Chuck Bentley on What Does the Bible Say About Financial Sins? (Part 2)

Dear Chuck,

My pastor talked about sin in a recent message at church.  I am curious to know what the Bible says about financial sins.  Do you have a list?

Needing Insight

Dear Needing Insight,

Last week I shared that of the more than 2,350 verses in the Bible dealing with money and possessions, the majority of the principles deal with our heart and mind. Within those verses, we are told how to handle material goods and wealth. Although I cannot give an exhaustive list of financial sins, I covered six:

  • ·      Dissatisfaction
  • ·      Coveting
  • ·      Greed
  • ·      Love of Money
  • ·      Selfishness
  • ·      Arrogance

Here are four more, for a total of ten for you to contemplate.

A Short List – Part II

Putting Money Before God
Prosperity is dangerous and can become a false god.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. (Deuteronomy 30:15-18)

Unfaithfulness
God wants us to be loyal to Him whether we have a lot or a little. We are stewards, not owners of all that we have.

One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (Luke 16:10-13 ESV)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Bentley