Unfortunately, the Christians and the Church life are not spared of this evil. The average Christian and a larger proportion of the Church today worship and bow to this god. The Church now uses the guage of money and riches to measure spirituality among members. Progress in the Christian life has become a matter of how fat or lean the believers’ purse and bank account is. A good show of affluence and countables that money can buy are used as indices of spiritual advance within the Christian circles. Tithes and offerings accruing to a church and the ‘man of God’ is an emphasized factor of growth. A greater number of preachers and men on the pulpit are mammon crusaders. They unfortunately use the opportunity of the altar of God to propagate and advance the course of mammon employing all kinds of tricks and gimmicks to squeeze their gullible and unsuspecting congregation and audience of their money. They quote and emphasise scriptures like “money answereth all thing” out of context in their bid to satisfy their evil desire for money and its works.
Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands sure. The scripture with its message cannot be broken. There is no other foundation that can be laid, except that which is already laid; no other teachings and submission from the scripture can be the truth except that which conforms in its entirety- content, context and motive to the life and teachings of Jesus. He is the only begotten of the Father on whom there was an attestation and affirmation over His life on earth saying: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.” (Matt. 17:5). No preacher is great enough in his anointing and charisma regardless of the crowd around him to have his teachings to replace that of The Lord Jesus. Jesus forever remains the chief cornerstone. He is the pillar from whom we must take our bearing both for life and ministry.
Let us now hear Him and the men who truthfully followed Him:
“And he said to them, “Take heed and beware of coveteousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” (Luke 12:15 NKJV).
“And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because a person’s true life is not made up of things he owns, no matter how rich he may be.” (Luke 12: 15 GNB).
“Speaking to the people, He went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.” (Luke 12:15 The Message).
“Do you want to be truly rich? You already are if you are happy and good. After all, we didn’t bring any money with us when we came to this world, and we can’t carry a single penny when we die. So we should be well satisfied without money if we have enough food and clothing. But people who long to be rich soon begin to do all kinds of wrong things to get money, things that hurt them and make them evil-minded and finally send them to hell itself.” (I Tim. 6: 6-9 NLT).
These scriptures and the likes taught by the Lord Jesus and revealed by elders in the faith who had obtained a good report, are no longer features of the sermon and preaching of many today. Yet every interpretation of the scripture that does not have Jesus as its central focus will tend to false teaching and heresy. I will sincerely want to counsel with you to have a rethink on your untamed appetite for money and all it gives which is the driving force of your labour out there and within the church before it finally send you to hell according to the scripture that cannot be broken. See how the love of money causes your love for the Master to decline and your zeal and commitment to follow Jesus is no longer genuine but is now dictated by what in terms of physical substances you can get. Your lustful desire for money is the reason for your compromises, the reason why you cannot hold fast and forth the truth of the word of God that you know. Is your heart gradually departing from the Lord as a result of pressure to be rich? Or you probably have gone into sin, unholy relationship, courtship and partnership under the pressure of wealth and riches. Hear again the Master’s response and counsel to this desire of yours: “Take heed and beware of covetousness”, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed”, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed.
Take heed, be careful, and watch out. Guard yourself against the least bit (every kind) of greed. The growing love for money in the society today is a deliberate scheme and device from hell to deceive you and make you depart unsuspectingly from the Lord. If only you will lift up your spiritual eyes as you move on in this deadly route of mammon, you will see a signpost- CAUTION, danger ahead!! The rate at which I hear your heart pant and long for money is dangerous. You seemed to have been trapped. But before you are finally delivered to the dungeon through this route, Jesus says to you, “Watch out and guard yourself”. Think of the severe damage that this drive for money has brought to your soul and your relationship with God. Do not go on in this deceitfulness of riches.