Sunday, May 06, 2012

God Blesses His Saints With Prosperity And Wealth

"God's order clearly includes private property. It also clearly approves of godly wealth. The Hebrew words translated as wealth have also the meanings of strength, resources, goods, and prosperity. According to Proverbs 13:11, 'Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.' The warning of Scripture is against the proud who forget God in their wealth, not against the fact of wealth (Deut. 8: 17, 18). God blesses His saints with prosperity and wealth, as witness Job, Abraham, David, Solomon and others. One of the possible blessings of obedience to the law is wealth (Ps. 112:3). It is arrogant and ungodly wealth which is condemned (James 5:1-6). The declaration concerning the rich and the needle's eye is commonly misused: its point is that no man can save himself; salvation is impossible with men, because it is wholly the work of God (Mark 10:23-27). Wealth is an aspect of God's blessing of His faithful ones: 'The blessing of the LORD, it maketh right, and he addeth no sorrow with it' (Pro. 10:22). The godly pursuit of property and wealth is thus fully legitimate." -R. J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, Vol. 1, pg. 455

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