Don’t Be Guilt Tripped

Don’t Be Guilt Tripped or Intimidated.
When we are out on the streets doing outreach, we are often confronted by the same people demanding money from us. You might call them professional beggars. (The genuine homeless will rarely ask you for anything) They try to intimidate & guilt trip us into giving them what they want. They even quote scriptures at us (like Matt 25:37-39, leaving out verse 40) to guilt us into giving them what they want. They have a sense of entitlement about them. This is simply witchcraft at work.

Many of these people have heard the gospel dozens of times. They may even grace the doors of a Church from time to time, but only long enough to get what they want. But unfortunately they continue to reject the Savior & live like fools saying in their own heart, there is no God. That’s their choice. Therefore it’s not our problem anymore. Their blood is on their own hands, if they have heard the Gospel.

We shouldn’t feel embarrassed to say no to them. We are only called to feed the hungry who are brothers/sisters in Christ. Not the unsaved. When we do feed the unsaved, its just a tool we can use to help us to reach the lost with the Gospel. So we are not breaking a commandment if we say no to someone, unless the Holy Spirit has prompted us to do so in a particular situation.

Therefore its OK to politely tell them you don’t give money. But if they really want help they need to join a church & get to know the people there who can help them to get their life right with God. Remember, giving a drug addict money may just feed their habit & hinder them rather than help them. So we really need discernment here.

You can tell someone straight, the only way they will turn their life around is to repent of their sinful condition & surrender their life to Jesus, who is God our creator. He is the answer they need. Offer to share the Gospel with them, and pray for them for sure. But don’t give in to their demands, unless the Holy Spirit tells you to.

Matthew 25:37-40 NASB
Then THE RIGHTEOUS will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? [38] And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? [39] When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

[40] The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of THESE BROTHERS OF MINE, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 16:26 – NASB
[24] Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. [25] For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

[26] For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? [27] For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.

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