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Judy E. Harrell March 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thank you so much for providing insight into this for us! Your articles bless us immensely!!

Jack March 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Say Judy. Thank you so very much. I am truly blessed by your comment my friend. May God richly bless you so much. Please come back again.

Joseph February 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Found this article helpful, I struggle with not working for my money. See I work for an agriculture farming business. So it’s required of me to go on unemployment for 3 months out of 12 months of the year. I work for 9 months 6 days a week 10-12 hour shifts. I enjoy it, it is a blessing to work. I hate going for unemployment I feel useless. Vacation is enjoyable but after a couple weeks I itch to work and earn my money. Well thanks it has some how lifted a burden of guilt.

Jack Wellman February 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I am glad Joseph. I will pray for God to open a door for you my friend and am glad it lifted the unnecessary guilt for they have to pay in. It is the law and it is there for such a thing as this and you deserve every bit of it. I pray you find work soon…or as it was with me being unemployed, work find you!

darren July 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

Worked for 3 terrible companys that destroyed my working life I was a good employee but my task masters loaded my week with targets and over work that I could never complete -being a Christian and not assertive enough to say no and to ashamed to leave and be a burden on my family and community,-well they broke me in mind soul and body,-I had controlled clinical depression for 12 years but 3 years with these companys abuse cracked me and now ive been diagnosed with the unmistakable signs of scitzaprenia-late onset-im 50,now-i am devastated that people are trashed at work and whilst I don’t hate the people I pray to jesus that these companys fail because now im washed up a good worker now on benefits for my life to come,-god is good the world is good,it is people who have gone bad,-god help us all.
Darren Australia.

Jack Wellman July 13, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hello Darren and greetings to you in Australia sir. Someday soon Jesus will bring swift judgment on these who have done these evil things to you for as it is written, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” —2nd Corinthians 5:10

There are different scales of justice. The best example I can give you is our own present day court system. There are criminal courts, civil courts, administrative hearing courts, etc. When O.J. Simpson was tried for murder, he was acquitted in criminal court; but was then later found guilty in civil court. What’s the difference between a civil and a criminal conviction? There are different laws and a different court system. The same holds true with God. The Great White Throne of Judgment will be a criminal court for the unsaved. The charges will be substantiated. Revelation 20:12, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

God warns in His Word, “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” —1st Thessalonians 4:6

We are warned from God’s Word about defrauding one another. The Greek meaning of the word “defraud” in 1st Thessalonians 4:6 is “to take advantage of; to make a gain.” We are NOT to take advantage of anyone. A person who makes a promise and breaks it has defrauded his neighbor (every human being is our neighbor). A man who commits adultery with a married woman has defrauded that woman’s husband (and vise-versa). A person who lies, cheats or reneges on a business agreement has defrauded someone(s). A man who mistreats his wife and children has defrauded them. Notice that God warns us not to defraud anyone, “…IN ANY MATTER…” This includes ALL types of wrong doing. Notice the phrase “…go beyond…”

We could read this as “That no man cross the line and defraud another person.” There is a definite line between right and wrong! They’re might be a fine line between faith and foolishness, but there is a definite line between right and wrong. We know when we are doing wrong! People like to pretend that they are innocent, but they know in their conniving hearts what they have done. They can try to live in denial, but God will repay (punish) them in His own time and way. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). This is a promise from God—He WILL REPAY! God’s integrity is at stake here, He must right ALL wrongs. The Greek word for “repay” means “to punish.” If someone has wronged you, there MUST be restitution. God will execute justice.

I pray this helps give you some peace of mind Darren. Thanks for sharing your difficult road with us sir.

darren July 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

Thanks Jack,
Very kind and helpful verses peace to all in America who follow the risen lord.
Psalm 16,v8.

Dobri Pesic March 24, 2016 at 3:19 am

thank you for the insight of your and gods wisdom on this subject.
i shall look forward to the rewards due to me.

Elizabeth January 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm

From reading your article, it would seem that collecting unemployment benefits is really for those who have been laid off due to circumstances beyond their control (such as company downsizing). So, I wonder if you still consider it Biblically ethical to collect unemployment if one has chosen to resign from a position, due to issues that made the job a less than desirable place to work?

Jack Wellman January 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Thank you Elizabeth. I cannot answer this question Elizabeth because the Bible is not specific about this situation you are in. What has your pastor said about this? Did you ask him? Even in your case, it is still money that the government requires employers to pay into but not sure if that helps answer your question. Thank you so much.

Elizabeth January 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Yes, I will do that. Thank you for your Biblical advice and perspective. This is a very helpful and insightful article that helps me very much regarding my situation. Regards.

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