The Sin We Treat as a Virtue

The Major Issue in Christ’s Teaching

by B. Ward Powers



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/17/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781466976269
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781466976276

About the Book

This book is for all those of us who love the Lord Jesus: because this whole topic is an issue that deeply concerns every one of us, and it really matters. Is there indeed a sin we treat as a virtue? Could this possibly be true of us, of me?

Yes, there is a sin we are treating as a virtue.

This sin is greed—sheer plain greed. Coveting. The comfortable, respectable, sin. But the extremely dangerous and damaging sin. It is condemned by the Tenth Commandment. It is the sin Christ spoke against more often and more vehemently than any other— he warned against it in the strongest possible terms: “Beware! Take care! Watch out!” It chokes the Word of God in your life, he said. It hinders a person entering the Kingdom of God and deprives them of eternal life. That is how serious it is. Paul said that greed is a form of idolatry and can destroy a person. He found this sin sneaky, tricky, and insidious. The risk to us from this sin is all the worse because it is so often not recognized as sin. It is so all-pervasive that we do not actually see its deceitful danger. But statistics show it is insidiously at work in the church, seriously affecting its work and witness in the world.

It is a trap and a snare that can so easily catch us quite unawares. Breaking free of it is in fact one of the most difficult issues we face in our Christian lives. Can anything be done about this? Yes! It is crucial that we become aware of what the Bible says about it, and then think through how to live our lives in accordance with biblical teaching.

This book will point to all the relevant Scriptures. Can you afford not to heed what they say? They just might save you from spiritual disaster. Don’t treat this lightly. Jesus didn’t. Paul didn’t.

About the Author

Ward Powers is an Anglican clergyman of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia. He has had the charge of a number of parishes in the Diocese, and has been on the faculty of Moore Theological College, Sydney, and of the Sydney Missionary and Bible College. For the past fifteen years he has been the Director and also Dean of New Testament and Ethics at Tyndale College, Sydney.

He is the author of numbers of journal articles and a dozen books on various issues relating to marriage and divorce (the field in which he gained his Ph.D. from the University of London), the three Synoptic Gospels (the field in which he gained his Th.D. from the South African Theological Seminary), and various subjects of Christian doctrine and ministry. This present book draws upon his study of the Scriptures and the outworking of their teaching in his own life and ministry.

He lives in Sydney Australia, where he exercises his ministry through Tyndale College, and through his writings. He has two sons, David and Philip, from his first marriage to Val, who died some years ago, and is now married to Colleen. He plays tennis each week and enjoys reading science fiction and mystery stories.