Life insurance for Pentecostals?

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Jim Price |

A brother from the church came by to seek my council. It seems that someone has been trying to sell him life insurance ( or as he calls it death insurance ) and he believes that the Lord will return before he dies a natural death and so would not need to spend money on the worldly system known as insurance. I asked; just in case you do pass away before the Lord returns, do you have it set up so that someone has access to your money so that they could pay for the funeral arrangements. He hedged the question. I know him to be a real miser and he relished the thought that he would be raptured and thus not have to go through the dying process and the related costs. He is 69 now and clearly wanted me to reassure him that he would be caught up before his time on earth was up.
At the church several people have died in recent years and all but one had insurance, enough to pay for all the final expenses and in three cases left substantial monies for their loved ones and even for the church. So what was I to say? What would you have said?

Charles Page [02/26/2016 6:20 PM]
He does need to leave a will and instructions for his funeral including arranged means for paying. He owes that much to his family.

Charles Page [02/26/2016 6:39 PM]
He also needs to pre-select a ‘cheap’ coffin- cause his survivors will feel guilty picking cheap!

Jimmy Humphrey [02/26/2016 7:13 PM]
I had a conversation with some missionaries not too long ago about saving for retirement. The same logic applies… :

Charles Page [02/26/2016 7:28 PM]
lol rapture or retirement? I grew up with a dysfunctional belief in the rapture (there is no function for a belief in the rapture) and life insurance and savings was of little importance.

Jim Price [02/27/2016 9:17 AM]
Jimmy you have an excellent article on the subject and I hope you will write more to help the christian family think more about their finances and their future here on earth.


  • Robert Borders
    Reply January 9, 2017

    Robert Borders

    I was involved with a Charismatic cult headed up by Dr. Hobart Freeman in Indiana more than 40 years. He had a hyper faith teaching and warned his listeners that if they were to be overcoming Christians one should avoid medical care, lawyers, and life or health insurance. Dr. Freeman died prematurely of preventable health conditions due to refusing medical care.

    • Robert Borders
      Reply January 9, 2017

      Robert Borders

      I meant to say more than 40 years ago. I was a Pharmacy student at Purdue University at the time and other students involved in the cult did put a lot of pressure on me to leave Pharmacy school.

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