“In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly” (Proverbs 14:23-24 NKJV). Since God established the “work ethic,” where there is no “labor,” there is no “profit” (earnings). In the Garden of Eden, God gave man a job, “to tend and keep it” (Genesis 2:15 NKJV). After Adam sinned, God expelled him with a job: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Genesis 3:19 NKJV). A welfare state, which takes from the workers and re-distributes to non-workers, promotes slothfulness: “The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long” (Proverbs 21:25-26). Salvation is not a guarantee of some spiritual “welfare state.” “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.