Money Changers, Part 7

In this last part of the money changer series, I want to reiterate this premise…the first part goes to God; however, debt, for most of us who use it, negates that principle by giving the first part to the creditor. Some may logically say, “I tithe before I pay bills or creditors.” Even though this logic allows one to justify the use of credit in his own mind, one cannot escape the irrefutable fact that by using credit 1) he is now subject to being a slave to the lender (Prov. 22:7), 2) he has made future plans without God’s provision (James 4:13-15), and 3) he has improvised any commitment to giving (I Corin 16:2). I know from personal and professional experience that most, if not all, of the motivations for using credit are sufficient to hinder the tremendous blessings that God wants to shower down upon us. By faith, if one can see past the insufficiency of next week’s paycheck, God is waiting to provide.

Gary Ellis, MBA, CFP
Association Stewardship Director