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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me.
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  • Everybody wants it.
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  • I think the truth ismost everybody needs it.
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  • And when people get it,
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  • it seems that whatthey want next is more.
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  • It seems as though wecan never be satisfied
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  • with the amount of moneythat we have.
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  • And that mightjust be a problem.
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  • We read in the Bible that Godis willing to bless His people,
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  • but sometimes it can bethat those blessings
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  • are allowed to become curses.
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  • Let me read to you from Matthewchapter 19 where Jesus shared
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  • one of the most curiousverses in all of the Bible.
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  • Matthew 19 and verse 24,He said,
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  • "And again I say to you,
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  • it is easier for a camel to gothrough the eye of a needle
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  • than for a rich man to enterthe kingdom of God."
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  • Now, that's a fascinating verse.
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  • To talk with me about that andother aspects of the subject,
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  • I'm glad to welcomemy special guest
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  • from Queensland, Australia:Julian Archer.
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  • Julian, thanks for joining me.
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  • -Julian Archer: Thank you,John. Great to be here.
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  • -John: Julian, as aninternational speaker
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  • and as an author, youspeak a lot about money.
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  • And one of the thingsthat you've discovered
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  • in your studies and in your ownexperience is this:
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  • It seems that as people'sprosperity increases,
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  • that person's commitmentto God can decrease.
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  • Let's talk about that.Where would we begin?
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  • -Julian: Yeah, it's a bitlike a teeter-totter,
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  • or a see-saw, isn't it?
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  • One goes up;the other goes down.
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  • It doesn't have to.
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  • It'd be great if it didn't,but it, it often does.
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  • -John: So can wetalk about cases,
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  • chapter and verse,empirical data?
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  • I, I recently readan article produced
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  • by a Canadian news agencythat said as nations prosper,
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  • religion diminishes.
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  • So just how true is it?
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  • I think a lot of ushave met rich people who,
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  • who feel like they have no needsand don't even need God.
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  • Of course, we're not goingto say that that applies
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  • to all wealthy people.
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  • -Julian: Sure.
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  • -John: But, but how real isthis? How does it happen?
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  • And eventually we'll getaround to talking about
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  • what a person can do about it.
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  • -Julian: Yeah, look, it's veryreal. It's very real.
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  • The, the data has beencoming out for many years.
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  • Uh, Credit Suisse,
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  • a very respectedfinancial services agency
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  • out of Switzerland,has a lot of data on it.
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  • The Gallup poll, one of themost respected research agencies
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  • in the world, uh, as theystudy around the world,
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  • they find thatthe richest nations--
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  • so, not necessarily the biggestor, or the highest GDPs
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  • or whatever--but those nationswhere the adults
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  • in those nations actually havethe highest private wealth,
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  • those nations are the oneswho are the least religious.
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  • -John: So whatnations are they?
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  • -Julian: We'relooking at, uh, Switzerland,
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  • uh, Australia, New Zealand,
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  • Denmark, Sweden, Norway,the UK, even the US.
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  • They're the nationsthat are showing
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  • this teeter-totter issue.
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  • And those nations,interestingly enough,
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  • are primarily foundedon Christian principles.
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  • -John: Yeah, historicallywe'd refer to those--
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  • -Julian: That's right.
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  • -John:...as Christian nations--
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  • -Julian: Yeah.
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  • -John: ...whether that labelis accurate or not,
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  • but these are places whereChristianity has flourished.
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  • -Julian: That's right.
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  • -John: So in the past there wasa strong Christian ethic.
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  • Now there's astrong secular ethic,
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  • a strong emphasis on wealth,
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  • and you're saying that the datashows that these countries
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  • where adults areearning the most,
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  • that's where people are lessor least committed to God.
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  • -Julian: That's right.
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  • So, if you go to a nationlike my home nation,
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  • and Gallup poll comesin with their survey--
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  • they're surveying200 nations--
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  • they get to Australia and theysay--one of the questions:
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  • "Is religion an importantpart of your daily life?"
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  • Okay, simplequestion, yes or no:
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  • "Is religion an importantpart of your daily life?"
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  • Two-thirds, 67 percentof Australians say,
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  • "No, religion is notimportant in my daily life."
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  • You go across to somewherelike Sweden or Norway--
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  • you're looking at over 80percent of people saying,
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  • "No, religion's notimportant in my daily life."
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  • And so it's a,
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  • it's a significantteeter-totter situation.
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  • And those nations, thosetop 10 richest nations,
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  • were all founded on Christianlaws, Christian principles;
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  • they used to be, as you say,Christian nations.
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  • -John: Are we calling thiscorrelation or causation?
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  • Is this, is thisjust a coincidence?
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  • -Julian: Yeah. Look,according to the data, no.
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  • If you get the statisticianson to the data, and they,
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  • they will say, you know,we'll take it down
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  • to a certain coefficientand all the rest of it--
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  • they say this is rock-solid.
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  • It's, this is a statisticallysolid analysis that,
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  • as a nation's wealth increases,it has a direct impact
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  • on the religiosity ofthe people in that nation.
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  • -John: So then, one would seethis as a red flag, I think.
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  • Before we go any further,
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  • are we saying that it's wrongor bad to be wealthy?
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  • -Julian: No, no, not at all.
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  • -John: So wealth is okay?
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  • -Julian: Yes.
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  • -John: What if you'refilthy rich? Is that okay?
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  • -Julian: It's okay.There's no problem with that.
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  • -John: All right.
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  • -Julian: Even from a Christian,
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  • even from a biblicalpoint of view,
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  • there is nothingwrong with that.
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  • -John: For example?
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  • -Julian: Uh, Job,Abraham, you know,
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  • guys who had a lot.
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  • -John: Solomon.
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  • -Julian: Solomon.
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  • -John: King David.
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  • -Julian: Classic example.Yeah, that's right.
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  • But we must remember,though, that for Abraham,
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  • God said to him, He said,
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  • "I will bless youto be a blessing."
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  • Okay? So these guys didn't,
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  • they didn't have massesstored up for themselves;
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  • they had a lot of moneygoing through them,
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  • and God was using themto bless other people.
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  • So there's,there are some provisos.
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  • -John: Okay, so it's okayto be wealthy?
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  • -Julian: Yes.
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  • -John: But Jesus said,
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  • "It's easier for a camel to gothrough the eye of a needle
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  • than for a rich personto enter into heaven."
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  • Now, I've heard people saythat this is merely symbolic;
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  • Jesus was just making a point.
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  • What do you think?
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  • -Julian: If He wasjust making a point,
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  • it's a point that is verysolidly backed up today
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  • in the data.[laughs]
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  • So, so it was apretty good point.
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  • [laughs]
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  • So, uh, even--you know,you go to Hinduism--
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  • you've got Mahatma Gandhi,
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  • and he says that once financialstability is assured,
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  • spiritual bankruptcyis also assured.
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  • Okay, so this isn'tjust a Christian thing;
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  • this is, this is,
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  • this is human nature that,as our affluence goes up,
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  • we tend to becomevery self-reliant
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  • and think less of God orrelying on God or needing God.
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  • -John: So why doyou think that is?
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  • -Julian: I think the, theblessings that God gives us--
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  • because He wants to,He wants to bless us--
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  • uh, they are therefor us to, to share.
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  • If we put a dam, a wall on thedam and stop the, the flow,
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  • or even severelylimit the flow--
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  • you know, stilllet some out--
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  • but, you know, I need to keepbuilding mine bigger and bigger.
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  • Uh, then that's where itstarts to mess with us.
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  • And what, what happens,to illustrate it,
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  • is the inside of myheart, for example,
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  • when, when I was goingthrough this, this situation,
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  • the inside of my heartwas being filled up
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  • with the blessings--material blessings.
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  • And I was so busymaintaining them,
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  • insuring them,trying to make them grow,
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  • trying to, trying to ensurethat nobody stole them,
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  • or whatever it was.
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  • They took so muchof my time and energy
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  • that I simply didn't have thetime and energy for God anymore.
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  • -John: I think it'sworth pointing out here
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  • you've alluded to the fact
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  • that you've been a verysuccessful business person.
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  • Uh, and I'd like youto take a moment to talk
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  • about the deleterious effectthat had on your spiritual walk,
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  • to the extent youwrote a book called
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  • "Help! I've Been Blessed!"
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  • Which is interesting becausein Christian circles,
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  • again and again and againpeople are saying,
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  • "Got to do everythingwe can to get God's blessing,"
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  • and they're measuringblessing by dollars and cents
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  • and possessions and carsand houses and jet aircraft
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  • and so forth.
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  • So you've been through this.
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  • Walk us through some of this,
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  • to, to the place where you hadto write about this,
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  • calling the book"Help! I've Been Blessed!"
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  • -Julian: Yeah.
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  • Yeah, there is a lotof material out there
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  • that says how to be blessed--"God wants you to be rich"--
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  • you know, allthis sort of stuff.
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  • And I have no question
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  • the Bible says that God wantsto bless us--we're His children.
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  • -John: But does Godwant us to be rich?
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  • -Julian: God doesn't mindwhether we're rich or otherwise.
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  • From, from Scripture,
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  • um, God has very poorfollowers who love Him;
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  • God has very rich followerswho love Him.
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  • The challenge is--and thisis in my own experience--
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  • as I became more and morefocused and distracted
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  • on those blessings,
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  • then I had less and less time,
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  • and ultimatelyless and less interest
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  • in spending time with God.
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  • Now, during that whole period,
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  • this was somethinggoing on in my heart.
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  • No one knew; no onecould see this.
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  • I was still as religiousas anybody else at church,
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  • you know, supporting all thesedifferent programs,
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  • speaking from the front,all this sort of stuff.
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  • But in my heart--and this is,this is where the battle was--
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  • in my heart I knewthat I was lost.
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  • I knew that I was not in asaving relationship with Jesus,
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  • and I knew what the cause was.
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  • -John: The cause was--put afine point on it. What was it?
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  • -Julian: I could sayit was His blessings,
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  • but it wasn't.
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  • It was my responseto His blessings.
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  • -John: Okay.
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  • -Julian: And I--God had blessed me,
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  • and I had got distractedby those blessings,
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  • and I had to tryand sort that out,
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  • and that's wherethe book came from.
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  • It wasn't meant to be a book.
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  • It was my own journalingof everything I could find
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  • in Scripture aboutmy, my battle,
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  • this faith versus finance battlethat I was, that I was in.
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  • And then it ended upbecoming a book.
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  • But I had to work it out becauseit was messing with my head.
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  • It was, it wasreally messing with me.
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  • You know, Jesus says,
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  • "What shall it profit a manif he gains the whole world
  • 00:09:52.114 --> 00:09:54.417
  • and lose his soul?"
  • 00:09:54.450 --> 00:09:56.886
  • Very few people will knowthat you're in that situation.
  • 00:09:56.919 --> 00:09:59.622
  • But in your heart, where nobodyelse can see, you know,
  • 00:09:59.655 --> 00:10:02.825
  • and you go, "You know what,
  • 00:10:02.858 --> 00:10:03.893
  • yeah, I'm sort of gainingthe whole world here,
  • 00:10:03.926 --> 00:10:05.428
  • and I know I'm losing my soul.
  • 00:10:05.461 --> 00:10:07.263
  • I've got to dosomething about this."
  • 00:10:07.296 --> 00:10:08.597
  • -John: So you think there aremany wealthy people today
  • 00:10:08.631 --> 00:10:10.766
  • who are having this battle?
  • 00:10:10.800 --> 00:10:12.168
  • -Julian: You know,when it was happening,
  • 00:10:12.201 --> 00:10:14.336
  • I thought I was the only one.
  • 00:10:14.370 --> 00:10:15.771
  • I, I seriously thoughtI was the only one--
  • 00:10:15.805 --> 00:10:17.106
  • because we don't discuss it.
  • 00:10:17.139 --> 00:10:18.340
  • It's, it's a conversationthat is just under the table.
  • 00:10:18.374 --> 00:10:21.377
  • Because we like to,like the disciples,
  • 00:10:21.410 --> 00:10:23.746
  • you know, when the richyoung ruler came along,
  • 00:10:23.779 --> 00:10:25.815
  • and Jesus basically said,
  • 00:10:25.848 --> 00:10:27.983
  • "Look, buddy, you're notgoing to get into heaven
  • 00:10:28.017 --> 00:10:29.552
  • unless you sort a fewof these things out."
  • 00:10:29.585 --> 00:10:31.420
  • The disciple says,
  • 00:10:31.454 --> 00:10:32.455
  • "Whoa, if he can't be saved,who can be saved?"
  • 00:10:32.488 --> 00:10:35.091
  • You know, because he was rich;
  • 00:10:35.124 --> 00:10:36.592
  • he was respected;he was blessed;
  • 00:10:36.625 --> 00:10:39.095
  • he was a leader, you know,all these different things.
  • 00:10:39.128 --> 00:10:40.930
  • And they're like,
  • 00:10:40.963 --> 00:10:41.931
  • "Well, if they're notgonna get into heaven,
  • 00:10:41.964 --> 00:10:43.065
  • who can get into heaven?"
  • 00:10:43.099 --> 00:10:45.034
  • And so we just don'tdiscuss it because the fact is,
  • 00:10:45.067 --> 00:10:48.871
  • as I've learnt over the yearsas I've traveled the world,
  • 00:10:48.904 --> 00:10:51.173
  • talking to people in a wholelot of different places
  • 00:10:51.207 --> 00:10:52.875
  • and a whole lot of differentlounge rooms, I might say--
  • 00:10:52.908 --> 00:10:55.244
  • very wealthy lounge rooms--
  • 00:10:55.277 --> 00:10:56.345
  • uh, a lot of peoplestruggle with it.
  • 00:10:56.378 --> 00:10:59.448
  • They, they'resitting there, wondering,
  • 00:10:59.482 --> 00:11:01.217
  • how can I be saved whenI have such a focus on wealth
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:04.620
  • that I'm not reallyletting anybody see?
  • 00:11:04.653 --> 00:11:06.255
  • -John: Isn't it interestingthat many, many,
  • 00:11:06.288 --> 00:11:08.090
  • many average people--
  • 00:11:08.124 --> 00:11:09.992
  • and I guess I mean averagefinancially people--
  • 00:11:10.025 --> 00:11:12.928
  • really believe that if theyonly had a ton of money,
  • 00:11:12.962 --> 00:11:16.432
  • life would be great, and alltheir problems would be gone?
  • 00:11:16.465 --> 00:11:19.735
  • You're gonna say,"Not necessarily the case."
  • 00:11:19.769 --> 00:11:22.371
  • It sounds like you're saying."Be careful what you wish for."
  • 00:11:22.404 --> 00:11:25.474
  • -Julian: Yeah.
  • 00:11:25.508 --> 00:11:26.709
  • Yeah, it was Oscar Wilde who--the great Irish playwright--
  • 00:11:26.742 --> 00:11:29.712
  • who said,
  • 00:11:29.745 --> 00:11:30.646
  • "There's only two greattragedies in life:
  • 00:11:30.679 --> 00:11:32.782
  • one of them is notgetting what you want,
  • 00:11:32.815 --> 00:11:35.718
  • and the other isgetting what you want."
  • 00:11:35.751 --> 00:11:37.853
  • And that was whereI didn't realize--
  • 00:11:37.887 --> 00:11:39.455
  • I thought that ifI got what I wanted,
  • 00:11:39.488 --> 00:11:41.090
  • everything would be sorted;everything would be okay.
  • 00:11:41.123 --> 00:11:44.193
  • But then God gave meeverything I wanted,
  • 00:11:44.226 --> 00:11:45.828
  • and more and more,and things weren't okay.
  • 00:11:45.861 --> 00:11:50.232
  • -John: Studies, repeatedstudies have shown
  • 00:11:50.266 --> 00:11:52.668
  • there's a certain pointof income, of earnings,
  • 00:11:52.701 --> 00:11:56.138
  • beyond which more money doesnot increase your happiness.
  • 00:11:56.172 --> 00:12:01.477
  • It varies in the UnitedStates from state to state,
  • 00:12:01.510 --> 00:12:04.046
  • I'm certain, as the costof living varies.
  • 00:12:04.079 --> 00:12:05.815
  • But it's not very high.
  • 00:12:05.848 --> 00:12:07.216
  • Washington, D.C.,about $100.000.
  • 00:12:07.249 --> 00:12:09.952
  • Most states in theUnited States, 65.
  • 00:12:09.985 --> 00:12:12.488
  • You can have 66 or 66 million;it won't make you any happier.
  • 00:12:12.521 --> 00:12:18.194
  • Do you see that as odd,
  • 00:12:18.227 --> 00:12:19.628
  • or can you listento that and go,
  • 00:12:19.662 --> 00:12:21.197
  • "Yep, I knowwhat that means"?
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:22.164
  • -Julian: Yeah, absolutely.
  • 00:12:22.198 --> 00:12:23.499
  • Uh, you know, wewere talking before
  • 00:12:23.532 --> 00:12:25.668
  • about the wealthiest adultson the planet
  • 00:12:25.701 --> 00:12:27.303
  • and how Australians are rightup there in second place
  • 00:12:27.336 --> 00:12:29.371
  • after Switzerland.
  • 00:12:29.405 --> 00:12:31.774
  • So, basically as,as individual adults--
  • 00:12:31.807 --> 00:12:34.043
  • so just, just our families--
  • 00:12:34.076 --> 00:12:35.911
  • we are basically wealthierthan most average adults,
  • 00:12:35.945 --> 00:12:38.914
  • most adults around the world.
  • 00:12:38.948 --> 00:12:40.416
  • We are also thesecond-highest consumers
  • 00:12:40.449 --> 00:12:43.719
  • of antidepressant medicationson the planet.
  • 00:12:43.752 --> 00:12:46.989
  • So does money buy happiness?Not at all.
  • 00:12:47.022 --> 00:12:49.491
  • You know, why,why would we be--
  • 00:12:49.525 --> 00:12:51.293
  • are we thesecond-highest consumers
  • 00:12:51.327 --> 00:12:52.862
  • because we can afford the pills?
  • 00:12:52.895 --> 00:12:54.196
  • It's not just becausewe can afford the pills;
  • 00:12:54.230 --> 00:12:56.799
  • it's becausethere's something--
  • 00:12:56.832 --> 00:12:58.133
  • we've crossed that $65.000limit or that $100.000 limit,
  • 00:12:58.167 --> 00:13:01.770
  • thinking, "Now I'mgonna be happy."
  • 00:13:01.804 --> 00:13:05.241
  • And we're not.
  • 00:13:05.274 --> 00:13:06.475
  • And we're going, "Oh,I'm gonna have to medicate."
  • 00:13:06.508 --> 00:13:08.978
  • [Laughs]You know, as, as,
  • 00:13:09.011 --> 00:13:10.746
  • as strangely sad as thatsounds, that's reality.
  • 00:13:10.779 --> 00:13:14.083
  • And I've got nothing againstantidepressant medication.
  • 00:13:14.116 --> 00:13:16.085
  • I believe if somebodyneeds it, they need it.
  • 00:13:16.118 --> 00:13:18.520
  • But it's just ironic thatthe second-richest adults
  • 00:13:18.554 --> 00:13:21.090
  • on the planet are alsothe second-highest consumers.
  • 00:13:21.123 --> 00:13:23.592
  • -John: Now, I sensethat there's somebody
  • 00:13:23.626 --> 00:13:24.994
  • watching us right nowwho's saying,
  • 00:13:25.027 --> 00:13:26.795
  • "Man, that's easy for youto say. You've had it all.
  • 00:13:26.829 --> 00:13:29.632
  • You've had all youwanted with excess,
  • 00:13:29.665 --> 00:13:31.700
  • but here I am struggling away,barely making ends meet.
  • 00:13:31.734 --> 00:13:36.805
  • It's easy for you to say."
  • 00:13:36.839 --> 00:13:38.107
  • Well, it is easy to say, butin a moment when we come back,
  • 00:13:38.140 --> 00:13:41.277
  • let's talk about whyit's easy to believe.
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  • We'll be right backwith more in just a moment.
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  • Don't go away.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • My guest is Julian Archer,international speaker and author
  • 00:14:28.891 --> 00:14:33.062
  • on the subject of moneyand personal finance.
  • 00:14:33.095 --> 00:14:35.764
  • It was Jesus who said thatit's easier for a camel
  • 00:14:35.798 --> 00:14:38.400
  • to get throughthe eye of a needle
  • 00:14:38.434 --> 00:14:40.102
  • than for a rich manto enter into heaven.
  • 00:14:40.135 --> 00:14:42.271
  • Clearly, having wealthbrings some challenges,
  • 00:14:42.304 --> 00:14:46.275
  • and wealth can bethe cause of challenges
  • 00:14:46.308 --> 00:14:48.711
  • to a person's spiritual life.
  • 00:14:48.744 --> 00:14:50.646
  • Now, Julian, aswe've discussed this,
  • 00:14:50.679 --> 00:14:52.348
  • I sense that somebody's saying,
  • 00:14:52.381 --> 00:14:54.083
  • "Well, man, that's easyfor you to say.
  • 00:14:54.116 --> 00:14:55.718
  • You've had it,you've been through it,
  • 00:14:55.751 --> 00:14:57.086
  • and maybe you're in the placewhere you can just choose
  • 00:14:57.119 --> 00:14:59.788
  • to turn your backon chasing money."
  • 00:14:59.822 --> 00:15:02.358
  • Why is it that really it can bedifficult for a person
  • 00:15:02.391 --> 00:15:07.229
  • to maintain arelationship with Jesus
  • 00:15:07.262 --> 00:15:09.164
  • when financialblessings increase?
  • 00:15:09.198 --> 00:15:11.567
  • -Julian Archer: Yeah,look, I, I have, uh,
  • 00:15:11.600 --> 00:15:15.070
  • I encourage young people to goout and do really well in life,
  • 00:15:15.104 --> 00:15:18.674
  • whether that be financially orcareer-wise or whatever it is;
  • 00:15:18.707 --> 00:15:21.543
  • I encourage them to do that.
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  • I did the same in my life.
  • 00:15:23.379 --> 00:15:26.048
  • However, the challengethat I faced
  • 00:15:26.081 --> 00:15:28.884
  • was that I was losingmy spirituality;
  • 00:15:28.917 --> 00:15:30.886
  • I was losing myrelationship with Jesus.
  • 00:15:30.919 --> 00:15:32.688
  • The higher my wealth went,
  • 00:15:32.721 --> 00:15:33.889
  • it seemed the less and less timeI had to spend with Jesus.
  • 00:15:33.922 --> 00:15:36.492
  • And so I say to the youngpeople, look, go for it.
  • 00:15:36.525 --> 00:15:39.928
  • Put everythingyou've got into it.
  • 00:15:39.962 --> 00:15:42.464
  • But hang in there with Jesusright the way through
  • 00:15:42.498 --> 00:15:44.833
  • because you're,otherwise you're gonna get
  • 00:15:44.867 --> 00:15:46.602
  • to the other endand it's gonna be,
  • 00:15:46.635 --> 00:15:47.936
  • "Hey, look, I've gainedthe whole world,
  • 00:15:47.970 --> 00:15:49.371
  • and I've got nothing;I've lost my soul."
  • 00:15:49.405 --> 00:15:52.608
  • -John: So this emphasisthat you see
  • 00:15:52.641 --> 00:15:53.976
  • in some Christian circles aboutget more, get more, get more,
  • 00:15:54.009 --> 00:15:56.779
  • "You can have all you want,"
  • 00:15:56.812 --> 00:15:57.746
  • "God wants you to berich," and so forth--
  • 00:15:57.780 --> 00:15:59.848
  • uh, would you see--
  • 00:15:59.882 --> 00:16:01.850
  • let me just ask youhow you would see that.
  • 00:16:01.884 --> 00:16:04.019
  • Healthy, unhealthy,somewhere in the middle?
  • 00:16:04.053 --> 00:16:06.822
  • -Julian: Yeah...
  • 00:16:06.855 --> 00:16:09.958
  • Gut feeling, single word,I would say unhealthy.
  • 00:16:09.992 --> 00:16:12.761
  • Uh, but I need to,need to explain that.
  • 00:16:12.795 --> 00:16:16.331
  • Biblically, we--there certainlyare passages and stories
  • 00:16:16.365 --> 00:16:18.567
  • where Jesus says, and,and God says, you know,
  • 00:16:18.600 --> 00:16:21.236
  • "Obey me and I will bless you."
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:22.504
  • Uh, God wants to bless us.
  • 00:16:22.538 --> 00:16:25.607
  • However, there's also storyafter story after story
  • 00:16:25.641 --> 00:16:29.411
  • of individualsand entire nations
  • 00:16:29.445 --> 00:16:31.914
  • who turned away from Godwhen they were blessed.
  • 00:16:31.947 --> 00:16:35.117
  • And if we are goingto buy in to a scenario
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:41.223
  • of "God wants me to be rich,"
  • 00:16:41.256 --> 00:16:44.359
  • then you've really got to havein your chest pocket,
  • 00:16:44.393 --> 00:16:47.162
  • right near your heart,a ticket that says,
  • 00:16:47.196 --> 00:16:50.065
  • "I'm not gonna letgo of You, Jesus,"
  • 00:16:50.099 --> 00:16:51.900
  • through that process.
  • 00:16:51.934 --> 00:16:53.302
  • And that's whatJesus was talking about;
  • 00:16:53.335 --> 00:16:54.670
  • He was talkingabout the camel...
  • 00:16:54.703 --> 00:16:57.372
  • having to go throughthe eye of a needle
  • 00:16:57.406 --> 00:16:58.774
  • like a rich mangetting into heaven.
  • 00:16:58.807 --> 00:17:01.543
  • It's not easy.
  • 00:17:01.577 --> 00:17:03.378
  • It may sound easy.
  • 00:17:03.412 --> 00:17:04.246
  • You may think,"Well, if I had money,
  • 00:17:04.279 --> 00:17:05.180
  • then I wouldn't haveany problems,
  • 00:17:05.214 --> 00:17:06.215
  • and that would be easy."
  • 00:17:06.248 --> 00:17:08.250
  • It, it may, may seem to be easy,if you don't have God.
  • 00:17:08.283 --> 00:17:10.752
  • But if you want to hold onto a saving relationship
  • 00:17:10.786 --> 00:17:13.155
  • with Jesus Christ duringthose years, it's, it's--
  • 00:17:13.188 --> 00:17:17.126
  • I was gonna say it's hard work,but that sounds legalistic.
  • 00:17:17.159 --> 00:17:19.361
  • But it's, it's a daily battle.
  • 00:17:19.394 --> 00:17:21.296
  • You know, Paul says,"I die daily."
  • 00:17:21.330 --> 00:17:22.965
  • And if we go into the,the Greek of that,
  • 00:17:22.998 --> 00:17:25.667
  • uh, the word for "I" in his,where he says, "I die daily,"
  • 00:17:25.701 --> 00:17:29.505
  • is epsilon gamma omega,
  • 00:17:29.538 --> 00:17:31.607
  • E-G-O: Ego dies daily.
  • 00:17:31.640 --> 00:17:35.344
  • And when you're beingblessed, when you're saying,
  • 00:17:35.377 --> 00:17:37.346
  • "Yeah, God wants me to be rich,
  • 00:17:37.379 --> 00:17:38.347
  • and here I am--look, I am being rich now,"
  • 00:17:38.380 --> 00:17:40.449
  • ego just rises upbecause you get proud.
  • 00:17:40.482 --> 00:17:44.386
  • You become a Pharisee;you become self-sufficient.
  • 00:17:44.419 --> 00:17:46.855
  • But your ego has to die daily.
  • 00:17:46.889 --> 00:17:48.857
  • And I, I, I can tell you,
  • 00:17:48.891 --> 00:17:50.425
  • killing your ego dailyis not easy.
  • 00:17:50.459 --> 00:17:52.060
  • It's a battle.
  • 00:17:52.094 --> 00:17:53.095
  • -John: Let's lookat this passage,
  • 00:17:53.128 --> 00:17:54.530
  • the story where Jesusaddressed someone
  • 00:17:54.563 --> 00:17:56.465
  • who is doing really wellfinancially.
  • 00:17:56.498 --> 00:17:58.066
  • He came to Jesus.
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:17:58.967
  • I'm gonna read inMatthew chapter 19.
  • 00:17:59.001 --> 00:18:00.702
  • It says, starting in verse 16,
  • 00:18:00.736 --> 00:18:02.905
  • "Now behold, one came and saidto Him, 'Good Teacher,
  • 00:18:02.938 --> 00:18:05.474
  • what good thing shall I dothat I may have eternal life?'"
  • 00:18:05.507 --> 00:18:08.410
  • And Jesus said,"Why do you call me good?
  • 00:18:08.443 --> 00:18:10.245
  • No one is good but One,[and] that is God.
  • 00:18:10.279 --> 00:18:12.047
  • But if [you'll]...enter intolife, keep [my] commandments."
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:14.650
  • The young man said to Jesus,"Which ones?"
  • 00:18:14.683 --> 00:18:17.553
  • And so Jesus enumerated anumber of the commandments.
  • 00:18:17.586 --> 00:18:20.255
  • The young man then said,
  • 00:18:20.289 --> 00:18:21.690
  • "I've done thatever since I was a kid.
  • 00:18:21.723 --> 00:18:24.026
  • What do I still lack?"
  • 00:18:24.059 --> 00:18:25.561
  • And Jesus saidin Matthew 19 and 21,
  • 00:18:25.594 --> 00:18:28.363
  • "If you want to be perfect, go,
  • 00:18:28.397 --> 00:18:30.799
  • sell what you haveand give to the poor,
  • 00:18:30.832 --> 00:18:33.802
  • and you will havetreasure in heaven;
  • 00:18:33.835 --> 00:18:35.737
  • and come, [and] follow me."
  • 00:18:35.771 --> 00:18:37.005
  • And what's really interesting,what's tragic is verse 22 says,
  • 00:18:37.039 --> 00:18:40.943
  • "The young manheard that saying,
  • 00:18:40.976 --> 00:18:43.378
  • [and] went away sorrowful,
  • 00:18:43.412 --> 00:18:45.847
  • [because] he hadgreat possessions."
  • 00:18:45.881 --> 00:18:48.684
  • He was a wealthy young fellow.
  • 00:18:48.717 --> 00:18:50.285
  • -Julian: Hmm.
  • 00:18:50.319 --> 00:18:52.521
  • -John: What was Jesusreally getting at here?
  • 00:18:52.554 --> 00:18:54.656
  • Did He really mean"sell everything,"
  • 00:18:54.690 --> 00:18:56.625
  • or is this allegorical?
  • 00:18:56.658 --> 00:18:58.393
  • Why did he say thatto the rich young ruler?
  • 00:18:58.427 --> 00:19:01.029
  • -Julian: Well, it'sinteresting that Jesus
  • 00:19:01.063 --> 00:19:02.731
  • right up said five commandments.
  • 00:19:02.764 --> 00:19:05.234
  • He said don't do this;don't do this; don't do this.
  • 00:19:05.267 --> 00:19:07.069
  • And the guys says, "Well,I've done that since my youth."
  • 00:19:07.102 --> 00:19:08.537
  • And then Jesus says,"One thing you lack."
  • 00:19:08.570 --> 00:19:10.672
  • Well, what was the one thing?
  • 00:19:10.706 --> 00:19:12.207
  • Well, it happened to bethe sixth commandment
  • 00:19:12.241 --> 00:19:13.976
  • that He hadn't quotedout of the last ten.
  • 00:19:14.009 --> 00:19:16.311
  • -John: "Thou shalt not covet."
  • 00:19:16.345 --> 00:19:17.613
  • -Julian: Exactly."One thing you lack."
  • 00:19:17.646 --> 00:19:19.481
  • And, uh, He wasspeaking the truth.
  • 00:19:19.514 --> 00:19:21.950
  • I mean, Jesus knows,knows this guy's heart.
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  • But then He comesalong and He says,
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  • "Sell it all. Give it awayand come and follow me,
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  • and you'll havetreasure in heaven."
  • 00:19:29.391 --> 00:19:30.892
  • You know, when I,when I was in business,
  • 00:19:30.926 --> 00:19:33.695
  • and I was still very activelyinvolved in church,
  • 00:19:33.729 --> 00:19:38.166
  • this story was the worst storyin Scripture for me.
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:44.606
  • As, as a rich young ruler,
  • 00:19:44.640 --> 00:19:46.308
  • you know, as an affluentyoung businessman,
  • 00:19:46.341 --> 00:19:49.411
  • I just hated it because I keptthinking that God was telling me
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  • that I've got to give awayeverything in order
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  • to be a disciple.
  • 00:19:55.584 --> 00:19:56.918
  • And at first reading, you couldsay, "Yeah, well, it does."
  • 00:19:56.952 --> 00:20:02.324
  • I then said, "No, no,it's just for him.
  • 00:20:02.357 --> 00:20:06.128
  • One guy, one point in time."
  • 00:20:06.161 --> 00:20:07.429
  • And it was like, whew,that was close, you know?
  • 00:20:07.462 --> 00:20:09.665
  • I nearly hadto sell everything.
  • 00:20:09.698 --> 00:20:11.166
  • And then I wentacross to Luke 12:33,
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  • and here's Jesussaying it again.
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  • He's saying if, you know,unless you sell everything,
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  • "You can't be my disciple,"
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  • and this time He's talkingto the disciples,
  • 00:20:18.407 --> 00:20:20.442
  • the twelve disciples.
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  • Two chapters later, Luke 14:33,Jesus is at it again.
  • 00:20:21.877 --> 00:20:25.681
  • But this time He's talking toan entire multitude and He says,
  • 00:20:25.714 --> 00:20:27.949
  • "You've got to selleverything you've got
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  • to come and follow me."
  • 00:20:29.184 --> 00:20:31.119
  • [exhales loudly]
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  • And I'm like, "Yeah, this is,nah, this is really heavy."
  • 00:20:32.454 --> 00:20:36.491
  • So, I got in and I studiedthe Greek on it,
  • 00:20:36.525 --> 00:20:39.261
  • at that, where He was talkingto the rich young ruler.
  • 00:20:39.294 --> 00:20:42.497
  • And I found that where He says,
  • 00:20:42.531 --> 00:20:45.434
  • "Sell all that you ownand come and follow me,"
  • 00:20:45.467 --> 00:20:48.503
  • can also be translated,
  • 00:20:48.537 --> 00:20:50.439
  • "Sell all that owns youand come and follow me."
  • 00:20:50.472 --> 00:20:55.644
  • And I believe that'swhat Jesus was saying.
  • 00:20:55.677 --> 00:20:57.279
  • And we know--
  • 00:20:57.312 --> 00:20:58.480
  • I, you know, I knew in my heartthe things that owned me.
  • 00:20:58.513 --> 00:21:03.085
  • And I think whatJesus was saying was,
  • 00:21:03.118 --> 00:21:06.388
  • "Take everythingout of your life
  • 00:21:06.421 --> 00:21:08.290
  • that is getting between youand me, that is getting--
  • 00:21:08.323 --> 00:21:12.694
  • that is distracting you
  • 00:21:12.728 --> 00:21:13.862
  • from this eternalsaving relationship.
  • 00:21:13.895 --> 00:21:17.466
  • Whatever owns you,
  • 00:21:17.499 --> 00:21:18.433
  • get rid of that and thencome and follow me."
  • 00:21:18.467 --> 00:21:20.469
  • -John: This is gonna,this is gonna differ
  • 00:21:20.502 --> 00:21:21.703
  • from person to person,obviously.
  • 00:21:21.737 --> 00:21:23.138
  • -Julian: Exactly.And that's the thing.
  • 00:21:23.171 --> 00:21:24.473
  • Isn't that the beautifulthing about salvation?
  • 00:21:24.506 --> 00:21:25.807
  • Salvation--that relationshipwith Jesus is different
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  • for every person.
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  • I don't believe Jesusis telling every Christian
  • 00:21:30.278 --> 00:21:31.880
  • to sell everything so thatwe can follow Him.
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  • It, it would just be a wholecrazy different religion
  • 00:21:34.549 --> 00:21:38.387
  • that we're involved in.
  • 00:21:38.420 --> 00:21:40.021
  • But I do believe He'stelling us to get everything
  • 00:21:40.055 --> 00:21:42.224
  • out of our lives that's gettingbetween us and Him.
  • 00:21:42.257 --> 00:21:44.559
  • -John: So the factof the matter is
  • 00:21:44.593 --> 00:21:45.894
  • the guy who has the Lamborghiniparked in his garage,
  • 00:21:45.927 --> 00:21:48.497
  • that might be justperfectly fine for one guy,
  • 00:21:48.530 --> 00:21:51.333
  • destructive for another.
  • 00:21:51.366 --> 00:21:52.868
  • -Julian: Absolutely.
  • 00:21:52.901 --> 00:21:54.069
  • -John: The person who's gotthe magnificent holiday home
  • 00:21:54.102 --> 00:21:55.504
  • wherever he has it--or the homes--
  • 00:21:55.537 --> 00:21:57.472
  • or he or she, wherever--
  • 00:21:57.506 --> 00:21:59.374
  • that might be okayfor one person.
  • 00:21:59.408 --> 00:22:01.343
  • And we mustn'tjudge people, right?
  • 00:22:01.376 --> 00:22:02.911
  • Because somebody may havean expensive car
  • 00:22:02.944 --> 00:22:04.413
  • that ultimatelyis an investment,
  • 00:22:04.446 --> 00:22:05.847
  • or properties that they're gonnaliquidate and give to the Lord.
  • 00:22:05.881 --> 00:22:08.150
  • It's not for usto judge anybody.
  • 00:22:08.183 --> 00:22:10.318
  • So it differsfrom person to person.
  • 00:22:10.352 --> 00:22:13.288
  • Couldn't that be just givinga person an escape hatch
  • 00:22:13.321 --> 00:22:15.590
  • where that person now says,
  • 00:22:15.624 --> 00:22:16.825
  • "I heard what Julian said,
  • 00:22:16.858 --> 00:22:18.126
  • but, you know, my fleetof fancy cars doesn't own me.
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:20.896
  • Everything's okay."
  • 00:22:20.929 --> 00:22:22.097
  • -Julian: Yeah.
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:23.031
  • -John: Could be anescape hatch, right?
  • 00:22:23.064 --> 00:22:24.099
  • -Julian: It could be.
  • 00:22:24.132 --> 00:22:25.300
  • The--and it is individual,person to person, very true--
  • 00:22:25.333 --> 00:22:28.370
  • but what is not individual,person to person,
  • 00:22:28.403 --> 00:22:30.872
  • is when Jesus says thatit's easier for a camel
  • 00:22:30.906 --> 00:22:34.142
  • to go through the eyeof a needle
  • 00:22:34.176 --> 00:22:35.110
  • than for a rich personto get into heaven.
  • 00:22:35.143 --> 00:22:36.878
  • So, the person might havethe Lamborghini
  • 00:22:36.912 --> 00:22:40.115
  • and all the homesand all the rest of it.
  • 00:22:40.148 --> 00:22:41.383
  • If they do, it will beextremely difficult for them
  • 00:22:41.416 --> 00:22:44.886
  • to get into heaven.
  • 00:22:44.920 --> 00:22:46.087
  • Jesus said that;I'm not saying that.
  • 00:22:46.121 --> 00:22:47.722
  • That's, that's what Jesus said.
  • 00:22:47.756 --> 00:22:48.723
  • He said that's the fact,
  • 00:22:48.757 --> 00:22:50.992
  • and then He had periodat the end of it.
  • 00:22:51.026 --> 00:22:52.360
  • He didn't say, "But if..."or anything.
  • 00:22:52.394 --> 00:22:54.329
  • He just said, hey, look,if, if you're rich,
  • 00:22:54.362 --> 00:22:56.731
  • if, you know, even if God'sblessed you with your riches,
  • 00:22:56.765 --> 00:23:00.302
  • it's gonna be really difficultfor you to get into heaven.
  • 00:23:00.335 --> 00:23:01.970
  • Because riches have thislittle thing that they do
  • 00:23:02.003 --> 00:23:04.039
  • on your heart, and you tendto get distracted by them,
  • 00:23:04.072 --> 00:23:06.808
  • and you, you lose thatsaving relationship.
  • 00:23:06.842 --> 00:23:09.177
  • -John: Two questions--we don't have a lot of time.
  • 00:23:09.211 --> 00:23:11.246
  • Two questions.
  • 00:23:11.279 --> 00:23:12.280
  • Uh, let's make this aspractical as we can.
  • 00:23:12.314 --> 00:23:14.382
  • Somebody's wealthy--and wealth varies, you know--
  • 00:23:14.416 --> 00:23:18.053
  • somebody's doing well,
  • 00:23:18.086 --> 00:23:19.154
  • and they know that theirstuff's starting to own them
  • 00:23:19.187 --> 00:23:21.690
  • and that they're struggling intheir relationship with Jesus;
  • 00:23:21.723 --> 00:23:23.792
  • focus is in the wrong place.
  • 00:23:23.825 --> 00:23:25.260
  • What's your advice what to do?
  • 00:23:25.293 --> 00:23:27.295
  • -Julian: Uh, workout some way of--
  • 00:23:27.329 --> 00:23:31.900
  • and it will depend on what,on what situation they're in--
  • 00:23:31.933 --> 00:23:33.835
  • if they're owning a business,
  • 00:23:33.869 --> 00:23:34.870
  • then they may havean opportunity
  • 00:23:34.903 --> 00:23:36.137
  • to give half ofthe business to God--
  • 00:23:36.171 --> 00:23:39.140
  • or 90 percent, 95, 99.
  • 00:23:39.174 --> 00:23:41.810
  • I've seen people give 100percent of the business to God
  • 00:23:41.843 --> 00:23:43.778
  • and just be paida wage out of it.
  • 00:23:43.812 --> 00:23:45.113
  • So there, there are thingsthat you can do along,
  • 00:23:45.146 --> 00:23:47.282
  • along those lines that issort of the practical accounting
  • 00:23:47.315 --> 00:23:50.418
  • nuts-and-bolts sides of things.
  • 00:23:50.452 --> 00:23:52.354
  • Uh, but ultimately, it'sget down on your knees.
  • 00:23:52.387 --> 00:23:56.491
  • It's get down on yourknees more and more and more.
  • 00:23:56.525 --> 00:23:59.561
  • That's, that's the solutionto trying to sort this out.
  • 00:23:59.594 --> 00:24:04.232
  • Because ultimately, theriches are somewhat irrelevant.
  • 00:24:04.266 --> 00:24:08.136
  • You can, as we'vealready discussed,
  • 00:24:08.169 --> 00:24:09.504
  • you can be affluentand still have
  • 00:24:09.538 --> 00:24:11.673
  • a really strong dailyrelationship with Christ,
  • 00:24:11.706 --> 00:24:14.309
  • but they do tendto get in the way,
  • 00:24:14.342 --> 00:24:17.045
  • so we've got to get backto that relationship,
  • 00:24:17.078 --> 00:24:18.947
  • that "first love,"as Jesus called it.
  • 00:24:18.980 --> 00:24:21.116
  • -John: Second question for you:Why does God give wealth?
  • 00:24:21.149 --> 00:24:25.053
  • What's the purpose?
  • 00:24:25.086 --> 00:24:26.054
  • Just to bless usfor our faithfulness,
  • 00:24:26.087 --> 00:24:27.656
  • or is therea greater purpose?
  • 00:24:27.689 --> 00:24:28.990
  • -Julian: Yeah. He loves us,
  • 00:24:29.024 --> 00:24:30.892
  • and He wants to blessothers through us,
  • 00:24:30.926 --> 00:24:33.929
  • and at the same timewe are blessed.
  • 00:24:33.962 --> 00:24:35.263
  • "It's more blessedto give than to receive."
  • 00:24:35.297 --> 00:24:36.831
  • So He's giving us a privilege,an opportunity to feel
  • 00:24:36.865 --> 00:24:39.601
  • those blessings of givingto others in need.
  • 00:24:39.634 --> 00:24:41.736
  • -John: Some people don't wantto give away what they've got.
  • 00:24:41.770 --> 00:24:43.638
  • What would you say to them?
  • 00:24:43.672 --> 00:24:45.674
  • -Julian: Go down on your knees.[laughs]
  • 00:24:45.707 --> 00:24:48.343
  • It's really, yeah,it's really, it's God's.
  • 00:24:48.376 --> 00:24:51.580
  • It's God's, and Hewants you to give it.
  • 00:24:51.613 --> 00:24:53.515
  • And you will be soblessed when you do.
  • 00:24:53.548 --> 00:24:56.484
  • -John: So wealth is okay?
  • 00:24:56.518 --> 00:24:59.087
  • -Julian: Yes.
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:24:59.754
  • -John: Being rich is okay?
  • 00:24:59.788 --> 00:25:00.889
  • -Julian: Mm-hmm.
  • 00:25:00.922 --> 00:25:02.090
  • -John: You can be a successfulChristian and be wealthy?
  • 00:25:02.123 --> 00:25:04.459
  • -Julian: Yes.
  • 00:25:04.492 --> 00:25:05.293
  • -John: But atthe end of the day,
  • 00:25:05.327 --> 00:25:06.461
  • we have to rememberit all belongs to...?
  • 00:25:06.494 --> 00:25:08.563
  • -Julian: God.
  • 00:25:08.597 --> 00:25:09.264
  • -John: It all belongs to God.
  • 00:25:09.297 --> 00:25:11.032
  • And if we keep that in mind,then we might see some camels
  • 00:25:11.066 --> 00:25:14.836
  • squeezing their waythrough the eye of a needle.
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  • It's really been a blessing.Thanks for joining me.
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  • -Julian Archer: Thank you,it's been great to be here.
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  • -John: Let's pray together now.
  • 00:26:01.616 --> 00:26:03.284
  • Our Father in heaven,
  • 00:26:03.318 --> 00:26:04.219
  • we are grateful forYour many blessings.
  • 00:26:04.252 --> 00:26:06.087
  • They come in somany different ways.
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  • Frequently, Youbless us financially,
  • 00:26:08.456 --> 00:26:11.660
  • but we see the dangerof allowing our blessings
  • 00:26:11.693 --> 00:26:13.895
  • to be anything but a blessing.
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  • So grant that we willkeep things in focus,
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  • that however we dofinancially, materially,
  • 00:26:18.199 --> 00:26:20.735
  • we will remember thateverything belongs to You,
  • 00:26:20.769 --> 00:26:23.338
  • that we are Yours,and Jesus is ours.
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  • Grant us the opportunityand the desire
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  • to allow our blessingsto be a blessing to others.
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  • Work through us,both to will and to do,
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  • for Your good pleasure.
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  • We thank You, and wepray in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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