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4-17-2017 Work and Salvation

“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.

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