Jesus offering forgiveness

The following guest sermon was submitted by ULC minister Clarence Corley. All ULC Ministers are invited to contribute their own sermons for consideration/publication. To submit a sermon, please email it to sermons@ulc.org.


You've heard by now that President Joe Biden is forgiving up to $20,000 in student loan debt for millions of borrowers.

Some people seem angry about this, and I can't seem to figure out why. Most of the criticism has come from those who’ve paid off their student loans already. They say it's a handout to an entitled younger generation.

But that’s a narrow way of looking at the student debt crisis.

Here's the bottom line: forgiving student debt is not only the right thing to do, it's also the biblical thing to do.

The Original Loan Forgiver

Life is hard for young people right now. Even when accounting for inflation, college is more expensive than ever before. The dream of owning a home is out of reach for many millennials, and many had their careers kneecapped just as they were getting started thanks to the COVID pandemic.

With so many struggling under the burden of student loan debt, there's a compassionate argument to be made to relieve some of that financial stress. Critics say this amounts to an unfair bailout for people who irresponsibly took on too much debt. 

But on that score, I say let us look to the Bible for answers. 

Isn’t the entire story of the Christian faith the tale of a man that paid a debt for all of us? Jesus Christ paid for the ransom of our sins with his life, fulfilling a debt none of us could pay on our own.

In that sense, Christ’s sacrifice can be understood as the original act of debt forgiveness.

But it’s not just forgiveness of sin that the Bible compels us towards; Jesus commands us to forgive monetary debts owed throughout. 

In Luke 7, Jesus poses a question to Simon, one of the Pharisees. 

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

In Luke 19, a wealthy tax collector named Zacchaeus is so moved by his meeting with Jesus that he vows to give his wealth to the poor and pay restitution to those he’s defrauded. Upon hearing this, Jesus announces his salvation.

Luke 6 even suggests we lend without expectation of repayment, because our reward in heaven will be far greater.

Anyone who’s recited the Lord’s Prayer has recited, “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” and Deuteronomy compels the Israelites to forgive all debts every seven years.

The Bible is pretty clearly in favor of debt forgiveness.

Would Jesus Cancel Student Debt?

Just like today, there was massive inequality between the rich and poor in the Galilee of Jesus’ time.

Christ understood that the rich often cheat or take advantage of others in their myopic quest to hoard the most gold. He was in favor of redistributing wealth, and forgiving debts was but one of the means to do that justly.

Back to the modern day, President Biden himself cites his Catholic faith as a guiding principle, including one that guided him towards his initial decision to promise student debt relief on the campaign trail in 2020. He wrote then “that every person on earth is equal in rights and dignity, because we are all beloved children of God,” which is “why we must deliver real, immediate economic relief to those who need it the most in these challenging times.”

Is there nothing more biblical than that?

69 comments

  1. Dave J's Avatar Dave J

    I am not a christian, but know the bible well. This is well said. If you believe in Jesus the Christ, then being mad about debt relief because you paid for your own is not only mean, it's not Christ like.

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Having the government take food off my family's table to pay for the loans of people that don't want to pay back the loans they willingly signed for is the type of crap the Romans did

      1. Asa William Sprague, II's Avatar Asa William Sprague, II

        The cost to government is estimated around 24 billion per year. This would mean that the share each of the 42.9% of working Americans who end up owing income tax will pay will be about $12 per month.

        The only people who would find $12 per month ($.40 per day) actually snatching much needed food from their family table are people who's income would be so low as to place them in a bracket where they would pay little to no income tax and thus be unaffected by this policy.

        1. Gary's Avatar Gary

          More than half my income is already taken by the government. I pay income tax, capital gains tax, self-employment tax, sales tax, real estate tax, and fees for licenses, permits, tolls, etc. In addition, I have to pay the costs of massive government regulation in how I earn a living.

          As the government already takes more than half my income, I need you to tell me when you think that the amount of taxes I pay is excessive.

          And almost all the money i pay in taxes is for the benefit of people other than myself, I need you to explain exactly why I should pay for yet more free loaders taking food off my table.

          1. Asa William Sprague, II's Avatar Asa William Sprague, II

            I'm sorry to hear that life in the United States is such a burden.

            Pretty much everybody who lives in the USA pays sales tax. Pretty much everybody who owns real estate in the USA pays real estate taxes. Pretty much everybody who drives on a toll road in the USA pays tolls. Pretty much everybody in the USA pays for licenses and permits. Pretty much everybody in the USA pays for the costs of government regulation on how they earn their living.

            All that sure can make someone wonder why millions of people who haven't lived in the USA will still risk their very lives for a chance to come and live here.

            1. Gary's Avatar Gary

              Having the government help themselves to over 60% of my earnings makes me a serf, not a citizen. And then to have you and your ilk tell me that I should pay more taxes so that other people do NOT have to pay back the loans they volunteered to take out is NOT what Jesus would have endorsed. It is Communists endorse.

          2. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

            If it is that bad for you, I would imagine you are in the process of fleeing to a country more suited to you financially. Saudi Arabia, perhaps? Which one are you moving to? I didn't think so.

        2. Gary's Avatar Gary

          Thank you that analysis. Now who are you to tell me how my money should spent? Who are you to tell me how the money I bust my back to earn should be spent? My grocery bill has quadrupled and my real estate taxes have increased 20% and you tell, me that I should take money needed for food, clothing and shelter and give it to some person who doesn't want to pay for their education.

          Additionally, my family busted their backs paying for my education and now you demand that I should pay for someone else's education. No!

      2. Joshua Vanhorn's Avatar Joshua Vanhorn

        That's not even how debt cancelation works. The money was already paid out to the schools by the Government. The money wasn't coming back in in the first place. What they've done is decide no one needed to pay it. End of story. It's not taking a darn thing off your table. It helps to be knowledgeable before commenting.

        Fact is they signed kids up for predatory loans, telling them this was the only way to get ahead (which was a lie). The interest alone is keeping people in poverty.

        And still, to this day, you see job ads requiring a bachelor's degree for $12 per hour... maybe the issue isn't the students as much as it is the business owners who continually and egregiously under-value their employees. Is this you?

        1. Gary's Avatar Gary

          Biden's debt cancellation program is costing $500 billion taxpayer dollars. As I pay taxes, it is food being taken from my family. It is gas money being taken from my family. It is clothing money being taken from my family.

          The government pays for NOYTHING. Taxpayers pay for everything.

    2. Donald G Magel's Avatar Donald G Magel

      Bit the Old Testament speaks of helping your fellowman without making such a big thing out of it. Unknown was the word.

  1. Michael Burton's Avatar Michael Burton

    There’s going to be a lot of discussion on whether this is enough, but one argument I keep seeing against student loan debt relief comes from people who have already paid off their student loans or taxpayers who never had to take out any loans but whose taxes would go to pay off others’ loans and believe it’s unfair to them that those who are still in crushing debt will see some relief.

    I think it’s unfair that most children in poverty in this country will never receive the benefits of a quality early childhood education, either because they can’t afford it or don’t have access to it, leaving them with a development disadvantage compared to their peers. I was one of them. I think it’s unfair that that most children in this country don’t have access to tutoring outside of school, meaning that, with each passing year, they fall further behind their peers whose families can afford tutoring. I was one of them. I think it’s unfair that there are millions of families who have to move constantly because of unsteady employment, and their children don’t receive the advantages of living in communities longterm and building a support system with teachers and peers that support their development. I was one of them. I think it’s unfair that there are children living in abusive homes and children who lack living essentials and children who can’t afford school supplies but are expected to compete with their peers who don’t have these problems, year after year. I was one of them. .

    I think it’s unfair that there are millions of young people who are told to study for college admission standardized tests like the SAT and ACT but must do so without benefit of a prep program and must compete with young people who have access to all types of prep programs and tutoring because their parents can afford it. I was one of them. I think it’s unfair that a young person is expected to compete for admission to an elite university against a young person who is likelier to be admitted solely because their parent attended that university, too.

    I think it’s unfair that when I graduated from high school, my father apologetically handed me a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond he had scraped enough money together to buy in the first year after I was born and said that was the best he could do to help me pay for school, and I think it’s unfair that I felt the need to comfort him because I, too, knew it was the best he could do and that it was a hell of a lot more than other young people got from their parents. I think it’s unfair that, like millions of young people in this country, I knew that my best shot at being able to pay for college was joining the military and earning G.I. Bill benefits, and as grateful as I am for those benefits, there isn’t a month that goes by that I haven’t thought of how ****** up it is that any young person would need to literally pledge their lives for the benefit of disastrous foreign policy decisions made by politicians whose children will never have to do the same.

    I think it’s unfair that there are countless stories of young people who take out enormous loans to attend a good college and get a good job after graduation and make their loan payments on time and, somehow, wound up paying far more than what was lent to them because of predatory interest rates. I think it’s unfair that many of the older people who downplay the crushing student loan debt faced by young people are the same ones who had to pay a fraction of today’s tuition for the same degree they once earned. Same for housing. Same for health care. Same for childcare.

    Listen, I don’t think it’s particularly radical for any reasonable adult to concede that this whole damn system is unfair from the moment a child is born in this country. So, when I see someone complain that they paid off their crushing student loan debt, so others should have to do the same, all I can think is: Why would you want others to needlessly suffer just because you had to needlessly suffer? I understand that alleviating this unfair system is complex and requires good faith and concessions from everyone in order to reach a fair compromise, and I don’t pretend to know exactly how we should go about that. But I do think concessions should start at the top with people whose lives have benefited the most from this system. And now that I've used a ladder that was passed down to me, I fully intend to make sure everyone else can climb it, too. I think that’s more than fair.

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Life is hard and life is unfair.

      That said, it is very presumptuous of you to have the government confiscate my hard earned income to support the causes you believe in. I think it is especially presumptuous of you when the government already helps themselves to over half my income. I think it is very presumptuous of you when the cost of my food has quadrupled.

      If the causes you mentioned are that important to you, then donate to charities that help those people.

      1. Joshua Vanhorn's Avatar Joshua Vanhorn

        If you can't afford your food and taxes, maybe you should look into some cost-saving lifestyle choices.

    2. Jon Dobernecker's Avatar Jon Dobernecker

      Beautifully stated Michael. May I share your statement on my Facebook page?

  1. Robert J Giammarco's Avatar Robert J Giammarco

    Sorry, I don't think its just those that Paid off thier student debt. Did anyone ASK theM to borrow the money? If the courts do approve this, which NO president has the right to cancel anyone's debt, then maybe we should also consider those that have car loans, mortgages, credit card debt that theyHAD to incur due to the plandemic. Maybe there are way too many people that feel and think, that socialism is great, its not.

    CHRIST ALSO SAID, RENDER TO CEASAR WHAT IS CEASAR'S, AND TO GOD, THAT THINGS THAT ARE GOD'S. pay back what you borrowed, that's WJWD.

    1. Michael J Ilari's Avatar Michael J Ilari

      Agreed

    2. Joshua Vanhorn's Avatar Joshua Vanhorn

      The borrower should pay back what they've borrowed, sure. But it is the loaner who should forgive the debt.

  1. Edwin Merle Waltz's Avatar Edwin Merle Waltz

    This is a bunch of nonsense. I paid my own schooling by working. Let them pay there own. Why should I have to pay for there so called college classes?

    1. Matthew Mastrogiovanni's Avatar Matthew Mastrogiovanni

      College has become too expensive. You couldn't afford it now,

      1. Gary's Avatar Gary

        If college is to expensive, go to a trade school. There are plenty of plumbers who make more money than lawyers.

        1. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

          That's right! Only people with wealthy families should go to college. Everyone else is just here to serve them. That's what America is all about. The rich get what they want and everyone else gets the scraps.

    2. Dr. Zerpersande's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande

      When I went to UNC-G the tuition was $250/semester. Big difference.

  1. Joy 's Avatar Joy

    This is a bunch of crap. My family did not have enough money to have me finish community college. So I got up and joined the Navy. Even after getting as much school as I could while active duty, I still had to get loans to finish my degree and then took private loans for my graduate degree. It took me over 20 years but I paid that debt off. I went to schools that I could afford and didn't extend my lending past what I could afford to repay every month. So it can be done. And let me assure you that employers don't give a crap if you went to Stanford or Pensacola. So attend where you can afford to repay. THAT should be the responsible message Christians should be sharing.

  1. Sean C. Aiken's Avatar Sean C. Aiken

    I just dont agree with this new debt our Pres. and law makers are coming eating us as a people. Someone will pay and let me guess it's going to be us tax players. Education is free and had been since WWII. The GI bill.. If you want free college, join the military for 4years.

    1. Joshua Vanhorn's Avatar Joshua Vanhorn

      But you'll pay to bail out a bank with a whimper and a smile. Makes sense.

  1. Rev. MichaelRS's Avatar Rev. MichaelRS

    Anybody would who could feed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and two fish.

    But you notice what Jesus did not was go over to some bakers or fishermen and steal the fish or bread they worked hard to catch or make.

    But apparently Joe Biden and team think that they can miraculously multiply money like Jesus did with the loaves and fish. And if not, no problem, just steal it from those that have it.

    This is just another version of, "There's no need for people to have personal responsibility. The government will take care of you. Vote for us so we can continue to enable your irresponsible life decisions."

  1. Matthew Mastrogiovanni's Avatar Matthew Mastrogiovanni

    Why are Christians against FORGIVING student loans?

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Using the armed US government to take money that citizens worked for and earned and to then give that money to people that refuse to payback their loans is immoral.

      1. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

        That's right! It's just like that time when the government took my even-harder earned money and used it to murder people.

        1. Gary's Avatar Gary

          Biden is now hiring 87,000 heavily armed IRS agents. Those agents are going after working stiffs and small businesses. That is where the money for his vote buying is coming from.

  1. James M Slack's Avatar James M Slack

    I feel that Jesus would want you to work for your money, not handed out from people through their taxes. Jesus didn’t ask for a hand out me He ask to believe in him. I think that working for your education you will appreciate it more. My kids had to work to get their education, it wasnt handed to them along with others. Of course our government doesn’t understand that. Money is no object to them, just print it and hand it out, all for a vote of course. There are no free lunches out there in the working field.

  1. Angel's Avatar Angel

    According to Mark 12.17 , no, he wouldn't..“Pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

  1. Rev. Laurie G. Cleveland RN's Avatar Rev. Laurie G. Cleveland RN

    I need to add a comment about Jesus being the forgiver of all lians. This is an untrue statement. While he took a very dim view of the money lenders and other things that were going on in and on the temple steps, his forgiveness, from what I have read, wasn't meant for student loans. It was meant for the forgiveness of our sins, which he willingly took on when he died in infamy on that cross. It had nothing whatsoever to do with student loans! If He were here today, he would be appalled at the condition that we have left from His legacy. Nobody promised anyone a free ride. If you aren't working and can't pay them, they may hold payment until you are working again. But the rules are very specific for getting a break from sometimes crazy loans, especially if you don't go to a non-profit school. We maybe our brother's keeper, but if you manage to get a high paying job, then pay off your damned loans! Forget about the big fancy house. Get the damned loans paid off while you are young enough to do it. I was an RN. For 10 years, I thought that I was a BSN. I didn't find out until I hD to retire due to health issues that UOP decided that they weren't going to allow people like me who had a BA/BS and ADN to allow my nursing creds. That was a really ****** trick to pull since Not only had I completed the bridge courses in short order, but had half of an MSN. I had to stop because as one PT put it, I was the RN to God. She wasn't that far off as I was working for Him, not me or I would have given my two week norice when rhey pulled religious discrimination in me. My beliefs nwver interferred with the care that I gave my patients. She made uo that cick and bull story. I didn't quit because of the patients. They were paying for me to be there and they didn't want me gone. I should have lustened to my LPN when they took her away from me and left. But the question is woukd Jesus forgive your student loans. Since he was as beoke as I am, the answer would probably be no. They were being taxed to death, just like we are. His ministry unvolved teaching people through stories what His father expected of us. Peter disowned him 3times before the cock crowed. Judas Isacariot was paid off to lead the soldiers to him. He later killed himself. The only true disciples was his wife Nary Magdalene, his mother and another female relative who never deserted him. Mary was supposed to take over His church. Peter hated women. He was respinsuble for mist if the mibestaries and the lubrary at Alexandria being destroyed by roman troops because he didn't want the original books in the Bible around which would have cast doubt on his rise to rhat if the first Pope. It still is that way today except that many of these texts are coming to light. There are still several monestaries that have copies of the original scrolls which is what they did, laboriously copying the older scrolls verbatim. All of this is fact. Mary and her children had to flee their homeland S they were in danger of being rounded up and killed. So, in the end Peter got his way or did he? Jesus took it upon himself to be crucified, a horrible death to take away our sins. He was more interested in things of the Father and Mother than the mundane. He healed the sick and performed muracles, but no money was passed that has been found. The Nazarenes were poor, very poor. It was only the high priests that had the money or the Romans. Asking if Jesus would forgive student loans is like mixing apples and oranges. It wouldn't have been done. There are many non-profits tgat might allow you to be forgiven a class if you got sick, luke I obviously was and still am, but forgiving the whole thing? If they did that, then there would be no non-profits left, Christian or otherwise. He lived in a material world, but His concerns were of a higher nature. On that note, I feel quite strongly that the old rules need to be in place. If you want to go to a big name school, then, if your parents can't afford to send you, you work your way through it and once you get a job, you start paying off your lians. It is unreasonable to make your clients do so. That's against every teaching that Jesus said from my viewpoint.

  1. Gary's Avatar Gary

    My family made tremendous sacrifices for me and my brother to have to have a college education. Now, they are being told to pay for someone else's college education because the student who received that education doesn't want to pay for it.

    Every dollar taken from my family in taxes is a dollar that my family worked for. It is a dollar that they cannot use to put food on the table, or a roof over their heads.

    In other words, at the point of a gun (remember iRS agents are going to be armed under Biden's inflation fighting law) money is being stolen from my family to pay for complete strangers loans, loans my fairly never co-signed for.

    I am sorry but the US government is no different from the Roman government in the time of Jesus and to say Jesus supports this is disgusting.

  1. Charles Leroy Good II's Avatar Charles Leroy Good II

    Universities were once highly funded by government allowing people who wanted further specialized education to obtain it. Now funding is at a long time low and the only way for the majority to get he same education is extensive borrowing. What is the difference if the government pays for education before or after graduation? The fact is a highly educated population increases economic opportunity for all, but it needs proper investment to succeed. This is what student-loan-forgiveness is, an investment. It’s a high-yield investment with spectacular payouts. Not a hand-out.

    1. David Owen Buck's Avatar David Owen Buck

      That all may be true. However if we all agree to do something about it, then I would far rather the government directly supported universities with increased funding than this scheme. This is nothing but Biden bribing young voters in a frantic bid to stave off what will probably be a fantastic mid-term election result for his opponents. I doubt very much his actions have anything at all to do with altruism.

    2. Gary's Avatar Gary

      If it increases economic opportunity than the college attendees should have enough money to pay off their loans.

  1. William Dusenberry's Avatar William Dusenberry

    Assuming for the sake of discussion— that the Jesus of Christian mythology actually existed — and using the Thomas Jefferson Bible as the source (which you sell on your website);

    then Jesus, instead of forgiving the loans, would have had the GOP paid them off; after all, it’s the taxpayers who end up paying for the GOP’s refusal to properly fund public education.

    1. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

      How DARE you use logic here!

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    Jesus was a poor carpenter did he get handouts.No if you want to pay off your students debt get a job or two. To help you

    1. Rev. B's Avatar Rev. B

      Where in the bible does it say Jesus was a poor carpenter? I don't remember reading that. And speaking of handouts, did Joseph get financial compensated for raising a child that was not his? Or did he do it for free, like some sort of, well, you know.

  1. Vicki Lynn Mallory's Avatar Vicki Lynn Mallory

    Jesus is a SIN forgiver, NOT debt forgiver. There's no way Christ would tell anyone not to pay their debts. You owe for your house, pay your debt or lose your house. You owe for your car, pay your debt or lose your car. You owe for school, pay your debt or ... Well, just forget about it...??? NO. YOU OWE. YOU PAY. The student loan interest rate definitely needs to be lowered to under 2%.

    1. Joshua Vanhorn's Avatar Joshua Vanhorn

      He wouldn't tell the debtee not to pay their debts, but he would certainly tell the debtor to forgive the debts.

  1. Christopher S. Morgan's Avatar Christopher S. Morgan

    But Jesus would forgive ALL debt not just the debt of a few. And he wouldn't have an alternative reason, like buying votes!

  1. Patrick Frank O'Brien's Avatar Patrick Frank O'Brien

    Yes, buying votes with other peoples money in a country that is on the verge of collapse due to government debt seems very biblical to me. Jesus always said to take from the poor and give the rich who are too lazy to pay their debts. Sure.

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Well said. Thank you.

  1. Darrell White's Avatar Darrell White

    So where does this end then?. Should my mortgage or my car payment be “ forgiven”?’what about personal accountability?. I think the scripture is referring to individuals forgiving debt, not debt forgiven en masse. Why should my debt be put on others to be burdened with it, that’s not biblical. To make this comparison misses the point. When you accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation, your sin debt is paid in full, it goes no farther than Jesus and the cross. When the government “ forgives” debt, the debt doesn’t just disappear, it is shifted to others who end up paying it.We are all going to feel this irresponsible action in our pocketbooks through taxes,more inflation,a weaker dollar,and so on. The biblical thing to do is take responsibility for yourself. This action is going to have negative economic fallout that will effect our nation and our future. I can’t see that action being biblical.

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Excellent comment. Thank you.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Yet another crackpot idea from this government. When will it end? Is there any money left to house our homeless vets? In fact......is there any money left at all? Are we broke yet?

    Don't you just love the socialist agenda? Pelosi, Biden (father & son). et al, don't know what to do with their millions in the bank. They love socialism, as does the very poor Putin 🤭. Ignore the yacht thing!

    Obama, who believes the sea levels are going to rise drastically due to global warming has bought a multi billion dollar property.......almost at sea level. 😳

    Feel taken in yet?

    🦁♥️

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      Can we need to start packing

    2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      Agreed 100 percent! Well said!

  1. Thomas A. Follis's Avatar Thomas A. Follis

    Just because Jesus was forgiving one’s debts, doesn’t mean I should. If times are/were as bad as you claim, perhaps these kiddos should’ve been out working and earning a living instead of out taking advantage of those that have paved their own paths. I worked and paid my own way. I’m not happy at all about paying yours. You took out a loan, you pay it back. No sympathy here.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    no he wouldnt. if your degree is not worth you paying it off, then why should I?

    1. Gary's Avatar Gary

      Exactly!

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    Jesus is my personal savior so he does what I tell him.

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Jesus would support student loan forgiveness only for rich white men. Everyone else, you have to pay it back even if you go bankrupt.

  1. Keith Allen Steele Eash's Avatar Keith Allen Steele Eash

    We made it impossible for students to declare bankruptcy on student loans and now we forgive some of them. Makes no sense. The problem with student loans is they give out to.much money. It includes money so you may not have to or need to work. Just load the money out to the exact cost of tuition, board, and books and they wouldn't be that high in there debt.
    Most of.my loans were for 4000 and I only needed 1500/2000. That is the biggest problem. If you need money to live get a part time job.

  1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

    Assuming Jesus was real, how does anyone know what he would do, or wouldn’t do. People expected Biden to bring unity to the US, and Build Back Better, but it didn’t happen, and we know he’s real, and alive……..well……..I think he is, it’s hard to tell at times. 🤭

    🦁❤️

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    SHUT UP and VOTE !!!

  1. Daniel Ginther's Avatar Daniel Ginther

    Dead wrong ! Christ say pay your taxes and that means everything else you owe. It's crazy how people want to use their own small intellect and make up their own understanding of God's word.

    1. Asa William Sprague, II's Avatar Asa William Sprague, II

      This sermon is not about paying or not paying taxes. It's about debt forgiveness, of which (according to the Biblical scripture) Jesus was totally in favor.

    2. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      I’m glad you mentioned “small intellect”, Daniel. How can anyone understand the word of something that no one knows exists? Just askin’ for someone with just a bit more intellect than yourself 🤷🏼

      🦁❤️

  1. Peter Senderowitz's Avatar Peter Senderowitz

    " O ye generation of vipers ! " The economic and social system we have encourages greed, empty aquisitiveness and taking advantage of others' needs- very unchristian! " Do unto others what ye would have done to you ." Would any good Christian- or Jew or Muslim- want to be discriminated, exploited or disdained?! So why do so many so- called religious people not follow this " Golden Rule " ?!

    Rev. Peter S.

  1. Michael J Ilari's Avatar Michael J Ilari

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  1. Ronald Steven Singleton's Avatar Ronald Steven Singleton

    I don't agree with your delusional article at all. Rev. R.S.Singleton Ocala, fl.

  1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

    WRONG!!! Jesus would NEVER support anything to do with these woke , pathetic excuses for a college nor would he pay a single penny to attend one.

  1. Paul Johnson's Avatar Paul Johnson

    Once again people letting their EGO take over and think that they can speak for GOD maybe they can but again everytime I find men wanting to speak for God they have become foolish to say the least but thats what I have noticed. Whats worse yet for someone to use their religion to be their guide when they don't follow the church"s teaching in other matters. To me this seems hypcritical but who am I just and observer looking in and listening from the outside. Not to judge but to be cautious and hope that I am right. I think we are living in an age of confusion and I base that on or at least it seems that many don't know right from wrong and if you question them they will insult you with their anger bitterness and most of all their PRIDE. so what I think that have a confusion issue and I think it stems from the lack of TRUST in God. It seems that we want to trust in science instead of the word of GOD. But this makes sense when you realize how smart people want you to believe they don't need God because it is so clear never considering who is the potter and who is the clay. Thinking that they can be boss when Jesus said you can't serve two master's. When will we every learn God has been around how long? and how log will man be here? With luck and the blessing from God 100 years and yet we want to tell him how we can fix the global warming issue; please give me a break. The word clearly states "if my people who are called by name would HUMBLE theselves and CRY OUT that HE would HEAR our voices and heal this land. What part of healing this land doesn't enclude the atmosphere. No what we need is a global HEART Warming then and only then will things get back in order. Don't believe me just hang around and see.

  1. Paul Johnson's Avatar Paul Johnson

    Sorry for mispelled words and grammer I was in a hurry.

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