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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Pauline August 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

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


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


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.


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!


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


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!


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


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.


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


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.


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!!


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.


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


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.


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.


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).


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!!!


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.


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: [email protected]


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:


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.



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:

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.


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,



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


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.


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.


Simon November 6, 2013 at 4:01 am

Thank you kindly Pastor Jack.


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! ><>


Lily February 28, 2019 at 7:45 pm

This is my first time reading this particular article. It is February 28th of 2019. And I read the thread message from Simon to you Pastor Jack. And I love the entire conversation. But I do have one additional question if you may be able to answer. Related to everything that Simon was asking I am curious particularly is it bad to pray for just enough to be able to survive and provide and pay your bills enougj to NOT feel overburdened by debt? Or is that considered simply greed? I would love to expand on my very personal situation if that’s allowed, perhaps that would help you understand why I’m asking this. I hope to have a response from someone soon.


Jack Wellman February 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Hello Lily. I do not believe it is wrong to pray for one’s own self. Jesus told us to pray for our daily bread and we are told to provide for our families, so no, it is not wrong to pray for your survival. I will pray for you right now. Please share with us your journey Lily. Thank you.


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


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.



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.


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 1:53 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…


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.


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


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.

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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


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.


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.


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?


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.


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


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.


Tim April 27, 2015 at 1:07 am

I have been having a hard time following God. The whole concept of God I cannot accept spiritually. I believe that God is a God who is not measurable by any moral standards that we think is fair or justified, (ex ordering abraham to kill isaac, the whole predestination concept, God hardening Pharoah’s heart against Moses,etc)

I do not want to get into a debate about certain denominations of Christianity but assuming one believes in calvanism, in the human perspective, one might say this is unjust, that God is being unfair by only allowing some to be saved but I would argue that b/c we are all deserving of death, we don’t have any say. It’s comparable to that of a friend giving a gift to another and a stranger walks by and says “why don’t I get a gift?” It’s that person’s choice to give the gift to someone the same way God gives a gift of salvation, he has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy. This example may not fully do justice with God, since he is on a whole different level than just peers giving gifts, but you get the idea. I understand logically that the whole concept of being God is that he is not bound to any standard, HE IS THE STANDARD because he is GOD, if he had to go by some hypothetical standard he is not above the law and therefore not omnipotent/GOD. Since he created us he has every right to do whatever he pleases and it will be justified because he is the creator, like that one verse who are you to talk back to who has created you like a clay talking to the potter why did you make me like this? I’m not saying that God will be malicious, because I understand that his character supposedly never changes. I get that at a logical level, but my spirit has trouble agreeing with this.

I understand that I have trouble accepting God as my lord because of Adam and Eve’s original sin of trying to be their own gods, but this just seems too impersonal to me to relate to God in a meaningful relationship especially when I get no feedback from the holy spirit to tell me about God’s true characters and what he thinks, and be able to converse with him like a real person. Either I need a real conversation with God, or the holy spirit do that for me, and without God to wake me up spiritually as I am dead in sin until Jesus comes to me to respond to God’s calling I feel frustrated. Paralyzed by this paradox, it’s not my works that gets me saved, so I need God to awaken my spirit to respond to him, but at the same time I don’t feel like he is doing anything to further my relationship with him.

Also with regards to the topic of if God wants us to be rich, I am actively pursuing wealth. I want abundance in life. I see so much hypocrisy in life, I don’t see the point where people say they go to college to get a good job/career, but at the same time put others down for trying to make a lot of money to support themselves and be in comfort which is the whole point of making money. Could you survive on $10,000 or less? Yes, you could, you can scrounge with coupons, live like a beggar, get on welfare,etc but no one wants to live like that but “providing your family” what does that phrase mean to people? It is all relative to their idea of “providing= some certain level of comfort and security” Which leads me back to the point of how much money do you need to live comfortably or securely? If people must work for a living, how much money are they making that is for comfort or for out of pure necessity? I’m sure God isn’t necessarily wanting us to be poor, but there must be a subjective line to a person’s heart, since I doubt God has some hypothetical number that says if you try to make more than this you’re trying to pursue riches. If a person is fully convicted that if he is working more than he needs to out of greed or love of money than I have no doubts that he is sinning, but some could not be convicted at that same number because it’s all relative to that person’s standards and judgment, but it only becomes a sin b/c of that person’s conviction that he knows how much he really needs to survive.


Jack Wellman April 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

Hello Tim and thank you sir for your open and honest concerns sir. As for being rich, God is not against anyone being rich but making riches their god and the pursuit of money over god. The truest riches of all is found in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19) for everything else on this earth will burn up someday, money included (2 Pet 3:10) so the only riches that will not be burned up are those things we do for Christ (1 Cor 3:12).

As for having a hard time grasping God and His ways, welcome to the club brother. My finite mind can’t wrap itself around an infinite God. I have no complete and satisfying answer for you but I will say, that the one and only time in all of human history where God was not fair was when He sent His sinless Son to die for the sinful. The perfect dying for the imperfect. The One Who didn’t deserve the wrath took it for those who did. If you are not sure you’re born again, then all you need to know is God wants to save you and doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Pet 3:9) and takes no pleasure over the death of the wicked (Ezk 18:23,32).

If today, you will chose to repent of your sins and that means you will forsake them and turn away from them (although never being sinless (and then put your trust in the Savior, He will save you right now, here on the spot That is God’s desire for you. That is my desire for you too to escape the coming judgment of God (Rev 20:12-15). To know what it means to escape the wrath of God (John 3:36b) please click on this my friend: and may God richly bring you to Himself my friend. That is my prayer for you.


Tim April 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

Also, in continuation of the topic of pursuing wealth, one might argue that having the financial independence could make a person more focused on God rather than stress about living paycheck to paycheck. Although there are many examples and cases in the bible where his people forget about God when things go well for them, what about the rich folks in the old testament?

I’ll admit it, I don’t want to trust God with my finances. I don’t want him to just provide JUST what I NEED. I want to have my WANTS, and I know he’s probably going to just give me what I NEED, and I don’t trust that it’ll make me happy at an emotional level. At a logical level and from second hand experiences of people talking about it, that the wealthy are always craving more and more and are never satisfied in the end I get that because you always get what you want, and your new standard of excitement goes higher and you need more of a rush of happiness next time to fulfill.

However, I’d like to believe that there would be a certain level of income/wealth that would keep me satisfied and I would no longer need to pursue any more wealth as I am mainly concerned in freedom of my own expressions of whatever work I would like to pursue or try, and not having to answer to corporate America. I have experienced this trend in collecting trading card games like yugioh. I would collect cards for a deck I wanted to build and the excitement would build as I gathered the cards, but shortly after I completed collecting all the cards for the deck, that high dissipated and I was feeling back to where I was at the start so then the cycle only continued as I collected more and more cards, but as I realized this was a pattern of greed and the path of unfulfillment, I’ve learned to appreciate the cards I had more. Do I still like to collect more and more cards, yes, but I believe there is a point of no return on investment in greed. For some the cap is higher, but for me I feel like I understand where my standard is and I can manage it.


Patricia Schneider April 27, 2015 at 9:24 am

Hello, Pastor Jack!
Can’t wait for your response to our brother, Tim (August 27, 2015). Especially about the fact that God doesn’t ‘call’ everyone to Him. Is that true? I always believed salvation of our soul was for everyone who accepted JESUS as his/her Savior, Lord and King.
Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty


Jack Wellman April 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

Hi sister in Christ. Thanks for your encouragement my friend. I hope I helped him.


Carmen N April 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Hi Pastor Jack,

Interesting how many of us take comfort in what we own–houses, cars, money in the bank. Funny thing is that none of these things are really ours. Good gifts are from above. And those things we thought were ours may be lost in the blink of an eye.

Sometimes we believe we have it all figured out. If we have “X” amount of money, we will not have to worry; we will be happy. We look for the joy in our things and seek our own pleasures. I have been guilty of this myself. But I know that in reality, at any given time, anything may be snatched away. Though understandably, what we want to do is put our faith on the things we see, touch, feel.

But then I bring into remembrance that the devil is on the prowl seeking who to destroy. I realize that he will use anything and everything imaginable against me–my pride, my envious nature, my pursuit of riches, even my happiness. I find myself on the lookout, always trying to exercise my faith in the word of God, preparing to do battle with the enemy at all times!

Your Sister in Christ Jesus,
Carmen N


Jack Wellman April 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Carmen, as always, you are an encourager my sister in Christ. I have seen the pursuit of money destroy families and increase suicide rates because riches never bring happiness although they vainly promise it but truly the peace of Christ and the joy of the Lord is the only permanent possession to which we can bring with us when we depart this life and those are the most precious things there are and every child of God has them after trusting in Christ. It is only the question as to whether we recognize we have them or not. May God richly bless you my friend.


Anthony September 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm

I’m having a very difficult time understanding something and it bothers me. I love Yahweh, I pray every single day in hope to understand what it is I’m missing. I’m still young and not to good at typing or writing but I’ll do my best to in this comment. I grew up in a single parent household where we for the most part lived paycheck to paycheck. It was my mother and my younger brother and she did her very best raising us and I couldn’t ask for a better parent. I’m thankful for everything we had and the way I was brought up because it made me into the person I am today. I believe I have a good heart. I love seeing others succeed at things and I love helping other people where I can. I am nowhere near wealthy nor do I have a lot to give finically but I do give as much as I can when I’m able to. Very often I give to the homeless I see and I like doing this, it makes me feel good and I do so with no intentions of gaining anything from it. I truly just love seeing others happy or helping where I can. I pray everyday to Yahweh thanking him for the things we have as a family and for everything he does for us. Not once has he ever left us in a terrible situation where we didn’t have something that was essential. We’ve always had food and a place to lay our head and I thank him every night for this. There has been a time where I was homeless for s short period of time but every night during that time he’d always bless me with a place to lay my head for the night. No once has he just left us in a thought situation. Times are hard and I have been through so much in my life I just don’t know what to feel or what’s going on. Not to long ago I was shot but not once did I blame Yahweh or turn to him as to “why” I just prayed and thanked him that I’m still here. I also pray ever single not for wealth because I really want to move my family to a better location and just be able to provide them with the things we never had. Wealth is not something I want to show off by any means. I love helping people and giving back but I’m just not really in the position to be able to do so at the moment and it’s something that bothers me. I want to be able to take care of my mother where she doesn’t have to work anymore, where she cannot back and enjoy the rest of her life and I would like to do so together. She took care of me for 19yrs of my life and I just want to be able to give her everything because as a single mother I feel she deserves it. I pray for wealth so I can enjoy the time I have here on this earth with my mother and give back to those that aren’t really in the position to enjoy simple things that they would be able to because of their finicial position. By no means do I want wealth to go out and buy flashly jelewry or impress those around me but to help those around me give back, and to be able to travel the world with my mother and give her the vacations and extras I feel she deserve for working so hard as a single mother raising me and my brother. I just don’t understand why aren’t my prayers for wealth answer when the only reason I want it is for the happiness of others, and to be able to provide for others. I’m not a bad person and it just kills me everyday because struggling is stressful and sends me in a state of depression not being able to halo the one I love and those around me. I know wealth wouldn’t corrupt my mind because it wouldn’t do anything but make me happier to be able to provide for those around me and help those around me. My love for Yahweh would lessen because of money. Nothing could pull me away for Him because without Him I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I would’nt have the most important person in my life(my mother) and without my mother I probably wouldn’t have Him. I’m just really confused and it killing me. Please comment back with any help, it would be greatly appreciated.


Jack Wellman September 10, 2015 at 10:18 am

Hello Anthony. The thing is about money that it can easily become a god for us as it provides for all our needs, it gives us everything we need, and we depend on money instead of on God. Many people cannot handle wealth as when they have money the money begins to have them. Many a lottery winner has ended up with divorce, bankruptcy, drug and alcohol abuse. More people can handle adversity than they can wealth. God never gives us what will harm us. We must trust God. God doesn’t want us to be rich but rich in Christ.


Deepu Joy February 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

Thank you very much Mr.Wellman. What you have written is dstilled wisdom that is very hard to find: contentment and thankfulness in Christ that is the true richness. I am still attracted to preachers who are smart and rich and ‘who glorify God’. But now I truly realize the greed within me and what a fool I have been.Thank you for opening my mind to true knowledge. Now I realize that even if God gives me much money, it is not for my selfish gratification or charity ego ride but to silently help our brothers and sisters in need, and gift them the richest gift — Jesus, Gospel and Holy Spirit. So that I can win their soul for eternity in Christ.


D miller February 28, 2016 at 1:28 am

You just blessed me tonight with this reading. I realize I just want Christmas and His truth in my life. I’ve been to a lot of urban churches that would never explain this the way you just did. Pray for me and my family and I’ll pray for yours and your congregation. Be blessed


FIFI May 26, 2016 at 2:26 am

It’s amazing, that most so called preachers against prosperity often live in glass housed, have more than one car, have more than what they need and usually are the stingless people ever looool,


Atara Melek September 7, 2016 at 1:42 am

Thank you for this clear and accurate explanation about the lust and pursuit if riches. I’ve been a believer for 27 years and have always pursued souls instead of money. And during this time, while I chased after and cared for the “lost sheep”, God had my back and made sure my needs were met. However, I now find myself in a financial drought where life will cease if I do not pursue money. I’m resistant to the prompt because I still consider the “great commission” the greatest imperative on Earth. Time is short, I am torn about the need to divide it, a portion to the world and a portion to God. I want to witness wisely, full time, and still live and improve my circumstances. The Gospel has fallen out of favor these days and I am female: two reasons any ministry effort would not remunerate, add to that, all the competition for every donated dollar. Wish I knew what to do, I pray and pray, but only silence returns…


Tope Owomunigbon October 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

Don’t try to get rich through huck or crook. If God blesses you genuinely – without doing evil to get the riches, use the wealth to show fort His glory. By so doing pride will not set in and the love of the money will not draw you away from God. Because you recognised Him as the provider.
God bless you Pastor and all reader.


Jack Wellman October 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Well said my friend. Thank you.


Shayne October 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I know great evil can be brought and done with riches but great good can be done. For me i want riches to bring change in people’s lives. Yes this can be done without riches but i personally seen wealthy individuals bring happiness and relief to families and children. I honestly aspire to make such positive impact. I pray whatever may happen my intention is only to do good works and to not be corrupted.


Jackson Lema November 27, 2016 at 1:49 am

Dear Jack and all
I’m born again christian have been following up this article for sometimes now,I’m not rich but very happy with what I have in mylife,I totally agree with you my dear friend,my big example is my boss who im working for here Tanzania,my boss is born again but is kind of man who is suffering from chasing the money everyday ,I Lean a lot from his characters of loving money,sometimes he get depression and blood pressure because of business he is running,I feel sorry for him and I tried to explain what is important between money and God,
We are given very simple instruction,Jesus said if you want to follow me take your cross,count the cost,give away everything then follow me,easy like ABC,if you want to go to heaven no short cut,you have to follow the instruction


Jack Wellman November 27, 2016 at 8:38 am

Amen. Well said my friend. Thank you.


Sheye March 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Dear Pastor Jack,
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your wise words and many others above. I feel so blessed and lately feel guilty enjoying little pleasures that material wealth can and does grant, like affording a meal out with family and friends, and the things we take for granted, being alive and well, family, food and roof when so many others are struggling or have such awful life experiences.
I pray that I am guided by his widom to always find the right balance and that God takes care of all. God bless all.


Jack Wellman March 7, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Thank you for the encouraging comment Sheye. I pray God does just that as He still needs to do with me and discern when to help someone as helping Christ (Matt 25:40).


Andrew August 23, 2017 at 11:08 pm

To Jack Wellman.

I like your writing about wealth and what the scripture says about that. Truly enlighting.

But it left me with two questions:
1. What should we Christians do with our gifted wealth in this world? Should they use it for God’s glory and purposes, and help the others in need? Should we plan to multiply and maintain the wealth in order to “prepare for the winter”? Should we use our wealth to nurture ourselves because our body is God’s temple? Or you might have other suggestions?

2. Is it possible if someone actually gifted by God to have worldly riches and wisdom to not be greedy, lustful, boastful but still be content and relying on God’s power and sovereignity? Because, to be honest I want to be like that. Like Solomon and Job.

I guess that’s it. I hope you don’t mind if I asked something like those.




Jack Wellman August 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

Hello Andrew. Thank you sir for your questions. We have a man who attended our church not long ago before he moved and was a generous man who had money that he used to help us support our prison ministry so yes, it is possible that someone can have wealth and not be greedy. I have seen it and I also have business man from India who has helped us minister to prisoners, so there are people who are believers who are rich but not greedy. Not all people can handle wealth though.


debbie September 10, 2017 at 7:27 pm

hi Jack .
my husband and i had 4 children both worked to provide and still got in to dept. they are now grown up and we are still paying then depts. off because we saw them through collage uni helping them out , we ask God to forgive us of the mess we made and to give us time to clear them which will take years as we finding it hard as still got to pay bills and live , we dont have a lot of money enough to get buy and have outing out with family . i dont care about having loads of money as we have the lord in our lives and that makes me happy and content will God forgive us our mistakes and the mess we made and give us time to pay our creditors as we still tithe at church and pay to a charity salvation army should we be doing this as getting out of dept. . sorry Jack we made a mess of things and i worry what the lord thinks of us thank you Debbie


Jack Wellman September 10, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Hello Debbie. Yes, God does forgive us all of our sins and mistakes. I would insist that your children help to pay these debts if they were the ones that got you into debt by paying for their college education. Have you ever asked them? What have they said about helping you? I fear if they are ignoring you and not helping you, they are sinning before God as it is not honoring their father and mother. I do like the Salvation Army as they’re one of the best charities of them all and to the church, yes, I see you do bring offerings, so perhaps you can donate to Salvation Army every other month and talk to your children about this. Ask them to help them pay for some of the debt that they now are gaining blessings from. I would also call your pastor for his counsel too.


debbie September 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm

hi pastor Jack
thank you for your reply the dept. we got in to was when the children was very young raising them and giving them everything they needed we took our store cards and credit cards and couldn’t pay it back . the children lived a home till the ages of 26 25 23 22 and they was at collage and uni and had partime bills and gave us a small amount of money which covered food some bills not the depts. we got in to my husband and i was good with money when we was younger and did take on too much which we regret ,not sure if i should ask them for money now as they not living at home and have bills to pay thankyou for listening to me I’m just worried and want to do the right thing before the Lord .


Jack Wellman September 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Don’t ask them for money but tell them what you told me in your comment. They may not even know you’re both in trouble, so tell them, and wait before you ask for help. I pray their conscience might convict them, so that is all you can do. My prayers are for you. I too as a father have made many mistakes.


debbie September 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

thank you pastor Jack.
for your advice yes i will tell them like you say, thank you for your prayers i pray too they may help us as they have good jobs and better educated than us I’m not intelligent just work in a shop part-time i say i dont know a lot but i know how much i love God and need him in my life and my family and give thanks to him daily .yes we all make mistakes God know this. God bless you Jack .

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