image in the house!
It is quite evident that covetousness is indeed the sin
of the church. In this wealthy age and country, there
is imminent peril of professing Christians forgetting
their high calling, and living only to get riches. We see
them toiling and panting in pursuit of the golden object
It is not the
possession of wealth that we should
but the inordinate desire, the dishonest means,
love, and the covetous hoarding of it! Wealth
obtained, and piously spent, is a blessing--not a
I am quite aware, that it is difficult to have money and
not love it. It is hard indeed to have a
in the house, and not worship it!
Wealth often produces the pride of life--so opposite
to the humility and poverty of spirit, which is essential
to the nature of true religion.
Wealth often generates
a worldly-mindedness, which
makes its possessor contented with seen and temporal
things, and disposes him to mind only earthly things.
Wealth often leads
to a prevalent feeling of independence,
so unlike that habitual trust and reliance on God, which
the Scriptures require.
Wealth often originates,
and keeps up, both the care and
perplexity of getting, and the anxiety of disposing;
thus exhausts the vigor as well as time, upon worldly
objects--leaving the soul neglected, impoverished, and
Wealth is the green and flowery mount from which
many have slid down into the bottomless pit!
Yes, wealth has a tendency to do all this, in consequence
of the depravity of our hearts, and thus to cast stumbling
blocks in the path of salvation.
"But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For
we brought nothing into the world, and we can take
nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will
be content with these. But those who want to be
rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and
harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and
destruction. For the love of money is a root of all
kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered
away from the faith and pierced themselves with many
pains. Now you, man of God, run from these things;
but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
endurance, and gentleness." (1 Timothy 6:6-11)