The Holy Spirit led me to write Organic Faith and make it available for
FREE to the body of Christ. Generally, it's best not to argue with God.
Besides, the very nature of organic faith challenges the status quo, aka
the traditional Christian publishing industry. In Matthew 10: 8, Christ
issued the following command to His disciples, "Freely you have
received, freely give."
God is raising up a band of believers that will continue the work of
Christ by liberally sharing with others what Christ has given them.
This is not to say that other ministers, musicians, speakers,
teachers or writers who take money for their service violate God's will.
The decision whether or not to take compensation for ministry must be
left up to the conscience of each believer as guided by the Holy Spirit.
But for me, I believe the Lord issued a direct challenge. He said to me,
"Freely give to others and I will lead some believers to support my
ministry through your writings."
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Should a Christian Copyright God's Truth?
The idea of a Christian copyrighting and making money off books, music,
videos and other media containing spiritual truths and "religious"
content has raised objections from some within the Church. These critics
contend that the copyright law hinders the free flow of the Gospel and
God-given talents to a lost world. Are Christians trying to cash in on
their work now instead of waiting for an eternal reward? Is there
anything wrong with a believer earning his/her living from ministering
Scripture clearly supports the idea of believers paying ministers and
others providing valuable resources to the body of Christ. Those tasked
with spreading the Gospel as a full-time occupation definitely deserve
to eat and provide for them families. Notice the instruction of Jesus to
His disciples as He sent them out to minister. Jesus said, "Heal the
sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye
have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor
brass in your purses, 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two
coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his
meat" (Matthew 10:8-10). God called His disciples to travel light
because He would provide for their needs through the generosity of those
God called to give. The disciples were not to charge for administering
the free gifts of God or spreading the good news. But this does not
absolve the recipients and others from doing their part to support the
kingdom of God. We are to recognize that "the laborer is worthy of his
hire" (Luke 10:7).
Read the following Scripture passage and see what Paul had to say about
paying ministers for their labor for the cause of Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:3-18
3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other
apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a
vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock,
and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the
mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt,
this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he
that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if
we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?
Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we
should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of
the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers
with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel
should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these
things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to
die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against
my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I
may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power
in the gospel.
Paul outlined a defense for paying ministers even while he personally
abstained from charging for his service. Although Paul did take support
from those who willingly gave, he did not require it or try to coerce
believers to pay him. Always focused on the call, Paul would rather go
without than act in a way that hindered the spread of the gospel of
Christ. Paul's letter does warn about abusing a ministerial office for
financial gain. Some do look at ministry as a way to obtain the 'good
life' - fancy cars, luxury watches and mansions. These people will bring
judgment upon themselves if they act out of faithlessness. For the most
part, Paul does not say that everyone must follow his personal example.
Paul wrote, "The Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should
live of the gospel." Each minister must seek the face of God and listen
for what the Lord would have him do. According to your measure of faith,
God may require you to go forth with little to no support on the books.
Others may be provided for completely without any expense unpaid. God
will work uniquely in every circumstance.
The Bible established a responsibility for believers to labor and
produce both money and resources necessary to meet needs within the Body
as well as provide for full-time ministers. We are to "give to him that
needeth" (Ephesians 4:28). We are to provide for those with needs so
that they lack nothing according to 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12.
Paul never wanted to be burden to anybody, yet he had needs and trusted
for God to provide through the generous gifts of fellow believers. Read
the account that Paul gave to the church in Philippi.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care
of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where
and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both
to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel,
when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as
concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of
Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet
smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
The gifts delivered by Epahroditus were a sweet smell, like a pleasant
perfume to God. Stop and think about your giving as fanning the sweet
smell of God's love to places without Him. Paul set an example for
ministers that they should be content with what God provides. And the
church of Philippi shows Christians today how they should provide for
true ministers and support the work of spreading the gospel to new
How does this translate to the issue of copyright law? Well, it makes
sense that those who labor to minister through writing or developing
music deserve to earn a living from the gospel. One problem with
copyrighting a work is that it might lead to a situation where one
believer would have to sue another in court in order to protect the work
from infringement. Paul forbids believers to sue each other in I
Corinthians 6:1-8. This passage clearly shows how it would be better to
suffer wrong than to cause harm to the reputation of the Church by
airing disputes among non-believers. The copyright law basically sets up
a situation where a believer might have to choose between obeying
Scripture or defending a copyright.
One critic pointed out that if the Holy Spirit is the source or
inspiration behind a work, does the person who writes it down or records
it really have a right to copyright it? Should that act be considered
profiting from the revelation of God? While some may look at the
situation this way, it is clear that our very lives are a gift from God.
We own nothing in the grand scheme of things. In a flash of light, we
could die and lose all of our earthly possessions. We must look at
receiving compensation for ministry with eternal eyes. If we are
advancing the cause of Christ by being able to focus all of our
attention on the ministry instead of having to work a second job to pay
the bills, that may be the best thing for fulfilling God's master plan.
Taking compensation from willing brothers and sisters may bring God
maximum glory by helping the minister focus completely on God's call
while giving others an opportunity to sow into the Kingdom of God.
There does not seem a clear cut mandate either way on the issue of
copyright. It all comes down to faith and hearing from God. For me, I
believe that God wants me to protect the integrity of the work while
providing a free license for others to distribute it and offering free
copies to those who might want one. I trust God to provide, and He has
and will continue to do so. Whatever you do, make sure that you are
walking in faith and radical obedience to the Word of God. Shalom!