In the denominational world, giving is an every day occasion. Each time they open the church doors they are passing the collection plate. Among faithful brethren in the Lord’s Church, giving is to be done each first day of the week, Sunday. However, there are some brethren who have questioned this doctrine. Some are saying, just like denominations, that giving can be done on any day of the week. So, who is right?
Most agree that a church can take a collection on Sunday. We know this is right because of the teaching of 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. However, how do we know that a local church can collect funds in any other way? Where do the Scriptures authorize the church to collect funds in any other way? If the Scriptures do not authorize any other way, then a local church can only accumulate funds by first day of the week collections.
Some argue that the reason why Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 told the Corinthians to collect the funds the way he did does not apply upon us. This is not so! What Paul taught to one church he also taught to all churches (1 Cor 4:17). Paul told the church at Corinth to collect funds upon the first day of the week so that the funds would be ready when he came. It is true that Paul is not coming to us today, but the principle of having the funds stored up so that they are ready for the time of distribution is just as needful today. It would be very inconvenient for the one handling the treasury to have to call the members together to collect funds every time he needed to write out a check. Secondly, Paul confirmed this practice of giving in his second letter to the Corinthians, and commanded they continuing doing the same (2 Cor 9).
What is wrong with giving on any other day than the first day of the week? It’s wrong because one would be adding or taking away from the word of God in order to accomplish such a deed (1 Cor. 4:6 f; Gal. 1:6-9). No matter how good a deed may be doesn’t make it right with God. To be right with God is to do the Will of God. Many will say to Jesus on the day of judgment that they have done MANY WONDERFUL WORKS, but Jesus will not accept their works nor them and shall cast them into the lake of fire (Mt 7:21-23). Obey the gospel like Jesus commanded (Mk 16:16). Worship like Jesus’ disciples worshiped (Jn 4:23,24). Continue in the same doctrine of Christ and his apostles, and nothing more (Jn 8:31 ff; 2 Jn 9; Acts 2:42). Remember brethren, it is not the amount of good works which saves a man, but rather the works Jesus commanded us to do_this saves a man!