If you watch any TV preachers, you will hear the message that God wants all Christians to be rich and famous. The Bible tells us that money is both wonderful and deadly.
- The wonderful side
You don’t have to look very deep into Scripture to discover that God loves to provide for His creation. Many of the rich folks in the Bible credited God for their wealth. Genesis 14:23 – 1 Kings 3:11-13. But to say riches equal godliness is a Scriptural no-no. Jesus said the Kingdom of God belongs to the poor people. Mt. 5:3 Some individuals in Scripture “joyfully accepted the confiscation” of their property, because they were poor – – poor AND godly. Heb. 10:34 Read also Hebrews 11:37-38. Wealth is good but it’s not a symbol of spirituality.
- The Dark Side of Money
One thing clear in the Bible: money can be a threat to our faith. Money has a way of possessing us. If riches and possessions equal spirituality, what do we say to the Christ-followers in Africa that live in tremendous poverty? Try preaching the prosperity message to the homeless believer in India!
Is it wrong to be rich? No. Is being poor a lack of faith? No. Rich and poor, God made them both.