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"You cannot serve God and wealth."

 
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"You cannot serve God and wealth."
"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." - Matthew 5-7, Sermon on the Mount

How can so-called Christians reconcile that biblical passage with the obscene wealth of the Catholic Church, or the ostentation of the Crystal Cathedral and the thousands of mega-churches across the United States? How can you reconcile that passage with the personal wealth of Christian fundamentalists such as Pat Robertson ($140 million, at least), Joel Osteen ($40 million), Rick Warren ($25 million), Joyce Meyer (annual salary $900,000), Creflo Dollar ($27 million) and Benny Hinn ($42 million).

And please don't use that lame and tired excuse: "I'm not like that. Those people aren't real Christians." All Christians in this country push the same political and social agendas, you all claim moral superiority and higher spiritual ground, you all try to ram your "faith" down other people's throats and you all declare yourselves to be keepers of the real Truth. From top to bottom, you are all cut from the same cloth, all members of the same club.

How can you justify such blatant hypocrisy? How can you so willingly reject the teachings of your Christ and still call yourselves Christians?
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
All Christians in this country push the same political and social agendas, you all claim moral superiority and higher spiritual ground, you all try to ram your "faith" down other people's throats and you all declare yourselves to be keepers of the real Truth. From top to bottom, you are all cut from the same cloth, all members of the same club.
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THAT !!!!!
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
Found this on ehow sums it up good.

Many people mistakenly believe the Bible views wealth as a vice. Having a lot of money, in and of itself, is not sinful. It is the "love" of money that is considered the root of all of evil. (I Tim. 6:10.) The Bible records multiple people whom God blessed lavishly with all kinds of riches, from Abraham (Gen. 13:2) to King Solomon (I Chron. 1:11-12).

Read more: What Does the Bible Say About Wealth? | eHow.com [link to www.ehow.com]

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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
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Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." - Matthew 5-7, Sermon on the Mount

How can so-called Christians reconcile that biblical passage with the obscene wealth of the Catholic Church, or the ostentation of the Crystal Cathedral and the thousands of mega-churches across the United States? How can you reconcile that passage with the personal wealth of Christian fundamentalists such as Pat Robertson ($140 million, at least), Joel Osteen ($40 million), Rick Warren ($25 million), Joyce Meyer (annual salary $900,000), Creflo Dollar ($27 million) and Benny Hinn ($42 million).

And please don't use that lame and tired excuse: "I'm not like that. Those people aren't real Christians." All Christians in this country push the same political and social agendas, you all claim moral superiority and higher spiritual ground, you all try to ram your "faith" down other people's throats and you all declare yourselves to be keepers of the real Truth. From top to bottom, you are all cut from the same cloth, all members of the same club.

How can you justify such blatant hypocrisy? How can you so willingly reject the teachings of your Christ and still call yourselves Christians?
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Why do you care if you are not Christian?

Christians are not perfect, hence the need for Christ. Only non believers expect us to never make a mistake and live a sinless life.

We cannot speak for these mega churches, only for ourselves, and only srtive to make ourselves better each day.
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The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
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Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Of course, the truth doesn't change...
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
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Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Well, it is technically true. You can't really argue it.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
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Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Of course, the truth doesn't change...
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Go ogle some young skateboarders, you weirdo.
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The poor are more concerned about their next bill to pay or getting a luxury they have been wanting that they only are concerned about themselves...that's why they blow their tax refund check on steak dinners, tvs, and cell phones...whereas the rich, those that have earned their money, give and help more people because they care and have the resources to do good with their money...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Of course, the truth doesn't change...
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Go ogle some young skateboarders, you weirdo.
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scratching
With freedom comes responsibility.

Heterosexual pride!

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Exactly what I expected you to say, Brief.
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Of course, the truth doesn't change...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Go ogle some young skateboarders, you weirdo.
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scratching
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
that's why i stay away from religions.

that way I can serve God and Wealth.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The word used for "lead astray" is only used in these two passages in the NT - notice, it's about money:

"There will arise false Christs and false prophets and they will give false signs and wonders, to LEAD ASTRAY, if possible, the elect"
Mark 13:22

"The root of all evil is the love of money, which some longing for, were LEAD ASTRAY, were lead away from the faith/belief, and themselves pierced with many sorrows"
1 Timothy 6:10

OP, what you point out is very true. "Hypocrisy" is the yeast of the Pharisees and Jesus pointed this out on several occaisions. He even tells us that it will be throughout the bread (teachings).


"Signs and wonders" are found in Deuteronomy 28 - the blessings and curses. Money and wealth prosperity are being preached to LEAD ASTRAY everyone. Yet, His blessings NEVER mention physical wealth!!!!

How many times can both God and Jesus tell us we will be deceived and people NOT listen???

And yet, the very first thing He shows us - He gives a command and someone comes right along and convinces you to break it.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
The word used for "lead astray" is only used in these two passages in the NT - notice, it's about money:

"There will arise false Christs and false prophets and they will give false signs and wonders, to LEAD ASTRAY, if possible, the elect"
Mark 13:22

"The root of all evil is the love of money, which some longing for, were LEAD ASTRAY, were lead away from the faith/belief, and themselves pierced with many sorrows"
1 Timothy 6:10

OP, what you point out is very true. "Hypocrisy" is the yeast of the Pharisees and Jesus pointed this out on several occaisions. He even tells us that it will be throughout the bread (teachings).


"Signs and wonders" are found in Deuteronomy 28 - the blessings and curses. Money and wealth prosperity are being preached to LEAD ASTRAY everyone. Yet, His blessings NEVER mention physical wealth!!!!

How many times can both God and Jesus tell us we will be deceived and people NOT listen???

And yet, the very first thing He shows us - He gives a command and someone comes right along and convinces you to break it.
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These false prophets are so brazen that they flaunt their wealth and people STILL believe in them.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
of course you can,preachers do it every sunday.
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Re: "You cannot serve God and wealth."
of course you can,preachers do it every sunday.
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True dat.

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