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Pagan Gives Money To Church

If a strange person played and won the lottery and decided to give a large amount to your church, would the people in your church take the money or refuse it?

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 ---Rebecca_D on 2/14/07
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Call me unwise, but how does the church know for sure where ANY money it gets comes from? The person sitting next to you in church may have gotten his offering money from a good hand the night before...My opinion: it would be dumb to turn down money because you could do much good with it by helping others in need.
---sue on 8/1/07

Robyn, I cant think of a better place to give it. Can you?
---sue on 8/1/07

Matthew 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
you sound like the pharisee that criticized Jesus for accepting this expensive ointment from a prostitute, wonder what her money came
---exzucuh on 8/1/07

Hi everyone, just my two cents worth: I used to gamble a little a few times when I was younger, and when I gave of the winnings, it was because I felt rather guilty--felt like at least some good would come out of my having sinned.
---Mary on 8/1/07

Sue, Sue, Sue. All money is not good money. We, again, have to have a discerning spirit and be led by God. There is such a thing as blood money, dirty money, filthy luchre, hit money. Some money you don't want honey. Wise up!
---Robyn on 8/1/07

It is not the gift that sanctifies the alter,
money pays bills, When Christians won't support the church God uses outside sources, Jesus had supporters that did not follow him, and he put no rules on who's house they stayed in, only the fact that they were received.
---exzucuh on 8/1/07

Preachers have different understanding and ideas on this issue. Some preachers say, yes, they would take the money as a donation. Of course they would. Who would not. Some preachers say they would not take the money because it is marked or blood money (money gained in the wrong way) It takes a lot of faith and integrity to turn a large amount of money down because it was ill gained or for any reason. If someone wants to donate to the church. Why not accept it?
---Robyn on 7/31/07

I have often wondered why people give large amounts of money to a church they don't even belong to or even know the pastor. They may even have a church home but still give the large donation to another church. I guess some feel if they give the money to the church, somehow, they will go to heaven that way. They are sadly mistaken. They can't go to heaven that way, but it sure makes for heaven on earth for the pastor, who receives the money. The church don't receive anything! Again. Keeping it real.
---Robyn on 7/31/07

If it is given with a good heart, why you ask everyone who tithe at your church where they got their tithe money from? Only God will know where that money came from and it is up to Him to bless it to further His work..Not for us to judge where people get their money for tithe
---law on 7/31/07

Most churches today would accept the money. I do know ministers who would not accept that money. This happened a few years ago in Florida where a Salvation Army officer would not accept a donation because it came from gambling. Yet, in Las Vegas, a large portion of donations comes from the gambling industry.
---Susie on 7/16/07

If a Pagan gave money, sounds to me like he was not a believer or it would have been mentioned. "Someone," means anyone. I think if someone gave the money to the church there is no problem with that. As was explained by Pharesse it is not the money that is at fault. It is the question of gambling. That problem belongs to the person that gambled. All money belongs to God, all things we have belongs to God. We only have them for a moment, then we leave empty handed.
---Lisas on 3/8/07

2. This all come down to what the leader of the congregation feels. If he is convicted by excepting for the purpose of the church, he is doing right. If he is not convicted by excepting and feels in his heart it would help the Lord' Work, he is right. None of it really belongs to us forever. All things created belong to God. We are to use our own judgment and our own convictions in making this decisions.
---Lisas on 3/8/07

You have to realize that there are some pagans that were forced to be a part of it. Not all pagans are what they appear to be.
---tonne on 3/7/07

Here is what it will say on an Atheists tombstone, "All dressed up and no-where to go".
---Rebecca_D on 2/19/07

It would be kinda dumb not to take the money because a church can do a lot of good with money. Like buy food for hungry people.
---sue on 2/19/07

If anyone offers money to my church that was won in the lottery,And if I knew about it, I would have to refuse it. ===A true Atheist, believes there is no god.
---catherine on 2/18/07

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I read an article that Atheists have the God of Forces as their God, is this true?
They believe in the laws of physics, quantum theory, and all the universal forces.

There is a new hotline for atheists. You call and it rings, and rings, and rings,

Nobody answers.
---anonymous on 2/18/07

I beleive that their are people who have been forced into paganism today by the wicked system that is in our world today. Daniel speaks of a God of Forces, they are always portrayed as evil. Anybody that forces people into paganism cannot be of God and I do not believe that God will hold them responsible for what the God of Forces did to them.
---anonymous on 2/17/07

Helen_5378. Thank you. I would agree that a pagan is unsaved but to describe them as an unbeliever is not correct. Their beliefs are very different from those of a Christian but they have many 'beliefs'. They worship nature and have more affinity with the Greek gods than they have with the God who created all things. Pagans are just as lost as any other non-Christian but that does not mean that they would gamble in a big lottery. I still do not understand why the word pagan was added to this question.
---m.p.a. on 2/17/07

** EI wonder why the Question Heading refers to a "pagan"?**

Frequently the headings given to the blogs are misleading. I've commented on this fact before.
---Jack on 2/16/07

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A pagan is an unbeliever, that is an unsaved person, in English.
---Helen_5378 on 2/16/07

What does the word 'pagan' mean to you in the U.S? Alan and I are obviously confused by the use of this word. I don't think that it means to you what it means to us. Can someone explain this please?
---m.p.a. on 2/16/07

AlanUKquent - The heading says "pagan" because only a pagan would gamble in a big lottery. Christians are called to "come out from among them and be separate", and that includes not gambling.
---Helen_5378 on 2/15/07

Pagan money? haha! I think they should be glad to get the money no matter where it came from as long as they knew it wasnt stolen.
---Gef on 2/14/07

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Why not take it. If a person feels compelled to share his wealth, then may be God is calling him home. Consider this person as the Good Samaritan in the NT. There are self-professed Christians who are stingy with their money, or have been less than Christlike when they earned what money they did give.
---lorra8574 on 2/14/07

EI wonder why the Question Heading refers to a "pagan"?
---alanUKquent64534 on 2/14/07

I'd hope they'd take it, money in itself is neither clean or unclean, but the abuse or love of money is the root of evil.

I was always taught that if someone wanted to bless you not to let them, but then I learned what Jesus said, that a cup of cold water given in his name to one of his little ones wouldn't be forgotten.

Be it in giving or receiving our heart should be set on another's blessing if we want to have the Father's heart of mercy and love.
---Pharisee on 2/14/07

I do not believe any pastor/minister anywhere would turn down a large sum of money. Does not matter the source. They(preachers) just want the money. They will tell you this themselves. As long as they did not play the lottery, shoot anyone or steal it themselves. If you give, they will take it. Period
---robyn on 2/14/07

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When people give anonymously we cannot possibly know where the money came from, gambling or otherwise. Money, regardless of its source, can be used in God's work i.m.o. By the way moderator, I know many 'strange people' who are not pagans. Why the change of wording in the heading?
---m.p.a. on 2/14/07

"There was a guy in some state that won big and he was a believer, and he said on national television that 10% was going to his church."

We have watched this man after he made that statement on television as we wanted to see the "fruit" of his win. He won multi-million dollar lottery prize. His life has been miserable, his granddaughter died of overdose, and he is currently in financial ruin with lawsuits pending.
---Susie on 2/14/07

What do you mean by 'strange person"?
---Jack on 2/14/07

I believe most any church would take it.

The Scripture, "the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous" Prov 13:22, would be used and in the bank it would go...
before the ink was dry or the coins fall.

Here's a thought, how many other sinners give their money to the church?
---Bob on 2/14/07

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How would a church isolate the clean money from the pagan money?

How many others have made a profit from someone else's misery? Accident settlements.
Someone takes 1/2 or more, gives a portion to the church. Many other instances of unclean money going into the plate.
---Bob on 2/14/07

Unless God told us not to we would. Looking in the past, God had no problem taking the Egyptians gold and silver and giving it to the Israelite. And the building of the temple was done by gifts received by evil nations all around.
---john on 2/14/07

I have no idea if my church would accept it or not. I know believers who play the lottery. What if they won and gave to their church? There was a guy in some state that won big and he was a believer, and he said on national television that 10% was going to his church. What is your point?
---Madison1101 on 2/14/07

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