Archive for July 18th, 2008

This last week, we considered the parable of the “shrewd” manager from Luke 16.  Jesus applied this parable by declaring, ‘You can’t serve God and money.”  How we view money informs our thinking about ourselves, others, and God.  Here are a few quotes that expound briefly on why our thinking about money is so important.

Calvin said, “Where riches hold the dominion of the heart, God has lost His authority.”

A. W. Pink wrote this:  “These two are diametrically opposed, God and money.  One commands you to walk by faith, the other to walk by sight.  One to be humble, the other to be proud.  One to set your affection on things above, the other to set them on the things that are on the earth.  One to look at the things that are unseen and eternal, the other to look at the things that are seen and temporal; one to have your conversation in heaven, the other to cleave to the dust; one to be careful for nothing, the other to be all anxiety.  One to be content with such things as you have, the other enlarge your desires.  One to be ready to distribute, the other to withhold; one to look at the things of others, the other to look at only one’s own things; one to seek happiness in the Creator, the other to seek happiness in the creature.  Is it not plain: “You can’t serve two such masters.”

Contrast the above words with the teaching of the likes of Joel Osteen, T. D. Jakes, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyers–all false teachers.

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“God’s promises are true:  circumstances change but God never does:  “Nothing can alter the character of God. In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically:  a a kind, equable man may turn bitter, crotchety man; a man of goodwill may grow cynical and callous. But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator. He never becomes less truthful, or merciful, or just, or good than he used to be.  The character of God is today, and always will be, exactly what it was in Bible times.”-Packer, Knowing God.

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