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Is It Okay for Christians to Be in Debt?

Aired July 26, 2019
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Episode 235 | Dr. Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez answer questions on when to change churches, Christians and debt, and if Jesus would affirm different faith traditions.

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Episode 235 Show Notes

Is It Okay for Christians Be in Debt?

From the Show

Is it okay for Christians be in debt?

I'd say it depends on the kind of debt that you're referring to. If you're buying a car that you really can't afford, well, then I think there's a problem. If you're taking out a loan to purchase a home and your mortgage is cheaper than it would be to rent and you can swing it, well, I think you're free to do so. Good stewardship, as Christians, is one of the ways today, I think in our society especially, that we can really shine. We as Christians want to be people who steward our money well and are generous with the money that God has given to us. — Adriel Sanchez

Priorities. What are your priorities? Loving God and your neighbor, "on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." God's will for our life is to love God and our neighbor. If we default on a loan, for example, we're stealing from our neighbor. If we take out a loan because we trust the Lord that we'll be able to pay it off in the future, a mortgage, or student loans, that's a different story. We have to ask ourselves, am I honoring God and am I loving my neighbor? — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. When is it okay to change churches? What we should look for in a healthy church?

2. Is it okay for Christians to be in debt? Should we only spend money within our means?

3. A friend attended a liberal divinity school at a well-respected secular university. He suggested that I attend a world religions class so that I could gain a better understanding of world religions and that while he is a Christian, if someone practices another religion that shouldn’t make a difference, that basically, it’s going to be okay because that is the religion they know and it’s how they relate to God. I mentioned the calling of the great commission, and he said that the call to share the gospel with others was misunderstood on my part and that Jesus would respect different faith traditions. I would love some feedback for future conversations with this good friend.

4. What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?

5. How can youth ministers encourage our youth to read the Bible? What do you think youth need to know that might inspire them to read it?



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