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.