Journey through the Book of Mormon: Jacob 2 (Ye Shall Obtain Riches)

18 But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
19 And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted.

I’ve always loved to see verses because they flip the prosperity Gospel on its head. The prosperity Gospel is the heresy that those who believe in God will be given large amounts of wealth, and that wealth is a sign of righteousness. But while these verses do convey the notion that righteous individuals may gain wealth, the difference is subtle but significant. Wealth does not come in order to indicate righteousness or to reward the good. Wealth comes to the wealthy solely as an opportunity to use it to do good. So wealth is not a benefit but a great responsibility. If someone has been given wealth, it means that he or she is expected to use that wealth to do good. If we have been financially blessed, then we should take the blessing as a responsibility and an obligation to build the kingdom of God.


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