‘Peddling the Word of God for Profit’


I met a well-known pastor/missionary who hands out books and sermons free of charge. In fact, he burns multiple copies of his sermons on CDs to give out. He could have lumped his hundreds of sermons to make a fantastic book but he didn’t.

Sadly, many Christian preachers sell the Word of God for profit through the sales of books, audio sermons and DVDs. I understand that they need to make a living, but if God has given them a gift, should they limit their message to those who purchase their books or sermons? What about those who can’t afford it? Must they miss out on the ‘life changing’ spiritual truths?

The problem I guess is a lack of trust in God’s provision for their needs. They are relying on their own efforts. Paul said:

2 Corinthians 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

If preachers truly believe they have a wonderful message to share, why not put it in the hands of anyone who wants it? It may cost time and effort to produce a book and not charge a fee, but I believe God will honour that in faith. I admire the example of Ray Stedman and John MacArthur who share their sermons and books liberally without cost. Donations are welcome though. That’s the way it should be.

Honestly, a good message, like the Gospel should be free. Why sell it for profit or acclaim? Give it away free. Jesus didn’t hold seminars that generated income for Himself. Instead, Jesus paid for the 5000 attendees’ lunch! Jesus dispensed His wisdom freely. When you bless people, God will bless you.

5 thoughts on “‘Peddling the Word of God for Profit’

  1. I agree with you on many of them making a profit for themselves. The gospel is free, Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and take nothing with you. Great post! Have a bless day

  2. I’ve been watching a few shows on prophets preaching the prosperity gospel lately. One ‘Pastor’ went as far as saying that Jesus is a good product. And when you have a good product, you will have no problem selling it. The line between religion and business is so thin sometimes. Search people like Robert Tilton, Benny Higgs, Creflo Dollar (What a name), Kenneth Copeland… These are famous Pastors who preach the prosperity gospel and have earned millions. It is said modern churches preach like rappers… It’s either “you get rich or die trying”. The way they canvass for money, making poor people put in a “seed of faith” aka tithing (often often a thousand dollars) . Is borderline criminal.

    1. Hi Alan, I totally agree with you. Some preachers are making money from the masses and focus very much on asking people to give more money in order to get back more. God has been reduced to a formula or entity that works for our benefit.

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