1Tim. 6:6-10 should be read, taking special notice of v10 which states “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” Please notice it does not say “Money” is the root of all evil. It is not wrong to have money, but it is wrong for money to have us. Notice the word “root.” You must know that it means the cause “of all evil.” People lie, cheat, steal, gamble, kill, and destroy other people’s rights to get their hands on more money.
What is the root cause of the financial crisis we have in America? What is the reason several of the nominees have had to decline or step down from appointed positions in the new administration?
Now look at the rest of v.10, “Which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Verse 9 tells us that those who set their will to be rich by any method and at any cost, “fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
Proverbs 23:5 asks, “Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings: they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”
Back in 1 Timothy 6, we read verse7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”
In Luke 12:16-34 we have Jesus giving the parable of the rich fool. Read the whole text, and notice v.21 “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” In Joshua chapter 7, we have the account of Achan taking the “accursed things.” He was probably a good man that made a bad choice and it cost him everything.
I have known Christians who made bad choices in order to get more money. Some are still paying for those choices to this day. If you have to violate any Biblical principle to get more money, you make a bad and costly error. 1 Tim. 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”