Thank you for clarifying - no offense is meant by this, but I do not agree with your assessment. The things I read only help me with my understanding of Scripture, and have improved by ability to teach it to others.
I don't claim to be the world's smartest man. I do not believe the Lord expects us to "reinvent the wheel" when it comes to Bible doctrine and sound teaching.
The filthy lucre you mention is in regards to a man who wants to use the office of a pastor as a means to a nice comfortable career. They do not understand the necessary work involved. All they see is an opportunity to get paid a nice salary with little APPARENT physical labor involved. However, they have forgotten Matthew 20:28 and Paul's exhortation to the elders in Acts 20. These people are only looking at things from the physical perspective, and neglect the most significant aspects of the ministry, which is the spiritual aspect.
So far as the sale of books go, most of the sincere Bible Believing authors out there who write and sell books only do so as a "ministry of helps" to other Christians. There is a great deal of time, effort and money that goes into the production of books. And most of these authors I am thinking of are not getting rich off their books - the cost is so high to produce them that they would have to charge 2 to 3 times what they do to "get rich." If they want people to get their books at a reasonable price, they are only going to be able to earn enough "profit" off of the books to recoup their expenses, and have enough to print more. Further, these same authors I am thinking of routinely GIVE AWAY a large quantity of books to pastors and missionaries alike to help them in their ministry. It is not about the money - it is about trying to help God's people.
So, I am not going to argue the point with you, but I don't agree with you on that either. I largely agree with you on most other issues. And I do understand your perspective - all we need is the Bible, and if most preachers would just stick with the Bible, they would greatly improve their understanding of it, and become more effective preachers and teachers.
My point is that these other books can be wonderful HELPS to understanding the Bible, but they are not the FIRST thing we go to....we go to the Bible first, then add to our knowledge from the labors of other good, Bible believing me.
"You can borrow brains, but you can't borrow character."
I understand completely Steve.
I mean no offense and make no accusations either..my word on it. And this is farther away from the OP than should be but I will leave it alone after this.
Let me add another point to my points briefly please.
Please take post #64 and 66 and add this to it.
It makes Bible and common sense to me to look at the writing and publication of extra Biblical material (regardless of subject) in only two ways:
1. Ministry - giving away of materials to the poor to disciple or offering at costs to those who will.
2. Sales with any amount of profit. That is undeniably filthy lucre no matter the justifcation or rationalization.
I also include websites that sell for profit men;s materials and websites that "ask" for donations.
None of this can be found anywhere in the NT except arguably where filthy lucre is mentioned.
IOW: Any profit sales, any requests for donations is not ministry. Even though all these sellers and websites call themselves ministries.
Ministry by definition is giving emotionally, spiritually, intellectually or physically to those in need. If someone writes a book on anything Scriptural in nature with his own money, prints it with his own money and then gives it away to those in need - that, my friends, is ministry and might be ordained by the Lord (might be but that is still suspect to me)
Anything else is just plain old sin (yeah, I said it). You know, filthy lucre, coveteousness, the lust of concupiscence, making merchandise of.... God ordained noone to write a book about His Word and then sell it. God ordained noone to live off the Gospel in this way at any time. Sorry but true and I think you all know it is true.
The local NT church is where everything should be done even these days. I don't care what the world is doing. If you want to make a living on the Gospel, then desire to be a pastor or elders in a local NT church.
I marvel at these authors who think nothing of this. The outrageousness of any man who trys to cheaply knock off God's Word, repackage it and try to sell it for any level of profit.
Yeah, I used to waste money on some of this bunk but realized that I have have zero interest in anything these covetous men would have to say anyway.
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