Hi Stonewall, and thank you. I don't think we all have to agree on any given topic in order to be acting in love for one another - especially since I believe that love is the greatest command, according to Jesus and repeated by Paul ('and the greatest of these is love' - note that Paul puts love above faith, even), as well as being repeated throughout the gospels.
And this thread has been grounds for great discussion, by all.
In Luke - I don't think that Jesus is referring to material wealth here. The parable he uses just before verse 33 is about making plans to defeat one's enemy. I don't know how that can be reconciled with "in the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple", if we're speaking about material wealth.
And if I was really to compare that with what Paul says in Phillipians (reading the entire chapter to put it into context), then I would say that Jesus is talking about giving up everything that meant something, before Him. (The law, the status, the value of circumcision in the flesh) Because that is what Paul appears to be talking about.
I would never have connected the two passages on my own, mind you. I understand what Paul was saying. I'm not sure I understand yet what Jesus said - except that context does not seem to show what the video implies. And any scripture, taken out of context, can be interpreted in any way that the reader wants to play it.
I think the same goes for any writing. So while some (not all) people might pick and choose according to what is best for them, when a man taught the crowds using parables designed to make people think, then we are bound to get different interpretations.
On a side note:
How many christians do you know that gave up "all belongings, all things" to follow the christ?
I don't personally know anyone who has given up all their belongings to follow Christ. But there is a denomination of Christianity - insultingly called garbage eaters (because they are voluntarily homeless and eat out of garbages), who have taken some of these verses literally, and have given up family and possessions to wander the streets and preach the gospel.
I also wanted to add to something XJW4EVR said above, that if the early Christians had no possessions, then they could not have sent a monetary gift to Paul to begin with.
Another case in point, how many christians do you know that say their complete trust and faith is in the Lord and yet own a gun? If their complete trust is in the Lord why have the gun? Can he not protect them from burglars,invaders etc.? The rational part of their brain kicks in and tells them just in case the Lord don't show up, I better have a back-up plan.
Jesus never promised freedom from crime or persecution during this lifetime. Jesus taught that our spiritual life is more important than our earthly life. Treasure in heaven, right? He wasn't speaking about material treasure, since we would have no need of it there, but of spiritual treasure. So unless someone actually does believe what you said, then its not a case of a backup plan if God doesn't show up.