A Word to the Rich (21 of 24) by Jerry Watts

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A Word to the Rich (21 of 24)
Series: How to Do Life
Jerry Watts
James 5:1-6

• Believe it or not, it is not a sin to be rich. However, we need to recognize two truths; First, when compared to this world we are 'rich' and next, because scripture has so much to say on the subject, we need to pay attention to this text. Let's face it, when we read text about the rich, in America, our attention goes to money.
• Money is both neutral and needed. Money is needed because it is the currency of the culture whereby we survive. In Bible days there were the really rich, penniless poor, and few existed in between. The very reason the church took care of the widows was not because they had little but because they had nothing. Today, we see that money is needed.
• At the same time, money alone is neither good nor bad. Some would have us believe that 'money is the root of all evil', yet that cannot be supported in the Bible. In fact Proverbs 10:22 says, "The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He (God) adds no sorrow to it." (KJV) God does not speak out against people who have money just because they have it; the issue is much deeper than that.
• However, it is clear in scripture that the rich person has some obstacle to overcome to become a spiritual person. Let's take the words we have just read and work backwards through the passage to hear this word to the rich.
1. The Wickedness of the Rich - When I read verses 4-6, this wickedness jumps out at me because it ends up with condemning and murdering a righteous man.
• This immediately speaks of the danger of being rich. It has been said that money talks! One comedian said, "Money talks to me alright, and always says the same thing. GOOD-BYE!"
• A.W.Tozer said: "Does it say, "Get me any way you can, even if it is exploitation?" Does it say, "Hold me tight, keep me clutch me?" If so you of all people are most miserable. Does your money say, "Spend me on yourself and no one else?" If so, it has becom ...


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