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When The Devil Accuses

For those of us in vocational ministry, we understand those times when we are confronted by the accusations of the enemy. Yet, even though facing those attacks of the enemy can be difficult, I greatly appreciate Martin Luther's bold and confident words that confirm and affirm who we are in Jesus Christ.

“When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak thus: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall be sentenced to eternal damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made a satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Where he is, there I shall be also.’” 

— Martin Luther Luther: Letters of Spiritual Counsel


I have heard this a number of times, but I would genuinely like to know, is this really profitable for churches? In other words, does giving actually increase, or is it just displaced from the offering plate to the "donate here" button? I'm reluctant to provide a means for online giving because of the cost involved (for security, transaction fees, etc.), if it doesn't really increase the total giving of the church. Anyone happen to know the stats on that?

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