1. May we do what we will with our own estates? No: for we are but stewards of the manifold grace of God, 1 Pet. 4:10. Is it a sin then to waste our estates in prodigality? Yes: for the drunkard and glutton shall come to poverty, Prov. 23:31. Is luxury the way to beggary? Yes: he that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man, Prov. 21:17. Is slothfulness a robbing of ourselves? Yes: for he that is slothful in his work, is brother to him that is a great waster, Prov. 18:9. And is that the way to poverty? Yes: for drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags, Prov. 23:21.
2. Is keeping idle company the way to poverty? Yes: for he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough, Prov. 28:19. Is fraud and injustice the way to poverty? Yes: for wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished, Prov. 13:11. Can any expect to prosper in a way of unjust gain? No: for he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool, Jer. 17:11. Do men rob themselves and their families by foolishness in their affairs? Yes: for every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands, Prov. 14:1. And by rash suretyship? Yes: for he that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it, Prov. 11:15.
3. Is it a sin to rob ourselves of the comfort of that which God has given us? Yes: if a man hath not power to eat of it, it is vanity, and an evil disease, Eccl. 6:2. And is it a sin to deny it to our relations? Yes: if any provide not for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel, 1 Tim. 5:8.
4. Is it a great sin to steal from anybody? Yes: for everyone that stealeth shall be cut off, Zech. 5:3. Is it a great sin for children to steal from their parents? Yes: whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith it is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer, Prov. 28:24. And for the rich to oppress the poor? Yes: Rob not the poor, because he is poor, Prov. 22:22. Will you therefore keep your hands from picking and stealing? Yes: because of the fear of God, Neh. 5:15. Must those who have used themselves to it break it off? Yes: Let him that stole steal no more, Eph. 4:28. Must poor people especially watch and pray against this temptation? Yes: Lest I be poor, and steal, Prov. 30:9.
5. Is it a sin to cheat anybody in a bargain? Yes: Let no man go beyond or defraud his brother in any matter, 1 Thess. 4:6. Is it a sin to use false weights and measures? Yes: A false balance is abomination to the Lord, Prov. 11:1. Is it a sin to give assistance or countenance to any fraud? Yes: Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul, Prov. 29:24.
6. Is it a sin to deny relief to the poor? Yes: Whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up the bowels of his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in that man? 1 John 3:17. Is it a sin to deny the payment of a just debt? Yes: for the wicked borroweth, and payeth not again, Ps. 37:21. Or withhold wages that is due? Yes: the hire of the labourers kept back by fraud crieth, James 5:4. And is the love of money the cause of all these sins? Yes: the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Tim. 6:10.