convicted of buying any Christian teaching. This seems to fit squarely into the category of buying and selling in the temple of God (the ecclesia). I [was] most shocked to read that they are going to unpack the most “powerful force at work in the world” (the Gospel) and are soliciting me to come pay them money to hear it. If the truth was that important, and they knew or cared about me and thought I needed to hear it, they should sell their house, car, furniture, and anything else possible to buy my family a trip out east that we might partake of such spiritual treasure.

I will not judge the hearts of those involved but I will say this…

THIS WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ACCEPTABLE IF THE APOSTLES WERE ALIVE. THEY WOULD HAVE REBUKED THIS SHARPLY. That goes for Christian music, DVD’s and books too. Just imagine if the Apostles were alive – what would they do with the gospel enterprise of our day?
-Jim

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Comments
  1. Natasa says:

    Music and books are only source for living for so called Christians authors (writers, musicians) so it is natural for them to sell them and not give them away. My husband has a everyday job (7-15) and he likes to write also. His books are for free.

  2. Al says:

    Amen Jim, I have a lot more respect for brothers and sisters who don’t charge for what the Lord wants everybody to know for free. Even Paul had something to say about not charging for the Gospel. I don’t see anything wrong with accepting something from someone else for preaching something edifying. But of course it’s never specified to be money is it. Besides,if it’s that important why should it not be broadcast publicly. Why do you have to come to a conference to hear it in this day of easy communication? Then the Saints around the world can judge whether it is of God or not.

  3. ian vincent says:

    What they could do is get a cheap or free hall and have an offering box and at the end of the meetings count the offering and divide it equally among those whom God used the most in teaching……

    but then few would take such a convention seriously.

    ya know the loster in the pot illustration?

    the boiling water we can call “fakeness”. when fake becomes normal then the lobster is “done”

    america leads the way in this, and the others are close behind

  4. fleebabylon says:

    Ian-

    That is a great idea. I truly believe that if God has called someone to devote all of their time to missions, laboring in the word and doctrine, etc that they have the right to be suported by the Church. I am not against that at all. One of the brothers speaking at this conference runs a missions outpost and he never makes his needs known to anyone but the Lord. I am surprised that he is taking part in this.

    I know some even sell material out of a pure heart – but there is certainly an appearance of evil. For instance I know two evangelism training ministries that sell books, DVD,s, tracts, etc but if you write to them and tell them you don’t have any money they will send you tons of stuff for free.

    In Christ

    -Jim

  5. ian vincent says:

    PS I personally don’t see anything wrong with selling materials or bibles at cost price. We do that with DVDs. Then it is not selling, it is passing it on. It’s only selling if you gain from it.

  6. Jason Breitkreuz says:

    Acts 8:18-23
    “And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying Give me also this power, that whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.”

    Jim, the example of the conference you have shown is grievous. Peter would have no praise for the teacher that solicits the gospel for cash. We all do better to turn away from the covetous and allow the Lord to deal with his servants. I am thankful that Christ has freely given us of His Spirit who leads us into all truth.

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