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Thank offerings are voluntary contributions

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, September 1995, p.3

I HAVE BEEN fascinated by the magnificent houses of worship built all over the country by the Iglesia by the Iglesia ni  Cristo. Considering the fact that majority of he lglesia ni Cristo members are poor, I am amazed at how your Church manages to finance the construction of such elegant structures.

A member of your Church said that the Church's finances were supported or shouldered by voluntary contributions. Does your Church set a quota on the contributions of its members? Aside the support from the support for the Church's construction  work, what other expenses are your offerings allotted for?

Henry Bunao
Manila, Philippines

Editor's reply:

The Church's expenses, including those for the construction of houses of worship (cf. II Chron. 24:12-14), the maintenance of these houses of worship, the sustenance of ministers and their families (cf.Gal. 6:5-6),  the propagation of the gospel through  print, radio and TV, and the assigning of ministers for foreign missions, are all supported by voluntary contributions. What are voluntary contributions? They are thank-offerings given freely based upon the dictates of one's heart (cf. II Cor. 9:7).

Guided by these biblical precept, the Church does not in any way dictate or set a quota on the thank-offerings or voluntary contributions of its members.


Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.

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