Friday, February 24, 2017

The Rich - The Danger 1 (LG54)

1 Tim 6:17-19  Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

The great danger for successful rich man is the silent development of pride which accumulates slowly by the continuous successes. Slowly and unconsciously, he will excluded God out of his successes thereby stealing His glory just like King Nebuchadnezzar.

Dan 4:30-31  The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!"

Though his mouth may praise and thank God, his heart will slowly begin to glorify his own abilities and his great worldly wisdom and knowledge.

Mat 15:8-9  "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Rich brethren will attract wolves, who will mislead them into wrong doctrines and heresies designed for itching ears. This will deceive the rich brethren from obeying the word and commandments of God.

1 Tim 6:3-4  If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,

1 Tim 3:6  not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.