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Third World Poverty

Should Christians be concerned with third world poverty or just turn the other way? I ask because my church wants $30 million for a building fund, but does little to help those in the third world with their poverty.

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We absolutely should feed the the hungry FIRST before we collect money for building churches. Why has the church gotten so far away from the word? Where does Jesus or Paul or Peter say, "Ye are to collect money for the building fund." It doesn't say to do that...What God orders, He pays for!!! Let's feed the starving children all over the world FIRST.
---donna on 2/1/08


The Lord is much greater than any other god. Ps. 135-6
---catherine on 6/13/07


30 million? whew.sounds like your church could do something.
---tom2 on 6/11/07


I, the Lord, would like to make my nation prosper again and to heal its wounds. >>>>They dishonored God, it was their honour that they were increased in numbers, wealth, power, and dignity. The beginning of their nation was small, but it greatly increased but, as they were increased, so they sinned against God. So God said, I will change their glory into shame>>>Don't think for one moment God cannot do that, for He can do that.
---catherine on 5/24/07


I, the Lord, would like to make my nation prosper again and to heal its wounds. >>>>They dishonored God, it was their honour that they were increased in numbers, wealth, power, and dignity. The beginning of their nation was small, but it greatly increased but, as they were increased, so they sinned against God. So God said, I will change their glory into shame>>>Don't think for one moment God cannot do that, for He can do that. [Hosea 7-1].
---catherine on 5/24/07




Thank you Christiana for the reminder but I am a giver in the USA and abroad. I believe in helping, not only my church, but other minstries, as well. I support those who do outreach, for sure. I also do outreach for the elderly, homeless, shut ins, sick and confines. Much more. I also pray for and support the Jews, as Christ has said do. I feed the hungry, give clothes to the poor, money whatever the Spirit leads me to do.
---Robyn on 5/18/07


Christina ... There is poverty in the UK as well, but I would say that there is no-one in my country who is not 10 times more wealthy materially than those in Darfur. Mybe the factor is even 100.
What I am saying that we should not concentrate on the difficulties in our own countries to the extent that we ignore the far greater difficulties elsewhere..
But We do need a healthy nation otherwise we cannot help the less fortunate ones.
---alan_of_UK on 5/18/07


For those who may not be giving because they think their money is not going to the right places or not even getting there, I hope you look for less fortunate people to help on your own. Most churches would have a missionary that goes to these countries and you could easily give to them and know that it will get there and to the right place. This is what I do several times a year to Haiti. Every cent goes directly to a need.
---john on 5/18/07


Robyn:"we should but we should more concerned about poverty in our own country, first"
I've seen this idea used as an attack against attempts to help others in other countries, and as I think on this, I believe that we all have some responsibility, but we are not all the same or called to do the same thing. The word says we have different parts in the body, one a foot, another a hand, and I believe that the Holy Spirit calls different people to different tasks, lays different burdens on us...
---christina on 5/18/07


Alan: "There cannot be a person in the UK, nor probably in the USA, who is not EXTREMELY wealthy by the standards of those in Darfur, or in the Sudan.
What a problem!"
Actually there IS poverty in the USA, of course not on the level as in 3rd world, and most ARE wealthy in comparison. There are many malnurished children, some even starving, for a variety of reasons. I've seen/known many. It's a very sad state of affairs when there are so many resources available. It IS a problem
---christina on 5/18/07




Jesus told the rich man to sell all that he had and give to the poor. I would be very frightened to be amongest them who are wealthy in the Body of Christ as a Church business. If they are supporting church growth rather than missions and the poor, I would be very suspect of selfish gain and love of money. If this is so, personally ,I would leave there and not look back!! I suppose they preach prosperity as well which is a false teaching. RUN!!
---jody on 5/17/07


There cannot be a person in the UK, nor probably in the USA, who is not EXTREMELY wealthy by the standards of those in Darfur, or in the Sudan.
What a problem!
---alan_of_UK on 5/16/07


The prinicple to deal with poverty was "within your gates" that is "under your nose" in your own "backyard". Helping this wasy has all but been forgotten I've found, and have been working to change that. Furher a building and it's fund is much more visible or visual, a higher profile.
---jhonny on 5/16/07


Ashley, I understand what you're saying about salvation army and united way...that's one reason I love my church, very hands on...the bodt is very active in going to many countrues and meeting needs as the Spirit leads.
---Christina on 5/16/07


Anthony, although the word says not to cast our pearls before swine, we are commanded to go into ALL the world and preach the good news. must be very careful not to sit injudgement.
Jesus loves the sinner and came for the lost, which we all are or have been.
---Christina on 5/16/07


Yes we should but we should more concerned about poverty in our own country, first.
Also $30mil is a lot of money for a church that suppose to be winning souls for Christ. What is going to be going on in this church? I believe your church have lost its focus and your pastor has lost his vision for the church and the flock. I hope he(pastor) comes in line with the Word before God has to step in with chastisement. We never want to fall into the hands of an angry God.
---Robyn on 5/15/07


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Please read Rev chapter 2 and 3. It contains strong warnings and rebukes for the churches of God. I hope your pastor is read up on this portion of the bible and realizes the errors, repent and make changes.A lot of churches are banks now instead of sanctuaries for the lost and down trodden. Christians are also in need of good shepherds/leaders not entertainers and comedians.
---Robyn on 5/15/07


you have to be so careful now with charities professing to help third world countries. the united way spent a hundred million dollars building a new skyscraper office for themselves, then gave employees a fifty percent pay hike in 1997. the salvation army are contesting a will, 28000 dollars is not enough for them. many elderly people suffer waiting for their inheritance. those two will never again receive one nickel from me. people donate millions. corrupt military's in africa steal it for soldiers.
---ashley on 5/15/07


Jesus said we should not cast our pearls unto swine. Some third-world countries have so many problems because they refuse to live Godly lives. Their morality causes their problems, in which case they need spiritual help before monetary. If they won't accept spiritual help first then your efforts will be wasted. Teach people how to fish instead of giving them fish.
---Anthony on 5/15/07


Certainly it is important that churches minister to the less fortunate. However it's interesting that you specifically mention third world poverty. Are you saying your church does no charity work or is it just the 3rd world nations that you feel a special conviction towards? Perhaps the Lord is speaking to you personally in this regard. Also let's not overlook the importance of ministering to spiritual poverty. More & larger churches indicates more people attending church. Shouldn't that be our goal also?
---DoryLory on 5/15/07


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But Godliness with contentment is GREAT GAIN. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be RICH FALL into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and Perdition For the love of MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL; which while some coveted after, THEY HAVE ERRED FROM THE FAITH, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
---Cynthia_1 on 5/15/07


**I ask because my church wants $30 million for a building fund, but does little to help those in the third world with their poverty.**

Judas said much the same thing, as I recall. "Why this waste?"

Did you try speaking out and voicing your concerns before it got to this point?
---Jack on 5/15/07


Charity(love) begins at home and then spreads abroad. I feel we should reach out to starving people in our own country---first. Then to countries abroad. I also feel after soul-winning we should do as Christ did. Feed the hungry ,clothe the naked. This is our work as Christians. Kingdom work. All believers share these type ministries. Vist the widows, orphans, homeless, sick and shut ins. Harvest is ripe but the laborers are few. We need to get busy.
---Robyn on 5/14/07


According to Matt.25:31-46, the goats and sheep are separated on the left and right by how they treated the less fortunate. They don't have to be in third world countries, we have them right in our midst everywhere.
---john on 5/14/07


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the money sent to third world countries is so misused, little or none actually reach them. They are oppressed by evil rulers.
---wayne on 5/14/07


Donna: it does not say we are to collect money for building funds in the bible per se. Does not have to in order for us to know what we need to do. It does not say we should not come to church in our birthday suits, either, but we know not to do this. We use wisdom and cover ourselves. This is the purpose of the infilling of the Holy Ghost also. It teaches us what we should and should not do when it comes to spiritual things. God bless
---Robyn on 5/14/07


Anymore, people are getting more greedy than ever. churches wants millions to go larger than ever, so they can show off their fancy church. While the hungry and poor are waiting outside. It's a shame that people think more of worldly things more than helping their fellow neighbor out. I would not give money to a church that wants to expand and not help people in need. I won't support a church like that. If I were you, I'd find me a different church. And pray for those greedy people in your church.
---Rebecca_D on 5/14/07


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