The Perils And Pleasures of Money

The Perils And Pleasures of Money January 30, 2019

Money can be a blessing and it can be a curse, depending on how you use it, so to help you in using your money wisely, read what the Bible says about money.

Danger of Riches

The Bible is well documented about the risks of having money. It’s not that having money is wrong, but when the money begins to have you, then that’s a problem. The Apostle Paul wrote about loving money too much, writing that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Tim 6:10). Money is not evil. It is the love of money that is at the root of the problem. One of the clear and present dangers of having a lot of money is that “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” (Eccl 5:10). Jesus warned us to “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:5). We are to simply seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will take care of everything else (Matt 6:33).

Money and God

Money can compete with God because it provides for all of our needs, it gives us many different pleasures, and its security for tomorrow and the next day, but the author of Hebrews warns us to “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5). If you are worried about finances, then you must feel forsaken by God, because if you’re not content with what you have, then you’re not free “from the love of money.” The love of money can make us wander “away from the faith” if we’re not careful, because “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matt 6:24). Ask yourself, “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it” (1 Cor 4:7)? Obviously all that we have received is from God.

Giving to God

If you think about helping the poor, think about this; “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (Prov 19:17). Maybe you’ve never thought of it that way, but that’s the way God looks at it. He is a defender of the poor, the orphans, and the widows (Psalm 68:5), so “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl 11:1). It’s the law of sowing and reaping. Generally, we reap more than we sow, but we usually reap long after we sow, but the fact is, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Prov 11:24-25). Malachi the Prophet challenged the children of Jacob to “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (Mal 3:10).

Message to the Rich

The Bible has a lot to say to the poor and disenfranchised, but it also has a lot to say to the rich. For example, they should know that “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it” (Prov 13:11). Sadly, in this world, “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender” (Prov 22:7), so God would say to you who are rich: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:19-21). I don’t believe this is only for the rich, because “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor 9:6). That applies to all of us. The harvest is up to the amount you sow. If you’re ever tempted to think you’ve acquired your wealth all by yourself, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deut 8:18). Paul’s last message to the rich was to “charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life” (1 Tim 6:17-19).  By the way, the poor can be as covetous as the rich toward money.

Conclusion

Solomon wrote, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous” (Prov 13:22), so there’s nothing wrong with saving money and spending it wisely. It’s fine to splurge once in a while. God wants us to enjoy our blessings, but when our blessings start to capture our hearts, we must get back to the Bible and realize that “if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim 5:8).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Jesus’ points about money is not so much that money is evil in and of itself so much as Rabbis aren’t representatives of God – Pharaoh is – so any money they accrue has been malevolently or criminally negligently obtained through violence, fraud, and/or extortion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx6H3fjMxUA

  • Matthew 22:37

    Good teaching, Pastor!

    • Jack Wellman

      thank you my friend.

  • pud

    Who should give a shit what your perverted, violent, deranged book says?

    “God wants us to enjoy our blessings”

    Bullshit. “gods” do not have “wants” “needs” “desires” etc. You remain an imbecile

    • Matthew 22:37

      I am not debating you because I don’t owe you a debate according to Acts 19:9.

      Since you write incessantly about cults and seem so attached to that word maybe you should research into the cult of personality and ask yourself why so many atheist world leaders like Mao and Stalin engaged in them. Jong Il Kim engages in it, etc.

      The Reverend Jim Jones engaged in it and he was an atheist.

      Wiki on the cult of personality:

      Often, a single leader became associated with this revolutionary transformation and came to be treated as a benevolent “guide” for the nation without whom the transformation to a better future could not occur. This has been generally the justification for personality cults that arose in totalitarian societies, such as those of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. Jan Plamper argues while Napoleon III made some innovations it was Benito Mussolini in Italy in the 1920s who originated the model of dictator-as-cult-figure that was emulated by Hitler, Stalin and the others, using the propaganda powers of a totalitarian state.[12]

      Pierre du Bois argues that the Stalin cult was elaborately constructed to legitimize his rule. Many deliberate distortions and falsehoods were used.[13] The Kremlin refused access to archival records that might reveal the truth, and key documents were destroyed. Photographs were altered and documents were invented.[14] People who knew Stalin were forced to provide “official” accounts to meet the ideological demands of the cult, especially as Stalin himself presented it in 1938 in Short Course on the History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) , which became the official history.[15]

      Historian David L. Hoffmann states “The Stalin cult was a central element of Stalinism, and as such it was one of the most salient features of Soviet rule…Many scholars of Stalinism cite the cult as integral to Stalin’s power or as evidence of Stalin’s megalomania.”[16]

      Have fun answering why so many atheist leaders who are unaccountable to God in their own minds engage in cults of personality. Quite totalitarian they are. It seems they were relentless in seeking to have their egos flattered publicly to the point they thought they were good enough to kill people at whim.

      Read up on them. I will put you back on block because I don’t like reading ill will and profanity.

      Why do atheists start cults about themselves? Do they really believe they deserve that kind of adulation?

      Something to think about. I hope it bursts your bubble about atheist superiority.

      I guess if you can control or destroy a nation’s religion then you can attempt to fill the vacuum with a cult about yourself like Mao and Stalin and others did. A bit like a Roman Emperor claiming to be god even though he never rose from the grave.

      God Bless!

    • Pilgrim

      Your comments actually prove God’s word true regarding the total depravity of our hearts by nature.

    • Matthew 22:37

      Ecclesiastes 5:10
      10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless

      1 Timothy 6:6-10 King James Version (KJV)

      6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

      7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

      8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

      9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

      10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

  • Matthew 22:37

    Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you owe the obstinate unbeliever a debate. An answer maybe. A debate no. Because many if not all of them have already rejected correction. Debate will not attitudinally correct them except possibly on some minute point of logic or reasoning.

    There is God’s Way and the world’s way.

    Debating can turn into striving and Christians don’t have to strive with anyone to prove anything. We’re already adopted by God into His very own family and set for life.

    Look what the Apostle Paul did.

    Acts 19:9
    But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the people, he withdrew from them and took away the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.

    Adam Clarke Commentary explains the above verse:

    When divers were hardened – Τινες, When some of them were hardened; several no doubt felt the power of Divine truth, and yielded consent. Our term divers, one of the most bald in our language, has too general a meaning for this place.

    Behold the effect of the word of God! It is a savour of life unto life, or death unto death, according as it is received or rejected. The twelve men mentioned above received it affectionately, and they were made partakers of the Holy Ghost; the others were hardened, for they refused to believe; and they calumniated the doctrine, and became Satan’s preachers among the multitude, to prejudice them against Christ and his religion.

    Separated the disciples – Paul, and those converted under his ministry, had doubtless been in the habit of attending public worship in the synagogue: but, on the persecuting conduct of these Jews; he and his converts wholly withdrew from the synagogue, and took a place for themselves; and constantly afterwards held their own meetings at a school room, which they hired no doubt for the purpose.

    The school of one Tyrannus – For σχολῃ, the school, one MS. has συναγωγῃ, the synagogue; and, for Tyrannus, some have Tyrannios. Some have considered the original word as being an epithet, rather than the name of a person; and think that a prince or nobleman is intended, because τυραννος, tyrant, is taken in this sense: but this is a most unlikely conjecture. It appears that the person in question was a schoolmaster, and that he lent or hired his room to the apostles; and that they preached daily in it to as many, both Jews and Gentiles, as chose to attend. It is very likely that Tyrannus was a Jew, and was at least well affected to the Christian cause; for we have many proofs that individuals among them kept schools for the instruction of their youth; besides the schools or academies kept by the more celebrated rabbins. See Schoettgen and Vitringa. The school of Tyrannus might have been such a place as Exeter Hall, and such like places for public and especially for extraordinary religious meetings in London.- End of commentary

    Christians are followers of God and Jesus subject to the Leading of the Spirit and are suppose to be studying to be approved men and doers of the Word not trying to overcome unbelievers wills in debate.

    They refuse to submit to God in the scriptures yet want the believer to obey the rules of philosophy which come from men and accept burdens of proof that God does not require of His followers.

    Christians are only responsible for telling the Gospel not striving over it.

    Faith is the gift of God. If a person did not get the gift am I going to strive to convince Him?
    No conviction comes from the Holy Spirit.

    Ultimately a believer doesn’t convict anyone else into believing.

    That is a divine act of providence.

    So as a Christian it matters not whether you debated well or not. Worrying about that is pride. You were only entrusted by Christ with the Gospel which is the ministry of reconciliation. You never entirely control another person’s response to it. So why would you let an unbeliever assume he can control or get the upperhand over you in a debate? Better not to debate at all. It only allows intellectual pride to rear it’s ugly head.

    Everything is in God’s hands. All timing, all gifts, all circumstances, all resources, everything.

    God bless to everyone reading.