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The Purpose of Kingdom Business by Patrice Tsague of Regent Center

"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15

John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, and Bill Gates are known to have made billions of dollars as captains of their industries and have given billions of dollars in philanthropic contributions to society through the creation of several foundations. Whatever their motivation was, they are known to have contributed significant amounts of wealth to society and are still contributing today. Very few individuals will ever contribute more money to society than these men. To my knowledge, none of them claim to be Christians except for John D. Rockefeller, a devout Baptist who tithed to his local church since his very first paycheck.

As great philanthropists as these men have been to society, their business practices are not to be envied; they built their wealth by employing shrewd, manipulative, morally questionable, and sometimes illegal, business tactics. Their goals were to build wealth by any means as long as they later gave back to society. If they stood before God's judgment and recited their good works before God as a basis for eternal rewards and favor, God's response would be He did not need their money but their lives; the money did not belong to them in the first place but to God; they were mere stewards of His money.

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