The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 31, 2009

The Bible and The Torah can provide financial advice, some say

Some believe words put to parchment thousands of years ago cannot possibly speak to the financial struggles of modern humanity.

Others, however, discern among the ancient spiritual texts of their faith immutable and eternal lessons in debt, frugality, thriftiness and monetary discipline. “The Bible has a lot to say about finances. In fact, it is one of the most discussed subjects in the Bible,” declared Jason Lowe, pastor of the Family Worship Center in Beckley.

“In many ways, money represents our lives as we exchange the hours of our lives for money. How we choose to spend that money becomes very relevant as it is basically how we are choosing to spend what we have exchanged our lives for.”

To an extent, time — and life — is money.

Lowe cited Deuteronomy 8:17-18, James 1:17, Matthew 25:14-30 and Malachi 3:8-12 as scriptures that buttress the biblical principles that should help arrange any Christian’s financial priorities.

“Our church believes that one of the ways in which we demonstrate God’s ownership of the resources that He places in our lives is through the tithe — giving 10 percent of everything we make back to God,” he explained.

“Some Christians teach that this was an Old Testament teaching, but we see it present in Abraham’s life prior to the giving of the Law to Moses. This is relevant to the question you ask because we believe that acknowledging God’s ownership of everything brings His blessing to your personal finances.”

Lowe also referred to the wealth of wisdom found in Proverbs 21:20, 22:3 and 22:7. Being a wise steward of your resources, he noted, is part of the Christian’s calling. “We also believe very strongly that God has called the church to minister to the needs of the poor,” he stated.

“We acknowledge that finances is one of the principal forces that destroys families. Financial stress is always listed among the top reasons couples cite for marital stress or divorce. One of the primary functions of the church is to cultivate healthy relationships, and the marriage relationship is core to societal success.”

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