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Righteous deeds

Psalm 111:8 (NASB)

They are performed in truth and uprightness.

What makes a deed righteous? Is it the outcome or the intent with which it was performed. The world supports "the end justifies the means" attitude towards deeds. Illicit wealth is used to fund massive social works all in the name of uplifting the poor. But God's word tells us that such deeds are not blessed by the Lord. On the contrary, a deed done out of pure motive to glorify God and serve humanity is blessed even it fails to achieve the expected outcome.

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In this last comment you wrote a more full list, and now it is more clear what you mean. :-)

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I don't know how you keep arriving st these conclusions. As I clearly stated, illicit wealth is that which is accrued immorally and illegally, which includes not tithing, tax evasion, corruption, stolen property, contraband, smuggled goods and so on. Stolen goods are part of it but not limited to it.


Interesting way of saying that!

Usually by "illicit" most people will think of stolen or somehow obtained by what the world would call cheating in some manner, just like in the Gospel of Luke quote with Zacchaeus, where the wealth is suggested to have been partly obtained by actual breaking the rules, cheating people. So, you have a different meaning of the word than the one commonly used, but it's an interesting meaning. From scripture -- the old testament -- we read over and over that God instructs we not take bribes, not cheat the poor, and such. So that is a common scriptural meaning also: wealth obtained by actual theft or wrongdoing.


Wealth isn't always illicit. Jesus promised His disciples those that left everything to follow Him untold riches. In that context wealth is blessing. Illicit wealth is that ehic isn't consecrated to God, with no tithing or paying taxes. God given prosperity and illicit wealth are very different.


Often we find in our *good* representations of scripture, we leave things out. That's the nature of representations, because the Bible doesn't waste words, and therefore cannot be simplified.

This is another helpful aspect of the above --

5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out…

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