“Once money masters us, it will harden, paralyze, scorch, freeze, blight, and wither our souls. It overthrew an apostle of Christ. Let us take heed that it does not overthrow us.”
~ J.C. Ryle
The Bible contains history and biography. We like the Epistles because they deal with doctrine, which is fun to debate. We can argue about words and theories and big doctrinal concepts. It’s good entertainment.
But people balk when we start touching practical applications to life. It’s easier to discuss doctrinal minutia of predestination than it is to discuss being called by God to be separate.
So, we avoid the history and biography in the Bible because it’s too cut and dry, can’t argue over conclusions when the conclusions of these lives are pretty obvious. Better go back and argue about theories of justification.
Wanting stuff kills people and destroys faith. I can explain that to you doctrinally, or I can point you to Judas, Ananias and Saphira, Belshazar, Nebuchadnezzar, and many, many more.
Doctrine is important. It is critical that we have proper understandings of predestination and justification. But let’s not sever the practical outworkings of these and other doctrines from how we live day-to-day.
These things are written for our learning. Do we give a rip?