Friday, July 17, 2009

Living by Faith

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:11,12

I tend to wonder why professional ministers, evangelists or pastors, talk about quitting their jobs and equating it to living by faith. To some onlookers, that kind of radical decision does have the appearance of a kind of faith but is not biblically supported. It also gives the very false impression that those who have jobs don't really live by faith.

Somehow, something has changed from Paul's day (around the time of Constantine 320 AD): leaders now openly declare that God has "called" them to be dependent on the charity of others. To make matters even worse, they are the ones that teach that to be a good Christian, everyone with a job should financially support them.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it."
-- Upton Sinclair

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