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Protestant churches in countries across the world have historically worked to reduce poverty. From establishing large-scale, global organizations to help people in need to organizing smaller community-based efforts, Protestant churches have long been working to aid the poor. Members of Protestant churches often have refused to accumulate wealth for themselves because of the religious values they are taught. The wealth they do accumulate is often put back into the church.

How Religion Influences Wealth

Protestant churches, which follow the Christian doctrine, receive their instructions from the Bible. The Bible contains many lessons about finances and money—about 2,000 verses in the New Testament alone.

These lessons affect the religious beliefs of conservative Protestants and inform how they think about wealth by directly shaping the values they use to ...

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