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The Christian and Money. In This Study . Matt. 6:24 – You CANNOT serve God and mammon. 1196 verses dealing with money (Provident Planning) It is a subject we need to think about, from a Biblical standpoint!. The Christian and Money The Danger of Materialism (2). In our last lesson:.

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in this study
In This Study
  • Matt. 6:24 – You CANNOT serve God and mammon.
  • 1196 verses dealing with money(Provident Planning)
  • It is a subject we need to think about, from a Biblical standpoint!
in our last lesson
In our last lesson:
  • 2 Tim. 3:1-5
  • Materialism is found everywhere around us, including in churches
  • Examples of materialism:Balaam, Achan, David & Bathsheeba, Gehazi, Solomon, Ananias & Saphira, Judas Iscariot
materialism the bible
Materialism & the Bible
  • Luke 12:15 – Beware of covetousness
  • Luke 8:7, 14 – The “thorny soil”
  • 1 John 2:15-16
  • 1 Tim. 6:10 – love of money
  • Matthew 6:24
dangers of materialism
Dangers of Materialism
  • It distorts our spiritual perspective
  • Prosperity often draws one’s reasoning away from God
  • Matt. 19:16-22 – Rich, young ruler
  • Rev. 3:17-18 – Laodicea
  • Jer. 2:11-13 – Judah - broken cisterns that hold no water
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Dangers of Materialism
  • It blinds us to curses of wealth
  • Wealth is NOT sinful of itself, but neither is it virtuous!
  • Eccl. 5:10-15
  • Ezek. 28:4-5 – heart lifted up
  • Hosea 13:6 – they forgot God
  • Matt. 19:23-26 – it is HARD for a rich man to enter heaven!
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Dangers of Materialism
  • It can cause unhappiness & anxiety
  • Wealth and worry!
  • No happiness because it is never enough!
  • Prov. 30:15
  • Ecclesiastes - All things bring vanity
  • Phil. 4:6, Matt. 6:25-34
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Dangers of Materialism
  • It obscures the best things
  • When we “have it all” it is difficult to see the next life as better
  • The best things cannot be purchased with things – God’s grace, love, brethren, salvation, faith, etc.
  • Acts 8:20 – Simon rebuked
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Dangers of Materialism
  • Spawns independence
  • Affluence often turns us from God
  • They see no need for Him!
  • Prov. 30:8 – give me neither poverty, nor riches
  • Deut. 32:15 – Jeshurun grew fat and kicked
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Dangers of Materialism
  • Leads to pride & elitism
  • Arrogance a product of wealth!
  • Jas. 2:1-10 – with the church
  • Rev. 3:17 – Laodicea
  • 1 Tim. 6:17 – the rich not to be haughty
  • Do we ever find ourselves “showing off” our possessions?
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Dangers of Materialism
  • Promotes injustice & exploitation
  • Isaiah 10:1-3 – Israel
  • Jeremiah 5:27-28 – Judah
  • Acts 16:16 – a slave girl exploited
  • Matt. 23:14 – devouring widow’s houses
  • The “sin industries” an example
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Dangers of Materialism
  • It fosters immorality
  • I.e. Las Vegas! Pornography, Hollywood, drinking, etc.
  • Wealth enables such conduct
  • 1 Tim. 6:10 Love of money is “the root of all kinds of evil”
  • There are some not caught up in sins because they can’t afford it!
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Dangers of Materialism
  • Causes deterioration of the family
  • Homes in America are in trouble
  • Often the product of our possessions
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Dangers of Materialism
  • Distracts from our main purpose
  • Why are we here?
  • Eccl. 12:13-14 - the conclusion of the whole matter
  • Phil. 1:21-23 – Paul wanted to depart and be with the Lord. He gave up all things (Phil. 3:7-11)
  • Do we want to leave this world?
dealing with materialism
Dealing with materialism
  • Honestly examine what you have – 2 Cor. 13:5
  • Seek first the kingdom of God - Matt. 6:33
  • Realize things are temporary - 2 Pet. 3:10
  • Who do you belong to? 1 Cor. 6:19-20
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Dealing with materialism
  • Learn contentment – Heb. 13:5, 1 Tim. 6:6, Phil. 4:11
  • Use your prosperity for the cause of God. Give generously, help others, etc. Gal. 6:10, Jas. 1:27
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“What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”Matt. 16:26

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