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Money, Mack, and Menno

by on July 30, 2013

 

Real heretics typically are well cared for. They have money at their disposal. When Menno Simons left the Catholic Church his pay stopped. Those who  persecuted the Anabaptists had plenty of money at their disposal. Charles V actually offered a monetary reward for the capture of Menno Simons.

Alexander Mack was from a wealthy family. He left the Reformed church and began the Brethren. He used his wealth to aid and support the fledgling movement. That meant he became a poor man. He never regained his wealth. He died in poverty.

Commonly financial wealth is associated with Godliness. That is not necessarily true. Many persons who made the decision to follow Christ unreservedly were then divested of their earthly wealth. They chose to suffer the privations of the people of God rather than retain money and holdings.

All of this seems out of character in the modern, Western world. We uphold these men as men of character How would we fare in similar circumstances?

Would you leave a comfortable life with a paycheck to become an Anabaptist preacher? What if it meant that you would be a vagabond for the rest of your life? What if it meant no more pay? Where would you live? What would you eat? Who would supply your needs?

Would you sell your interest in the family business and use that money to help other poor believers? Would you give until it was all used up? Would you move into unfamiliar territory to preserve the Godly heritage? What would you do?

Men and women of faith chose their path independently of financial considerations. Even in the face of impossible odds, they made the choice for God instead of for self.

 

You have choices to make.

What decisions will you make today?

 

 

 

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