Much of Christianity in the United States today has been “prosperity” driven for the past few decades in keeping up with the excesses of the surrounding culture. While money in and of itself that is not evil, it is the love of money that is as clearly stated in I 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.” It is the love of money and greed that destroys family relationships, marriages, friendships, and our fellowship with God if we have made money our god of choice–serving money instead of God to the detriment of our own soul. This reblogged post (see below) from The Daily Way is a good reminder to all of us to keep money in it’s proper place. Greed will eventually destroy everything it touches if we allow it to control our lives. We cannot serve both God and money as Jesus clearly stated in Matt. 6:24: “No one 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.” ~Sara’s Musings @ WordPress.com
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Money and prosperity not only have the ability to create conflict between family members and friends, they can also wreak havoc in the Christian community. In many ways, nothing has a greater ability to derail ministry work than a rich endowment.
Some Christian leaders may balk at this statement, but the truth is not hard to discern. Many of America’s universities were founded on Christian principles and values, but have since abandoned their faith. When their endowments grew larger, their commitment and devotion to godly education grew smaller. They adjusted their ethics to reflect the views of their contributors.
Both Lot and Abraham were wealthy men. However, there was a tremendous difference in their love for God. Abraham’s quest was to follow God by faith, while Lot lived for the moment and to gain more than he had been given.
Have you ever been tempted to make the same type…
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