8 n January / February 2014 n www.faith Today.ca
FaithForum n LET TERS TO THE EDITOR
giving and the
Re: The Faith Today Interview
With Ronald J. Sider (Nov/Dec
Pentecostalism, as Sider notes,
is indeed the fastest-growing
part of the evangelical world.
When are the theologians going to see that Pentecost is an
experience that Jesus made
clear is for all Christians, and
not a denomination for a select few (something like 800
million and counting)?
Sider also states, “Many
Canadian Christians could
give not 2 or 10 per cent, but
15 or 20 per cent of their income and still not even be
close to poverty.” But a more
biblical approach would point
out that you prosper when
you give to God’s work. For
example: “The generous man
will be prosperous” (Proverbs
11: 25, NASB); “Give, and it
will be given to you … a good
measure – pressed down,
“he who sows bountifully will
also reap bountifully” ( 2 Cor-
inthians 9: 6, NASB).
The Bible is clear that the
givers gain. If Christians are
not even tithing, then their
pastors either have not taught
the blessing of tithing and giving, or the Christians are in rebellion. With the embarrassing level of giving in Canada,
why doesn’t your magazine, at
least once a year, publish an
article or even provide a teaching series on the blessings of
God has a simple plan for
financing the gospel. He raises
up someone with a ministry,
and then He prospers those
who support it. Do you agree
that if your life is not supernatural, it is superficial?
Our pensions add up to
about one teacher’s salary, and
we give away at least 40 per
cent – and we live in the super-
natural financial blessings of
God so that we would never go
back to even just tithing.
The prosperity gospel is
no different than the gospel of
healing. A.B. Simpson wrote
his book The Gospel of Healing – A Classic Presentation of a
Revolutionary Doctrine [Chris-tian Alliance Publishing,1890]
over a hundred years ago, and
God has raised up many people
who minister healing to the sick
and infirm. But a large part of
the Church ignores these truths
with a doctrine that says healing is not for today.
Instead of lamenting that
the youth are leaving the
Church, why not emphasize
the Full Gospel. I think you
will find that churches that do,
do not have a problem with the
youth leaving their church.
Stackhouse on Dissent
Re: Christ & Culture in Canada
Just signed up for your digital
delivery. Love the John Stackhouse articles from the current
and previous issues – thought-provoking and informative.
Thank you for providing a first-rate magazine!
Re: Christ & Culture in Canada
I write with a view from the
Dave addison as executive director of
Toronto City Mission. He is a business
executive and spiritual leader currently
serving as trustee at st. Paul’s Angli-
can Church (Bloor street). since 1879
Toronto City Mission has improved the
lives of thousands of
families impacted by
poverty in Toronto.
Andrew schell, who
served in the pos-
ition for eight years.
ed Wilson as acting
and Coo of International Justice Mis-
sion Canada. Jamie McIntosh, founder
and executive director for the group’s
first 12 years, departs the organization
to join World Vision Canada as vice-
president of policy and programs.
James gimbel as president of Concordia lutheran seminary in Edmonton,
affiliated with the lutheran Church–
Canada denomination. He has served
as a professor since 2002 at Concordia
University in st. Paul, Minnesota, where
he has focused on leadership and management. He has also been an editor at
Concordia Publishing House in Missouri
and a parish pastor in north Dakota.
MK Safety net Canada, a group advocating for people who have been hurt in a missionary environment, recently received
charitable status in Canada. Beverly
shellrude Thompson, a Canadian, helped
found the group ( www.mksafetynet.net)
in 2005 in the United states.
The Christians: Their First Two Thou-
sand Years, a 12-volume popular-style
history of Christi-
anity, after almost
editor Ted Byfield,
known as the
publisher of the
magazine Alberta Report, started the
project 30 years ago ( www.thechris-
tians.ca), and created a charity called
the society to Explore and record
Christian History (sEArCH) to raise
funds for its completion.
yonge Street Mission has sold its
namesake property at 381 yonge street
in Toronto, just south of Gerrard street.
Although just one of six program loca-
: WWW. Toron ToCITyMI