Does God Want Us To Be Rich? A Bible Study

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Is it God’s desire for us to be rich? Is there anything wrong with pursing riches? What is God’s will for us and money?

The Prosperity Gospel

I could give you a long, long list of prosperity preachers who are name it and claim it preachers but that would make an exceedingly long article so just allow me say that these preachers are distorting the Word of God and making Him out to be a quid pro quo God. That is, they are saying that if you send in your “seed of faith” God is going to have your mortgage paid off, find you a job, pay all your bills, and many other outlandish claims. It has been called the prosperity gospel or sometimes word of faith. Whatever you call it, it is unbiblical and unsubstantiated from God’s teachings, the Bible. Instead of showing you the error of their ways, the Word of God says plenty about such preachers.

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

There are more warnings about riches in the Bible than there are ways in which money will help believers. Key verses in the Bible give us somber warnings about money.

1 Timothy 6:6-11 warns us that there will be “constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is. It is at the root or the bottom of all kinds of evil. My old history professor once said that if you look at human history you will always discover that money is the bottom line. The Jews associated wealth with having God’s favor but that is not supported by Scripture. Contentment is godliness as Paul wrote to Timothy, falling into the pursuit of riches people fall into great temptations. Imagine if you had all the money you could ever want. For most people, it is more than they can handle because they can have anything they want. Lust breeds sin and sin breeds death. Indeed, they are pierced through with “many pangs” because it corrupts the heart. Just as absolute power corrupts absolutely, absolute riches corrupt the human heart.

"...we should give to store up treasure in heaven and not on earth."

“…we should give to store up treasure in heaven and not on earth.”

Does God Want us to Be Rich?

God does want us to prosper in all things as John writes in 3 John 3:2-3 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” Some translations say “that you prosper in all things” but the better translation given above is more accurate and John’s prayer is that the church may be in good health and that it “may go well with you.” Sadly, many prosperity preachers take the wrong translation and would have John pray “that you prosper in all things.” God is not against people getting rich but He is against those who pursue riches. Paul wrote “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Problems with Wealth

Perhaps the wisest man to have ever lived, with the exception of Jesus Christ, was Solomon and he prayed to God, “give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord? (Proverbs 30:8)? Solomon, who had more riches that we can even image, understood what having everything you ever wanted was like and he found it to be a stumbling block. He asked God to not allow him to be in poverty or riches. He wrote that if we are rich, we would forget God because we would be self-sustaining because who needs God if you have everything you ever wanted? Deuteronomy 8:10-14 “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Notice that when they increased and their gold and silver multiplied, they would tend to forget God.

Solomon knew that it’s really better to “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5a). It took Solomon a lifetime to discover that having everything you ever wanted brings no true joy as he wrote, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11).

Conclusion

If Jesus equated God’s blessing to having wealth, then Jesus was not blessed because Jesus says in Matthew 8:20 that “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Can we imagine if Jesus were living on earth today that He would drive a BMW and wear a Rolex watch? Paul warned that he “who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesians 5:5). Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters, for 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 God and money” (Luke 16:13). In Luke 12:33-34 Jesus says the true riches will come to those who “sell all [their] possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  That does not mean we should give everything away but we should give to store up treasure in heaven and not on earth.

Someday, all things on this earth will be burned up but what is sent ahead to heaven will remain forever. If you love money, you may not love the Lord. God is not against prosperity but against those who covet riches. “Those who are victorious will inherit all this [eternal life with God in heaven], and I will be their God and they will be my children.”  ( Revelation 21:7) because “if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17).

Take a look at this related article, also about money:

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Resources: New International Version Bible THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. YouTube video “I’d Rather Have Jesus” by Crystal Lewis.



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karen shoemaker August 22, 2013 at 7:29 am

Good read. Too bad the people who need to read it probably won’t.

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Jack Wellman August 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thank you Mrs. Shoemaker. You are right…this message will be good for some but for others, it will fall of deaf ears.

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aman August 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

God resent’s wealth! I don’t even have to read the article to figure this out. The reason why God resents wealth is due to greed, cheats, lack of concern for others, corruption, etc. What was it Jesus did to the money changers? By the way that was no ordinary whip! It was electrified! Same was the Ark of the Old Covenant. The Ark was actually a huge powerful capacitor. Anyone who touched it died by electrocution. Anyone who has wealth today obtained it by fraud. Wall Street and Politicians are example of this. These are some of the biggest cheats around. In fact, their wealth was mostly by way of crime and crimes against humanity. Jews i.e. the Russian Jewish Syndicate are the cause. Non Jews who are rich made the wealth pact with Satan. Fact! Even if you’ve won the lottery regardless of the amount, those dollars are burdens of debt on people. In fact, if our money system were honest and real, like backed up by precious metals, lotteries would be forbidden. That’s because the amount of precious resources cannot go unchecked without proper balance e.g. production and goods. Afterall, who would want to forfeit precious metal notes to the Satanic agents of gambling. And what controlling agency would want to surrender gold notes to some lucky individual(s). Doesn’t make sense. The bible is full of words of wisdom and comdamnation by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Anyone rich he understood to be evil as well as an oppressor. Originally, if Eve hadn’t been seduced by Satan life could of been the paradise intended by God. No death, no labor, no money, no pain, and everything in abundance.

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Jack Wellman August 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

This is so good my friend. You are spot on brother. I appreciate or thank you for your spot on words of truth.

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Pauline August 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

Thank you Jack for the information. Today when attending church services it is only about name it and claim it, prosperity, material things are the order of the day. The word has been changed completely to suit those who are longing for material things. The church has been turned to an ATM Machines where you just go and receive money without receiving Jesus Christ, it is so sad. People are boasting about what they have than the Christ in them.

Please check the verse you quoted first (1 Timothy 5:6-11) because I tried to read it from my bible but does not relate to what you have written.

Please continue to stand up for the truth.

God Bless you.

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Jack Wellman August 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

This is so true what you wrote Pauline. Sadly, they are not realizing that the pursuit of wealth is a stumbling block to dependence upon God. When people have all they need…they have not need of God. God is not against money or people being rich but pursing it above the kingdom (i.e. Matt 6:33). Thank you Pauline for such encouragement.

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Pauline August 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

I found it from 1 Timothy 6:6-11. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman August 23, 2013 at 8:26 am

Pauline, I am indebted to and express my gratitude here and now for your sharp eye. Thank you. I made the correction. We know the Word of God is perfect….the author of this article….? Not so much! LOL

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Stewart August 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

Thank you Jack for your message. Your message is not a message that many people want to hear, but it is a message that many people NEED to hear. And your type of message needs to be spoken about again and again. The prosperity gospel had made people believe that they can purchase God’s blessings and favour or that Jesus is the key to “material riches” and hence they are looking for God for all the wrong reasons. Ephesians 5:11 says that we should expose the unfruitful works of darkness. The “prosperity gospel” is an unfruitful work of darkness because it leads to covetousness, greed and the love of money rather than on the true gospel that leads to an obedient genuine relationship with the Lord.
Coincidently I have also been blogging on this issue and written several articles since 2 weeks ago. Hope you can have time read them. Thanks again for the message. God bless.

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Jack Wellman August 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

Thank you Stewart. I will have to check your blog out. By the way, the prosperity gospel is a flop and leaves many disenchanted with God and causes many to stumble when they fail to get rich. Try telling this “other” gospel to those Christians who are imprisoned and tortured in places like North Korea who are stripped, hosed down and left to freeze to death in the winter. If these “pastors” say you can speak a miracle from your mouth(like a certain pastor of a mega church said) would see that this does not work, maybe he or the other false teachers could explain this other gospel to those in Cambodia Christians who were tied together by pairs using rope, had their Achilles tendon cut and thrown into the river only to drown. Let’s see him “speak a miracle” and get out of that!

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Patricia Schneider August 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

As always, Pastor Jack, another enlightening article with Scripture! (In your first sentence after 1 Timothy 6:6-11, think you meant to say, “The LOVE of money,” instead of “Money is…” Absolutely NO DISRESPECT intended, Pastor! But to me it does have 2 different concepts?)

Have to share with you and our other sisters & brothers in Christ, a WOW blessing our Father God gave hubby Gary and me recently. My heart and head are still reeling from joy and relief!!
As the family budgetor, I’ve messed up awfully since our dear beagle, Sherry, had to be put to sleep on June 27. Over $200 in overdrafts plus forgot July’s mortgage! Our biggest monthly bill? Couldn’t believe all these stupid errors I was making, Pastor!
So, Gary & I went to our bank. Yep, I did indeed messed up!
While we were there, had asked about my deceased Mom’s checking account.
It turned out that the account was in both my Mom’s & my names!! And, Pastor, the amount was hugely significant! Couldn’t contain my joy when told the money was ours! (After putting it into our ‘joint account.’) Medicare & Social Security can’t ‘touch it’ either! Only have to pay Inheritance Tax on Mom’s half. (Those pesky taxes~! Grrr. LOL!)
Gary & I couldn’t stop thanking our Father God enough, Pastor Jack!!! We also prayed to Jesus’ Holy Spirit to help us use the money wisely, according to God’s Will. (And also that I STOP messing up the budget!! LOL!)

Oh, one more blessing I’ve got to share with everyone. On August 7th, dear friends of ours gave us their dog. (They had moved from a house w/a big yard into a small apartment. Didn’t think it was fair to leave the dog cooped- up while they were both at work.) ….His name is PEPE! A Chihuahua/Beagle mix, will be 2 in October. What Gary & I can’t get over is the fur-coloring on Pepe being the same as our dear beagle, Sherry, down to the white-tipped tail! Hee-Hee!
Of course, we’ll never stop loving Sherry & can’t wait to see her again in God’s Kingdom. But Pepe has made our memories of Sherry no longer bittersweet. ISN’T OUR FATHER GOD ASTONISHINGLY WOW??!!!
Hope this wasn’t too long, Pastor Jack?
God’s bountiful, wonderful blessings upon you, Pastor, and your family!!!
And also to all my dear sisters & brothers in Christ!!!
Love, your Sis in Christ Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

Thank you Patty…I looked at the first sentence after the 1 Tim 6:6-11 which you said that I wrote “The LOVE of money,” instead of “Money is…” Absolutely NO DISRESPECT intended, Pastor.” I appreciate your keen eyesight. If I make a mistake, please you and anyone…please let me know but here is what the first sentence says after 1 Tim 6:6-11

“Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is. It is at the root or the bottom of all kinds of evil.”

Is that what you meant. I thought that was true but anyway, you are always welcome to point out any mistakes I make for only the Word of God is without errors…me? No way!

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Patricia Schneider August 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Oh, Pastor Jack, you’re gonna get really annoyed with me (please, don’t!)
If you read my comment again, it’s the other way around. YOU wrote “Money is the root, etc.”
1 Timothy 6:10 says, “For the LOVE of money, etc.”

I read your reply several times just to make sure. Don’t mean to be persnickety, but as you just wrote yourself, “Only the Word of God is without errors.”

Perhaps I should have just let it pass, except I know you agree with being accurate when writing these terrific articles with Scripture as you care deeply about your readers getting the TRUTH from God’s Word.
Please, Pastor, if I am being ‘persnickety,’ you will tell me, right?
Forever your Sis in Christ Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Patty my friend…I will never, ever get annoyed at you because I know your heart by now so please don’t worry about that. I remember the Bible says “and nothing shall offend them” so you never have to worry about that. I do want to be accurate and so again, I quoted what I actually wrote after 1 Tim 6: “Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is.” You have nothing of which for me to forgive. It is likely I am missing something….and not the first time either my good friend and sister in Christ. No offense taken my good friend and no apology necessary. Perhaps you could “quote” where I wrote it wrong and believe me, I most certainly will correct it because I am part of the fall in the Garden and subject (in fact highly subject) to error but the Bible never is. Thanks sister of my in Christ.

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Patricia Schneider August 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Oh, Pastor Jack, THANK YOU for NOT being annoyed with me!!!

I read the sentences you wrote again. Perhaps I WAS ‘nit-picking’ a bit. And for that I am sorry, Pastor.

Also read over again entire chapter 6 of 1 Timothy, especially studying verses 6-11. So, in essence, YES, YOU WERE ACCURATE, Pastor Jack. It just when you left out the word, “LOVE of money, etc” it befuddled this “Dense City” brain of mine. (Praise Jesus’ Holy Spirit that He’s always there to guide us in studying God’s Word! Without Him, I’d be totally lost! And bless God for wonderful souls like you, Pastor Jack! Having you for a friend and brother is a blessing I will always cherish!)
Appreciate sooo much your kindness and encouraging words, Pastor Jack! You have never made me feel dumb or ‘out of line.’
(Hope my two testimonies of God’s blessings were to God’s glory?!)
Always your Sis in Christ Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Hey, thanks for clearing that up with me. I see you were talking about the Bible verses and not what I said. I see your point. You are right…hey, it is always better to be correct that thinking you are right! LOL What a true blessing you are to me my good friend and now I see what you are saying. Great point. Spot on. Thank you.

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Nnadozie August 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Aww this is wonderful!! This is so true! In Nigeria here most church attenders are giving on the hope of receiving riches the pastors indeed preach the quid pro quo and extoring members and fuel thier expensive private jets while the pedestrian walk to church,where is the love??you’re blessed Jack and i pray God strengthens you and blesses you,ever since I knew this website I see the truth from a different angle.GOD BLESS YOU!!

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Jack Wellman August 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Amen Nnadozie and greetings to you from America to you in Nigeria. You are so right. This prosperity gospel is a another gospel and not the one brought by Christ but from the Devil. These false teachers are only wanting to rob the poor to line their pockets with money so that THEY can be rich. They will face Christ as their Judge though. For us, He will be our King and not our Judge. Our riches are in Christ and our inheritance and rewards are not for this world but in the Kingdom of Heaven and to which I can not wait to meet fellow Christ-followers such as you. It will be so joyful to meet fellows saints in heaven like you. Thank you for y our great encouragement.

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Teenager August 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Should I sell my name brand clothes and shoes? What about putting money into my car to make it look nice? It still troubles me . I’m lost. Sorry

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 6:40 am

Hello “Teenager.” No, God isn’t requiring believers to sell the shirt off their backs but we do make idols of our homes, cars and clothing. Please use balance. If we have nice things, there is nothing wrong with that…it is when we make the love of money our god (little “g”) instead of the One, True God. I believe we ought to support the church with offerings and give to those who don’t have such as the Salvation Army (which is among the highest rated charities there is, more than Red Cross). I am encouraged that you care enough to want to help.

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John Molokwu September 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Good day Pastor Jack,
Many thanks for your thought provoking articles. You are spot on point once again. This article very well relates to Nigeria, my country. Prosperity Gospel has become the order of the day in most Pentecostal Churches in my country. It really boarders me how it has managed to creep into the churches and has gained major ground among christian followers.

“Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is. It is at the root or the bottom of all kinds of evil. Lust breeds sin and sin breeds death. Indeed, they are pierced through with “many pangs” because it corrupts the heart. Just as absolute power corrupts absolutely, absolute riches corrupt the human heart.”

Your comment above is very correct and true. I actually discussed this particular portion of the Bible with a few Christians recently while on a journey. I believe that for one to enjoy bliss from God one should first renew ones thought process of what prosperity really means. When you fully understand what the Bible says, “Seek ye the Kingdom of God first and its righteousness and every other things shall be added unto thee”, then you will appreciate what it means to benefit from God’s divine prosperity.

Jack, you are a true Vessel of God and a gift to humanity. I am blessed knowing you Sir.

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Greetings to you Mr. John Molokwu. Thank you sir for your very encouraging words. Greeting to you sir there in Nigeria.

You are so right. I suspect that these prosperity preachers want to make themselves prosper and do not care about the people they lie too. There aren’t too many things that bother me more than watching the Word of God get twisted as prosperity preachers lead thousands to literally run to the alters at churches, leaving money on the stairs with the hope and anticipation that God will multiply and lead them to a prosperous life. The reasons for giving shouldn’t be based on what you can get back in return; rather, we’re challenged in the Bible to give with a cheerful heart, not out of reluctance and under compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7).

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John Molokwu September 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Your prompt response inspires me more and I desire to do as you are doing in your country. I have this yearning to serve God in this same capacity but, there are challenges. People seems to believe so much in the Pastors and Oversees, Prophets and Evangelists that you just have to wonder if the Word of Jesus Christ still counts also.

If you are to preach the Word and you don’t declare “blessings, prosperity, divine breakthrough, next level, enlarge coast, increase in wealth, manifestation of miracles and power to have wealth, etc. then you may likely loose followers and worshipers.

The system has forced many into “if you can’t beat them, you join them” syndrome. We must continue to share the truth of Jesus Christ true doctrine no matter the cost. You writing is uplifting and inspiring. I will continue to invite all the people I know to your Facebook page. God bless you Sir!!!

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Jack Wellman September 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm

My brother…just keep fighting the good fight of faith. God is sovereign. All things happen according to His good pleasure and I know that we must leave vengeance to God. One thing I have noticed is that when I am writing articles, I am trying to include the priority of always glorifying Jesus Christ specifically or in general, God and if we focus on glorifying God, this is what He desires because who is like God!? He will not share this glory with anyone else and so I pray that you and I focus on Him and the marvelous things He does and the grace that is so amazing because our God is so gloriously awesome. Just let us, I pray, do all to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus said that there will be many false prophets in the last days (Matt 24, 25) and that even Satan can appear as an angel of light (a pastor). By the way, God usually works the smaller numbers. Remember that God is more glorified when smaller numbers are in the ministry. God uses small churches to do mighty things…and He takes the improbable to do the impossible so that He and He alone is glorified. If you read all thru the Bible, New and Old Testament, the theme is always the same…to glorify God. That is what I passionately desire to do and you seem of the same mind brother. Lets join together to pray for one another for God’s blessing on your ministries for HIS glory, amen.

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John Molokwu September 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

Hello Pastor Jack, permit me to make a humble request. I will like to be given an opportunity to become one of your Writers. I wish to air my Inspirational messages via your website so that I can reach as many believers as possible.

Let me know your thoughts here, or you can drop me a private mail via: visualarc.concerns@gmail.com

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Jack Wellman September 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thank you for your inquiry Mr. Molokwu. I am only a simple writer here and have no such authority to offer you a writing job or not but please do this. Click on this link below and contact that Administrator or owner of this website to see if you may be able to write for us or not. I appreciate the humility in which you write sir. Please click on this link to see about writing for What Christians Want to Know at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/contact/

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Simon November 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

Hi Pastor Jack

Thanks for your article – this issue of prosperity has been on my mind of late since there seems to be so many conflicting viewpoints amongst Christians.

Prosperity preachers are obviously not preaching the the gospel.

My main questions are as follows:
How does one reconcile the act of working nobly to provide for the family. Whilst this is considered acceptable in the bible, is it not also chasing for prosperity (in a way).
What I am confused is – is when do you draw the line between when you are righteously providing for the family and when you are chasing prosperity?

Furthermore, what about working hard to prepare for retirement – is this not prudent. But many would say that this is chasing money.

In addition, what about seeking to buy your own house. I + wife and 2 kids currently stay with my parents house. To work hard for a living to try to save up for the deposit and mortgage payments – is this considered to be a acceptable to go or would it be seen as chasing prosperity?

Bottom line – is when do you draw the line between when you are chasing money and when u are providing for the family.

Would really appreciate your comments.

Thank you.

Simon

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Jack Wellman November 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Thank you Simon for your question. God is most trustworthy and if He promises to fee the sparrows while He not provide for your family and I don’t like the thought of “chasing for prosperity.” The wisest man to ever live, except for Christ wrote this: “Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say,” Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9) Money has a way of corrupting people, even believers. Working hard is good. To have a lot of money is not a sin but the pursuit of it is coveting it and making it an idol which is putting money before God and Jesus said you cannot serve BOTH God and money. Working hard is commanded actually as Ecclesiastes 9:1- says “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” I would draw the line when pursing money takes more time and effort than pursuing God and His righteousness and also think of your family. Here’s a godly man’s priority levels:

God
Wife
Children
Self
Job or work

Nothing wrong with buying a home but Paul said contentment is godliness. Not being contented with what you have is not godly. Hope this helps sir. Thank you.

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Simon November 6, 2013 at 3:58 am

Thank you kindly for your prompt and thorough response Pastor Jack.

I have received much clarity from your answer and at the juncture where I am now, where I am seeking to be closer to Jesus that clarity will allow me to be more focused and not to be deceived.

Thank you once again.

Kind Rgds,

Simon

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Patricia Schneider November 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Hope you don’t mind my jumping in ahead of you, Pastor Jack. This is for Simon (November 5, 2013.)

Hello, Simon!
For starters, I deplore ‘Prosperity ministries’ with a passion.

I truly don’t believe your providing for your family is “chasing prosperity.” Our Father God does expect us to use the common sense He gave us.
Pastor Jack will soon answer you, I’m sure, with much more details. (He’s a terrific writer, isn’t he, Simon? His articles are always based on God’s Word, and one can see what a true vessel of God he is! All the more glory to our Father God!!)
Your sister in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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Simon November 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Hi Patty
Thanks so much for the reply.

It’s reassuring to know from a sister.

When I actually re-read my question again – the answer seems apparent. However, there was a time when having accepted Jesus in my life, I turned away from seeking the riches of this world. Good start (!) but then gradually my perceptions, I felt were gravitating towards the extreme. Such as “seeking to save up to buy your own house” – now that’s seeking for prosperity.
Also saving up for retirement – was countered by the bible verse about not storing up treasures on this earth. And loads of other areas of money stating money in the bible basically led me being demotivated and confused.

In another words, I now feel that the devil had been exploiting these bible verses with (“as it is written….” whispers to me) to make me feel unmotivated and not to fulfill my role as provider of my family.

I realize now that, as what you said, it’s using the common sense, i.e. discernment that god has given to each of us. But it would be fantastic to hear Pastor Jack’s comments on all this to see if I’m on the right track.

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Jack Wellman November 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Simon, I love the words that Patty gave you and that is so true. There is nothing wrong with working hard to provide for your family and many times the Devil would try to deceive us to twist and distort our thinking but I see that you truly want to obey God and I see that will bring you far. I will pray for God’s provisions for you and your family for a home and provisions.

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Simon November 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

Thank you kindly Pastor Jack.

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Jack Wellman November 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Patty…as always, you are spot on. Some of these prosperity preachers have multi-million dollar homes, 4 cars, a jet, and so on….and Jesus said that “The Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” Your wisdom is as always spot on…providing for family is not chasing prosperity. Thanks for such a biblical answer. You’re the best! ><>

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Patricia Schneider November 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Yes, indeed, Simon! Can’t wait to hear what Pastor Jack says!!
Believe you’re on the “right track”, Brother.
Wish to give you a suggestion a dear Sis in Christ gave to me, Simon. Her name is Imelda, and she lives in the Philippines with her hubby & 3 daughters. We’ve become close friends, and Imelda is also one of my spiritual mentors.
Whenever you become confused or uncertain while reading God’s Word, your Bible (or anytime, really, when you just don’t know what’s right or wrong in our Father’s eyes,) you can almost be certain it’s satan’s doings.
God’s Holy Spirit gives us enlightenment, discernment, peace and joy whenever we read our Bibles, Simon. Here’s the advice Imelda gave me. Say to satan,
“I rebuke you, satan! In Jesus’ name, stay away from me & mine. In Jesus’ mighty name!”
satan hates God, and is deathly afraid of His Son, Jesus. Of course, you know that already, right, Simon?

Oodles of God’s wonderful blessings & graces be showered upon you, Simon, and your family!!
Always your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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Simon November 6, 2013 at 3:50 am

Thanks so much for sharing. I will most definitely take it on board about confusion and satan.

God bless.

Simon

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Natasha March 22, 2014 at 2:55 pm

It doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil – it says that the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Jesus also talked about people being given coin or talents and the master being dissatisfied with his servant that did not use his coin to create more coin. I think this is a complicated question that you have simplistically and inadequately addressed.

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Jack Wellman March 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Natasha, thank you for your comment. I never said anywhere that money is the root of all evil. Please re-read this and find and quote me where I said that. I said in fact “Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is. It is at the root or the bottom of all kinds of evil” and this is true. I think your criticism of this is unfair where you said that I have simplistically and inadequately addressed” this. Have you read the entire article? In my conclusion, that is if you read it or read the entire article at all, I finished by saying “If you love money, you may not love the Lord.” Is this true or not? Is what I wrote “Money is not the root of all evil but the root of all kinds of evil. Money of itself is not evil but the pursuit of riches is. It is at the root or the bottom of all kinds of evil” not true. Quote anywhere in this article where I am wrong and what you disagree with? Anyone can criticize but please be fair about your critique and if I am wrong anywhere in this article I will be glad to admit it and correct the article.

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duke July 23, 2014 at 1:43 am

amen

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Duke July 23, 2014 at 1:53 am

try living in Tulsa Ok… the prosperity ministry capital…. too many ministers to mention… however… I too have dealt with this very problem with cheap grace Christianity … and gimme gimme my names jimmy… name it and claim it…bigger is better and richer is better…. they don’t want to give up the money b/c where would they be…. just a thought.. insecurity and past traumas play a huge part in it…. I have too many friends who have fallen into this trap…. we live in the home town of prosperity ministry … Tulsa Ok…. Oral Roberts.. Kenneth Hagen… Willie George… Kenneth Copeland… just to name a few… they are preach that rich is good and “richer is better” … I am a baby Christian and find it hard to fathom any of that jive…. my Father is a retired D.M.D and we never worried about money…. however… that was our identity… I no longer care for big bucks or worldly things… I am focused on Christ!!!!ego…. there in lies the crux of the problem…

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Jack Wellman July 23, 2014 at 8:18 am

Thank you Duke for your comment. You are so right. I am a bi-vocational pastor and must work to support myself and so seeing other pastors draw big salaries on the backs of those who support them is sin to me. Yes, focus on Christ.

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BT January 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Hi Jack, just a few questions for clarification

If God is not against us “becoming or getting rich” but against the pursuit, then how are we to get rich

Should we just be content to have food and clothes for us and family if we struggle to pay bills or keep a home

Lastly, what about the bible promises that promise us hearts desire or blessings/prosperity… what are we to look for

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Jack Wellman January 31, 2015 at 3:08 pm

I believe we should not be trying to get rich…but rich only in the things of Christ. If we have too much, then we will not rely on God anymore. The warnings against ancient Israel were always when she had sufficient bread she would soon forget God. The Bible promises to give us the desires of our hearts but that never mentions that they are blessings or prosperity. How do you delight in the Lord so that you may receive the desires of your heart (v. 4)? What is delight? Here is the definition and when you read it, just imagine that God is the focus and subject of your delight. Delight is: A great satisfaction and joy; something (or someone) that gives great pleasure; to satisfy greatly; to please. And that is the key to finding the desires of your heart. Take great pleasure in God’s goodness. Take joy in your salvation. Let Him satisfy your every need. Please Him in all that you do. Live contented with what you already have. Desires take time. This is where the words of Psalm 37 are clear; wait, rest, trust, and know. If you delight in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. He is a God Who Himself delights in giving us our desires. If you delight in Him, He will give you the desires of our heart.

When my children were young and they did all that I asked them, I was delighted. I would often give them something special, make a delicious treat, or surprise them with something special. That was my reaction when my children took delight in pleasing their father. Now, imagine how God must feel when we delight in Him? Jesus said that if we love Him we will do what He says (John 14:15). This is why Jesus told His disciples, and in effect, He tells us “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, keep my commands.” This does not mean that Jesus promises us everything we want but everything we need. He said “and I will do it…if you keep my commands.” That is why we can ask “anything in [His] name” but only if it is according to His will, not ours. This is a promise, not a quid pro quo for “If you do this, I will do that” but if you obey Him, He will answer your prayers but whatever we ask must be in accordance to His will and for His glory. God is not against our being rich but riches come with risks. Our desire should be to know God and to glorify Him for that was why we were created.

For more on this subject, please check out this link; http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/08/10/psalm-37-how-to-receive-the-desires-of-your-heart/

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Carmen N February 13, 2015 at 5:36 am

Amen Pastor Jack. The posperity gospel is every where now. Our desires and wants are not that same as our needs. We need food, shelter and clothing. We need transportation to go from here to there and back. But imagine when we desire a a house with three bedroom and two baths when our need would be met with a two bedroom, one bath home. Or imagine us wanting those designer or name brand shoes, clothes or handbag when in fact our need would be met buying at Walmart or in our case Kmart. Or imagine watching your neighbor driving his brand new Lexus and you becoming malcontent because you are driving a five year old Yaris.

It is our attitude towards what we do not have or want but do not “need” that is sin. That is why we “must crucify the flesh.” It forever want more than it need.

We must believe that our Lord and Savior will provide our “needs” according to his will. Why would we want anything that is not from Him? God is in control. Let us ask him for help in our time of “need.” Our LORD is a good God, all the time. He should be our first and foremost focus.

Your sister in Christ, Carmen

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Jack Wellman February 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

Thank you for the encouragement Carmen. You are so kind. Yes, our flesh must be crucified and we must be humbled before God and sometimes riches make us proud and self-reliant.

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Jeremiah February 24, 2015 at 4:07 am

Pastor Jack, Reading this article this morning has blessed my soul. I completely agree with what the Bible says :I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. This kind of preaching is no longer what we hear today in many churches. Money to pay for this or that is everyday topic. On Sunday when you wake up to go to church your mind will be wondering how much will be accepted by my pastor. Go ahead and preach this way forever. I love you but pls recheck and be sure of your write-ups before you publish to avoid the kind of argument you had with Patty.

I believe Poverty is not good, riches is good when it’s not used against other people which might be impossible sometimes.injudiciously use of money is bad. It is clear to know that the love of money is the root of all evil.

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ChozenOne14 March 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

Hello All,
I did have one question about this article: throughout the article, you talk about going after the money. What if someone is following God and God brings all of those things along. I have been blessed with so many things just from following God’s will and his instruction. Does that mean I’m supposed to just get rid of them.

You come at it from one side and that’s the idea of chasing money. Chasing money is bad, but if you follow God and the money comes its ok. The bible says “The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22

You also used Solomon as an example. In 1 Kings, he never asked for money and riches. God gave him that because Solomon was after God! The reason he fell wasn’t because of money, but because of the people in his life. He had many women and they pulled him off of the path God laid out for him. It has nothing to do with his money.

I’m just trying to understand more about this because why wouldn’t God want us to be rich? The streets are paved with Gold in heaven, and the gates are made of pearls. Jesus even said, “your kingdom come, your will be done. On EARTH as it is in HEAVEN” We are Gods children! How can we preach the gospel to people if we aren’t there ourselves?

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Jack Wellman March 23, 2015 at 9:43 am

Thank you ChozenOne14 for your comment. I never did say that God doesn’t want us to be rich and in fact at the end of the article I said, and I quote myself, “God is not against prosperity but against those who covet riches.” God’s desire for us is more to seek His righteousness above all things, right (Matt 6:33) and then, and only then, will He add everything we need…but not everything we necessarily want. I am a bi-vocational pastor that draws no salary so I have to work for a living too but that’s okay…I want to be rich in Christ but there is nothing wrong with believers who are rich but they must first seek Him and His kingdom and His righteousness, right? Thanks ChozenOne14.

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Carmen N March 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

Hi Pastor Jack,

I believe sometimes our questions come from fear. Fear of not being able to accomplished what God asks us to do. As an example let me point out Matthew 19:16-26, but specifically, Matthew 19:21-22 (NKJV) Jesus said to him [to the young rich ruler], “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”

When we are unwilling to leave everything we owe to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that is when riches are our downfall. At the same time, Proverbs 30:7-9 (NKJV) makes a great point of when we are either rich or poor: 7 Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die): 8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches—Feed me with the food allotted to me; 9 Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

No matter what our circumstances, our dependence and confidence should be on the Lord since He is the provider of all things. How I wish I could say confidently, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,” no matter if I am “rich or poor.” Unfortunately, until the day of adversity, there is no telling how I will react to His voice. Will I really do what He asks me to do? If I say I will, I would be lying to you, to HIM and to myself. But I want to believe that my reliance will still be on HIM.

Jeremiah 9:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;”

Your Sister in Christ,
Carmen N

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Jack Wellman March 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

Amen my sister…well said indeed. Truly the glory of God is our goal and man’s wisdom is foolish and let me seek Him and His wisdom and not my own. It is on Him that we both can stand firm and not fall. Thank you Carmen.

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