1 Tim.6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; note
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
The above scriptures clearly tells us that one can be rich and still be a Christian.
It even shows us how to behave when we have money and how to use it . And that in it’s accurate usage we are laying up a foundation for the future .
And that the father gives us all things to enjoy and that includes money my friend .
What do you distribute if you don’t have money .tell me, poverty?
Yes Abraham’s blessings firstly wasn’t money but the forgiveness of our sins. Acts 3:24-26.
But note it that none of Abraham’s children was poor , not even Ismael before you talk of his concubine children from Keturah whom he gave gifts, that was more than enough to substain them in life.
How many servants was Abraham having that he can feed and take care of and you called that man a poor man or not rich?
With what was RICHES measure is his days.
The abuse of the message of prosperity which was not the gospel itself doesn’t nullify the fact that God wants his prople live well financially on the earth. Using tricks to raise money from people doesn’t answer to the gospel of Christ.
Those who now claim the holy Ghost is offended by the message only now, I wondered where the holy Ghost was all these their years. When a man’s backsliding heart correct him he should admit it and stop bringing in the perfect holy spirit who is all perfect in all times and seasons .
Whatever you speak against will never come to you . It is not all business prople that are prosperous in life and God never called everybody into business.
Peter was a Fisher man when God called him and even Mathew they never went back to their businesses. In fact when Peter tried it after the deaths of Christ he brought him back out of his business to preach the gospel.
When we venerate poverty because we want to correct an impression, we are sure digging our own graves even while we are alive.
For poverty itself is not a Christian Virtue and neither will it be.
My humble opinion here is let us preach the gospel and stop fight wars that aren’t edifying but will attract men who will fall into our own level of thinking and not Christ.
Here again is the word of God.
“Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Don’t miss this what you hate, you will never get in life .
Money is good and it’s not evil. It’s the love of and abuse of money that’s is evil .
God wants us to have all things to enjoy and distribute , don’t miss that point. That’s what the word says .
Just a thought !
Imikede Godspower3 years ago
Wow! Excellent perspective sir, poverty can never be a Christian virtue, for the Lord is our Shepherd we cannot be in want period! The psalmist was very emphatic on this, never in scriptures did the Father propose an impoverished community of people as his children, we are royalty, holy, chosen specially to demonstrate God’s riches in glory. Hallelujah! I love this, I don’t hate it, God want us prosperous. Amen!