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Affluent Investor | May 24, 2017

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How to Resist the Temptations of Affluence

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, artist unknown.

Paul taught Timothy that those who want to get rich fall into temptation and snares.

Paul knew the heart of man.

Like the world, Christians rationalize indulgence. Our affluence has distorted our priorities and we compromise truth in the deception of self-fulfillment.

Paul told the Corinthians,

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

The problem for many is that pride keeps them from seeing God’s way out. We tend to do what is right in our own eyes.

Once a Christian becomes trapped by pride, he is of no service to God. He too easily gives in to temptation to elevate self. To avoid it, he must make himself accountable to others.

A husband and wife must be accountable to one another. Both should desire honest and loving pride detection and remember Transparent discussions about finances must be grounded in humility.

Businessmen and women need someone to hold them accountable and spur them on to good deeds.

 

Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

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