Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on John 17:1-11.
Man contributes nothing in baptism. Neither the one who applies the water and speaks the word, nor the one who is being baptized. Rather it is God who contributes everything in baptism. God the Spirit gives the faith that brings someone to baptism,either the parents, who in that faith, bring their child or the one who, in that faith, requests the baptism. Baptism is all gift which has its basis in God the Son, who in baptism puts sin to death in a person, drowning it in his blood shed on the cross, and raising that person to new life with him, just as he was raised from the dead. Nowhere is man’s work in view here. Though a man is performing the act of baptizing, in no way is he doing the work of baptism. The work of baptism is God’s gracious action to save a sinner for Christ’s sake.
Also see this WE Answer: http://www.worldvieweverlasting.com/1/post/2010/10/how-is-baptism-not-a-sign-like-circumcision.html
Pastor Gary Hall
First of all, please accept our apologies for such a long delay in response to your question. The Scriptures do not speak to how we should use our possessions (including our finances) except to admonish us to be good stewards of all with which God has seen fit to entrust us. From this we can generally find some right and wrong ways to operate financially. Is having a line of credit good or bad? In and of itself it is neither, but it has the potential to be EITHER, depending upon how it is used. If one uses credit as a convenience so as not to carry around a lot of cash (and because more and more businesses no longer accept checks) but pays their credit balance every month, then credit serves a good purpose. On the other hand, if someone uses credit as a means to gain items they cannot readily afford, and winds up with a large amount of debt, then for them credit has served a bad purpose. Life insurance can be treated the same. A life insurance policy that aids with any needed expenses upon the death of the insured might be a sound idea. How much insurance to have is really going to be up to the individual. Funeral costs, any debt the person might have, or any hardships the family might incur due to the loss of the person’s income might be good things to have covered in a policy. Insuring children is another matter – I wouldn’t think one would need much life insurance for a child beyond possible funeral costs.
The same goes for investing; one can do so safely but one can also do so recklessly and wastefully.
To your question of the various industries involved and the corruption found therein, one has to make choices about where to invest or bank or from whom to purchase insurance or other financial services. The “morality” perceived from a particular company’s business practices might be an important consideration in the decision. Some company’s have better reputations than others.
How does tithing fit in? Well, it goes right to the root of all the other uses of money covered in your question. Is money a thing that I put my trust in so much that everything in my life revolves around it? Or do I gratefully acknowledge that all I have (money, possessions, family, friends) is by the grace of God and his bountiful provision? If the latter, then I will be compelled to give generously and cheerfully to serve my church and my neighbor. If the former, then I have become imprisoned by greed.
The love of money and the rampant greed in our society is certainly lamentable as you say. But I am reminded of a famous quote from Thomas Aquinas: Nothing is intrinsically good or evil, but its manner of usage may make it so.” Money is not in and of itself evil just because it is so often used wrongly. The sinful use of finances does not negate the value it has when it is used properly, with gratitude toward God the provider of all good things. And that right use of money is precisely the attitude you are conveying in the last two sentences of your post. Of course you will struggle with it, and sometime fall into the temptation to use money in a sinful way. Just as have we all. And just as have we all, in our sinfulness. used many other good things for bad purposes. It is in those situations when we (Lord let it be so) repent of our sins, do what we can to reconcile our wrong deeds, but most critically, trust in the forgiveness of Christ who is the only one who takes away sin and reconciles us to God.
I pray this answer is helpful.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Jeffrey Ries
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tacoma
Worldview Everlasting AskdaPastor2.0 is back in action with questions about the logic of True Religion and the terrors of the unforgivable sin – not too mention getting see what RevFisk was really up to on Tuesday, reliving the unforgettable moment, and then topping it all off with the master of the nun-chuka – and no, I ‘m not talking about Michaelangelo.
Ping Pong Fu:
Ping Pong without Fu:
The Original Concrete Hustle:
Repristination of the original Death of May 21st video minus EMI copyright content for international viewers.
End of the World!