Mike wrote: Do you even have a clue what poverty is? Do you own a computer? Have enough to eat? Clothes? Stay warm at night? By your definition you aren't a real Christian, because you are not suffering physical poverty.
Yes! Born to poor uneducated parents. Father did not always have work. My school clothes were donated from the lady who my mother cleaned for. Left school at 15 without education. No education to compete in the labour market. Joined navy to gain a wage. Struggled to get anywhere in promotion. Left navy only to find civilian market required the education I did not have. Went abroad to get work and wage to support family. etc.
Owning computer, enough to eat, clothes etc - These have been providentially provided by God, my son bought me my computer and my car. Thus do I know poverty and complete dependence upon God. God taught me a long hard lesson over the years. I don't belong to this world or society and my struggle highlights that fact. "Rich" middle class/upper class people with all the necessary acceptable qualifications do belong, they naturally depend upon mammon.
Mike wrote: Is physical poverty biblically necessary for people to be real Christians?
Yes! How else could you experience complete faith in God for His providence and mercy?
You can't serve both God and mammon. What do you think that actually means when broken down?
Note the verses following this command. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, TAKE NO THOUGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDETH THEM. Are ye not much better than they?
Matt 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
"It is the first time UK gross domestic product (GDP) has contracted for six consecutive quarters, since quarterly figures were first recorded in 1955."
What a great statement of a socialist government. Problem being, will the voters of this stupid creed learn from this experience? Or will we get the response such as, "I vote Labour like my dad voted Labour and his dad before voted Labour.
This country is up to its eyebrows in debt thanks to Blair-Brown and the other peanuts in the Labour comedy.