In God We Trust: What the Bible Says About Money

The title above is directly taken from Ps Mark Mitchell’s blog.

http://matt-mitchell.blogspot.sg/2009/08/in-god-we-trust-what-bible-says-about.html

 

Exactly 2 years ago, I chanced about his series of 8 sermons under this main heading, and deem it to be the most comprehensive and balanced treatise on money from a biblical perspective.  I even wrote to him asking for permission to extract it for circulation to others.

As Jesus and the scriptures taught much and hinted clearly on money matters, the diverse teachings coming from the pulpit and publications can really be a conundrum.  I suppose when my church expound on the promises of God to enrich us, promote our status in life, it is holding up to God Who seeks to bless us in all ways according to our inheritance in Christ.  I fully understand this as a key tenet of the Word of Faith proponents, of which my church is built upon.  (However, I notice of late, during the current teaching series on the Harpazo / Rapture,  there is a gradual switch towards the stewardship of our riches for God’s kingdom rather than for our own benefit.  Previously there were arguments that material blessings would be irrelevant in heaven where the streets are paved with gold, hence it is for our earthly inheritance. I truly hope this will be a permanent emphasis, as consistency from the pulpit can be difficult given the nature of sermonizing to a diverse audience).  But I was also aware of many others who hold on to other convictions, and how proof-texts from the bible could be abused to support various agenda.

Hence, Pastor Mark Mitchell’s teaching on this is really the most balanced I’ve come across ‘reflecting on this matter, trusting the Lord will give me insight into all this (2 Tim 2:7).  While Ps Mark’s sermons are conversational in style and delivery, unlike a clearly defined teaching article, the content is truly as complete as any teaching on money I’ve come across; his sermon series are as shown below :-

1. My Heart and My Money

2. The Lord’s Heart and the Lord’s Money

3. God Vs. Money (Part One)

4. God Vs. Money (Part Two)

5. The Heart of Giving

6. Pay What You Owe

7. Family Finances

8. Poverty and Riches

 

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2 thoughts on “In God We Trust: What the Bible Says About Money

  1. THE BATTLE OF THE BIBLE TRANSLATIONS BY STEVE FINNELL

    Are there translations of the Bible that are not trustworthy? I know of one or two translations out of sixty-plus English translations that are not trustworthy. Many take the position that the King James Bible is the only dependable translation of God’s word.

    A TRANSLATION COMPARISON.

    KING JAMES BIBLE (KJV)
    THE LIVING BIBLE-Paraphrased (TLB)
    NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (NASB)

    John 3:16 For God so loved world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.(KJV)

    John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (TLB-P)

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, the He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB)

    You will notice in the KJV and the TLB-P use lower case when translating, he and him. The NASB uses He and Him when talking about God and Jesus. Should God and Jesus be capitalized? Of course. Does that mean that the KJV and TLB-P are not trustworthy translations? NO IT DOES NOT. All three translations say the same thing.

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, “Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift, the Holy Spirit. (TLB-P)

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (NASB)

    Notice all three translation say that in order to have your sins forgiven you must repent and be baptized. Some deny that repentance and baptism are essential for sins to be forgiven. MEN DENY THIS, NOT BECAUSE OF INACCURATE TRANSLATIONS. THEY SIMPLY CHOSE NOT TO BELIEVE IT.

    Men are not going to be lost because of faulty translations. Men are lost because they refuse to believe in the translations they trust.

    99% of all translation are trustworthy. My translation, of choice, is the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE. You can get to heaven by reading the KJV, TLB-P, the NIV and many other translations.

    JUST PICK A TRANSLATION AND BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

    • Hi SF,
      Thank you for your input. Indeed there are translations, transliterations, paraphrases (e.g. The Message, etc). And indeed it is important not just to compare translations with translations, but to discern and compare the translations to the original languages. This is not easy for pastors and teachers, not to mention ordinary believers. Neh 8:8 showed that even the Jews could not understand the Word in the original languages and needed others to gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. And what more a person like myself. Midrash (biblical midrash, as against rabbinical midrash) has been a big help for me, the way the Jews learn to grasp the OT.

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