Roger Hertzler. Jesus told us, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And again, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Many Christians who take Jesus’ commandments very seriously on nonresistance and divorce shrug off His teachings on laying up treasures on earth. In this challenging book, Hertzler challenges all of us to take Jesus’ teachings on wealth seriously.

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Roger Hertzler. Jesus told us, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And again, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Christian stewardship, as commonly taught today, tells us that part of wise financial management is to deposit money regularly into savings and allow it to accumulate. The doctrine of nonaccumulation, on the other hand, states that Jesus forbids His followers to accumulate wealth on earth and commands them to distribute to others that which they do not currently need. Which of these teachings is correct? How important is it that we know? What is at stake if we answer these questions wrongly?

  • Does it really matter how many possessions a Christian has? Isn’t it your attitude toward your possessions that matters?
  • What about the parable of the talents? Doesn’t that encourage wise financial investment?
  • Haven’t we all known godly rich people? Doesn’t God want people with great financial resources dedicated to His kingdom?
  • Does God really favor poor people? Can’t poor people be just as guilty of covetousness as rich people?
  • What are we to make of Jesus’ words to the rich young ruler? Can’t we assume they were intended only for a young man who had a problem with materialism, but not for us?

 

Finally, isn’t the gospel so confusing on the subject that it’s just a matter for each Christian to interpret for himself? Will Jesus, after all, consider it a sin if I lay up treasures on earth? What about all the other exemplary Christians who are doing it? The list of common questions and objections could run on and on. Roger Hertzler has tackled this hotly debated subject with charitable straightforward look at what Jesus clearly taught on all these issues. Yes, your very relationship with Christ hinges on what you do with those teachings. Jesus clearly and repeatedly said so. As you read, you may be surprised at how dogmatically Jesus set forth a doctrine that many choose to ignore. Many Christians who take Jesus’ commandments very seriously on nonresistance and divorce shrug off His teachings on laying up treasures on earth. In this challenging book, Hertzler challenges all of us to take Jesus’ teachings on wealth seriously.

101 pp. Paperback.

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Weight5.1 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × .24 in
Book author

Roger Hertzler

Format

Paperback

Pages

101

Publisher

Scroll Publishing

ISBN

978-0-924722-20-2

2 reviews for Through the Eye of a Needle
Roger Hertzler

  1. David Jacobs

    Hertzler did an outstanding job laying out the doctrine of non-accumulation in an easy to understand way, while simultaneously backing up his points with the scriptures. If it is your desire to take a deeper look into the life that Christ would have us live, then I encourage you to read through this book.

  2. Mike Atnip

    Like Gideon, who was told to go destroy his father’s idols, the author bravely begins to smash THE idol of western society…and sad to say, of much of modern Anabaptism. This book is certainly worth the time to read. But if you are not into taking Jesus seriously at His words, then find something else to do.

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