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April 11 Billy Graham

April 11 Billy Graham
Published: April 11, 2012
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DEAR DR. GRAHAM: All that you preachers are interested in is money. The last time I went to church, that's all the preacher talked about, and if I turn on a religious program on television, it's the same thing. I don't want anything to do with religion.

P.L.

DEAR P.L.: Like virtually any other enterprise, God's work requires financial support — and there's nothing wrong with that. Even Jesus' little band of disciples was supported by people who willingly provided them with financial support (see Luke 8:1-3).

But you are right about one thing: Money should never become the focus of any minister or ministry — as Jesus Himself made clear. Do you remember what He did when He came to Jerusalem shortly after beginning His ministry? When He entered the Temple area, He discovered that some people had turned the worship of God into a commercial enterprise, and He took a whip and drove them out. He declared, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!” (John 2:16).

I can't help but wonder, however, if there might be a deeper reason for your hostility toward religion — and toward God. Could it be that this is only an excuse you're using to keep away from God? Could your real problem be that you don't want anything to do with God?

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