And if the righteous scarcely be saved,

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Is It God’s Will That any  Christian Minister Should Be Poor?
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Luke 6:20-26 And he (Jesus) lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. 24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

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Sadly it is too often the fact that some  people take isolated verses to falsely justify their false doctrines neglecting the other applicable  verses even on prosperity, riches

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Psalms 37- 16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of  many wicked.

Psalms 52- 7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
Psalms 62-10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
Proverbs 10- 22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 11- 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
Proverbs 13- 7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
Proverbs 22 – 1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
Proverbs 22-1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Proverbs 22-0 16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Proverbs 23- 4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
Proverbs 23- 5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Proverbs 28 – 6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich
Proverbs 28  – 20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Proverbs 28  – 22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
Proverbs 30- 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

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If it was God’s will that all Christians be rich then again why did Jesus say to his disciples that they are blessed even if they were poor?

..Yes many people falsely lust after money thinking it would next give peace and happiness, but they are wrong it increases their sorrows..

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Romans 13:11-12  “. . . knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”

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Because of the love of  money many will next fail to enter heaven.. The love of  Money the root of all evil,

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2 Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

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God himself meets all of our needs, not our wants and desires..

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Hebrews 4:1 “Let us therefore fear, lest, the promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

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Hebrews 4:10-11 “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

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 “Did I believe that it was God’s will for Christians to be poor?

Read Luke 6:20 again And he (Jesus) lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

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 The Sermon on the Mount was preached to the multitudes but note  in Luke 6:20 it says that Jesus was speaking to the disciples.

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Now if Jesus said to the disciples, those in the minstry are  blessed because  be ye poor it would seem self-evident that it was not only His will but that he was blessing those that were his disciples, and followers that were and remained financially poor.
Note this also There is no place in the New Testament that Christ says blessed be ye rich.  
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 There is also no place in the New Testament that the Apostles themselves were blessed to be rich. 
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Matthew 19:23-25 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
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So he said Christ was actually speaking about one of the gates around the city of Jerusalem that was called the eye of the needle where a camel had to stoop and crawl on his hands and knees to get though the eye of the needle gate – and so if a rich man will humble himself Go will accept him. That is not at all what Christ said. Look now at the words of the disciples, they grasped the gravity of Christ’s words and it struck them with fear (The word Amazed in King James is fear in the Greek. This saying filled them with fear.  Why, because they wanted and were desirous to be wealthy.

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Consider now Peter’s words. 

1 Peter 4:18-20 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. 

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And this does not sound like a good eternal security verse. This not sound like good  verse for those who want to live in careless ease in Zion. This not sound like a good verse for those who preach that it is not the will of God for a Christian to be poor. This does not sound like a good verse for those who preach that is not the will of God for us to suffer.  

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1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 

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It is better to suffer the momentary in this life for doing the will of God than to suffer eternal damnation for following after the lusts, the pleasures and riches of this life. 

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The audience to whom Peter is writing this letter are all churches that were not only founded by the Apostles themselves, but these were churches that the Apostles had repeatedly visited and had taught not only the Gospel of Christ but the Doctrine of Christ as well 

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Peter tells us that among those believers the righteous are scarcely saved.  Then we should be asking ourselves were does that leave us some 2000 years later in a church that has little or no foundation, a church that has more in common with the liberaqlized traditional churches of Roman Catholic Church, Menno Simons, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, than with Jesus Christ and the Apostles?

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Luke 16:19-25 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he (The rich man) lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

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What was the rich man’s sin?  Jesus said he was evil so that was why he was in Hell? or Did Christ say he was unjust? or what did Jesus really say was his sin?    Jesus said he was wealthy and ate sumptuously every day. –  That was his sin, that was his defilement, and that cost him his soul.
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Look back now at Luke chapter 6:  “But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 25Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.”  
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What did Lazarus do to earn a spot in Abraham’s bosom? Did Christ say he was righteous? Did Christ say he prayed morning noon and night? No Jesus said he was a beggar that laid at the gates of the rich man desiring the crumbs that fell from his table and the dogs licked the man’s sores.
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Look again at Luke chapter 6: Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. 21Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. 

This should send a chill up your spine because the parable of the rich man and Lazarus shows that Jesus meant exactly what he said in Luke chapter 6. 

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Look now at the words of Paul the Apostle,   Yet in this passage we see Paul the Apostle echoing the words of Luke: 6

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2 Corinthians 6:9-11 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;  As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

As unknown = He made himself of no reputation.
As dying = He who seeks to save his life shall lose it and he who seeks to lose his life shall save it..
As chastened = He chastens every son he loves, and scourgeth every son He receives.
As sorrowful = Woe unto you that shall laugh now.
As poor = woe unto you that are rich.
As having nothing = Whosoever does not leave houses and lands mother father sister brother is not worthy of me.
 

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There is no verse where Christ or the Apostles said blessed be ye that are rich.   

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There is no verse where Christ and the Apostles said blessed are ye when ye love the corrupt mammon of world and the things of the world.    Rather

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(1 Cor 16:22 KJV)  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 

(1 John 2:15 KJV)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

(Mat 6:24 KJV)  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. 

(Mark 3:27 KJV)  No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

When John the Baptist was in prison and he knew he was to die he sent his remaining disciples to Christ to ask if He was indeed the Messiah. And Jesus responded:

(Luke 7:22 KJV)  Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

(Luke 7:23 KJV)  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

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Revelation 3:14-16 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 
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Many preachers are rightfully being dsirepsected by so many because they are not being fooled by the false prosperity, self centered evangelcial Gospel.. 

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When the land vomited out its inhabitants they were not just removed from the land they were destroyed. And so when one is vomited out of Christ’s mouth this person is no longer IN CHRIST, they are no longer part of Him they have been cast into outer darkness for causing offense.   

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Is it a strange thing when we find Christ enacting His words?  And He shall be cast into outer darkness, and there shall be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. And is it also strange that a “believer” would be cast into hell for an offense of being rich, having a love for corrupt mammon, and having a love for the things of the world?

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 This is what Paul spoke of when he said he feared that:” 1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 

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And in this case an entire Laodicean Church had become defiled, they had caused offense of turning from the Gospel and living a life that was daily dependant upon the Lord and instead they turned to the god of this world, and exercised themselves in his wealth building programs. And so Christ vomited them out, Jesus spewed those that had defiled themselves and their garments out from himself.  

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So now let us look at their defilement, that which caused Christ to reject those who one had walked in his ways.  

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 

http://www.alaskandreams.net/ekklesia/Is%20It%20God%27s%20will%20that%20a%20Christain%20be%20Poor.htm

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Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

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 Look I am not alone in this view.. too many Canadian persons have noticed that we have much too many alcoholics in the governments, even as elected ones, even as leaders, Brian Mulroney was known for his boozing now too.. Regretfully still there  much too many alcoholics even in the Conservative party now for my liking,  , in this area too they are just as bad as the Liberal too it seems..  and who can forget Ralph Klein’s alcoholic outburts too, A man is certainly known what he is like by the friends he keep and having an brain damaged alcoholic as a friend, as a  drinking buddy is really no virtue, it is a sad recommendation,  a poor reference that you cannot even be now proud off.. The Prime Minister Stephen Harper a professing Christian Missinary Alliance Evangelcial too had said that the ex PM Brian Mulroney was a close friend.. he Harper now really better start to get better friends and appointees than his alcoholic drinking buddies.. and still not one cent of taxpayers’ money should ever be even used  to buy any alcoholic, alcohol  at any governmental function, expense account.. for we all know how bad alcoholism is and how much evil , suffering it brings, all alcoholics should be fired, especially all of the alcoholic the public and civil servants, all alcoholic  elected officials too  and  not rather falsely  rewarded with more alcohol for almost all of them are already known to be liars, cheat’s thieves, abusers, etc.

see

http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/as-to-what-is-a-christian/

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