It was the love of money that caused Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Judas went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?” The agreement was that he would be given thirty pieces of silver (Matt. 26:14-16). Thus, Judas betrayed innocent blood for the love of money.
It was the love of money that prompted Gehazi to run after Naaman. Gehazi was the servant of Elisha. After being healed of leprosy, Naaman wanted to give a present to the prophet Elisha but Elisha refused. Seeing an opportunity to get gain through deceit, Gehazi followed Naaman, declaring that Elisha had sent him to accept the present. Excitedly, Naaman gave Gehazi twice the amount of silver requested and two changes of garments. Eventually, Elisha uncovered Gehazi deceit and told him, “The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto you, and unto your seed for ever.” Gehazi went out from his master’s presence a leper (2 Kin 5:15-27).
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. When will they learn that we 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. Where is the mother when daughter has a problem to discuss? Where is father when son needs special guidance and fatherly advice?
It is the love of money that causes people to sell illegal drugs. Liquor stores makes alcoholics out of many for the love of money. Pornography, prostitution, gambling, and organized crime have become big business in America because of the money involved.
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. 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). This is why the gospel preacher must preach in and out of season. He must preach when he is being paid to do so and even when he is not (2 Tim 4:2-5).
Many will debate over words all to make gain over brethren. “He is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
The Bible is right when it declares that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). This is never more true than in the church itself. If we are to please God, we must love the truth and not the money which provides the truth to be preached (2 Thess 2:10-12).