Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
by: Kay Samuels.
“Hold on! There are rich oppressors in the Church?” There are many well to do folks in the Church and among them are those who use their money to leverage their influence. That is oppression. “Well that certainly does not apply to me,” you may be saying, “I am certainly not rich.” Think again. There are those of us who may not be wealthy financially, but we may be quite rich in talents, time, and influence. The Lord has given us these for a reason. If we are not using them to bring others to Christ, then we bring oppression on those who carry the heavy burdens in ministry. Let’s find out how we can use our “wealth” in the church to bring others to Christ.'