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Breaking Free of Religious Profiteering

Freely Give
“We do not sell the word of God for a profit as many people do.”
– 2 Corinthians 2:17

Some people have asked why we do not sell our books and teaching resources like many other churches and ministries do. The reason is, we do not believe in making money from the teachings of God. His message should be readily and freely given to anyone regardless of their economic status. Our Creator’s letters to His people are sacred and its distribution should not be turned into a profit-making business.

Our Lord Jesus set a precedent for this when He declared, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8) Ask yourself this question, “When was the last time God spoke to you?” Did He charge you any fee to communicate with you? Were there any monetary strings attached to being able to hear His voice? Not at all. So, why should you be charging anyone to convey the message that was freely given to you?

As you read this very teaching today, did we charge you anything when you visited our website? Of course not. The Internet is free and so is all of our content. And it will always continue to be. You may ask, “So where do you get the money to pay for all your printing, Internet costs and other expenses?” It comes from God as He influences people like you to make voluntary donations to our ministry. We have always trusted God to provide the financial means to carry out His work, and He has never let us down. When money is not available to pay for something, any further purchases get put on hold until God provides a way. The Lord Jesus will always honor your faith when you believe and stand firm in His promise to meet your every need.

Many preachers today may teach about the importance of faith, but they really don’t believe or practice it themselves. Instead of trusting God to providentially provide for their ministries, they take matters into their own hands by turning the church into a business utilizing secular marketing tactics to raise money. This inevitably leads to widespread corruption in the church. God’s message is altered or weakened in order to keep people happy and supporting their ministries with tithes, offerings, book purchases, sales of CD’s, DVD’s and a host of all sorts of religious products.

Turning over the tables of the money-changers.

Jesus was outraged with this same kind of religious profiteering when He overturned the tables of the money-changers who were profiting from their temple business, as well as those who sold animals for sacrifices right on the steps of the Jerusalem worship center. The religious leaders who sanctioned this were obviously getting a percentage of everything that was sold. Jesus cried out against this abomination and hypocrisy and said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:13)

Cleansing the temple.

Religious merchandising has become so widespread and accepted in the church today that many don’t even object to it. It’s going to be hard to break free of it. But if we are to take a stand against this corruption, we must refuse to buy from any Christian retailer, ministry or church that sells the teachings of God in whatever form. Instead, donate and support only those ministries who freely give of what they have received. You will also be pleasantly surprised to find that most churches and ministries that refuse to be corrupted with religious merchandising practices will generally preach the greatest amount of truth. They will not be motivated by greed or self-serving ambition.

Our ministry’s bookstore resources are handpicked for truthfulness and resourcefulness – not for sales potential or popularity. Unfortunately, much of what’s sold in most Christian bookstores (especially the big chain stores and online websites) today is spiritually worthless or ear-tickling, diluted teaching. It seems most Christian retailers these days don’t even care if what they sell is spiritual poison as long as it is popular and they can make a quick buck.

Our ministry’s position is that all of the teaching resources we offer is available on a donation basis. We never put a price tag on any of it. When you support our ministry with your love offerings and financial gifts, we like to bless you back with something of spiritual benefit to your faith.

Our Bookstore Policy is this: Even if you cannot afford to send a donation, but you believe that God wants you to order one of our teaching resources, let us know what you want. We will trust the LORD to make up the financial deficit some other way. By operating our Christian Bookstore in this ethical manner, we hope to avoid the pitfalls of religious huckstering, greed, and mass merchandising that is rampant in the Christian retailing industry.

– Luis Josephus


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Religious Huckster

1. One who sells religious wares, books, booklets, CD’s, DVD’s, etc. for the purpose of making money for a church or ministry.

2. One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell their religious products or to raise money.

3. A popular or charismatic religious charlatan or con artist.

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