Now I want you guys to understand something. Before reading this, understand that you will not like what the word of God says about Money. Remember our hearts often try to convince us to disagree with things God’s word agrees with and to agree with things God’s word disagrees with.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Take note of that scripture and realize this is the way our sinful nature works. Remembering this keeps us on guard when ideas come into our mind about God.
I know there is a prosperity gospel going on out there that tells us God wants us to be rich. GOD IS GIVING US AN INCREASE! GOD WILL SHOWER YOU WITH BLESSINGS LIKE MONEY AND OTHER RICHES! Do these ideas support God’s feelings toward money?
The first scripture we will read is:
1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is a root of ALL kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
The way we negate this scripture from our own heart is focusing on the word LOVE. We hear people say that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of evil but not MONEY all together. We don’t focus on the word ALL which is very important. It is telling us that if we have any evil in our hearts that the root of it is the love of MONEY.
So what we have to do is allow God to judge if we LOVE money or not. Most say they don’t love money so this scripture does not apply to them. He is going to show us the difference of what we think and what God thinks. See we think that Money is VERY VERY GOOD when God says that money is EVIL.
Lets read Luke 16:9
Jesus is rapping up a parable with the point that we should use the worldly wealth as if they don’t belong to us to make friends of people who are going to be in heaven, so they will invite us into eternal dwellings. We should use it to do favors of other people, to forgive their debt because once what we have here is gone we will still have those people and those relationships and we will be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven with them. This is the best way to use wealth according to God.
Luke 16:9 in a few translations:
Luke 16:9 (NIV) I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
Now we say to ourselves that this doesn’t say that money is evil when actually it does.
(KJV) And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the MAMMON of UNRIGHTEOUSNESS; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Many people think this means, we are to take the wealth of wicked people and use it for Godly things. That is not what this is saying. Mammon of unrighteousness is not referring to the money of the bad people. This is telling us how we are to use WICKED money and even when you use it in the right way it is described as evil.
(CEV) My disciples, I tell you to use WICKED wealth to make friends for yourselves. Then when it is gone, you will be welcomed into an eternal home.
Here are some of the meanings of the Greek word that was originally used.
(legal) injustice (properly the quality, by implication the act); moral wrongfulness ( of character, life or act): – iniquity, unjust, unrighteousness, wrong.
Now you can say what ever you want but you cannot pretend that this word means righteous. Some think that our mammon is righteous because we use it in a good way.
There is no question that the bible describes money as evil in scripture.
All this time most of us have been thinking that there is nothing wrong with money it self but that we just cant be greedy. See we aren’t going to see these things on our own, only if we allow the word of God to show us about our sinful hearts.
Now we have a choice in this, we can agree with Jesus or we can sneer at Jesus exactly like the Pharisee did right after Jesus explained this.
Luke 16 : 13″No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.”
14The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.
We have to ask God to forgive us of our sin of hanging on to money and really valuing it. This shows that what we value (money) God calls WICKED.
Do you love money?
Now before we can see if we love money or not. We have to allow the word of God to do its job. It will come into our hearts and start dividing what is good and what is evil. The two often get intertwined.
Hebrews 4: 12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
We have allowed new types of things to infiltrate into the body of Christ and have now warped God’s word into what we want it to say.
2 Corinthians 10:4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We think that what WE want is what God wants but that is no so. God wants what is exactly opposite of what this sinful nature wants (flesh)
Galatians 5: 19-16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is CONTRARY to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is CONTRARY to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, SO THAT YOU DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WANT.
Satan is the one who comes in and tells us that YOU can have both what you want; that you can have both what your sinful nature and what your spirit want.
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. –John 8: 44b
2 Timothy 4:3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Satan is going to tell you that you do not have to make a choice, God will tell you the truth, that you do have to make a choice. You can only have one are the other. Light and darkness cannot go together.
I say this because you have to understand that when you read these scriptures about money, it is going to start a war in you. You will begin to try to explain why the scripture means something else so the scripture are not so hard and that they don’t cut that deep and that our flesh still has a place to live in our lives. You have to start to think if those feelings are out of obedience to God or is it trying to tell me something that the word doesn’t say. Is it telling us that I can have God and still have what my sinful nature wants?
Luke 16 gives us this truth from God… this choice that we have to make.
13 “No servant can serve two masters. 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 both God and Money.”
Do you see what Jesus says here… If you love Money you cannot serve/love God. You can’t love money and God at the same time. You cannot have both. You have got a choice to make. Make no mistake about it, our flesh wants money. We like the security, We love what it has to offer, we are afraid of what happens if we do not have it.
So let’s review what Jesus is saying again: If you love God, then you will hate money and if you are devoted to money then you will despise God.
Can you honestly say the phrase I HATE MONEY … or does your mind start thinking this is ridiculous. (That God doesn’t require us to hate money, God knows we need to have money to live in this world. )
Remember we are looking at things from a deceptive heart. Our hearts tell us that we can have both.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
We think it is unreasonable for God to expect us to hate money. But if we look at it from God’s perspective and not our hearts it becomes very clear. God sees money for what it really is; it is an idol. It vies for our attention, devotion, affection and our fear (the kind of fear that causes you to obey a master). MONEY WANTS YOU TO SERVE MONEY and it does not want you to serve God.
This is what this looks like to God:
39 They defiled themselves by their evil deeds,
and their love of idols was adultery in the LORD’s sight.
When dealing with the issue of money it is easy to look at it from a human perspective to make it just a matter of semantics a matter of doctrines, a matter of philosophy; but if your looking at it from God’s perspective it becomes very personal. God knows that money is an Idol that is vying for your attention and loyalty. When you insist on clinging to that idol in any shape or form you are committing adultery.
Jonah 2: 8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
This idol is not new to us human beings, we have had to repent for loving this idol many times in the past (read just about all the books of the Torah)
If we refuse to hate money, God is not our fool. He knows that if you want to keep that old lover in our lives and say “God I’m not sleeping with it anymore, we just want to be friends and I don’t think it’s reasonable of you to make me make a choice”. God is not dumb to buy that lie. If you are not willing to shun that old lover that you were commiting adultery with for so many years, then God knows that we are still sleeping with it.
From that perspective we can understand why God requires this of us. We can understand God’s feelings from 2 Corinthians 11:2
2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
No matter how much it hurts us to give up money, to say I HATE MONEY…Jesus deserves to have a pure bride. He is going to have subjects who obey him and aren’t running after another king. Do you know what that is called; Treason.
16Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Remember it was not very long after Jesus turned over the money changers that he was killed. He was betrayed by one of his dearest friends for WHAT? MONEY!. Money is an enemy of Jesus Christ and you cannot be loyal to an enemy of the King and expect for him to believe that you are not a spy, or a treasonous character. He deserves subjects that are going to only be in love with him.
I teach this truth because I was one who said this did not apply to me 2 years ago. I was the one who said Money is Good as long as I don’t love it. I was the one who said I can have expensive cars, mansions on this earth but I just can’t love it. I was the one who said WE NEED MONEY… even though Jesus told his disciples to sell everything and get things that are worthless, so no one would steal.
Those of you who truly think God is hand in hand with money. Let us think about the fact that God is not the one who created the idea of money; MAN DID. Man is evil and we created a value system that we could place above or on the same ground as God. God never said because you have sinned, I will create money for you. It was the sinful nature of man. So how can we even try to defend it. In fact I understand completely how we can.
If the Holy Spirit was able to show you that you do love money that there really is this strong hold there. Please talk to God and ask him to continue to cleanse you of your love of money of this idolatry.