Not all TV evangelists came to us under false pretenses. Some of the early ones truly thought it would be great for those that didn't feel comfortable in a church, were home-bound or institutionalized but could hear the Word of God and teachings with no more than turning on their TV without cost to them. Some of them likely never planned on seeking any more funding then was required to support their mission.<quoted text>
I don't reckon you realize that you got this silliness from the first Christian televangelist, so to speak, eh?
Today is your oppotunity to give till it hurts for the saints of God.
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Some started out rather well, and their expectations were exceeded. And with that were those that helped to boost the preacher to a higher level to reach more folks seeking a service from home. Then the evangelist becomes public property with people involved telling him to proceed in a better way, and thus he lost his dream when there were too many supporters telling him what he must do to stay on TV and give the people, and himself, what they need him to be. He then was no longer able to return to his plans or he'd be replaced if he didn't continue to rise and seek offerings from his TV audience.It happens so fast they are in and have two choices. They can either rise through commercializing His Word doing what's needed for ratings, or they can fall clear off the charts. Little options now unless he pleases enough of the right people by doing things they asked that he never intended. That's showbiz.
I once gave to a variety of churches I attended over my life. More than I should have along with my time. I can happily say that our churches in this area put very little of the offerings into a building. It is used for simple overhead and to keep a minister and the doors open and hold funerals and such. Too many churches, too little money by many, and nobody wants to give up their church. Somebody is going to have to, as we will never return to yesteryear.
That is when I decided I would no longer put what little money I had to share to keep the doors of each church open, with nothing left for them to offer others as churches are known to do. What I give is to those that are needy, that seek little outside help, and will accept something I have to give that they may need more than me. God's church is everywhere. Look around us and we will see where God wishes us to share. It's never been how much we have to give. It's simply that we give much of what we have, and give it joyfully and with no thought of reward other than helping another.