The Scriptures have very much to say about financial issues; the New Testament has a lot more to say about money than about Hell. And so why are Christian folks so skittish when the topic of money comes up? Why have words as “prosperity” & “wealth” and “rich” suddenly become dirty words in the body of Christ?
What we require in the church these days (the Body of Christ, not merely the small amount of team of ours or perhaps denomination) can be at odds into 2 parts: education, and mindset. The attitudes of ours about things financial are already way wide of the mark, primarily as a result of an essential lack of knowledge of the Scriptures.
Begin, then, with education. Look over through the epistles of the New Testament with a watch open for financial topics. Poverty is one particular element of the curse of sin that this planet labors under since the fall of Adam, and Jesus has redeemed us from the curse. No wonder God, through the various epistle writers, is trying to instruct us about that aspect of redemption.
In the past several years, there are already efforts made to bring monetary understanding into the Church, and lots of of these efforts have been inadequate, quite possibly harmful. This takes place since we’re all fallen, and also at the mercy of temptations; we pick up a scrap of simple fact and hold it over the brink of insanity. This does not imply the “truth” wasn’t “true,” but we have been looking to break down meat before we had been prepared. however, it is now time for us to grow up, be the older sons and daughters God wants us to be, as well as handle the reality once more with a mature food cravings for God’s Word, and stored the childish ways of the past.
Our attitudes about money must change for cartridge reason that is simple: Jesus gave us the mandate to meet the needs of those around us. (That’s what “Love your neighbor as yourself” really means.) A command to help the poor is of no use if we are the bad; how much worse if we think that God wants us poor? But no, God wants us to prosper, to have our needs met, with enough left over to help all those in need.
On a much larger scale, the Church needs to send out the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in darkness, here at home and abroad. But how are able to we spread the Gospel to others in case we can rarely afford to keep our very own church doors open? God desires to bless us thus we are able to bless others. The ability of ours to bless others is a component, an incredibly observable portion, of our testimony for the goodness of God, who “gives you the strength to obtain money, that he may build The covenant of his within the earth.” And it is the goodness of God that causes people to salvation.