It seems we are inundated with pastors/teachers/evangelists/apologists/etc. who constantly peddle their books, teachings, conferences, etc. for money. Some even request money for living expenses while they go from place to place doing what they deem to be 'the Lord's work', soliciting donations from whoever will give, putting what could be a burden on the weaker brother or sister. Certain ones have family members who work, such as wives and daughters, and yet, they solicit from others. I find that to be very disturbing. Let me make it clear, I am not implying that we should not support our elder and our local church. I wonder if any today have ever heard of or read anything about George Mueller.
Here is a comment from a sister in Christ from another thread, relating to George Mueller...
"I believe Mr. Muller understood the New Testament concept of giving….through no government system, through no coercion or manipulation from the elevated pulpit/alter systems, through no “you should do this or that” from those in church systems who choose to lord over those as “they know what is best for your life because obviously you do not,” no, nothing from from the ways of man…….totally and abundantly, from God, the Holy Spriit lest any man should boast."
Here is a brief bio on George Mueller...
God used George Mueller wonderfully in an abundance of ministries. Simultaneously he pastored a church of 1,200 members; operated Sunday schools that taught and evangelized thousands of children; housed, fed clothed, taught and evangelized 2,050 orphans annually for decades; supported 187 missionaries; organized the Scriptural Knowledge Institute that distributed vast quantities of Bibles, Scripture portions, and tracts. Relying solely upon God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and prayer he supported all of these works.
At the age of seventy he began a series of missionary speaking tours that took him to Europe, Asia, North American, and Australia. Mr. Mueller was an educated man able to preach in English, German and French without the need of an interpreter. He also was well versed in both Greek and Hebrew. Thousands attended the meetings at which he spoke. In addition, he received hundreds of invitations that he was unable to accept.
Mr. Mueller never accepted a salary for any of these ministries. Neither did he tell anyone of his personal need nor any of the ministries needs. He told only God and God honored and anointed him mightily.
The work continued long after his death (at least until the end of World War II, the last data I have available) with the same abundance of God’s blessing of the ministries.
The life and ministry of George Mueller was one we would all benefit from by reading about, because it was a life lived by faith and trust - solely in God. Prayer was the key, the lifeline between this man and his God. He didn't go to the public and ask them to meet his needs...he went straight to the Source; the omnipotent, omniscient sovereign Jehovah God. I encourage you to read about this man whose life reflected God's glory; a man who understood what it meant when the Apostle Paul said, "And my God shall fulfill every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus". Phil. 4:19
Go here to read - George Mueller of Bristol
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan