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How the Christian should handle Money:
What the Bible says about it:


God has given us money to do his will: so we ought to be faithful with it:
     We ought to be careful with the wealth He gives us. We should use it as well as we can, and for the best use we can think of. A righteous man will use his money wisely, for as David recorded:
     A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. (Psalms 37:16)

     If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luke 16:11)

     ...If riches increase, set not your heart upon them. (Psalms 62:10)

The Christian is not to love, be greedy, or covetous of money, or other worldly things:

     For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Timothy 6:10)

A bishop then must be blameless... not greedy of filthy lucre... (1Timothy 3:2,3)

     Feed the flock of God... not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (1 Peter 5:2)
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have... (Hebrews 13:5)
The Christian is not to obtain money wrongly:
     A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. (Proverbs 28:20)

     As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool. (Jeremiah 17:11)

He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. (Proverbs 28:22)
Should the Christian take usury (interest)?
He that putteth not out his money to usury... shall never be moved. (Psalm 15:5)

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. (Proverbs 28:8)
     ...I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury... (Jeremiah 15:10)

     He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase... [among other good qualities] he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 18:8,9)

     A parable Jesus told mentioning usury:
     For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. (Matthew 25:14-27)
     This parable is a description of the kingdom of heaven. God gives each of us abilities. Those who use their abilities wisely are likened unto the men who were given five and two talents (special abilities). They went and traded with them (used them wisely) and were blessed in the end. But the man who was given one, took it, and buried it (did not use it wisely). In the end, the Master came to the man with one. That servant tells the Master,
I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: [basically, stealing] And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
Then the Master said unto that servant,
Thou wicked and slothful servant, [if] thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: [was a robber] Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

     Summed up: God is saying that if he were a robber, his servant should have at least taken usury. From this we can gather that God does not favour interest, or as it is here called, usury. Then we, which are called to be his servants, and which know that He is not in the slightest a hard man, should not think that it is OK to take interest, because, if we truly believe and trust in Him, all that we have is not ours, but His. He can supply all our needs, so what excuse could we make that we need to take it?     
...Without me [Jesus] ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Taxes should be paid willingly, as even Jesus paid tax:
     Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (Matthew 22:17-21)

     And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. (Matthew 17:24-27)
The Christian should not trust in the riches of this world, as money cannot buy forgiveness:
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. (Proverbs 11:28)

Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. (Psalms 73:12)

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; (1 Timothy 6:17)

Thus saith the LORD... let not the rich man glory in his riches: (Jeremiah 9:23)

Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. (Proverbs 11:4)

     And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. (Acts 8:18-21)
Should the Christian be concerned about the future?
     The Christian should not worry about what the future holds, as God is in control:
...Without me [Jesus] ye can do nothing. (John 15:5)
     This can be a very difficult concept to grasp. Does this mean we should not have money saved up? This is a good place to have a solid understanding of the Scripture. Obviously, in the early church, Christ's followers saved money, as things in this life cost money. Some traveled around preaching, which costs a fair amount. Having some money saved is not necessarily bad. We are to be given to hospitality, and it costs a fair amount to have unexpected people staying with you. Now, as I am sure you know, sometimes things break, things go wrong, and expenses come up, and having some money saved can be nice. However, trusting in God to supply for these unexpected expenses is better. Saving money to buy a house, for training, or when you can't work is fine, but having thousands of dollars saved in case of health failures is completely unacceptable for the Christian. We are to trust God for everything always, not just in time of need. We are to Prove all things ... (1Thessalonians 5:21), so test your intentions, and see whether you can trust Him in things other than the most important, your Salvation.
     And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 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. (select phrases from Matthew 6:28-34)

Wealth can be a blessing from the Lord:
...Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. (Psalm 112:1-3)

Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. (Ecclesiastes 5:19)

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10:22)

The rich and riches of this world perish, so be not among them:
There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. (Proverbs 13:7)

     Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, 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. (Matthew 19:23,24)

     And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!... Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! (Mark 10:23,24)

     And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:19-21)

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, (Ephesians 1:18)
     Our Saviour, Jesus, is who we live for, so let us not cease to delight in his commandments. Let us obey Him always, even when it may seem to hurt our financial situation. Let us lay up for ourselves rather, riches kept forever beyond, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, instead of here where they do.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)

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