Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
God wants us to be good stewards of that which He has given us. Even though monetary wealth is temporary (we can’t take it with us—Hebrews 13:5), God wants us to multiply our assets. (Luke 19:12-26).
And spreading our investments over seven or eight areas spreads the risks and rewards.
God IS interested in our finances. Two-thirds of the New Testament parables have to do with money, in one form or another—how to manage it, invest it, make a good return, etc. So be a good steward with that which God has entrusted you and spread those risks!
I know that living together without the benefit of marriage is wrong in the eyes of God. My sister told me she is moving in with her boyfriend. Although she signs her letters “In Christ,” I really don’t think she is a Christian. She was raised Lutheran, became a Jehovah’s Witness for 15 years, and now says she “just believes in God, period.” She has two sons 19 and 16, who already are having problems of their own in relation to sexual activity. What verses can I give her to support that “living in sin” is wrong according to God? She says God will understand because she was so badly hurt in her previous marriage.
There are many verses dealing with the sin of fornication.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals —1 Corinthians 6:9
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. —Hebrews 13:4
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. —Matthew 15:19
But the problem with your sister is not that she is considering moving in with her boyfriend. Rather, her problem is that she is not trusting Christ and His Word.
If you COULD persuade her to decide not to move in with her boyfriend, either out of guilt or other pressures, she would still have the same MAJOR root problem: she is one breath away from the eternal fires of hell—where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 13:50
Most of the time, pointing out sin in a person’s life doesn’t draw them to God. If she does ask you what you think, show her God’s prohibitions in the Bible and Jesus’ love and sacrifice to overcome sin. But she probably won’t, so keep the lines of communication open and pray for God to change her heart and give you an opportunity to witness.
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel —Ephesians 6:19
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