Chuck Bentley on What Does the Bible Say About Financial Sins?

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,

Thank you for your question.

Like you, there are many in America and around the world who have lived in financial sin, some intentionally and others completely unaware. We live in a time where many people, even those who claim Christ as Lord and Savior, are Biblically ignorant. I certainly was ignorant in spite of having broad access to Bibles and training. Often, these warnings are ignored due to apathy or tyranny of the urgent. The world seduces believers who fail to consult God before making financial decisions. They follow the crowd or heed worldly advice. I know. I did.

My Quick Story

I will tread carefully on this topic to avoid being a Pharisee, since I not only have a list of some of the major financial sins referenced in the Bible but have committed them as well! I graduated from college with a desire to get rich and fast. My goal was to make millions of dollars, and by the way, I was millions of dollars away from that goal!  My worldview was something like this: Make as much money as fast as you can, to retire as early as you can, to entertain yourself as long as you can. Even though I had grown up attending church, it was not until my early 40’s that God got a hold of my heart while participating in a Crown Bible Study. The impact of that course was so profound that since that time, now twenty years ago, I have been committed to teaching others what the Bible says about money and stewardship.

A Short List – Part I

There are more than 2,350 verses in the Bible dealing with money and possessions. The vast majority of the principles that God gave us deal with our heart and mind. God is careful to tell us exactly what to believe and not to believe when it comes to material goods and wealth. This is in no way an exhaustive list of financial sins, but it will get you started on the right track.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Bentley