by Paul Tautges | October 28, 2015 3:22 am
“There have been times when God’s sore displeasure has been shown against those who demonstrate extreme, unrestrained excess in the midst of their abundance,” writes Puritan Jeremiah Burroughs in Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory. When is this true? When does a wealthy person increase his guilt by sinning in, and with, his abundance? Burroughs presents 8 conditions:
Burroughs concludes, “Let those of you who abound, therefore, take heed of this.”
The Scriptures never condemn wealth, but they do contain ample warnings against wealth stealing our heart’s affections and steeling our hearts against those in need. Think on just a few:
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. [1 Timothy 6:17-19]
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? [1 John 3:17]
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