The price of our nondiscipleship is high for those without Christ. It is high also for the poor of this world.
Consider the cost when Christians ignore Jesus’ commands to sell their possessions and give to the poor and instead choose to spend their resources on better comforts, larger homes, nicer cars, and more stuff. Consider the cost when these Christians gather in churches and choose to spend millions of dollars on nice buildings to drive up to, cushioned chairs to sit in, and endless programs to enjoy for themselves. Consider the cost for the starving multitudes who sit outside the gate of contemporary Christian affluence.
“…when Christians ignore Jesus’ commands to sell their possessions and give to the poor…”
And here we begin Platt’s Gospel of Guilt. Does Jesus really command each and every one of us to sell our possessions and give the proceeds to the poor? Platt does not believe it. Yet he loves to make these sweeping statements and then pull back later with a “I am not saying everyone…”
Last I checked, David Platt is pastor of Brook Hills Church, a very, very large church, with nice buildings, cushioned chairs, and endless programs. Is this another “do as I say and not as I do” statement? What is the author doing to bring his church to repent from their “contemporary Christian affluence?”