1. Each month, appropriate living costs are provided to those who perform their duty based on a moderate living standard and their own specific needs.
2. For entire families of believers who perform their duty full time, appropriate arrangements should be made if they fall into difficulty, allowing them to clothe and feed themselves and survive.
3. For families in which part of their members are believers and perform their duty full time, if they fall into difficulty, care should be given according to their circumstances, ensuring that all those who perform their duty have a means to survive.
4. In the event of illness or accidents, care should be provided as befits the situation. In special circumstances, a report must be filed and matters handled by the regional decision-making team.
The Man’s Fellowship:
In order for all brothers and sisters who truly believe in God and seek salvation to have normal church lives and not be troubled by living constraints or entangled by the difficulties of life, the house of God has especially made arrangements to look after the family troubles of those who fulfill their duty. As long as it is the family of brothers or sisters who truly believe in God and pursue the truth, if they have practical difficulties or no way out in life, the church shall look after them. If brothers or sisters are being hunted or have homes they cannot return to, the church shall look after them. If the families of brothers or sisters who are locked up have practical difficulties, the church shall look after them as appropriate. There are also some brothers and sisters who, no matter how much trouble they are in, are not willing to tell the house of God and would rather suffer themselves than seek help—the church should especially look closely into it and offer assistance in such situations. The purpose of practicing in this way is to help all those who truly believe in God and are willing to seek the truth to get onto the right track of believing in God over the next one or two years and to establish a solid foundation for the final salvation. Accordingly, the house of God has especially customized principles for the various types of people it looks after. These are primarily people with difficulties in life, the working staff at the house of God, and people who fulfill their duty full-time and people with special circumstances, who truly believe in God, seek the truth more and expend for God. Specific details are as below:
(A) Principles for taking care of the living expenses of people who fulfill their duty full-time:
1. For church leaders and workers at all levels, evangelists, and church affairs staff, etc. who fulfill their duty on a full-time basis (average of more than 20 days per month), the monthly living expenses allowance is 50RMB-70RMB per person.
2. For those who fulfill their duty a total of 10 to 20 days per month, the monthly living expenses allowance is 30RMB-50RMB per person.
3. Those who fulfill their duty 10 days or more should be reimbursed for cost of medicine used to treat illness. Those diagnosed with acute diseases or involved in accidents requiring emergency treatment may, depending on the situation, be looked after with a 1000RMB-2000RMB allowance, which can be increased to 2000RMB-3000RMB in especially high-cost areas.
4. Special circumstances must be reported and will be handled by the regional decision-making team.
(B) Principles for taking care of difficulties in family life for those fulfilling their duty whose entire family are believers:
1. Those without food must be provided with half a year of prepared rations.
2. The monthly allowance is 50RMB-100RMB for inland rural families, 100RMB-200RMB for families in cities, and 200RMB-300RMB in especially high-cost areas.
3. Children’s education fees and expenses must be paid for (limited to elementary school level only).
4. Residences that cannot withstand the wind and rain must be repaired for them.
5. An allowance can be provided if there is an ill family member who requires medicine for treatment. In serious cases where expenses are particularly high, a portion of the expenses must be paid for.
(F) As long as a person truly believes in God, seeks the truth, and fulfills their duty normally, if they are unable to survive due to any natural disaster or accident, brothers and sisters of the church must do all they can to help them resolve their problems. Families where every member is a believer must be provided with at least half a year of prepared rations, so that they have sufficient clothing and food to survive.
The house of God looks after the living difficulties of those who fulfill their duty and their families in order to guarantee that brothers and sisters who truly believe in God, seek the truth more, and can fulfill their duty as a creature of God, are all able to achieve salvation. The church should bear the responsibility for helping these brothers and sisters. If there is a church with people who seek the truth more, but they go to work because they really don’t have a way out in life, thus affecting their church life—this is something that should not happen. All brothers and sisters should help those who can loyally fulfill their duty to resolve family difficulties. This is also the logistics work of the church, the purpose of which is to supply in accordance with the actual minimum local living standards, and guarantee that all those brothers and sisters who truly believe in God and pursue the truth will at least have food to eat, clothes to wear, and be able to fulfill their duty normally without constraint. The house of God has no responsibility to look after believers who have the ability to fulfill their duty but don’t, even if they encounter certain difficulties in life. Moreover, the house of God especially bears no responsibility to look after those who tricked their way into the house of God to do all kinds of evil and are there just to make up the numbers, and who ought to be dismissed or expelled. The house of God is not a charity. All the work it does is to fulfill God’s will. In other words, all the work of the house of God is to guarantee that all those who truly believe in God and seek the truth can attain God’s salvation. The house of God has no obligation to do anything unrelated to this. All the work that has to be done by the house of God has meaning. As long as you are a person who loyally fulfills their duty and are a person who is especially helpful to the life progression of brothers and sisters, or you are a genuine believer who seeks the truth, the house of God must look after you if you run into any particular difficulties and ensure that you have food and clothing. This is the true love that all brothers and sisters should possess. A loving heart must have principles. Isn’t exercising love toward people who belong to Satan, that is, those who don’t seek the truth and don’t fulfill their duty at all, too foolish and absurd? Only those who truly seek the truth and can loyally fulfill their duty are true brothers and sisters. This is a point that should be firmly kept in mind. The care of the house of God can only resolve living difficulties so that people can have clothes to wear and food to eat. Other problems will still require the mutual assistance of brothers and sisters to resolve.
Church leaders at all levels should be clear that the house of God’s principle in practicing looking after people is primarily targeted at those who can attain salvation and seek to be perfected. The house of God has no responsibility to look after evil people and those who have the ability to perform their duty but don’t. The house of God does not exercise love without principle. This is a principle that church leaders at all levels must grasp. The house of God prohibits anyone to use its interests to engage in transactions and please people. All brothers and sisters have a responsibility to restrict such God-betraying despicable behavior.
Note: Regions with especially high costs are to be managed flexibly by local leaders.
from “Principles for Looking After People Who Perform Their Duty Full-time” in Annals of the Fellowship and Arrangements of the Work of the Church (I)
1. All those expending for the house of God full-time (leaders, workers, evangelists, church affairs staff, etc.) must be looked after, with each person receiving an allowance of around 50RMB-70RMB per month. The allowance should be managed flexibly in accordance with principle, higher in the cities and regions where costs are higher and lower in rural areas.
2. Families where all members believe in and expend for God must be looked after when facing living difficulties. One year of rations must be prepared for them if they have no food to eat, and a monthly living allowance of 200RMB-350RMB can be provided, appropriately based on the difference between rural and urban costs of living, so that they will have clothes to wear, food to eat, and be able to survive. An additional medical subsidy may be provided if there is someone ill in the family who needs to take medicine for treatment. In cases where the illness is serious and expenses are higher, a portion of the medical expenses must be paid for.
3. The church must look after families in which every member truly believes in God if they don’t have a way out in life, preparing them with at least a year of rations and ensuring they have clothes and food to survive. At the same time, brothers and sisters from the church must all extend a helping hand to assist them in pulling through difficult periods. This is the loving heart we ought to have. If their residence is unable to withstand the wind and rain, the church should help them repair it.
4. If ill staff members require several tens or more than a hundred RMB for treatment, the church may provide emergency assistance as appropriate. Additional assistance may be provided in cases of acute illness or accidents requiring emergency treatment. Brothers and sisters should also exercise love, and we must not let lack of money be the reason for holding up people’s treatment.
5. Brothers and sisters being hunted, persecuted, or having homes they cannot return to must be looked after, with each receiving an allowance of 50RMB per month and those in high-cost regions each receiving an allowance of 50RMB-70RMB. These living expenses may be distributed in one sum every six months. Their place of residence must also be taken care of. Affluent brothers and sisters can offer assistance to those without clothes. Taking in brothers and sisters being hunted and persecuted is true love. No matter what kind of corruption is revealed by brothers or sisters taken in, they should be assisted with love, patience and tolerance, without being affected by personal preferences.
6. If all members of a family are believers and a brother or sister who is the main breadwinner of that family has been imprisoned, resulting in the family not having a way out in life, the church must look after them. Every month, based on the differences in the cost of living in cities and rural areas, an allowance for living expenses of 200RMB-350RMB is to be distributed as appropriate. Those without rations must be provided with a year’s worth of prepared rations. If only part of the family comprises believers and the human natures of the family members are good and they also support believing in God, in cases where they really don’t have a way out in life, a portion of living expenses may also be provided as appropriate.
8. As long as a person truly believes in God, seeks the truth, and fulfills their duty normally, if they are unable to survive due to any natural disaster or accident, brothers and sisters of the church should exercise love and provide assistance. When necessary, the church must provide financial assistance to ensure they have clothes and food to survive.
All full-time service personnel must abide by the above 13 principles. If any leader or worker is discovered misusing funds from the house of God, they must be dealt with in accordance with the punishment for stealing offerings. Serious or habitual offenders must be replaced or expelled. If any other related personnel are discovered to be misusing funds from the house of God, light offenders shall be warned or sent home, while serious offenders must be expelled from the church. Church leaders at all levels should be clear that the house of God’s principle in practicing looking after people is primarily targeted at those who truly believe in God, seek the truth, and loyally fulfill their duty. The house of God has no responsibility to look after all the various types of evil people who don’t seek the truth and instead do evil to interrupt and disturb church life. The house of God does not exercise love without principle. Anyone who betrays these principles and rules to look after someone who should not be looked after must be held accountable. Church leaders at all levels must grasp these principles to ensure that this aspect of their work conforms with God’s will. The house of God prohibits anyone to use its interests to engage in transactions and please people. All brothers and sisters have a responsibility to restrict such stealing and God-betraying despicable behavior. All brothers and sisters should supervise each other and immediately expose and report anyone found to have betrayed these principles relating to the house of God’s money. This is behavior that protects the work of the house of God and is loyal to God.
from “13 Principles on the Use of the House of God’s Money During the Tribulation Period” in Annals of the Fellowship and Arrangements of the Work of the Church (I)