Christians with a fear of money do not realise that they have a fear of money.
Did you know that many Christians suffer from chrometophobia (or the fear of money)? Well they do! In fact your church may be suffering from chrometophobia. Maybe even you yourself are suffering from it. Medicinenet.com has this to say about the definition of chrometophobia:
“An abnormal and persistent fear of money. Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. They worry that they might mismanage money or that money might live up to its reputation as ‘the root of all evil’. Perhaps they remember well the ill fortune that befell the mythical King Midas. His wish that everything he touched be turned to gold was fulfilled, and even his food was transformed into gold“.
Actually Christians with a fear of money, are probably not suffering from chrometophobia, in its true definition. Christians with a fear of money (in most cases – the one above is an exception) do not realise that they have a fear of money and instead of acknowledging that their feelings towards money are irrational, they actually believe that they have Biblical backing for those feelings.
….not wanting to sound like a prosperity preacher….
You can tell if the pastor (or whatever the leader of your church is referred to as) has a fear of money, by whether he / she ever teaches on financial giving. If they avoid the subject like the plague, then they almost certainly have a fear of money. Likewise, if they teach it nervously, for fear of saying the wrong thing, not wanting to sound like a prosperity preacher, then they have a fear of money. Likewise Christians who are in the congregation, if they say that they don’t want much money, just enough to get by on, then the reason is (probably unknown to them) because of a fear of money.
To leave out prosperity is to teach only a partial gospel.
If there is a need to attack any Christian who appears to be prospering, or who even mentions prosperity: “They obviously love money more than God“, it is because of a fear of money. People preach whole sermons and write whole books, as well as internet articles about why we should not have too much money as Christians and why those who preach anything remotely related to prosperity, are teaching a false gospel. But prosperity teaching is part of the gospel, not a false gospel. To leave out prosperity, is to teach only a partial gospel. Christians attack other Christians because they have money, and/or because they preach on money, and all of it is because of a totally irrational fear of money – which those Christians are completely oblivious too.
NOTE: All of the links in the above paragraph are anti-prosperity articles, every one of which display a fundamental misunderstanding of what prosperity teaching actually is. If you want to know the truth, check out the articles in the ‘Finances’ category on this website.
I encourage you to read on with an open mind and allow God to speak the truth into your heart.
I mentioned that the Christian version of chrometophobia involves denial; so if you are already shutting off, and not wanting to hear what I’m saying, you may well be suffering from it. Whatever your personal feelings or beliefs about money and riches, I encourage you to read on with an open mind, and allow God to speak the truth into your heart. We all need to acknowledge, that sometimes the beliefs that we have held onto for a long time, are wrong and if this is the case, we need to allow God to gently correct us, through His Word – never accept anything that cannot be backed up Biblically. With this in mind, let’s investigate some of the verses that are used to promote a negative view of money.
Money itself is neither good, nor evil.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10) – this is perhaps one of most misquoted verses in the Bible. The example above from medicinenet.com shows how it is so often misquoted as: “Money is the root of all evil“, but that is NOT what it says. Money itself is neither good, nor evil. It is how money is used, and the motivation behind its use, that falls into the categories of good or evil. It is entirely possible to have plenty of money, without loving it. For example was Abraham ever accused of being a lover of money?
If they have riches, they will become covetous and turn away from God.
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:25) – this is a verse that Christians have allowed to produce a fear in them concerning riches. Namely, that if they have riches, they will become covetous and turn away from God, which appears to be what was behind Mother Teresa’s fear of money. Surely that fear was irrational, it is hard to imagine that having money would have caused Mother Teresa to act like Judas. For one thing, not having money does not make you immune to the love of money – it is entirely possible to be covetous without having money. Secondly – are you really that weak? What does it say of your commitment to God, if you think that you would turn away from Him as soon as you got any significant amount of money. If you look at the preceding verse (Mark 10:24) you will see that Jesus is talking about those that trust in riches. This verse is not a warning against ever acquiring any wealth; Mark 10:25 is a reminder to keep our eyes on, and our trust in, God; rather than money. As Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth“. In fact the very next thing that Jesus says, should remove any fear that being rich would keep us out God’s kingdom: “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (verse 27).
Being rich does not mean that you have to be wicked.
“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked” (Psalm 37:16) – it is certainly better to be poor and righteous, than rich and wicked, but being rich does not mean that you have to be wicked. Psalm 112 is a description of a man that fears the Lord and verse 3 says, “Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever“.
“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch” (Proverbs 11:28) – this verse is not warning us to avoid riches at all costs, it is simply warning us not to trust in riches.
Having wealth will not turn you into an evil, godless person – unless you allow it to.
We could go on and on examining verses that warn about riches, but it would make this post too lengthy. Suffice to say, that all these verses are warning about having money – without involving God. They warn of having money (or other possessions) that you would not be prepared to give, if God asked you to. Psalm 112 is proof that you can be rich AND righteous. Having wealth will not turn you into an evil, godless person – unless you allow it to. The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) shows God’s way of seeing how you would handle wealth – it’s all about how you handle money, or other things, when you only have a little.
Get rid of the fear of money and prepare to take what is rightfully yours.
Proverbs 22:7 says, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” – it is clearly not good to be in poor and / or in debt. So why do so many Christian ministers teach that it is better to be poor and in debt, than to be rich? It is totally unbiblical. Make a determination to get rid of the fear of money, and prepare to take what is rightfully yours – not from God, but from the devil who is holding onto what should be in your hands. Prepare to take hold of the resources that are in the world and bring them into the hands of people like yourself, that will use them for good and to advance God’s kingdom, rather than staying in the hands of the sinners. When you do this, God will bless you personally along the way, don’t be afraid of this. Just allow God to bless you – after all, He’s your Father and He wants to give you good things.
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings.” Proverbs 28:20 pic.twitter.com/kSnpACCLil
— Jesse Duplantis (@jesse_duplantis) 18 July 2017
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