Is It OK for Christians to Be Wealthy? – Ken Rupert pt 2
As members of the Church, we’ve all been exposed to various levels of teachings on prosperity and blessings. Honestly, all of the talk gets kind of confusing after a while. There are extremes on both sides—from those who believe that God wants to make us materially wealthy and that suffering means you aren’t right with God, to those who believe that material wealth is evil and we are only guaranteed trials this side of eternity.
What’s tricky is that everyone seems to have a verse to back up their beliefs. So what is the truth? If the Bible says, “We rejoice in our sufferings (Romans 5:3),” and also, “Test me in this … and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it (Malachi 3:10),” then what can we really expect in this lifetime in regard to prosperity and wealth?
Matthew 19 is often quoted by those who think Christians should not be concerned with wealth. They believe, even if they will not openly admit it, that Christians should be more concerned with NOT accumulating wealth. NOT becoming financially independent. NOT “sowing and reaping” in the financial sense.
Many pastors want their people to GIVE MORE, to their church of course, but NOT to give to other ministries. NOT to worry about what kind of harvest they will be receiving – just “trusting that God will take care of their NEEDS.”
Many people interpret this passage to mean that rich people can’t enter heaven.
But here with us today, is our good friend, Ken Rupert of the “Financial Black Belt” financial management system, Author, Speaker, Producer, & Master Christian Life Coach who specializes in helping his clients achieve Financial Stability and, on top of all that, he is also a Caregiver Coach.
Ken is the author of several books on strategic planning and spiritual development. As a caregiver for his son who has special needs, plus his father who has Alzheimer’s and his mother who is a cancer survivor, Ken is uniquely qualified to work with those who are facing the uncertainty of managing life and providing care for others at the same time. Ken applies his skills at financial management in order to help others to develop strategies to create financial stability.
Ken has a degree in Business Administration and Management and has over 30 years of experience in corporate America. His many years of working as a strategic analyst has positioned him to help others overcome the stresses of life and the pressure of financial problems. Ken is a Maryland native, a US Army and Maryland National Guard veteran and a devoted, loving husband and father.
What amount of money SHOULD a pastor or minister receive from their ministry work? Should it be a percentage of the income taken in by the church or ministry? Like 10% or something?
I, personally, would love to get to the point where I make enough money that I give 90% of it away and live on the 10%. I am nowhere near that point. But that is my goal – one day.
Why, do you think, ministers of the Gospel catch so much flak for having material wealth? I believe, partly, is due to ENVY. Ministries that are taking such a stand against it is because they are unable to do well financially, so they “pile on” against those that do. Always claiming “those preachers must be doing something wrong.”
How can we change this mindset?
How do you go about, with your “Financial Black Belt System,” help Christians to accumulate wealth, pay off debt and impact the Body of Christ with their new found freedom?
How do you respond to someone who says something like, “I don’t need much. I just want to pay off my bills and live comfortably.” What do you say to someone like that?
That’s all the time we have for today. For Ken Rupert and myself, this is Pastor Bob reminding you to BE BLESSED IN ALL THAT YOU DO!
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