Giving offering is an essential part of a religion. Through this mean, we have the opportunity to bring back the blessing that God has given to us. Although the Bible explains that God cannot be served by the hand or by the things of man, He recognized the importance of offering so that His blessing might also be shared with others. The offering came from a willing and clean heart has the most pleasant odor in the sight of God. The Bible declared;
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51:17)
But what if the offering that we are going to offer to God comes from a sinful act? Are we glorifying Him by bringing those abominable things of His adversaries like what the Catholic Church says? Philippine’s Jaime Cardinal Sin said that he is “willing to accept money even from Satan as long as it could help his flock. ” (Maricel V. Cruz, Reporter) This statement was seconded by a news in Mexico where Bishop Ramon Godinez confirmed that the Church receives the offerings of the drug lords. He argued that the money is “purified” once it passes through the parish doors. A priest, Father Jose Raul Soto Vazquez, said Catholics should be more generous, like the drug traffickers. Church leaders fiercely deny condoning drug trafficking. But this scandal has focused attention on how some of Mexico’s most violent, ruthless men have gained public acceptance and protection–and how the Catholic Church may have contributed. In the Philippines, the national government displayed greater hostility towards illegal gambling, and in fact, a former President was ousted because of illegal gambling. Nevertheless, we have been told by the news that even the Church is receiving money from this illegal game of chance. So it is not wondering why the programs of the government against illegal gambling are so unsuccessful because the gambling lords feel like they were being sanctioned by the most “reverend” priests in the country by sharing with them their illegal income. The Bible said;
“I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.” (Jeremiah 23:14)
Gambling is an abominable deed in the sight of God, thus children of God are forbidden to participate in such games, more so in the selling of drugs. Since thousands of lives are being ruined every day because of drug addiction, we can’t describe how abominable are these enterprises in the sight of the Lord, and yet the Church accepts offerings from this kind of business and considered their masters as saints because of their generosity. Had these priests forgotten how God rejected the offering of Cain? The offering of Balaam and Balac? The offering of Saul? Of the sons of Eli? They were rejected by God because they are all evil. But drugs and gambling lords are more evil than them, yet the Church is very grateful to their offerings.
The notorious phrase “the end justifies the means” is the moving principle why the Catholic Church accepts the offerings of the wicked. It validates all wicked deeds if the Church would benefit in the end. Since the Medieval Age, this principle was used by the Jesuits to justify killings, conspiracy, theft and violence in order to reach the goals of the Church. They even quote stories and verses from the Bible to justify their deeds. According to them, since Christ Himself ate the foods prepared by a sinful tax collector, the Church may also accept offerings from gambling and drug lords, and as the Philippine cardinal said, even from Satan himself.
Money can paralyze the senses of man and blinds every channel of understanding. Because of money, the Church misrepresented the character and the ministry of Christ. Christ came into the house of Matthew, not to receive offerings from him, but to call them to repent. (Luke 6:31-32). And Matthew repented and gave up his own occupation. Can we compare this ministry to the relationship of the Church and those criminals of the country? No! The Catholic Church accepts the offerings of a wicked person, and that wicked person leaves without any shadow of repentance that they will never repeat again their sinful enterprise. For this thing, God said;
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.” (Proverbs 15:8)
Yes, God loves a cheerful giver, but cheerful giver must possess in his heart the worthiness of being a bearer of offering to the Most Reverend and Holy God. He never accepts offerings from anyone, except those persons who have a pure heart and clean hands because God will never suffer to have both iniquity and offering.
“Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;” (Isaiah 1:13-16)
And Christ, during His ministry on earth, commanded;
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. “ (Matthew 5:23-24)
The offering has a godly lesson for those who have been commanded. It was not given to cultivate corruption or to make the grace of God available with silver or gold. It was not given to sanction wickedness or to empower the hands of the wicked people to continue their vile enterprises, because if we will use it as cover to justify sin, plague and wrath of God will fall upon us.