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How Much Did Jesus Charge

Is it 'of God' for a world renowned 'preacher' to tour like some Rock Band and charge from 48 to 214.bucks per seat admission? How much did Jesus charge people to hear His Sermon on the Mount? Which one was sent by God?

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I went to an Amy Grant concert and paid for a ticket. If this is a speaker and not a crusade then he can charge and then there will be no offering taken. If you want to be charitable - buy someone a ticket.

No one is charging for church, at least they are not admitting it.

AS TO WHAT DOES JESUS CHARGE - He wants no less then your soul.
---caleb on 10/6/07

I am not going to judge anyone in this matter. However, I will say this: if Paul thought it necessary to mention those who used the gospel for greedy gain, then you can guarantee that over 2,000 years down the road, there are still some who do that. We shouldn't be surprised at all.
---Linda on 10/6/07


Amen, the Lord loves a cheerful giver!

The Lord's people should give back as they are blessed, not out of a feeling of duty.

One more thing:

1ti 5:18 ... Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Last of all, tithing was an old testament commandment to provide for the tribe of Levi. We are no longer under the law.

My question: "Did the law ever out perform grace?"
---trey on 10/5/07

Blessings Jack, I have to admit you made some excellent points in your reply to my question about a certain preacher. Thanks Jack for the spiritual insights. Jesus Christ is our only truthful example. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/5/07

dear whisper, Sorry I was unable to be of any help.My only intentions were to free you from the burdens placed on you by those seeking to make merchandise of you. Jesus did say to the rich young ruler, "Sell all you have and give it to the (POOR)." How strange it seems that he did not say "give it unto me, or to my disciples, or even take it to the temple and give it there." Cont'd
---jack8937 on 10/5/07

for Whisper cont'd, Does it seem strange to you that Jesus said "Take heed that no MAN deceive YOU? How could anyone do that unless God had provided us a way to tell the difference? Big difference between someone feeding 'the sheep' and feeding ON the sheep.Only wolves do that. Your on a wonderful track about the Love.You can't go wrong there. Hebrews 5:14 strongly indicates that we should also be able to discerne between good and evil.Believe Jesus not men.
---jack8937 on 10/5/07

No, He did not say to give it to him. But to the ministry that feeds a person such as Joyce Meyer, or T.D. Jakes etc. I love every child of God it is not my way to condemn, I question people from time to time, but my focus now days is on 1 Cor. 13... as I feel I have spent too many years as judge and not as LOVE.
---Whisper on 10/5/07

For whisper, when I first read you reply I thought you were kidding but now I'm feeling you were serious. Have you ever heard any of the Audios recorded an Benny's meetings? They're not hard to find. You can hear mr.hinn growling like some animal from hell and it shouldn't be hard to recognize who is speaking thru him. I've personally heard this same growling voice in others and it is the same voice.cont'd
---jack8937 on 10/5/07

for Whisper cont'd - There is a great deal of difference in someone speaking under the anointing of God to bring conviction and someone using the Word to bring condemnation.If you are truly bothered why not contact Benny and ask if he can make you okay with God for $$$$.The answer will be yes but of course the money will have to be given to Benny.
---jack8937 on 10/5/07

Cynthia, To answer truthfully, I guess at the time of this blog, I did have one particular person in mind. There are MANY websites which believe their calling in God is to expose frauds by naming names. I have never had God to instruct me to do likewise. I can answer that there are MANY and you can just think of some of the most famous and search the web and they are not hard to find.Cont'd
---jack8937 on 10/5/07

to Cynthia #2 cont'd - I believe Jesus is to be our example to follow and I find none of the rich and famous who walk anything like him. In addition I find no-one in The Word who believed in using the Word for financial gain.The successful HIRELING will sound as though sugar wouldn't melt in their mouths. Just keep watching when the persecution comes These HIRELINGS will be no WHERE to be found.The LOVE OF MONEY is the root of ALL EVIL.
---jack8937 on 10/5/07


Be careful that you don't put yourself under a heavy yoke that Jesus did not intend.

You believe that it is your duty to give 10% of your income to God. You did that. Whether or not the Servant of God you gave it too was a good steward of it or not - that is no longer your concern. That is between him and God. If he misused it, he will answer to God for his misuse. You won't be, because you did your duty.
---StrongAxe on 10/5/07

Jack: I would say, then here on earth they have their reward. It appears that they have stored up their treasures here on earth rather then heaven, the Bible says, Matthew 6:19-21, Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where theives break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is there will your heart be also.
---Whisper on 10/5/07

Trey: You put 1 Co. 9:18 but I accidentaly went to 2 Co. 9 when looking for 18 I could not find it but fell upon this, 2 Co.6 which says But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7. Every man according as he puposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.
---Whisper on 10/5/07

Whisper - ("I have robbed God and now I am owing for all the years I did not give to God. 20% now and above on net not gross.") -- That is sad to read. Benny preaches the FALSE prosperity gospel. You are believing a lie. In the New Testament "God loves a cheerful giver..." (2Corinthians 9:7). I encourage you to read it for yourself. You are not under the Law, which tithing was a part of. Does Benny want you to send it to him? Can you imagine being cheerful about giving ALL THAT?
---Helen_5378 on 10/5/07

This is what the Father thinks of those proclaiming to be ministers of His word, yet makes merchandise of His people. When He entered the temple of God and found those that sold anything, He made a whip and drove them out, saying "Take these things away, make not My Father's house an house of merchandise. Is it not written. My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But you have made it a den of thieves." Freely we have received, freely we are to give.
---joseph on 10/5/07

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Just for the record, turned on t.v. this morning to find Benny Hinn speaking on this very subject, I am a bit sad, because I know that I have robbed God and now I am owing for all the years I did not give to God. 20% now and above on net not gross.
---Whisper on 10/5/07

Whisper and David, have you ever read:

Joh 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.


1co 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Shouldn't the gospel be free? If a minister is sent by God, won't God provide?

Just a thought.
---trey on 10/4/07

to whisper, Fair wages I would agree. But living in an 11Million dollar mansion I have serious doubts. Jesus said he did not even have a place to lay his head. Today's prosperity PROFITS(not mispelled)do everything in their power to convince others that Jesus was rich in earthly riches.Jesus said to the rich ruler, sell ALL that you have and give to the poor. Who should I believe?? Perhaps the one who died for me?
---jack8937 on 10/4/07

Greetings Jack, Is there a particular pastor or "preacher" that you are referring too? I know that some "preachers" are only using the word of God to line their own pockets with riches and I agree with Ashly on her post. But I know that there are some Pastors that are truly called by God. You can usually tell by watching them for a while.
---Cynthia on 10/4/07

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Some replies here are truthful and others echo the opinion of greed in the world. Jesus said no one should preach for filthy lucre or money. They are just profiting from his sacrifice. The same way a lawyer takes advantage of the elderly to make as much money as they can before they die in fees and secret charges. People donate money under false pretenses to help the sick, needy and eldery, but instead most of the money goes into the pocket of the man leading the church. Many follow man, not God.
---ashley on 10/4/07

Preaching the Gosple is not a JOB, its a calling.Preaching the almighty dollar has no place in Gods plan of salvation.
We live through faith.
---duane on 10/4/07

It is wrong for anybody who calls themselves Christian to charge anything to go to church. I was invited to church on a Friday night some time ago and there was a charge to get in - I refused to go.
---Helen_5378 on 10/4/07

Yahushua didn't charge anything for the Sermon on the Mount and He was truly sent by Yahweh.

He also didn't fly the world in a private jet, wearing thousand dollar suits and live in a multi-million dollar mansion either, but then again, His priorities were a little different, so there's really no comparison. ,)

Great question, Jack.
---AlwaysOn on 10/4/07

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Well said whisper...
---david on 10/3/07

Some Christians do this because they don't have faith that God will provide for them. This is not something that Jesus would do. Jesus believed the Gospel was for ALL, not for those that paid the fee to hear.
---Leslie on 10/3/07

Jack, The Bible says that you must pay fair wages according to a persons job, it is very clear on this issue. If one is sold out to the ministry and that is their only job, you are required to pay them it is a Biblical command for an honest days work, How would you like to go to work and receive no pay? It costs a minister $12,000 dollars a minute just for air time on t.v. and even a millions sometimes for only one conference.
---Whisper on 10/3/07

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