The love of money affects many in our society. It can cause the break down of marriage. It can cause nations to crumble. It can cause churches to apostate. It can cause Christians to lose their soul.
It was the love of money that caused Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Judas went to the chief priests and asked, “What will ye give me, and I will deliver him (Jesus) unto you?” The agreement was for thirty pieces of silver (Matt. 26:14-16). The wicked Judas, an apostate apostle, went and hanged himself (Matt. 27: 1-5).
It is the love of money that motivates some preachers to teach falsely. Paul remarked in writing to Titus, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake” (Tit. 1:10-11). To the Romans Paul warned, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Rom 16:17,18 To a young Timothy Paul admonished, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 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. 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.” 1 Tim 6:3-10 It is the love of money that causes so many preachers to preach fables and soft spoken sermons instead of reproving, rebuking, and exhorting in and out of season. 2 Tim 4:2-5 Some will teach most anything if the price is right. And the threat of being fired if he dares to speak on certain subjects has silenced the preacher who loved money more than truth.
It is the love of money that makes some people miss many of the services of the church. They take the job that offers the highest pay even if they know in advance that they will be required to work when they ought to be in the assemblies of the saints. In some cases people miss services by working on Sunday when it is not a necessity at all. They work as a matter of choice. They choose work over worship because they prefer financial gain over spiritual communion and praise. What they don’t know is that one can be rich and increased with temporal goods, yet in God’s sight appear “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17).
It is the love of money that causes a lot of parental neglect. Mothers and fathers have no time to spend with their children. Both parents are working to bring home more dollars. It is assumed that if there is enough money, all the family problems will be solved. In the meantime, where is love? Where is the mother when daughter has a problem to discuss? Where is father when son needs special guidance and fatherly advice? Many young people have become runaways. Others have become lawless. In a lot of cases, the lack of money did not influence them to do wrong. To the contrary, it may nave been too much in material things and not enough in true values that drove them.
It was the love of money and moral decay which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and it is the love of money and moral decay which is destroying Christian families and the church today. The Bible is right when it declares that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). We all need to take heed that it is easier for a camel to enter through an eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt 19:24). We need to recall that God doesn’t ask us to be rich in wealth but rather rich in faith (Jam 2:5). Brethren, let not greed destroy your chances of entering into your heavenly reward. Remember, you can’t love God and money without hating one or the other (Matt 6:24).