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Unspiritual To Pursue Wealth

Is it unspiritual to pursue wealth and riches? Is it more spiritual to be poor? Is poverty a curse? a sin? an insanity? Can we be rich and still be holy? Much interested in your response. Perplexed.

Moderator - It's our relationship to the wealth not the wealth itself.

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unfortuneate professing Christians have no understanding of Gods Word choosinglife of mediocrity ...little to get by or nothing ...then make ignorant statements against Gods Word claiming theyre too busy seeking doing Gods Work to be blessed by HIM sad living life in squalor poor in spirit unable to help others who are TRULY in need because they're ones with outstretched hands living a life without claiming spiritual blessedness instead of contribution

LOVE of money is ROOT of all evil is energy exchanged for a service

provide less you're given less really that simple ...most financially poor living in poverty or with so very little do so because they CHOOSE to ...NOT because God is not blessing them
---Rhonda on 8/25/08

"Blessed are the poor in spirit", Jesus says in Matthew 5:6. In my "spirit", to be "poor", what would this mean? I'm learning it has to do with not having a
*heart* for riches. I do not desire it or seek it, in my heart . . . like how in my heart I must not desire a woman with lust for her. My image and identity do not depend on having a lot outwardly, nor controlling materials and people.

"seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God," we have in Colossians 3:1.

I am busy with seeking God for Himself, first. So, I can't be seeking wealth, nor can I be seeking to control things so I have little > *God* decides all that (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 8/21/08

Mark 6:7: "And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two, and gave them power over unclean spirits, 8: And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only, no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: 9: But be shod with sandals, and not put on two coats."

Luke 22:35: "And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36: Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."...
---Nana on 8/21/08

I agree with Rickey and the Moderator. We have been redeemed from poverty in every realm and can enjoy that blessing. Money is not the root of all evil. The love of it is. And it is not more spiritual to be poor. Father does not humble us by leaving us poor. If a proper view of the cross and the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the throne does not humble you, no amount of being poor will do it.
---Linda6563 on 8/16/08

No. We have a right to live the abundant life that Jesus paid for.(John 10:10; 2Corinthians 8:9) Poverty is part of the curse of the law, but we have been redeemed from it.(Galatians 3:13)
---Rickey on 9/14/07

The Bible says seek ye FIRST the KINGDOM of GOD, and ALL will be added unto you. God wants us to be wealthy, but it is how we deal with wealth that will determine weather we are or not. If you make money your god, then God will take away that from you. God wants us to be wealthy to help people and preach the Gospel around the world, not for our benefit.
---Leslie on 1/3/07

money is not evil. The bible tells us it,s the love of money thats evil.who first God or your pocketbook?? When the plate is past do you often think ,not this week God I need my money.did anyone hear jesus when he said why worry???lillies of the field, birds of the air we realize what we really need? or are we pursuing wordly things rather than kingdom treasures?
---tom2 on 6/7/06

Matthew 6:32-34, "(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
---Bruce5656 on 6/4/06

If you pursue God first in everything, then theres no problem. You will be richer than maybe you realize. As in the parable of the rich man Lazarus was in heaven in the bosom of abraham, and the rich man was in hell tormented,Who lived the rich life lazarus?or the rich man who ignored God? It,s not unspiritual but it may be deadly if Gods not first.Theres no reward in anything when you don,t do it Gods way.
---tom2 on 6/3/06

Part 2: A person can be spiritual and have many posessions, but, it becomes more difficult with the continued increase of wealth, falling rather to depending on their riches instead of the promises of God. The " abundant life" referred to in an earlier post does not necessarily mean full of worldly riches, as these things will pass away, we are to be filled with the things of God.
---tommy3007 on 5/7/06

There is nothing wrong with being "rich" in wordly posessions. What causes the problem is the pursuit. People tend to get caught up in the pursuit to the exclusion of everything else, pretending thy are doing this to have "more to give to the church or the poor," but gradually forgetting to do these things. See part 2
---tommy3007 on 5/7/06

The LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not the money itself.

We have not been redeamed from poverty or sickness as some preach and teach (the health and wealth doctrine) taught by many televangelist. God said he would supply our needs, not our wants.
---Rev_Herb on 5/7/06

Any wealth above basic needs puts the responsibility of being a good steward of your money on a person. Many people think that this responsibility can be taken lightly, but that is not true and unnecessary (above your basic needs) wealth puts a person in a dilemma. A good idea is to give this money to the needy anonymously. Actually that's very difficult . A preacher's wife, that I once knew of, was absolutely excellent at this and never gave out the name of the person giving the money.
---mima on 5/7/06

A persons financial position and his spiritual state are unrelated. The "abundant life" that Jesus promised is not about money and posessions. Wealth is not bad, but Heb 13;5 NIV says "..Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said 'I will never leave you..nor forsake you'." Many Christians in underdeveloped countries live on much less than the poor in the U.S., yet never cease to praise the Lord and serve Him.
---Donna2277 on 5/7/06

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