Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

From Riches to Rags

September 12

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death."   Proverbs 11:4

"we err greatly when we view sin as a ransom to be paid ..."


In a world crazed over material wealth, it sounds absurd to most when suggested that riches are not the currency of redemption.  We hear that: 'there are just some things money cannot buy'; but if the personal debt most people carry is any indication, we ain't buying that.  We also understand that: 'money can't buy happiness'; yet we invest our days and nights on spending sprees, with: www.happiness.com running, and debit card at the ready. 

Scripture reveals that JESUS had some significant things to say regarding riches; and held some pretty radical views toward it.  On one occasion, HE stated that: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve GOD and mammon."  The point of course, is that while serving two G(g)ods is impossible, you will have to choose, for serving no G(g)od is equally so.  At another juncture in HIS teaching, "JESUS looked round about, and saith unto HIS disciples, how hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of GOD!"  HE clearly warned that all the mammon money can buy, can and will damn the soul.  You'll recall that this is an age old problem, for consider how Cain's offering held all the variety of a Friday morning farmer's market, and still turned to a curse upon his life.  Belshazzar was drinking wine out of golden goblets the night his kingdom was overrun of the Medes, and he was executed.  Haman assumed he had purchased the annihilation of the entire Jewish race, only to be hung on the elaborate gallows he had built for the Jew he hated.  The Sanhedrin bought off the squad of Roman soldiers guarding the tomb of CHRIST, only to have the blood of the ONE they were trying to deny, return upon their own heads.  And Judas, for a pittance, sold the very SON OF GOD to take the trophy in risk strategy. 

From our vantage, we err greatly when we view sin as a ransom to be paid, and not as a wage which has been earned.  In spite of much cult teaching to the contrary, the Bible holds a strictly apurgatory doctrine in this area.  Not one red cent may be sent ahead, or left behind, which will hedge against the inevitable crash of sin's market.  Rest assured that every religious coin man has ever minted, has MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN inscribed somewhere on it.  Scripturally, the love of CHRIST which saves is a: 'Riches to Rags' story.

"In WHOM we have redemption through HIS blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of HIS grace ..."

For Love of Country
 Henry Melchior Muhlenberg  (1711-1787)
(Pastor of the Lutheran Church near Valley Forge)
"I heard a fine example today, namely that His Excellency General Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each and every one to fear GOD, to put away wickedness that has set in ... and to practice Christian virtues."

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