Deancooper posted a comment · Jan 13, 2019
I was struck by how you equated being "rich toward God" as being "rich on the inside". What is inside us is surely important but it's not the only thing. 2 Cor 7:1 says that we should "cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit", i.e., impurities on the outside and the inside. The fear of the Lord should not just clean us up on the inside, it should also clean us up on the outside. While you might think that the outside will reflect the inside, if our emphasis is indeed on "getting our spiritual houses in order", then we could readily neglect the outside. Faith and love need to have action. How can you truly be "rich toward God" if your faith and love don't show up on the outside? If we truly fear the Lord, I would think we would want to meditate on what God means when He tells us we should be "rich toward God". I'm thinking your suggestions, while well-meaning and generally good, have in fact missed the mark. Think about it.
Princeton University posted a comment · Jan 12, 2019
Amen, Dr. Brown.