annatar1914 wrote:You are truly a twister of Scripture, which is a downfall to those who listen and a scandal to those who are non-christian and offended by such rank nonsense.
I am not a twister of scripture. I simple stated the facts in those two parables.
annatar1914 wrote:As much as I dislike Godstud's railing against ''Christianity'', his sin in this case is on the heads of people like you, who teach the ''Christianity'' of that great theologian and scriptural scholar and preacher, the Devil. Anyone with a conscience would revolt against such teachings, and such a ''gospel'', if that false gospel was all they knew.
I do not believe in the Prosperity Gospel, if by it you mean that you can command God to prosper you financially or that when you give you can expect a larger financial increase in return. I also do not believe in the other extreme, the Poverty Gospel. This false teaching claims that money and possessions are evil, that rich people are greedy and sinful, that being poor makes you more righteous in God’s eyes.
King Solomon was said to be the richest king in the world, as a gift from God. In Luke 8:3, it records that rich women supported Jesus’ ministry on earth. And when Jesus died on a cross for our sins, wealthy and well-connected men asked for his body and buried it at their expense. God blessed Job with wealth after testing him. God also blessed Abraham, Jacob, and many others with wealth. So this indicates that God does not view being rich or having money as being sinful. If that were the case, He would not have blessed so many faithful people with money. There is nothing wrong with saving money, working hard to better your life, setting financial goals, or even being wealthy/rich.
For His purposes, God uses both rich and poor for His work on this earth, noting in 1 Samuel 2:7, “The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He exalts.”
It is the love for money more than the love for God that is the problem, not the money, itself.
Praise the Lord.