1. Neophytes who do not understand the truth are not permitted to make offerings. Only those with true faith who sincerely believe in God can make offerings;
2. The offering and donation of God’s chosen people must be conducted through repeated prayers with total willingness, without regret and expectation for reward, in order to be commemorated by God;
3. Donations must be made to select recipients, indigent brothers and sisters who pursue the truth and sincerely expend for God;
4. Money and materials offered to God should be consigned to the custody of the church for safekeeping. Donations to individuals do not have to be transmitted by the church. They can be donated directly.
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5. The Church’s Principles for Offerings
All those who believe in God know very clearly that God’s work requires the coordination of people, and it requires leaders and workers from all levels of the church to supply, water, and guide God’s chosen people in maintaining God’s work. The expansion of God’s gospel of the kingdom requires God’s chosen people to run around and expend themselves; in addition, the various books of God’s word and of communication of truths used by God’s chosen people require printing and distributing. Therefore, God’s work of salvation pays a price for each and every one of God’s chosen people who receive God’s work, and all such expenses are supported by the offerings that God’s chosen people make to God. As a result, God has expectations for all God’s chosen people, and offering to God is a duty and obligation of created beings, and expending themselves for God is the responsibility that they should fulfill. This is justified and obligatory. Everyone should offer up their share for God’s work, regardless of how each person understands this matter. Some insist on making an offering of ten percent, while others contribute in different ways. As long as it is being offered willingly, God will gladly accept it. God’s house only specifies that those who have only believed in God for less than a year are temporarily exempt from providing any offerings, while poor people are not required to provide any offerings but can make offerings according to their faith. The church will not accept offerings that might lead to family disputes. Those making an offering of money must pray several times, and only after they are sure they are completely willing and are certain they will never have any regrets are they to be allowed to make their offerings. For those who have believed in God for over two years, regardless of the manner with which they are making their offerings, as long as they have prayed and are completely willing, no one has the right to interfere.
God’s chosen people should only contribute their offerings after they have understood the principles and significance of making an offering, because only then will they be commemorated and blessed by God. Making an offering is the responsibility and obligation of God’s chosen people; it is also a good deed that all people should have. If someone has never contributed any offerings after believing in God for several years, it shows that they do not have real faith and that they still don’t understand the truths. This is sufficient to show that this person’s relationship with God is not normal. Those who have believed in God for many years yet have never contributed any offerings are certainly unbelievers. They are certainly those without conscience or reason, and they do not deserve to live in the presence of God. The principles for making offerings are: You must know God’s work, can see that you have come to a real understanding of the truths through your faith in God, know how to live as a human, walk the path of attaining salvation, feel that you are in debt to God for His love, and that you must fulfill your duties as a man such that your conscience will feel at ease. If you then make offerings at this time, you shall be completely willing, while at the same time, you will feel enjoyment and comfort because you have conscience and reason. If someone has believed in God for many years, yet does not feel that he is a pursuer of the truth and that he will attain salvation, then he has no need to make any offerings, for he will not be completely willing even if he should make any offerings. Such a person does not love truths, is an unbeliever, and it is a matter of course that such a person does not make any offerings. The church does not allow anyone to ask others to make offerings through preaching or any other reason. All those who are keen to talk about making offerings have ulterior motives. The matter of making offerings depends on each individual’s conscience and reason, as well as their understanding of truths.
When God’s chosen people make offerings, they are performing their duty and obligation as created beings; but this is entirely determined by their faith. Only those with real faith are able to perform splendid good deeds and bear witness, and faith can only be gained from pursuing truths. Some people have faith in God, while others have no such faith. Some have faith in God’s righteousness, while others cannot recognize that God is righteous. Such are the different states of different people. We cannot demand that everyone be the same, therefore the offerings made to God are entirely based on the willingness of each person. If a rich man has the faith of Job and offers all that he possesses to God, then that is a good deed. Some people fail to offer all of themselves to God, even at the very end, and this is the greatest failure of their faith in God.
from “The Principles for Establishing a Church and the Management of Church Life” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of the Church of Almighty God
(15) Donations should be made to help those who sincerely expend for God and pursue the truth in order to please God.
The chosen people of God should focus their donations on helping the poverty-stricken households of those who sincerely expend for God and pursue the truth. Only this will please God and conform to God’s word. ‘Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.’ Donations must be made to help select recipients. Only those good people who truly believe in God, expend for God, pursue the truth, perform their duties, do the work and win God’s acceptance are the ones really blessed by God. Only by donating to those favored by God, blessed by God and accompanied by the work of the Holy Spirit, will God be pleased. If donations are made to those who do not have the work of the Holy Spirit and never practice the truth, to false leaders and false workers who disrupt and disturb God’s work, and to wicked people who disturb church life, it will not be commemorated by God at all but detested by God instead. Good deeds must be done in a way that pleases God in order to be well accepted and commemorated by God. This is the principle of truth that God’s chosen people must understand. Those who don’t understand the truth but want to donate to help others should seek direction and guidance from those who understand the truth. This is necessary because it can help avoid making mistakes and going astray. Only good deeds well accepted by God are good deeds. God does not recognize any good deeds that contradict His intention. Therefore, one should understand God’s intention when preparing good deeds, and the key is to select the right recipients.
from “Twenty Problems That Must Be Resolved When the Church’s Work Embarks on the Right Track” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of the Church of Almighty God
One must be discerning when preparing good deeds. If one donates money to antichrists and false leaders, he is only doing evil by aiding a tyrant. If one makes offerings to God, the good deed that is truly commemorated by God is giving them directly to the church. If one donates to the households that receive God’s chosen people, brothers and sisters who preach the gospel, households whose every member believes in and expends for God, brothers and sisters who genuinely pursue the truth, or those who truly believe in God and defend God’s work, any of these is a good deed commemorated by God. To be in line with God’s intention when preparing good deeds, one must first discern whether the recipients are right or wrong. If your good deeds are done to the false leaders and antichrists, then you are doing bad deeds instead of good deeds because you are helping the nefarious culprits who resist God. Aren’t you aiding and abetting a tyrant? When preparing good deeds and making compassionate donations in the last days, one must understand the truth, grasp God’s will, and grasp the principles of practice in order to be blessed by God. This is what God’s chosen people must be clear about. Don’t be a confused person who is deceived and exploited by others. If one intends to do good but ends up doing evil, it is not worth it. He is someone who does good blindly.
from “The Meaning and Explanation of the Ten Principles of the Church Life Established by God’s Family” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of the Church of Almighty God
As mankind’s corruption is very deep, and there are so many people who hunger for money and are only interested in personal gain, it is necessary for God’s house to establish a strict system of managing money. To this end, it is hereby determined that the money of God’s house will be managed by the three organizational tiers of the church, with the three levels of church leaders directly responsible for their respective share of church money. Leaders and workers at all levels of the church will have supervisory rights. If a particular tier of the church encounters problems in managing the money, then the church leaders of that tier should take responsibility. If a problem is discovered, leaders and workers at all levels of the church must show responsibility to God’s house and report it. Those who ignore the problem will be punished as though they were also a perpetrator of the crime.
from “Administrative Principles for Managing and Using the Money of God’s House” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of the Church of Almighty God
In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus once said, “Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.” Have you forgotten? In the years when God worked in mainland China, He had suffered so much persecution and so many tribulations. There were so few places that accommodated God. If one really comprehends how God feels, he will understand that any good deeds to those brothers and sisters who are on the run and being hunt are good deeds to God. These good deeds are comforting acts that God commemorates the most. Now that the work of the family of God is almost done. There is not much work for the church to do, so it does not need more offerings. What the church currently has is enough for expenses. If someone wants to donate money, he should spend it on those brothers and sisters who are faithful to God. This is most appropriate and commemorated by God. Those brothers and sisters in trouble and danger who genuinely believe in God and pursue the truth are most deserving recipients of assistance. To ensure that they have room and board, tolls, spending, and help to get through the adversity, is true compassion. Amid trials and tribulations, if you find any brother or sister in trouble, danger and difficulties, any of you can directly help and donate money and efforts. This matter does not have to be endorsed by leaders or workers of the church. There is no need to pass it through their hands. It is too meaningless to follow the rules in this matter. Doing good deeds does not have to follow the rules. If leaders and workers of the church insist on interfering in these matters, they are too meddlesome and senseless. What are rules good for in these extraordinary times? Saving people and protecting people are most important! Leaders of the church should do what they are supposed to do by fulfilling the duties they should perform and preparing the good deeds that they should prepare. This is most important! When the great red dragon collapses, this is a good testimony that pleases God.
from “What Are the Most Important Good Deeds That Should Be Prepared in the Last Days” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of the Church of Almighty God