“I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Mt 25:35, 36)
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim 5:8)
The church as a Body has a responsibility to help people in need, BUT NOT ALL OF THEM!
The first responsibility for financial help belongs to the FAMILY (immediate and extended)
You can show compassion to all and PRAY for them who have needs without giving them money!
The needy people to be helped by the church are these: old men and women who are poor, alone, sick or widows!
Financial help may NOT be given to the younger able people who can work!
There is a difference between one EMERGENCY help and a LONG TIME program!
If it is an emergency help, any person who is truly in evident need can receive it, if he is a believer or not!
If it is a long-time program (like in Acts 6) of commitment to meet financial needs, there must be an interview to asses if that person ‘qualifies’ for that help. The need itself is not enough criteria for help! This is very important! The person who may be helped financially must be a true believer, a clearly godly person with fruit to prove over the years, who has worked in ministry and many people ‘recommend’ him!
Pray for wisdom and discernment of spirits!
Do all things to the glory of God!
For helping the poor and for blessing His children, God will surely reward you!