Monday, July 30, 2012

Is it right for me to be rich

"I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich."  How many of my pious brethren say to me, "Do you, a Christian minister, spend your time going up and down the country advising people to get rich, to get money?" "Yes of course I do."

They say, "Isn't that awful!  Why don't you preach the gospel instead of preaching about man's making money?"  Because to make money honestly is to preach the gospel.  That is the reason.  The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community.

"Oh," but says some young man here tonight, "I have been told all my life that if a person has money he is very dishonest and dishonorable and mean and contemptible."  My friend, that is the reason why you have none, because you have that idea of people.  The foundation of your faith is altogether false.  Let me say here clearly ... ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men (and women) of America are honest.  That is why they are rich.  That is why they are trusted with money.  That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them.

Says another young man, "I hear sometimes of men that get millions of dollars dishonestly."  Yes of course you do and so do I.  But they are so rare a thing in fact that the newspapers talk about them all the time as a matter of news until you get the idea that all the other rich men got rich dishonestly.

My friend, you ... drive me ... out into the suburbs of Philadelphia, and introduce me to the people who own their homes around this great city, those beautiful homes with gardens and flowers, those magnificent homes so lovely in their art, and I will introduce you to the very best people in character as well as in enterprise in our city ...  They that own their homes are made more honorable and honest and pure, and true and economical and careful, by owning the (m).

We preach against covetousness .. in the pulpit ... and use terms ... "filthy lucre" so extremely that Christians get the idea that ... it is wicked for any man to have money.

Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it!  You ought because you can do more good with it than you can do without it.  Money printed your Bibles, money builds your churches, money sends your missionaries on mission trips, and pays your preachers ... I say, then, you ought to have money. If you can honestly attain your riches ... it is your ... godly duty to do so.  It is an awful mistake of these pious people to think you must be awfully poor in order to be pious. 

Words by Russel H. Cromwell, Acres of Diamonds 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

God's Path To Success

Most of us would like to receive the same outcome in life.  Personal happiness, loving friends and relationships, good health and a long life.  However, trying to achieve these things are at times done incorrectly and results in devastation to one's life.

Marketing consultants are paid large sums of money, to find ways in which appealing to the senses of consumers to spend more to acquire the temporary feeling of success.  To this end we are inundated daily with advertisements appealing to our desire to be esteemed.  'Have it your way' we are told or 'if you have to drive do it with class'.  We buy into the marketing and as we buy our self-esteem rises.  To facilitate this feeling we buy things we can not afford, with money we do not have to impress people we do not like so that we can look and feel 'successful.'  This feeling lasts only for a few minutes or days for the most and then we need another 'fix'.  There are many of suppliers of these fixes.  We turn on the television, smartphone, on the sides of the buses; they are just about everywhere we look.  In the end we end up in the opposite position we had intended; broke and living in a state of depression.

Almost two thousand years ago Jesus shared the formula to sustaining long term success to the woman of Samaria at Jacob's well.  Today that same formula is applicable, "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  It is very important that you remember these words spoken by Jesus.  

You often see others around you appearing  to be moving ahead.  You sometimes wonder, "how is it I am stuck in a rut and I am a child of the King.  Every day I pray for help and attend church regularly.  Where is my help?"  Do not succumb to this feeling of distress.   

Next week we will begin to examine another biblical aspect of success many have overlooked in Genesis chapter one.  As I share with you God's formulas in his words, send me feedback as you implement them in your life.  Thank you.