Many may think that Christian debt relief is a magic pill for overwhelming credit card debt when in fact these organizations will also employ most of the same options that other credible credit counselors and reputable debt relief agencies will use to help get a client out of debt. This is why; many debtors have been burned by dodgy agencies posing as Christian debt relief centers only to find out that the faith-based principles and assistance they seek are simply magical illusions propped by deceptive marketing.
True Christian debt relief will not make claims for a miraculous intervention for unsecured debt such as those owed from credit cards. Nevertheless, the miracle happens when those under a genuine Christian debt relief program transforms from a debt burdened and overspending complainant to someone who owns up to his or her obligations and dutifully settles them and from then on successfully manages their finances following true Christian stewardship teachings.
Following Biblical Principles
Unfortunately there are scores of scammers and hooligans who use the term “Christian” at will and at their own liberty. It is outright blasphemy and this has made the term Christian debt relief somewhat of a joke. Nevertheless, there are still legitimate Christian debt relief ministries that do provide free counseling and guidance to help debtors in distress get up from under their debts.
Quoting Bible verses is not the mark of a real Christian debt relief group. The Bible teaches about faith that works and truly Christian-principled debt help will result in meaningful efforts that lead to the reduction or elimination of debt without resorting to deception or illegal means. These debt relief programs are centered on Christian counseling, re-education as well as intensive budgeting and financial planning. This enriches the client to become good financial stewards even beyond the full repayment of the debt.
For Better, Not For Worse
With sham debt relief operations, clients are likely placed in more financial jeopardy than they already are. Unscrupulous debt management programs might reallocate your deposits for other purposes instead of repaying your credit card accounts. This would result not only in money lost but also to mounting fees and charges burying the debtor in worse debt than when he began.
In terms of costs, be wary of debt relief programs that ask for so called “voluntary contributions” from its clients. Others have hidden charges that cost an arm and a leg. Real Christian debt relief ministries are usually funded by church communities and similar non-profits to operate and rarely needs substantial fees. If at all, the fees will be marginal, even optional and should not deter Christian credit counselors from dispensing their mission and service to you.
True Christian debt relief services will help alleviate you from your burden of debt and will lead you to the way out of your slavery to debt and towards lasting financial transformation. Check your consumer protection groups and local churches to help you find a suitable Christian debt relief service in your community.