"Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou has, and
give to the poor, and thou shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow
Me." Matt. 19:21.
5. What, in the parable, did God say to the rich man who thought to build larger
barns in which to store his goods?
"But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of
thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided?" Luke 12:20.
6. How does James say the rich have lived?
"You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have
nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter." James 5:5.
NOTE.-This indicates that they have lived in luxury and for pleasure, quite heedless of
the needs of the poor and of the great world about them. They have lived simply to have a
good time themselves, with no thought of their responsibility to God or to their fellow
7. Who gives men the power to get wealth?
"But thou shall remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that gives thee power
to get wealth." Deut 8:18.
8. How does James say the rich have treated the just?
"You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you."
NOTE.-There is nothing more rapacious and heartless than greed, or covetousness. To
obtain its ends, it disregards the rights, the welfare, and even the lives of those
affected by its merciless schemes and intrigues. The righteous, or just, however, do not
make forcible resistance to this unjust treatment.
9. How have the rich defrauded the laborers?
"Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of
you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered
into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth." Verse 4.
10. Seeking a fair remuneration, what do many laborers do?
Form labor unions, engage in strikes, boycotts, etc.
NOTE-While these means may hold matters in check for a time, and afford temporary
relief, they cannot eradicate the evil, and bring about a final solution. The evil is
deep-seated; it lies in the heart; and nothing but conversion-a change of the heart and of
the affections-can eradicate it. It is the sin of selfishness, or covetousness-a failure
to love one's neighbor as oneself. The conflict between capital and labor is an inevitable
and an irrepressible conflict as long as sin and selfishness are in the world. And near
the end it becomes the most acute and intense, because then sin comes to the full.
11. Do the Scriptures indicate that there will he violence manifested in this
"Woe to him that increases that which is not his! how long? And to him that ladeth
himself with thick clay! Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and
awake that shall vex thee, and thou shall be for booties unto them?" Hab. 2:6,7,
12. Would God have His people unite in these combinations?