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is it A Sin For A Christian To remain/Stay In Debt?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by JesusFan, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. JesusFan

    JesusFan New Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    just wondering if it is sinning if a Christian continues to remain in debt...

    If he/she chooses NOT to try to get debt free as soon as possible,,

    Doesn't the Bible tell us to owe no outstanding debt to anyone except that of love?
  2. webdog

    webdog Active Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    I wouldn't say it's a sin...but it would be wise to get out of debt as quickly as possible.
  3. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    I think this misidentifies the nature of sin.

    Also being in debt isn't a a sin. That doesn't exist in Scripture.

    Is this an economic principle or a moral/spiritual principle? I vote for the latter.

    Properly managed leverage can lead to good things in one's life. Being able to expand one's business or even one's education is a good thing. The idea isn't about economic indebtedness. It is about stewardship.
  4. AresMan

    AresMan New Member

    Aug 12, 2005
    I would say it is a sin to be purposefully irresponsible with one's finances, such as getting into unnecessary debt that one knows one would not be able to pay off (e.g. buying a house far outside one's means with debt one cannot afford to pay off).

    If one provides not for his own, he is worse than an infidel.
    Borrowing money that one knowingly cannot pay back would be stealing, in my opinion.

    Now, if a tragedy happens that disables someone unexpectedly, I would think that would be excusable. I am talking about intentionally making oneself vulnerable just to enjoy unearned luxuries in the present.