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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802833748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802833747
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Brian S Rosner is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Ethics at Moore Theological College and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on December 15, 2007
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Brian Rosner does much to address the sin of concealed avarice within the body of Christ. Distinguishing between what God desires for His children, and the controlling vices in the depths of our own hearts, Rosner turns to the Bible for help in shedding light on these competing agendas. This is a no-holds-barred, grapple-to-the-death for those courageous enough to admit their temptation to want the best, want more or want what is explicitly warned about in Scripture: 'the love of money is the root'. The overriding concern is for some denominations that hold to financial success and tithing as an evidence thereof to be the pinnacle of the Christian faith.

Quoting Calvin, p 8: '...this disease (greed) is widely spread, and not a few minds have caught the infection. Nay, it is not reckoned a disease, but receives, on the contrary, very general commendation. This accounts for the harshness of Paul's language, which arose from a desire to tear from our hearts the false view.' Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, & Colossians 11:307

'The idea of avarice as a religion may have been suggested to St Paul by our Lord's words, Matt 6:24.' JB Lightfoot, Colossians & Philemon p 210

The classic Old Testament parallel: 'In 1 Sam 15:23 Saul's failure to carry out the ban led Samuel, who wished to underscore the seriousness of his sin, to compare it to divination and idolatry.
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Finally a detailed analysis of the scamming and swindling of Law-Keeping tithing teachers is linked to greed, which IS idolatry.

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