You Can’t Take It With You…Even if Your are Buried in a Suit With Big Pockets

‘Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire.  Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.  Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.  Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.  Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.’   James 5:1-6   KJV

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Earlier this week I read where a Pastor of a Mega-Church in Houston had, initially,

refused to open the doors for the thousands of displaced Texans from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

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Now this popular pastor preaches what is known as the Prosperity Doctrine…where if you are a christian you will become rich and full of health and happiness.

Certainly, there are multitudes of Christians…that have been devastated by Harvey?  Most assuredly their homes were destroyed and many are sick and grieving and many have died.

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I have spent my life in the Christian faith.  During that time…I have been abjectly poor and have know countless people that lived as humbly and purely…the Christian Life… as it can be lived…that nevertheless…were poor from the cradle to the grave.

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Jesus…was a carpenter…his mother and father could find no room in the Inn…and he was born in a stable.

Is the Christian life…emotion…and what can I get out of it…or is it a daily living of Christ’s principles…without concern for money…or fame…or power…or prestige?

I wonder…were the suffering and the hurting…not good enough…for the Prosperity Doctrine?

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9 responses

  1. This is why I hate Prosperity Christianity…it’s the greed for money disguised as religion.

    1. I have known many wonderful and compassionate people who never had an abundance of money. Often, the minister who is a preacher of prosperity…lives much more extravagantly than his flock.

    2. The wealth, or their prosperity, comes from the members of the church…who often suffer in order to give more money than they can afford.

      1. Exactly…and the preachers are more than happy to collect the gifts from their followers! Wolves in sheeps’ clothing….

  2. I believe in…I come with nothing and will leave with nothing. Most Christians I know of and a pastor here was taken to jail for crimininal breach of trust. Fact is we cannot live without $ but to crave wealth…is bad as it leads to greed. Good post!! Make us think really!☺

    1. Thank you my friend. Yes, to focus on money, ignores the principles of Christianity. 🌞

  3. Never heard of the Prosperity Doctrine before your post but it doesn’t sound like it embodies any of the true Christian values – how shocking the pastor refused to open the doors of the church to those in need.

    1. Yes, the promise of riches and good health…for practicing Christianity…has resulted in a lot of disappointed people. He finally did open the church’s doors, after much criticism of his closed door decision.

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