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Former drummer for Gary Lewis and The Playboys and The Coasters. Tim has also played with Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Darlene Zscech and Hillsongs, Jeff Fenholt, SteveCamp among others. Tim founded The Simply Agape Project in 2001 to get free Christian music to the troops. Recordings have been made with Tim, and friends Alex Acuna, Abe Laboriel SR, Justo Almario,Steve Camp , Jared Ming and some wonderful Independant Christian artists.The Somebody Brave CD also features words of encouragment to the soldiers from Pastors, Moms, Dads, and Lt Col Brian Birdwell a Pentegon 9/11 survivor Tim is married to Donna Wirth and has four children Alan 25,Steven 23, Brittany 22, Bethany 21. Tim has played in numerous churchs as well as shows on TBN. Tim has also performed on JCTV on the show Generation Worship featuring worship leader Jared Ming. Tim has a book published worldwide titled "Pass The Plate And Let Us Prey" (My Search For Black and White Christianity in a Gray Nation)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Being Good Stewards Part 2 -Giving to Charities and Foundations

On this one folks you really need to be smart and take a honest look at whats really there.

You will need to be a judge of who you give to there are a lot of wolves in sheep clothing out there these days.
Paul exhorts us to judge in Cor 5:12

"For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?"
Are we to send Benny Hinn money to buy a new airplane?

If you don't know the answer to that read on.

Questions you need to ask yourself.

Is the money going where its stated to be going?

From Paul Proctors article "Just Who's Using Whom For What In North Korea"

"Last year Rick addressed the Pew Forum's bi-annual Faith Angle conference on religion, politics and public life about three foundations he established and something he calls "reverse tithing:"
"…my wife and I made five decisions…we set up three different foundations. One is called Equipping the Church, which we use to train pastors in third-world countries.

The other is called Acts of Mercy, which we use to help those infected with AIDS. And another one is called The Global PEACE Plan, which I'll share in just a second…The fifth thing we did was become reverse tithers…We give away 90 percent and we live on 10." (Underscore added for emphasis)
In fact, in one televised interview I witnessed, he point-blank stated that the money he received from book sales goes to his foundations. Well, as far I'm concerned, what he does with his money is his business, whether he tithes 10% or 90%; that is until he starts using it to deceive others and exalt himself in the process.
If indeed HIS 90% goes to HIS foundations for HIM to use as HE sees fit, wouldn't this kind of "reverse tithing" actually mean he's giving his millions back to himself to fund his own Purpose Driven programs, agenda, expenses and ego under tax exempt status, rendering the money held on account "for charitable causes" still under HIS control either directly or indirectly?
Why does the story of Ananias and Sapphira come to mind in Acts, Chapter 5?
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." - 1st Timothy 6:10 End quote

Rick and Kay Warren have stated numerous times that the Foundation "Acts Of Mercy" was set up to help those with AIDS.

So is Acts of Mercy set up to help those inflicted with Aids?

You have the tools to check it out for yourselves through checking out the foundations 990 forms.

You can do this at these two sites its easy and free.

I went on their and found Acts of Mercy 990 forms from 2004 and 2005.

Under the Organizations Primary Exempt purpose it states.

" Acts of Mercy foundation will conduct activities in furtherance of the purposes of the Global PEACE Fund to advance the Christian faith. Specifically, the Foundation will work under GPF to fund among other things,Christian ministry and outreach activities to the poor, the distressed or the underprivileged, micro enterprise, church planting, caring for the sick, Christian education and evangelism and promote awareness of HIV/AIDS.

I encourage you if you so desire to check this out for yourself because it also lists where the money went and what activities were paid for.

Interesting note-

Both Elizabeth K Warren President and Richard D Warren Secretary were the only officers listed as being compensated (from the foundation they of course give to).

In 2004 Kay and Rick were both listed as being compensated 63,750.00

And then in 2005 both Kay and Rick were compensated 121,250.00 quite a raise based on a average 40 hours per week devoted to position as listed on the 990 form.

Check it out for yourselves if you are interested. I have a big problem with some of the statements from Rick because I don't believe Rick promotes Christianity but his own religion Purpose Driven. Which I believe is a new religion. (article on this coming soon)
Here is a related article on Rick's buddy Bono and how he spends his money.
Bono has stated he believes in Jesus you can come to your own conclusions.

Checking out a church ministry is a bit more tricky because churches do not have to make public disclosure on their finances.

Those who willingly (or unwillingly) disclose information are listed at a excellent site called Wall Watchers Ministry Watch.

Use this tool to check out church ministries.

Who you give to is your business keep in mind the verses I started this mini series out with.
One day you will have to give account to Our Lord Jesus Himself on what you did with what He gave you.

I hope all this information helps you to make wise choices in the future.

Tim Wirth


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