Shysters: When Not To Give
By Joel B.
Matt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Friends, I wholeheartedly encourage the practice of giving. I would even suggest the importance of tithing. However, there are times when it’s simply not a good idea to give. It’s when these shysters try to take advantage of people by promising something in return for money.
Approximately seven years ago I attended a deliverance seminar, and what I saw there was very disturbing. People were there for spiritual deliverance, and they passed the offering plates around four times. Now, I can see one time, or even two times at the most if they need a special offering, but four times is ridiculous. It turns out the person leading the ministry had a fancy car and a couple very expensive homes. This doesn’t sound like someone who needs the offering plate passed four times or who is even using the funds properly.
Another issue I have is with these “so-called” prosperity preachers who promise you wealth, a magical item, or guarantee you healing if you invest in their ministry. They draw you in with at item, such as a “free prayer cloth” and then try to get you to donate oodles of money. In reality, that free prayer cloth isn’t going to do anything more for you than what pray can do without it. You see, prayer works through agreement and faith; not by having some magical item.
One final area I want to cover. When determining if an organization is worthy of your donations, please check as to how they will treat your personal information, Will they sell your e-mail address or phone number to a third party because you were a willing giver? You would be surprised to find out that many organizations practice this very thing.
In closing, I just want to remind you to be cautious when you give. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give; it just means that you need to be careful with who you give to and have a good idea as to how they will use the money and your personal information. Below are some videos of some ministry scams for you to view. Thank you for reading and God bless.