Public policy and faith are often difficult to relate. This essay wants to help construct a biblically informed perspective on matters of public policy as it relates to labour, poverty, and wealth. It offers an analysis of the book of James with attention to passages that deal with the rich and the poor and examines the implications of these Christian public ethics.
For John Calvin the subjects of money, wealth, and business are all created entities. Money is a creation, and as such it should not be worshipped, overemphasized, or ignored. Like the rest of creation, it has a place and is useful. In the section of Chapter 1 presented here, the creaturely character of the economy is considered.
This is the first half of two articles on the gospel of healing. This article looks at the health and wealth gospel. Working from Isaiah 53:5 and Psalm 103:3, the author shows that the promises here are of healing from sin. However, although Jesus is able to heal, He did not promise to heal everyone. The miracles done by Christ and the apostles are not promised to every believer.