The Christian and His Finances by Miles Seaborn

The Christian and His Finances
Miles Seaborn


Money, in a sense, is life, because we spend all our lives getting it for the purpose of staying alive. Now money itself is amoral . . . it's not good, and it's not bad. But depending on how it is used, it either becomes good or bad. So money can cause either righteous or unrighteous ramifications in our lives. Thus, our concept of money becomes very important. For this study we will examine three categories: he Right to Possess Money The Way to Regard Money and The Way to Give Money.

THE RIGHT TO POSSESS MONEY There are some people in the world who call themselves Christians, that say it is wrong for a Christian to have any money. They advocate a kind of Christian com b on Acts 2:44-4 where it says they ''shed all things common.'' of community thing where they give everything to some central source. That source then doles out everything on an equal basis according to need. Consequently the Christian has no right to! First, we must understand that.......

I God Owns All Money

(1) HAGGAI 2:8 - The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine saith the LORD of hosts.'' God was referring to all silver and gold really belonged to Him.

(2) DEUTERONOMY 8:18a- ''But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God; for it is he who giveth thee power to get Wealth .......God is the One to grant men the power to get wealth because it belongs to Him.

(3) CORINTHIANS 4:7b - ''And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? ''Now you can only give to somebody else what belongs to you. So if God gives us money, then it was His to begin with.

This brings us to our second point:

2. God Gives Men The Power To Gain Money The Bible does not assume that it's wrong to have money, but rather that God allows men to make money. Money is actually one of God's gifts, but man has a way of twisting and perverting all God's gifts, including money. Now I Timothy 6: l7c says that God ''giveth us richly all things to enjoy.'' God is not some browbeating kind of ogre who wants everybody in pain and misery. He gives us much to enjoy. So, God, the possessor of all moneys, is willing to grant some to us.

Another thing we learn from Scripture is that ...

3 . God Doesn't Condemn Money In Acts 2:45 it says the early church in Jerusalem: ''And they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them all men, as every man had need. ''As I mentioned before, some people take this to be a sort of Christian communism, but that's because they did understand the Greek tense. The verbs ''sold'' and ''parted'' are both in the imperfect tense, which means it was a continuous action. It should read this way. ''And were selling their possessions and goods, and were parting them to all men, as every man had need. It simply means that all the believers were selling their goods and giving money to those who had need as the needs arose. It was a picture of self-sacrifice for the need of another, not of pooling everything kind of ...

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