The Gospel and money!
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The notion that Christians should be rich is foolish and one of the more hurtful false teachings of the current flock of "peddlars of God's word." Like faith healing [really fake healing], when it doesn't work or it seems to work and there is an almost immediate relapse, the needy person is blamed for not having enough faith to effect the healing or gain financial advantage.
Does God want His sons to be rich by this world's standards? Read Matthew 8:20 and you will have your answer. If THE son of God himself was poor by this world's reckoning why do you think you should be rich? Much of today's religion draws adherents like the lotteries draw buyers, it is based on greed and "what's in it for me!" It is foolish and generates harmful, selfish attitudes. Such teaching is plague on Christianity and should be avoided.
We should not labour not to be rich: having food and clothing, we should be content. 1Timothy 6:8
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life...
Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Riches are dangerous: If they come to our hand, we should use them liberally in the Lord's service, whose stewards we are.
Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
1Timothy 6:10 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.
1Timothy 6:17-19 Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Luke 12:18-21 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Luke 16:9-13 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? 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.
I hope you will find this information helpful.
Glenn and Mike,