THE LOVE OF MONEY IS IDOLATRY – Hebrews 13


Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

Hebrews 13:5 ASV

Paul declared the love of money to be the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10); and the proof of the fact is on the front page of every newspaper, website and newscast ever published, where is recorded, day by day, the sordid record of how every possible crime men are able to commit is committed for money.

The love of money springs from sinful discontent with one’s status in life, his possessions, the extent of his luxuries and comforts, or his lack of the power money might bring; but there is a corollary of that discontent, namely, a lack of trust in the providence of God.

Not relying upon the promise of the Lord for his protection and blessing, the child of God mistakenly supposes that he may be able himself to supply what is needed or desired, through the means of accumulating money, thus hoping to acquire the security and confidence that have been forfeited through lack of trust in God.

The author of Hebrews seeks to strike down both supports of the love of money:

(1) the discontent of people, their passionate and burning desire always for more and more, and

(2) their lack of reliance upon the promises of God.

And, concerning the promise of the Father, the author here quotes Deuteronomy 31:16; Joshua 1:5; and Psalms 118:6. “He will not leave thee nor forsake thee.”

The utter folly of making money, whether actually possessed or merely desired, the basis of any security in the present life is in the very nature of riches themselves which “make themselves wings and fly away” (Proverbs 23:5).

In the last analysis, covetousness, or the love of money, is idolatry

(Colossians 3:5).

It makes ourselves, or what may be accumulated by us, to be the center of trust, and not the Lord, thus supplanting him in the very center of one’s affections.

The Christian should question how much money or income he should devote to the purpose of advancing Christianity in the world.

For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs.
1 Timothy 6:10 RSV
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