Some may question what could possibly be so important in 1 Timothy 6:9 and 10 that it is worthy of being written about over and over again. Some may wonder why, with all the beautiful and nice things in the Bible, I have chosen to zero in on a few verses that are not pretty and actually make most if us a little uncomfortable. Perhaps that is why my Lord has required that I spend so much time on the subject of material wealth and the pursuit of the gods of greed and money.
I have seen countless people (including myself) lose their way and pay dearly for foolishly chasing after materialism instead of a spiritual relationship with God. I wrote last week about my personal foray into what I thought would be a lush land of prosperity, only to end up in a desert of debt and despair. Thankfully my story was very short (one year) compared to most people who end up being thoroughly deceived yet convinced in their own mind they are justified in serving things instead of God.
In 1 Timothy 6:9 and 10, there are four distinct actions that are documented which are the direct result of the will to be rich . Now, either these things are genuine and real or they are just Paul being paranoid in his old age. Either these things represent the depth of what can happen to even the most solid believer if they turn away from God to pursue material wealth, or it is an outdated warning that no longer pertains to life as we know it today.
The four distinct actions that are a direct result of the will to be rich are:
It is extremely important that we mentally visualize what these four things are communicating. Falling into is perhaps the easiest to comprehend because we have all fallen into everything from bad habits to a hole so deep we thought we would never get out. Literally, this falling into is related to falling into a pit, hole or chasm. When a person falls into a pit, the extent of injury is dependent upon how deep the hole is and what is on the bottom. Of course the ultimate pit is the one the devil and his devotees will be cast into which is called a bottomless pit .
Someone who wills to become rich falls into four different things according to verse 9:
The end result of falling into these four things is drowning. We know what drowning entails and it is not a nice thing. When a person breathes in water their lungs fill with water and they drown. In verse 9 we see what a person who wills to be rich drowns in:
Unfortunately, at the bottom of the pit which is fallen into is water, with the end result being drowning. Is this what we want to be the testimony of our lives: Here lies so and so who fell into a pit and drowned in destruction and perdition ? I would rather be hung on a tree or stoned by an angry mob than to drown because I fell into a pit of temptations, snares and lusts.
Verse 10 speaks of the love of money which is the root of all kinds of evil. This love of money, which when coveted after, results in two dismal and undesirable things:
To err is to be deceived and the worst thing to be deceived regarding is THE FAITH. To be pierced through has the connotation of having a sword thrust into your gut and exiting through your back. The sorrows that a person ends up being pierced through with are not a sad face :( or a state where a box of tissues is needed but rather seemingly endless pain, grief, distress, sorrow and torment. Is this not what the devil has to look forward to; an eternity of torment?
It is perfectly clear that in the last days there is a mass apostasy away from the truth and God. This mass exodus is prompted by the strong delusion God sends. Please take a moment to recall what 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 says:
8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12That they all might be dam... who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
There are millions upon millions of Christians who have bought into and believed the lie that among other things, it is perfectly allowable to actively pursue this world's wealth at the expense of one's relationship with God. THIS IS A LIE. Anyone who forsakes the truth of God's Word for personal gain is guilty of delusion, deception and idolatry. I cannot make this anymore plain and simple to grasp.
At this moment I fall down before Almighty God in my heart of hearts and cry out to Him to save me from the destruction and perdition that comes with any covetousness in my heart. I cry out to God to cleanse me and remove any evil thing within me. I cry out to God to purge me of THE LIE and restore within me a heart entirely devoted to Him. I pray you cry out the same things.
In a number of areas of the world, Christians are enduring horrible persecution. Some churches/ministries in the west will go so as to say that these claims are false or ignore them altogether. Why? Because it does not "fit" into their pretty little package of what Christianity is supposed to look like. I have even seen it suggested that perhaps these dear brothers and sisters are being punished by God for not obeying Him.
Excuse me? People are sometimes unable to earn a living, get arrested and even get tortured for sharing the Gospel and they uh... continue to share it with fellow prisoners and we have the audacity to make the ridiculous claim that God is punishing them. Meanwhile, none of our neighbors or co-workers even knows we are a Christian. Something is horribly wrong with that picture!
In other parts of the world, the enemy uses a different tactic which I believe to be even more dangerous. He uses greed. I remember reading a comment Brother Andrew made a short time after the Berlin Wall came down. He said the East German church had been provided with an opportunity to spread the Gospel openly and with a renewed vigor which of course some did but a number of them headed off to West Berlin instead on "shopping trips" and began worshipping the god of prosperity and greed instead of God.
[quote] THIS IS A LIE. Anyone who forsakes the truth of God's Word for personal gain is guilty of delusion, deception and idolatry. I cannot make this anymore plain and simple to grasp.[/quote]
There is no question that your message can not be understood, or that we may have missed your numerous blogs for we are without excuse for not knowing that prosperity under the banner of the scriptures is a Lie.