Selling God's Word
“There is little doubt that the Bible is the world's best-selling and most widely distributed book.” (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/best-selling-book-of-non-fiction/)
I don’t know when I first heard this statement. I assume it was decades ago. Until recently, I would have found it to be quite encouraging. But now, not so much.
The business of selling Bibles tragically keeps God’s Word out of reach for hundreds of millions of people.
How in the world is that possible? Here’s how.
Who owns God’s Word? There is an obvious answer. But there are also other answers.
Let me ask the same question in a slightly different way. Who owns the intellectual property of the Bible? The answer to this question is frequently printed on page two of your Bible. Someone owns the copyright. Someone is protecting their asset. Someone is selling their intellectual property one copy at a time.
And it isn’t God.
There are many arguments that could be made in defense of selling God’s Word. Rather than enaging in those arguments, I am simply advocating giving God’s Word away.
Maybe you are thinking, “He should practice what he’s preaching.”
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