Riddle me this? If poverty is the result of sin and man's fallen nature is choosing to remain poor to the believer a SIN? What I mean by choosing to remain in poverty is not applying the word of God to your life in the way that drives poverty out of your life forever. And if the answer to this question is yes then is the sin the sin of unbelief? Can a believer who remains poor to the extent that they are unable to pay their bills and become indebted to all sorts of institutions and to add insult to injury are not consistent in the tithe and offerings say that they are a true believer?
What does the word of God say and do for those who truly believe it and live their lives according to its instructions especially those concerning finances and stewardship? There is said to be over four hundred scriptures in the Bible that talk or address the issue of money and finances in some way. The majority of the parables that Jesus Christ spoke are about the Kingdom of Heaven and money. I say this say that it is my experience that when the word of God is applied correctly that poverty sometimes slowly disappears from the life of the true believer.
God is a Father and the word father means provider. He loves blessing His children and seeing to their spiritual, physical and economic well being. So much so He brags about His ability to do so all throughout His word. He even many times over promises to take extraordinary care of His people in a way that only a loving father could. We are talking about a covenant God who loves His children so much that he put up with centuries of bad behavior but still blesses them with wealth. All covenant blessing that carried over even to His new covenant with us.
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" Hebrews 8:10 KJV
There are so many scriptures in the Bibles that refute the fact that Gods people should be poor or every lack anything. Now whether it is a sin to be poor is altogether something different. Sin is the transgression of Gods laws. And can I say for sure that it is against the Laws of God to be poor? No, I can't point to any scripture in the Bible that says "if you poor your a sinner and going to hell." Quite the contrary. There are on the other had many scriptures in the Bible that speak about Gods love for the poor. Could it be that Gods love for the poor has something to do with the fact that He doesn't want them to remain that way? Could the scripture be true? That Jesus Christ the Son of the living God who was rich became poor so that we might be rich. Could it be that Gods way of walking His children out of poverty and into prosperity has to do with building a commonwealth? Maybe just maybe He never wanted us to achieve this on our own.
"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things common. 33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need." Acts 4:32-35 KJV
So there you have. God did institute a Kingdom commonwealth economy in the first-century church. And although we have gotten far far away from this model it still works today. I submit to you that the poverty that we see especially in the Church today is as a result of going in the opposite direction of the blueprint that God delivered to us by The Holy Ghost. My company MIAD Holdings LP was created to reinstitute this system and we need you to join us. www.miadholdingslp.com