MISINTERPRETATION OF MONEY VERSES
"Let the Lord be magnified,
Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
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The Rich Man And The Kingdom Of Heaven
Read Matthew 19:23-29. These verses have had many people wondering if rich people will go to heaven. As we know from the Bible,
God has in the past and continues to bless His children with abundant blessings and wealth. Look at King Solomon and King David.
So we know that this verse canít mean that all rich people wonít go to heaven or else it would be contradicting Godís Word about
blessing His people with prosperity. But not all people can handle wealth as it will corrupt and destroy their lives, their family
and their relationship with God. When money comes their way, they no longer place God first in their lives but put money and the
things it can buy first. These are the people Jesus is referring to in these verses.
Then there are those who "can" handle money. It doesnít change them or their relationship with God and they remain responsible.
They are obedient to God and share what God has given them. God has to bless some people with this kind of wealth so that large
ministries can be developed like taking Godís Word to every corner of the world. That takes a lot of great wealth that someone
must be willing to share. Not all ministries need this kind of money though. Some are operating with a lot less and in poor
sections of the world but they are doing the exact kind of ministry that God wants them to do. If this kind of great wealth is
coming into your life you can count on the Holy Spirit being there to guide you and to instruct you as to who to give to and how much.
Other "Money Verses"
There are many Christians who believe that they shouldnít have many material possessions or much money largely in part to
1 Timothy 6:10. They think God is telling them here that money is the root of all evil. It doesnít say that. It says the
"love of money" is the root of all evil. Money isnít evil in itself, itís loving it that is. We are to love God. Mark 10:23-24
is another misinterpreted verse. Itís not saying that itís hard for those who are rich to get to heaven, itís saying that it is if you
"trust" in your riches more than you trust in God. Money is not bad, itís trusting in it thatís bad. Mark 4:19 is another
misinterpreted verse. This verse is not saying that riches chokes the Word, itís saying that the "deceitfulness" of riches "and the
desires for other things" chokes the Word, not riches alone.