claysmithr wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:02 am
Philip wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:02 am
Most of all be prepared with the 4 G's, God, Groceries, Guns, Gold, and in that order too.
When one contemplates all of the poor Christians in the world that are living on next to no money, I don't think their security of anything to come is only in having food, gold or guns stockpiled - because they typically have no resources for such. It doesn't mean that we don't do what seems logical and prudent - we should - but also our true hope and protection doesn't come from such things, because many of faith don't / can't afford them.
I'd also like to quote the bible here, the parable of the Rich Fool.
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
God can take your life at any moment, and it's foolish to store up treasure for yourself, best to give to the needy instead.
Of course, I feel a bit hypocritical here b/c I have a (albeit small) retirement account.
Yes, that is referring to if you have no relationship with Jesus and just have earthly wealth. What then of Joseph who God told to prepare for the coming famine? What if there is something coming tomorrow or in 6 months time, would you not be remiss to prepare for such an event. God didn't build Noah's ark or make it appear by a miracle, Noah had to build it himself.
Do you not save money every month for food for your family? Do you not work? Well this is no different, just that you need to save a little more for a more harder time.
Even Jesus said sell a cloak to buy a sword, so money is not evil, the LOVE of money is where things fall apart. Big difference.
I don't love what I have prepared because I am preparing for others as well, even those friends and family who are non-believers I will help when things hit the fan. I will give them gold and silver to buy food with, etc. But I can only do so much. The Bible say that the anti-Christ will be in power for 7 years or longer, during which there will be war and we will have to go without buying or selling if we don't have the mark.
Of course there are some who believe the anti-Christ has already been well I think that is just plain wrong and you will find yourself in big trouble if you are not prepared spiritually and physically for great upheaval and persecution.
Only when the blood runs and the shackles restrain, will the sheep then awake. When all is lost.