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The Temple Message of Jeremiah {Chapter 22 of HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS}

NOTE: The following is an excert from "The Temple Message of Jeremiah", chapter 22 and last chapter of HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS. To view the final Table of Contents of HIDEOUT, pease go to .

Two things are on the mind of Americans this season, Christmas and the economy.  Hopefully those twin interest are open to some more from the Bible!

ent Destructive Covetousness.

Had Christians practiced the Bible in the stock market, these destructions in the American economy would never have happened. Had the covetousness as a nation not also been part of God's people in the churches and among their church leaders, like in Jeremiah where from the least to the greatest they all practiced covetousness and dealt falsely, as controlling philosophy of life if not in habits like in the Gospel of Prosperity and Health, then this ultimate calamity to financial bind on every American would not have been added by God to the intense series of calamities since 911 such as floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and you know what else from personal experience. Even though this covetousness in the churches is just one of the unamended abominations of Jeremiah, only part of the lack of righteousness and effective prayer in churches, it is certainly the one that stands out as bringing down the American economy as even national leaders speak of the greed that caused it!

1. What is the Christian Concept of Gain and Profitability as Given in the Bible, II Timothy 6:6-10?

"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

{Remember the parable of the rich man who built bigger barns as told by Jesus, where Jesus warned against the price of covetousness in the destruction of the soul!} And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content." (II Timothy 6:6-8)

(1). If stock investors and insurance speculators had practiced this Christian concept, the Bible truth that should dominate and control the ways and doings of everyone of the people of God, the stock market would not have fallen causing the lost of many retirements and 401Ks, of Americans. If the average home owner had not allowed the greed of covetousness to lead him beyond his means and basic needs for "food and clothing

{covering}", and the lenders and insurers had not succumbed to the same greed of covetousness, then this whole economic crisis in America would not have been precipitated.

(2). The goal of every person of God, every Christian, and every church member, according to the Bible, should be "godliness with contentment"; and that the profitability and gain, or even success, of a believer is more in this "godliness with contentment" than in the false and popular Gospel of Prosperity and Health.

(3). Jesus in Luke 12 formulates certain conclusions of how to live the Christian life from the parable of the bigger barns {today it is larger and bigger salaries, wages, and stock, and millions and billions, and bigger status and bigger property}.

a. Jesus concluding for Christians based on the truths of the parable, and in Luke 12:15:

"Take heed and beware of covetousness

{we in America as a people of God, as churches, as businessmen, and as a government, even as in our way of life--ways and doings--as Christians have not be careful and beware of covetousness, do I hear an amen}, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses." (Luke 12:15)

b. Jesus also in Luke 12:23, at the conclusion of the parable of the bigger barns, warned us against a richness toward possessions which takes priority and dominates our "ways and doings" over richness toward God, a teaching earlier in the Sermon on the Mount against storing up treasures on earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, instead of in heaven.

"So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:23)

We can safely state, based on the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus, that if every Christian in the churches and the nation had practiced and preached this Christian concept of richness toward God as a priority over "treasure for himself", alias every man and women for themselves, this economic collapse, recession or whatever, would not have happened.

2. It is not just the rich, those of the 10% that spend 50% of the money and those of incomes over $250,000 per year, but it also goes from the "least to the greatest" and from the prophet to the people, that any and all "who desire to be rich" that experience the destructive aspects of religious dimensions of personality in this life and a drowning in fire for the life to come.


{brother, you had better get off that Gospel of Prosperity and get off of it right now} fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition." (I Timothy 6:9)

(1). These destructive religious dimensions of personality destroy the greedy and covetous in this life, and drown them in the perdition to come. Practiioners of greed and covetousness become among the top, if the top, candidates for personality destruction and perdition.

(2). Those in danger, in churches and the nation and among all the people of God, are those motivated in their desires to be rich, "those who would desire to be rich"; and that covers a multitude of sins, or a multitude of American people, in churches and out of churches.

(3). The desire to be rich is a gigantic precipice toward which those who would desire to be rich are headed. It pretends a falling, if not the great Falling Away itself; and a "fall into": (a) temptation and a snare; (b) many harmful lusts {recall as Pastor James said "the spirit within man lusteth to envy", and how the Apostle John wrote of the worldliness of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life}; (c) the end result of this desire and consequences are "destruction

{of personalty and this life} and perdition {of eternal life in the life beyond}".

NOTE: Brother and sister, the desire to be rich as evidenced in the MISPLACE FAITH in the Gospel of Prosperity is just not worth it! Such lying word as these will get you killed. You can not set your life and goal on things as in this false gospel with the end destruction of your personality and your eternal life and faith.

3. The love of money and the things and status that money can buy is a MISPLACED FAITH in the Gospel of Prosperity that will cause you inevitably to stray from your Christian faith, according to the Bible in I Timothy

"For the love of money

{preachers first joked about this to their church members until it has come in the Gospel of Prosperity to be part of their MISPLACED FAITH in "lying words"} is a root of all kinds of evil {true this love of money that leads to greed and covetousness is just "a root", one root, and that it leads not to all evil but "all kinds of evil"; however the consequences are just as deadly in the end results in the individual life and destiny as if all abominations and evil had been practiced, and note: I wonder if Bush would now include American business and practices in the axis of evil!}, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (I Timothy 6:10)

Some of the destructiveness, according to this Bible of greed and covetousness, a certain lack and negligence in the practice of the Gospel of Prosperity in stead of the Christian Concept of "godliness with contentment" as great gain.

(1). Greed and covetousness lead Christians into the love of money and the things money can buy disguised in the popular Gospel of Prosperity.

(2). How do you measure success as a Christian, alias "great gain"? Most Americans would say by "the things which a man possesses" as status, homes, cars, and other things; but according to the Bible, the Christian must say great gain or success is when my "ways and doings" are dominated by "godliness with contentment".

(3). Greed and covetousness have lead many Christian church members away from their faith, "some have strayed from the faith"

{the some was during the life of Paul, the most and many are during the Falling Away of today}.

(4). Many Americans and Christians, even like the former university teacher of business and finance who regrets teaching his students to invest in AIG to their own harm, have "pierced" their own personalities with many sorrows as the end and recent results of their greed in the stock market, home mortgages, and insurance, and just plain style of budget and spending is these very sorrows or regrets.

And by the way, you will be pleased to go on to the fifth of the prime phrases of the message or Jeremiah, "The CONDITIONS OF BLESSING" from God.

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2008-12-10 11:35:34 GMT
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