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sermon: The Laborers: Matthew 20:1-16

The Welfare Mentality
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 20-Aug-94; Sermon #143; 81 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the insidious affliction of welfare mentality, the attitude in people who believe that because they are, they are owed something. Human nature has not changed from the days of the Israelites, who thought they were entitled to more (Numbers 11:4). By contrast, many biblical examples exist of people of integrity whose word is their bond, who keep their word even to their hurt. The parable of Matthew 20:1-6 warns against the welfare mentality, thinking other people have been given more than we have been given. Because God is completely just and fair in all His ways, we have an obligation to be content with what He has granted us, to allow Him to use us for whatever purpose He has set for us.

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Abraham Bill Hamburger Daniel David's wealth Discontentment in the family Emphasis on works Entitlements George M. Cohen Grace Handshake Healthcare Hired servant Keeping ones word Ittai the Gittite Jephtha Job Joseph Labor exchange Last shall be first Mammon Manna Murmuring People of wealth SSI Swear Welfare mentality Works Yankee Doodle Dandy

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