What is a vow of poverty and where did the thought come from? If one is teaching what the Bible said, he couldn’t teach such a thing because it isn’t in the Bible! The Bible demands that one speak as it instructs (1 Peter 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:15). God desires that no one be in poverty because He tells men to work with their hands and not only supply their personal needs; but be ready to help others (Ephesians 4:28; 2 Thess. 3:10; Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 13:16).
So, there is no such thing as a vow of poverty in the Bible—it’s not scriptural. Instead it is the doctrine of man, and no one should live like that (Mark 7:6-9). Let us speak where the Bible speaks, let us be silent where the Bible is silent, let us call things by Bible names and let us do things in Bible ways 1 Timothy 4:16).
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