THE PHARISEES, INCLUDING THE CHRISTIAN VARIETY, ARE LOVERS OF MONEY

         I quoted Paul in my last post in his second letter to Timothy. One of the charges he made against false believers and rejecters of the Lord was that they were lovers of money. So was Judas.

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          Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.” [Luke 16:14-15]

         There are a great many Christian bigwigs who are highly esteemed among men. They rule their roosts as the flaming little peacocks they are. It continues to amaze me how gullible Christians are in supporting these people. The Lord could walk in to most churches and everyone there would pay Him no mind. They would simply not recognize Him. He would not look the part. He would be invisible.

         But the great mighty platform-strutters and gaudily-attired clergyites, many of which are going straight to hell, are honored much as the original Pharisees were honored.

         Such Pharisees also loved dressing the part. They would do anything to pass themselves off as legitimate in order to gain great social standing and much money.

          Perhaps this is in part why gaining money is not so easy for real Christians or why they are less motivated toward wealth. Real Christians already know they are the wealthiest people in the world anyway because they have a close relationship with the Lord Jesus. What can possibly be better than that? The Lord ALWAYS takes care of His children but His children must put Him first.

        “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.” [Luke 16:13]

         Those who knowingly reject the Lord do so in large part because they love money and refuse to submit to real discipleship which will curtail their gaining of it. Thus, without the Lord, they are free to seek wealth to their heart’s content. Those who put money before God will also engage in much evil against the Lord and His people. One of these evils is betrayal. Spending money on the Lord, His people, and His movement is considered a waste. He always wants to help good-hearted people who strive to do good. Such people are often looked down upon by the world because they are seen as losers who won’t fight, cheat, lie, and deceive to get ahead. The lovers of money do this. The two always go together. Here is a good example:

         Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.” [John 12:1-8]

          Right after this the indignant money-loving Judas left to make his deal with the money-loving chief priests to betray the Lord.

         Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus. [Matthew 26:14-16] [1]

          © 2019 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.   


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on March 20, 2019, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I grew up in the parsonage. My dad used to joke that the church people prayed, “Lord, you keep him humble and we’ll keep him poor.” And yet, our needs were always met.

    Years later, Terry and I are amazed at how well God has provided for us. We’re not wealthy. Don’t need to be. Yet every need is met, and then some. I truly feel sorry for people who spend their lives doing nothing but accruing money.

    It won’t make them happy, partly because they will never learn the joy of depending on God to meet their needs.

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    • The pursuit of money comes at the expense of the pursuit of truth. Pursuing truth eventually results in meeting the Lord Jesus, and there is no greater pursuit or result that anyone can possibly have. Thus, pursuing money first means one will likely never meet Him.

      The Lord Jesus is everything. He is the greatest, the best, the most loving and caring, and is the Truth personified. Having Him as one’s Father allows one to know truth and also possess spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear. One can thus see right through all lies, deceptions, and false propaganda, especially of the “Christian” variety. Christian sellouts that major in money and materialism should obviously repent and get right with God, not only for being the Judases they are, but for deceiving so many Christians. And Christians who follow these evil people should obviously repent for following deviants and fakers instead of following the Lord.

      The Lord told us specifically to never put money or its pursuit first, but to seek HIM first, and His Kingdom, and His righteousness. He must be first or nothing else will work, at least not for long. He promised He would bless us if we did this. Every real Christian reaches a point in his or her spiritual development when he or she speaks out against the frauds, users, and abusers within Christianity the same way the Lord did in His time. Otherwise, these evil people are given free rein to reign and are never outed.

      As you have stated, living by faith in the Lord Jesus, and only the Lord Jesus, is what allows for our respective blessings, even if such may “only” be what we need at times. He calls us to work and will obviously give us all we need to do that work; otherwise we will not be able to do the very work He calls us to. But since we are in a spiritual war, there are often times when we must fight the good fight of faith and resist the temptation to put money and our own pursuits first.

      Thank you Linda. May the Lord bless you, Terry, and your family richly.

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  2. Did you happen to see the vision concerning this topic I posted a few years back?

    https://wp.me/pMOeB-Lr

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    • No, but thank you for bringing it to my attention, Tony. It is a very good word and one that most real Christians will experience. The Lord Jesus in His great wisdom gave us those who will not hold back from speaking out against such people. They must be revealed for what they are. Reform is otherwise impossible. Blessings to you.

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