Is Money Evil?

When studying Biblical Economics, and more specifically money from a Biblical perspective, many people genuinely want to know what is the true nature and spirit of money. People want to know, “Is Money Evil?”

When answering the question, is money evil, we are invariably taken to the often misquoted and greatly misunderstood Scripture in the Bible, I Timothy 6:10. Paul, while writing his first letter to Timothy says, “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have wandered away from the faith, and broken their own hearts with many sorrows.” I Timothy 6:9-10

We can clearly see that money is something that every Christian should take seriously, and to do so, it requires the believer to look at the text and see what it actually says, not what we have heard it said or we think it says.

One of the biggest mistakes about money comes from a misunderstanding of this verse, the mistake many people make is in what they think this verse says. The scripture does not say “money is evil.” It clearly states “the love of money is the root of all evil” and I have heard so many good intentioned Christians use this verse to justify a belief that God does not want them to be blessed or have money. In fact, I’ve heard people tell me (while asking me for money) that God doesn’t want them to have anything to do with money. The challenge of course, is that these precious people are walking in ignorance, and as a result, do err in their faith. This is a terrible mistake.

God wants you to be blessed and have money! He wants you to have all the money you can properly use. He wants you and me to walk in His blessings because He loves us and cares for us. He cares about our needs. He knows what we have need of, and He knows that a lack of resources can cause serious problems and challenges in our lives.

People don’t commit robbery because they are living in great wealth. Most people commit robbery and steal other people’s property because they don’t have enough money. People all over the world starve to death because they don’t have enough money to buy food. People freeze to death because they don’t have enough money to buy fuel to heat their homes.

Money is not evil.

In fact, the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 10:19, “Money answers all things.” So, money in and of itself is neither good nor bad. Money only has the ability to do what its owner wants it to do. The owner is in charge of the money. Money serves its owner. Without question, money will do good or it will do evil, but that is totally based upon the owners discretion and ultimately, his/her choices.

God wants everything He gives you to be good. So, as for me and my house, our money is good money, because we’ve given our money to the Lord, and we bring our first fruits to Him so that He will bless everything else with His good.

When you spend your money on good things, for good things. When you give your money to spread the Gospel, meet your family’s needs, when you use it to help others in need. All of that contributes to your blessing and favor. So, your money is not evil. The only way for money to be evil is for it to come under the control of someone who makes bad decisions.

Money is an amplifier of the owner’s heart. If you were the most generous person that ever existed but you didn’t have any money, very few people would know of your generosity. But with money, your generosity is amplified and can be fully demonstrated. This is also true of the greedy person, that person who has purposed to live close-fisted and stingy in their heart. If a stingy person has no money, we would never know that this person had a stingy heart. But, with their money, their heart is amplified and seen in its fruit.

We should ask ourselves, “What fruit is my heart bearing? What is it that my heart is amplifing?

The Bible says in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

So, your money is not only an amplifier, it is also an indicator. It indicates where our heart is by revealing what we spend our money on. You see, whatever we spend our money on is what we have love and affection for. When our love and affection is in line with God’s will, then our hearts will rejoice in what God does to bless us. Our treasure is made holy when we are alignment with His order. When our hearts are right, we put more of our money in right things, such as feeding hungry people, clothing naked people, spreading the Gospel and living generously in lifestyle and love.

So, be certain that money is not evil, it is the “love of money” that is the root of all evil.

Money is a magnificent tool in the hands of loving and godly men and women. It helps bring the saving message of the love of Jesus Christ to people across the street and around the world, while the love of money is the opposite. It is destructive, manipulative, and greedy.

Remember this, money is made for using, not loving. People are made to be loved, not used. So, stretch your faith, get in alignment and believe God to lengthen your territory and give you increase so that you have as much money and blessing as you will properly use. Let God bless you today.

What seed do are you sowing? What harvest are you reaping? If you are reaping “poverty” in mind, body, soul, and/or spirit, I want to challenge you to get in the Word of God and speak over your life His promises to you. Each promise is yea and amen, they are His expressed will to bless you, keep you, prosper you, and protect you.

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  • Vernon D. Fox
    July 10, 2021 8:07 am

    Amen and it is so. I try very hard to not let money control me or my family. I made a promise to the Lord and I do my, very best to keep it as he is faithful to his word so I try to be also.

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    • You are extraordinarily generous. Your faith, trust, and obedience in stewardship is an example to us all. Thank You for being a ‘Doer of the Word’ and not a hearer only! Your obedience has caused God to smile as He has elevated your life with manifold blessings!

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