Wealth and the Kingdom of God

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:23-24

These are the words of our Lord: Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. In recent years, on the contrary, a doctrine has been extended that seeks to disprove what is written in Matthew 19:23-24. Under the premise that we are children of the King of kings, the owner of gold and silver, we are preached that we are called to be prospered in the material. It is also preached that who is poor is because he lives in sin.

If Jesus Christ said that it is very difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, we need to pay close attention to His words. They can bring us a different preaching than that; but I do not believe that any pastor, priest, apostle, prophet or whatever he calls himself can know more about God and His plans than the Son of God Himself. I do not know who you’re going to believe, but as far as I’m concerned, I’ve decided to believe Christ. I see in His words that riches may well be an obstacle to enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

Could you ask me then, are those who preach about prosperity wrong? So that you do not point out to me that I am judging you, let the very word of God judge you. Luke 16:13 says thus, No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. In the same way that a bigamous cannot love his two wives at the same time, so does the servant of two masters.

Therefore, if we serve God and His Kingdom, we must preach to Him, give prominence to Him, not put up prosperity and presenting God only as a facilitator of our desires. Our worship of God cannot be based on what will make us rich but who He is. Luke 6:45 says, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. If we speak more of wealth than of God, our heart is with money.

And if the abundance of our heart is wealth, then our love is for money not for God. And if we say that we serve God while our heart is with money, it is obvious that this is the master we esteem, which indicates that we despise God. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:9-10, But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Let us not fall into the temptation to enrich ourselves. Let us leave aside the foolish and harmful lusts that plunge us into destruction and perdition. The love of money is the beginning of all evils, the most harmful consequence being the exclusion of the Kingdom of God. Let us not stray from true faith by following worldly doctrines disguised as Christians. God bless you.

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