Pastor's Heart

May 8th, 2014

I Won’t Charge $100,000 To Speak

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Written by: Gene

I just want it to be known that, I must preach the Word of God. If you have need of someone to speak at your church or outreach, I would be glad to do so.

I won’t ask that you pay for my entourage, I won’t demand $100,000 just to show up while spending my time peddling my books, I won’t even demand a “special offering” be taken up.

I understand that some minsters need jet fuel, and have bills to pay. Scripture even supports their right to “make a living” from the work in the ministry.

1 Corinthians 9:13-17 tells us, “Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.”

I have made a choice to keep my bills low so that I will have no need to make people pay to hear the Gospel. The books I have written and the sermons I preach are usually given away. The Lord has blessed me with the finances, talent and equipment to post teaching videos online.

Please don’t think that I am bragging on myself, but I have made the simple decision that “if God gives me a word for you, I will get that word to you without it costing you a penny.”

I don’t normally share this little bit about me, but my needs are met from a constant flow of donations from people who support me each month. People who share in the same desire to have the gospel preached, and appreciate the work that goes forth.

Because the Word of God is paramount in my life, The Lord God has been very good to me. Because I am willing to go wherever He wants me to go and have cut loose the things that hinder me, I have the time and ability to go anywhere. I am willing to share the truth of the Gospel to the point that I have preached to those who could never pay me to do so, and have been blessed to get to speak to children, the homeless, adults, women’s groups, and those who hate me (for whatever reason.)

If you want me to speak to your congregation or at your event, and The Lord says the same, I will get there.

You may not see the prettiest person dressed in an Armani Suits (I preached in shorts to Islanders, and coveralls to my home church), or hear the most eloquent (I am from South Louisiana and the Cajun tends to leak out at times), but you will hear the truth of God’s Word boldly preached in an easy to understand and sugar-free manner.

You will be challenged to shake the sin that holds you captive and draw closer to Jesus. You will actually hear the name of Jesus spoken!!! You will be shown the Power of The Holy Spirit, and be compelled to build a relationship with the One True God.

I am compelled to preach the Gospel… Woe to me if I do not preach!


About the Author

A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.

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