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Money?!
Written by Ben Winslett   
Saturday, 28 August 2010 10:23

A good friend, Elder Eddy Flick, shared this quote today on a Primitive Baptist discussion forum.

“Money often comes between men and God. Someone has said that you can take two small ten-cent pieces, just two dimes, and shut out the view of a panoramic landscape. Go to the mountains and just hold two coins closely in front of your eyes-the mountains are still there, but you cannot see them at all because there is a dime shutting off the vision in each eye.” - AW Tozer

How very true! I have been considering this topic frequently in recent months from a more personal perspective...self examining, if you will.

Scripture testifies that "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim 6:10). Money itself is not evil, but the love of it most certainly is. Scripture also testifies (Mth 6:24) that we "cannot serve God and Mammon." Mammon means "treasure, riches." This certainly deals a fatal blow to the concept of "sowing a financial seed" in order to "reap a financial blessing," as we hear so often from televangelists who beg for money while ignorantly promising God's blessing. Such appeals to lust and greed in the hearer.

Money is a very uncertain thing. Paul refers to wealth as "uncertain riches" in 1 Timothy 6:17. In that verse, he actually instructs Timothy to command God's people not to trust in riches, because of their uncertainty. We have someone far more dependable and certain upon which to depend! Solomon wrote in Proverbs 23:5, that "riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven." Anyone who is current with economic news has witnessed this over the past 2 years.

This concept does not imply that money or wealth itself is sinful or to be avoided. God blessed many men in the Bible to accumulate great wealth (Abraham, Jacob, Solomon, Job, etc). Rather, sin comes in to the equation when one's focus in life is the accumulation of wealth itself, rather than the worship of Christ. Scripture (Ecc. 9:10) exhorts us to do any work "with all thy might." However, rather than for selfish gain, the Christian should work hard "as unto Christ," as we read in Ephesians 6:5. Without doubt, one finds much more fulfillment and lasting satisfaction following this life principle that the former.

 
Be Ready To Answer
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 21:37

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear..." 1 Peter 3:15

Why do you believe what you believe?

It is easy, when one is raised in the church, to hold to a certain belief or theological position simply because it is what he or she grew up hearing. It is comfortable, like an old pair of jeans or a favorite cap. The truth rings as a familiar, beloved sound in your ears. Yet, the Disciple of Christ is called of God to not only believe certain truths, but also to be fully aware of where such truths are taught in God's Word.

Peter's above exhortation speaks volumes to the pupil of Christ. We are to be ready to give an answer. Readiness implies preparedness, a preparedness to show a curious inquirer the Biblical reason behind a theological position. Readiness implies that one has studied the only Rule of faith and practice, God's Holy Writ. When confronted with the question, "why do you believe in Predestination," a ready man can reply "because God's Word teaches it in Ephesians 1 and Romans 8." What a shame it would be, for a Disciple to respond with "well, that's just what I believe," or even worse, " I don't know."

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians (1 Thes. 1:4) "knowing brethren beloved, your election of God." Upon what information was this knowledge founded? Paul specified this immediately following when he wrote, "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost..." The Thessalonian Christians believed in election, yea - they KNEW their election, because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their belief was founded in Bible truth.

May we ever be found as the noble Bereans, who searched the scriptures daily to see if these things are so. Let us form our views based exclusively upon "thus saith the Word of the Lord."

 
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