Re: Concordist sequence--why be a concordist? (off list)

From: George Murphy (
Date: Fri Jun 27 2003 - 11:23:03 EDT

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    Debbie Mann wrote:
    > LeHaye claims that the church has always done far better under persecution
    > than under abundance. China's citizens flocked to Christ in droves under
    > persecution without benefit of missionaries. God doesn't send the truly
    > awful things to punish us - but people do turn to God under tribulation. And
    > God isn't going to block our opportunity to reach the true prize. Our goal
    > here is to learn to focus on God and what he wants for us. It isn't to be
    > rich and famous.
    > In my experience, the people who preach abundance continue to experience
    > it - and health,and all the good things in life - as long as they keep the
    > focus on God. There have been some amazing falls of evangalists who lost
    > that focus.
    > If we don't have it, we're going to have to experience some tough stuff. If
    > we do - all these things will be added unto us. I keep using the word
    > 'focus' because that's what it is. It isn't being good, or doing good for
    > others or anything else. Certainly that should come along. And it isn't
    > anything that an outsider can be sure about, though there are obvious clues.
    > Get the focus, get the abundance. God wants us to be good witnesses. When
    > people see us with what they want, they are a lot more likely to come to
    > Christ.
    > I could do a scriptural thesis on the above - but it would take a lot of my
    > time and yours.

    Debbie -
            I think you, & the preachers of prosperity you mention, are confusing 2
    different things & thus getting off the track. God is ultimately the source of health &
    wealth - but that does _not_ mean that faithful Christians are assured of being either
    healthy or wealthy. St. Paul, Didymus the Blind, Martin Luther & Fanny Crosby are just
    a few examples of such Christians who had to persevere with various ailments in spite of
    their faith.


    George L. Murphy

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