Now that I’ve been addressing giving, I would like to finish this piece by discussing the idea that teachers need to give away their materials for free. We already live in an entitlement society as it is. I’ve seen the damage done when things are given away for “free”. Why? There is no value associated with it. For example, I freely gave a book to six Costa Rican leaders of Hebrew Roots communities and specifically told them I wanted to know what they thought about the book. I was interested in bringing the author in to do some meetings and needed their feedback. One person got back to me out of the six. Do you know why the other five probably didn’t? They more than likely haven’t picked the free book up from where they placed it after I gave it to them. Would it have been a different story if they had paid for it? I can’t say for sure, but more than likely they would have read it by now because it would have had value.
Think back to when you were teens and your parents bought you something that didn’t cost you anything. If you were like me, you never fully appreciated them because they were given freely even though it cost my parents something. Heck, it was what I expected because I was their child. In other words, I didn’t value those things because it didn’t cost anything. The other issue I have with the free mentality is that, like the old saying goes, nothing is for free. It costs someone somewhere down the line. I know the commander-in-chief of the country said his new healthcare program would be free, but we all knew who would be footing the bill on that! That saying applies here to teachers in our movement. I’m not going to list all the costs that a teacher incurs in order to bring us their teachings, but you will get the bigger picture. Production of materials (CD/DVD/Printing Inserts for those media), maintaining a website (storage and bandwidth fees), traveling expenses (many teachers pay their own expenses to go share in communities), time away from home, wife, and children (yes this is big expense and takes a toll on families), and books and study materials in order to give us the high quality teachings that they are doing are just to name a few.
There could be so much more said to address this issue, but I must finish for now on this subject. I do want to add something about those teachers who are accused of being wrong for ‘charging’ for their materials. If you are still offended at these teachers because they don’t have their materials for free, please, go to their own websites, YouTube channels, Hebrew Nation Radio, Hebraic Roots Network, Way to Zion, or simply Google their names in order to find a plethora of ‘free’ material that they have granted permission to be used even though it cost them to make it.
Brother and sisters, stop with the accusations that these guys ‘charge’ for their materials. Ask Yah to bring deliverance and a complete healing into your life so that you can go help others. One of my mentors had a saying that said, “Hurt people hurt others while healthy people bring healing to others.” I like that statement because there is much truth in it. Brethren, these teachers aren’t in this for money. As a matter of fact, if you think there is so much money in being a minister, teacher, or missionary, please quit your job and grab your Bible and start a ministry. Six months later, if you can make it that long, come back, and let’s have a civil conversation. You would be shocked at some the teacher’s salaries and probably have to repent for wrongly judging. Some of you might not even be able to live five months off of what some of these teachers receive in offerings in a year.
If you are having hard times financially and can’t afford a teaching, then every one of these guys would give it to you. All you would have to do is contact them. They would be more than glad to bless you with a teaching. I would, too, with no questions asked.
As I finish here, I don’t want to leave the impression that I’ve tried to promote what I’m doing now to get offerings. As I before, please come down and walk with me for a minimum of three months before you make a judgment about me, the ministry I administrate, or any other teacher in our movement getting ‘rich’ off the labors of others. Before you tell me to go get a job, know that I actually have a secular job that goes into supporting my family of six, paying our bills, putting diesel in my vehicle, doing ministry, and helping widows, orphans, and needy people. I understand the importance of investing in the Kingdom. As teachers, how can we expect others to invest in what we are doing if we aren’t willing to invest ourselves first? If it weren’t for the handful of faithful supporters, grace and mercy of YHVH, and the secular job He has given me, I would have left the mission field a long time ago and no longer be serving in the building of Yah’s Kingdom. If you walked with some of us, you would probably be shocked and wonder how some ministers can even afford to put food on their tables.
How about we all finally come together, commit, shoulder our responsibilities, and contribute our part so that the teachers no longer have to ‘charge’ for their materials and are able to fully do what YHWH has called them to do?
1 Timothy 5:17-18 The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”