Recently, a listener on our Facebook Live platform asked this question: “If money is the root of all evil, why does the church ask for it?” The question was written in all capital letters and with many exclamation and question marks.
It wasn’t hard to discern that this gentleman was convinced that the Bible and the Church are at odds with each other when it comes to money.
Money is one of those subjects that make us uncomfortable. And there is much confusion about this subject swirling through the Church. The most confusing being the perverse idea that godliness is a means of financial gain.
A close second is the belief that money is evil, like the gentleman who sent in his question.
The Bible does not say that money is evil. Money is money––neither good nor bad. It is one of those essentials everyone needs to function in everyday life. It’s one of those essentials that churches and ministries need to operate.
What the Bible does say is that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Here is the verse: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10).
The love of money is what you find out there in the world. The world loves money because it believes money is the means to happiness and success, and the more you have the happier you will be.
Here is the irony. The world doesn't care if you are happy or successful. It’s intent in feeding you that message is to plant the love of money in your heart. Remember our enemy’s gameplay is to steal, kill and destroy. And this love of money “pierces people with many griefs.” Money is simply the means it uses to trap you.
When it comes to money, let this word of encouragement shape your thinking: “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 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” (1 Timothy 6:7-8).