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those who gather up riches for themselves in his name slander him greatly since they use him to cloak their own greed and wantonness

December 23, 2011

Christ rejects the riches and pomp of this world. From this we conclude that those who gather up riches for themselves in his name slander him greatly since they use him to cloak their own greed and wantonness.

23rd Thesis

Zwingli, 67 Theses

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I will give you anything you want except my money or my Chess set

April 12, 2011

Dear God,

If you give me Genie lamp like Alladdin, I will give you anything you want except my money or my Chess set.

– Raphael

Children’s Letters to God

when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me

October 4, 2010

There was a man who worked all of his life and saved all of his money. He was a real miser when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, “Now listen, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me. I wanna take my money to the afterlife.” So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died, she would put all the money in the casket with him. Well, one day he died. He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to her closest friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said “Wait just a minute!” She had a shoe box with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket down and rolled it away. Her friend said, “I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in the casket.” “Yes,” the wife said, “I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that casket with him.” “You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?” “I sure did. I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check.”

A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?

November 17, 2009

A blind love of one’s own property has deceived many. How could they be prepared for, or comfortable with, departing this earth when their wealth fetters them like a chain?….Therefore, the Lord, the teacher of all good things says, ‘If you will be perfect, go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. And come and follow me’ (Matt 19:21) If rich men did this, they would not perish by their riches…..They think that they own, when actually it is they that are owned. They are not the lords of their money, but rather it’s slaves.’

Cyprian, On the Lapsed, secs. 11, 12 paraphrased

Cyprian had been a rich man but on conversion gave all is goods to the poor

These (rich Christians) are those who have faith indeed, but also have the riches of this world. When tribulation comes, they deny the Lord on account of their riches and business

October 3, 2009

These (rich Christians) are those who have faith indeed, but also have the riches of this world. When tribulation comes, they deny the Lord on account of their riches and business… As a result, those who are rich in this world cannot be useful to the Lord unless their riches are first cut down. Learn this from your own case. When you were rich, you were useless. But now you are useful and fit for life…Refrain from much business and you will avoid sin. Those who are occupied with much business also commit many sins, being distracted by their business affairs instead of serving the Lord.

Hermas, Shepherd, Book 1, vis.3, ch.6, bk.3, similitude 4

Not all rich Christians will deny Christ in the day of persecution, but surely they have a greater trial. Also, many may glorify God in their secular calling. But we must beware the deceitfulness of riches and not love money.

also

Clement described wealth as “a weight that ought to be removed and taken away as though it were a dangerous and deadly disease”.

Cyprian wrote “But how can they follow Christ when they are held back by the chain of their wealth?…They think that they own, when actually it is they who are owned.”

Lactantius warned “Satan, having invented false religions, turns men away from the heavenly path and leads them into the way of ruin. That path seems to be level and spacious and delightful with all kinds of flowers and fruits. For Satan places on this path all things which are esteemed on earth as good things – wealth, honor, leisure, pleasure, and all sorts of enticements.”

Mark Felix answered the Romans “That many of us are called poor, this is not our disgrace, but our glory. As our mind is relaxed by luxury, it is strengthened by poverty. Yet who can be poor if he does not long for anything? If he does not crave the possessions of others? If he is rich towards God? He is rather poor, who, although he has much, desires more.”

Excerpts from ‘Will The Real Heretics Please Stand Up’ by David W Bercot

Claim whatever you need or want

September 20, 2009

Jesus said, “I not withholding finances from you – that’s not Me! It’s the devil. He is the god of this world. The money you need is down there on earth; it’s not up here in heaven. I am not going to rain any money down from heaven. I am not a counterfeiter. The silver and gold are down there, down there, on earth where you need it. Jesus said, “Don’t pray about money anymore; that is, the way you’ve been praying.” Do This Instead.
1. Claim whatever you need or want. Psalms 23, Psalms 34:10.
2. Say, Satan, take your hands off my finances, in Jesus’ name. Luke 10:17-20
3. Then say, “Go, ministering spirits, and cause the money to come. Hebrews 1:14.
4. If you think about it, from them on, simply stay in faith and say, Thank God for it. It’s working.

Kenneth Hagin

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 1 Tim.6.9

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7.15

If we are kings, shouldn’t we have majesty?

September 20, 2009

If we are kings, shouldn’t we have majesty, honor and material things befitting kings? This is our natural inheritance...These are our treasures which we can claim as easily as we would draw money from a bank in which a generous amount of money had been deposited with our account number on it.

Paul Yonggi Cho, Salvation, Health and Prosperity, Creation House, 1987, p.51

“…those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction”1 Tim. 6.9

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7.15

Recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made

September 19, 2009

Let me ask you to recall the most worthless, unnecessary expenditure you have made in the last year. Perhaps it was an electric can opener which now sits in the garage, or a suit of clothes which will never be worn. Do you realize that this item was not purchased with your money; it was bought with your time which you traded for money. In effect, you swapped a certain proportion of your alloteted days on earth for that piece of junk which now clutters your home. Furthermore, no power on earth could retrieve the time which you squandered on its purchase. It is gone forever. We are investing our lives in worthless materialism, both in the original expenditures and on subsequent upkeep and maintenance.

James Dobson