Truth: Hoarding vs Sharing
What does the Perfect Teaching of Holy Scripture say regarding this topic, briefly?
Hoarding is a “no” during “these last days” (probably on ‘earlier times or days’ of the past, it may have been allowed —> explaining wealthy Old Testament characters):
“Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” (James 5:3)
Under the New Testament rule, we’re commanded to share our money & possessions instead (note that ‘all believers’ named did this; “not” some or those with ‘special calling’ only):
“and all those believing were at the same place, and had all things common,” (Acts 2:44)
The verse above clearly allows you to “own a property” or ‘wealth’ being in “your name” (technically) but you ‘share’ it by putting it to common use “responsibly” (with wisdom) as “anyone had need” (that’s the idea – practically).
Some with more love went beyond by even ‘selling what they owned’ in order to ‘give to another who had need’ (this was the characteristic of the ‘earliest true church’):
“They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need.” (Acts 2:45)
They didn’t give out of their luxury (that’s the key difference); for example, the world is filled with those who give probably 10% of their wealth (and keep 90% for themselves) but it’s certainly impossible to give almost 100% away except if one is moved by the Love of God.
The logic of the Love of God ruled the hearts of these true believers:
“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:17)
Remember, this is what is commanded in Scripture (with proof verses as stated above).
Also, this is the ‘correct interpretation’ as that is how the earliest true church of believers both understood and practiced Christ’s Beautiful Commands in Love (as the verses describe, again).
Thus, this is how to practice “God’s Will” with regards to “money & wealth” as these verses describe in all truth for ‘any believer’ (“no” additional distinction made by Scriptures listed above).
Prosperity gospel has no “correct context” when viewed with respect to “time” (during these last days, we cannot hoard as commanded).
Don’t be deceived otherwise carried away by various lusts of indulgence in luxuries.
Finally, God is Fair in judging your giving simply because He counts it with respect to what you’re given (relative) and how much of it you give away (percentages) as the example of the ‘poor widow’ clearly proves this (even if your two cents had “no” effect compared to the money of the rich which fed many priests):
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Matthew 12:41 – 44)
Note that her giving was “best” because the Lord remarks beautifully that she gave away what she “had to live on” (that is, she didn’t give away ‘extras’ but from the very ‘core’ of what’s needed for her ‘own living’).
Lastly, remember that “only” those who do “God’s Will” (the Ultimate Indicator) will “not” be ‘denied by Him’ as this verse clearly describes:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of the heavens, but he who does the will of My Father who is in the heavens will enter.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21)
Read carefully: These are “not” my teachings but of the Lord; also, I didn’t give this much but the earliest believers did. Scripture records and proves that this is possible (my point). It’s now up to us (our faith and our will to do so accordingly).
Truth doesn’t change; only lies evolve.