“Where the church is, there will be poor people…” {Quotable}

From Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians 2:10

After the preaching of the Gospel, the task of a true and faithful pastor is to remember the poor. Where the church is, there will be poor people, who often are the only true disciples of the Gospel (Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:26). The world and the devil persecute the church and reduce to poverty many people who are afterwards abandoned and despised by the world. Moreover, the world not only offends in this but also is careless about the preservation of the Gospel, true religion, and the true service of God. True religion is always in need, and Christ complains He is hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, and sick (Matthew 25:42-43). Conversely, false religion and impiety flourishes and abounds with worldly wealth and prosperity. A true and faithful pastor, therefore, must care for the poor; and Paul confesses that he indeed cared for them.”

Well, isn’t that a kick in the butt to the prosperity gospel. It reminds me of the contrasting messages given to the church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) and the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22).  In whose pew am I sitting?

Two imperatives are given in Galatians 2: 1)Preach the true gospel. 2) Remember the poor.

I remembered to pick up the dry cleaning this week. I remembered not to put my jeans in the dryer. I remembered to watch my new favorite show. The poor I forgot. So pitiful.

Likewise, if the topics on Twitter are any indicator, a good many churches have concerned themselves with many things. but far fewer are guarding the true gospel and remembering (as in actually doing something) the poor.

Do we have ears to hear?

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