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Puritan View of Money - by Michael Phillips
The Puritan View of Life - Part 3 of 14
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1 Timothy 6:10-17
Oct 21, 2001 pm - Money This afternoon, with the Lord's blessing, we'll continue our monthly study of the Puritan life. The guide we're using is a book by Leland Ryken; it's called Worldly Saints: The Puritans as They Really Were. Thus far, we've studied them on work and sex. Now we come to a third topic, The Puritan View of Money. THE EVIL OF MONEY Puritanism flourished from about 1550 to 1700. Its background, therefore, was the Medieval and Renaissance Roman Catholic Culture. Although the pope was often the richest man in Europe, his Church always praised poverty. St. Anthony was often held up as a model Christian. Born to a wealthy Egyptian family, he sold his goods, gave the proceeds to the poor, and moved to the desert for more eighty years. Since that time, monks have always taken vows of poverty, thinking money corrupts the soul, and therefore, not having any brings one closer to God. Whether St. Anthony was a good man or a lunatic, I don't know. But I do know this: The best men in the Church thought about money in the same way he did-though most didn't go quite so far. Read, for example, the lives of Ambrose of Milan, Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, and the sincerest of ... More >>>

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