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Fiscal Pharisees

At this year’s Shepherds’ Conference, a new edition of the NASB was introduced and given away to each attendee. Boasting many of the features of my perfect Bible, it is now for sale at Grace to You for $200. Predictably, there has been criticism from the sect of the Fiscal Pharisees, who seem to think that an expensive premium quality Bible is in the same category as the mansions and private jets of prosperity preachers like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, and Joyce Meyer. And so, to astute observations like this:

We get logic-free moralizing like this:

I’d like this writer—and you, if you’re of the same mind—to consider his own stewardship decisions. Most of us don’t appreciate the luxuries we enjoy every day. Compared to the standard of living in many parts of the world, “poor” Americans are quite well-off. In comparison, most of us are fabulously wealthy, and spend lavishly on luxuries to which we seldom give a second thought. So when some rich wiseguy scowls at me through his expensive, disposable internet-access device for spending $180 on a Bible that will likely last me a lifetime and be passed down to the next generation—making it, rather than a frivolous indulgence, an act of good stewardship—excuse me if I dismiss him as the fatuous Pharisee he is.


To put things in perspective, if you ever

you are, by the critics definition, an irresponsible profligate. Spare me your pseudopious pontifications and do not preach to me about buying [fill in the blank] “while [fill in the blank] in [fill in the blank] doesn’t have [fill in the blank].” Even if you’re right (you’re not), you’re in no position to look down on the brother or sister who buys a high-quality Bible for a miniscule fraction of what you’re spending on your chosen luxuries.

Now, you may still repeat the question, When does spending become excessive and indefensible? to which I will answer, When does it become any of your business?


Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. —Romans 14:4

Posted 2018·03·12 by David Kjos
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