Financial Temptations in the Church Term Paper

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(God and Money)

The spiritual and materialistic facets of Church life are not only linked but in reality are fully united. All the conferences like All American Council, diocesan workshops, church publications, and guidance in our parishes makes us aware that we are required to share God's gift of time, talent and material resources. All the facets of life initiate to belong to God and we have the liability of utilizing them as judiciously as possible. Good stewardship is essential to fulfill the objective of Church that flows from all the facets of Church. It is required to understand the casual temptations in dealing with parish financial matters and handling the funds and records of the Church. Irrespective of the fact that proper records are kept, often it leads to confusion due to lack of improper and incomplete routine book keeping. (Parish Finances)

In order to maintain the financial propriety of the Church in order it is required to adhere to some of the basic tenets pertaining to the cash receipts and pertaining to disbursements. Irrespective of the fact the prescribed procedures appear to be demanding, they in reality are basic and essential steps and applied without exception, they will entail consistency and foster transparency. This will entail confidence upon the elected parish officials, avoid the temptation to judge others and foster unity. (Parish Finances) Money is significant for the church but the church does not exist to raise money. It is however, peculiar to see that many churches are sometimes perceived by the community-at-large to be engaged with raising funds. In addition to the raising of money the prime responsibility of the pastors is to manage the resources of God effectively. (Financial Generosity)

To conclude it can be perceived that we earn our living and make a life by that we receive. However, mankind as a result of their lack of confidence, are prone to be covetous, acquisitive. The will to acquire is much strengthened and the more we acquire the more is our desire. The greediness presently found to give rise to the deficits, inflations, cutting down forests, the greenhouse effect, the destruction of ozonosphere, etc. However, the Bible makes it ethical to provide for the basic necessity for maintenance of the family and simultaneously requires that each person and family/community is required to bring out the entrance between the needs and wants. It should be kept in kind that it is good to have what money can purchase but more ethical and more significant is to attain that the money cannot bring in. (Financial Generosity)

References

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God and Money. Retrieved at http://www.fbclubbock.com/templates/cusfbclubbock/details.asp?id=26890&PID=172078&mast=Accessed on 18 May, 2005

Money Matters. March 11, 2001. Retrieved at http://sermons.redlandbaptist.org/ser_010311.php. Accessed on 18 May, 2005

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Thames, Lema. Parish Finances. Retrieved at http://www.oca.org/RHArticle.asp?SID=15&ArticleID=22Accessed on 18 May, 2005

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References

Financial Generosity. Retrieved at http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/11529.htm. Accessed on 18 May, 2005

God and Money. Retrieved at http://www.fbclubbock.com/templates/cusfbclubbock/details.asp?id=26890&PID=172078&mast=Accessed on 18 May, 2005

Money Matters. March 11, 2001. Retrieved at http://sermons.redlandbaptist.org/ser_010311.php. Accessed on 18 May, 2005

52. Satan Uses Money. The School of Kingdom Economics. Retrieved at http://www.worldchristians.org/ske/ske-52.htm. Accessed on 18 May, 2005

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