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Can The Church Contribute To March Of Dimes?

W. M. Grooms, Lancaster, California

There is presently being conducted a nation-wide campaign to raise money for THE MARCH OF DIMES. That much good is done by this organization none will deny. That an individual Christian can contribute to such an organization, I suppose all will agree. But can the church contribute to its support out of its treasury? This might seem an insult to the intelligence of members of the Lord's church, but the question is quite in order. May I ask, "by what authority does the individual contribute to such?" I have received this answer to this question by those attempting to give authority: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." (Gal. 6:10.) Now I believe this passage is authority for such, but what proves too much proves nothing. Many today refer to this passage as authority for church action. If it applies to the church AND the individual it permits the same thing for both, thus the church could contribute to March of Dimes. Surely we can see that Galatians 6:10 does not authorize church action in the field of general benevolence but the instruction here is to the individual only.