We are in the last days; the signs of the times are everywhere, and there is no denying it.
Among many things discussed, money is one of the most popular topics. Money is a very touchy topic, especially for Christians.
Moreover, one of the most frequently asked questions in churches is “what does the bible say about money in the last days” and how Christians should go about it.
7 Things the Bible Says About Money in the Last Days
With this article, I will introduce you to a biblical view and take on what the bible says about money, so, without further ado, let’s get straight into the 6 things the scripture says about money in the last days. You can also check out our post on the top 5 scriptures about money.
1. Money Can Cause Men to Become Evil
1 Timothy 6:9-10 says, “Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. By craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
The bible is not saying that God does not want you to become rich. But instead, it is saying that those who set their heart, mind, and soul on becoming rich will fall by it.
When someone lives their life primarily to pursue money, they will become enslaved to it.
At this point, all you can feel, think, and live for is to get more money; this is what the bible calls “the love of money,” and the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
Someone who loves money will do whatsoever it takes to get money, whether ethical or not.
They don’t care about what they do; getting the money is all that is important to them.
Christians should not be like this; God hates evil, and if we love money, we will follow the pathway of all kinds of sinfulness that God hates.
2. Money Can Cause Men to Forget God
Philippians 3:18-19 says, “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
See how Paul in Philippians 3 and verse 18 says that these persons were followers of Jesus Christ but have forgotten about God and are now enemies of the Cross of Christ?
So, what do you think changed them? Money, yes, you guessed right. In Philippians 3:19, Paul says that pleasure is the reason for the backsliding of these once zealous followers of Jesus Christ. In the last days, many will love pleasure, and money can buy pleasure and a lot of it.
As children of God, we must always be focused on our Lord Jesus Christ, not on money and the pleasure it can buy.
3. Money Can Cause Men to Lie
John 12:3-6 says, Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
Judas Iscariot was a disciple of Jesus Christ; he followed our Lord wherever Christ went. Judas Iscariot knew, as a disciple of Christ, the righteous values, and principles of our Lord, yet, because of money, Judas lied to the Lord.
When we love money, it can cause us to lie to whoever soever in the quest to get money.
4. Money Can Cause Men to Become Greedy
2 Kings 5:19-27 says, “So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?
And he said, all is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
And Naaman said, be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.
And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.
But he went in and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, thy servant went no whither.
And he said unto him, went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
Gehazi was the servant of Elisha, a prophet and powerful man of God in the bible.
Gehazi like Judas knew what kind of man Elisha was, but money, love, and greed for it pushed Gehazi to run behind Naaman and lied to him.
It’s interesting to me the things money can cause wise, decent people to do. Gehazi was in the presence of God, he was constantly in the presence of miracles, power, holiness, righteousness, and wonders. Yet, his greed for money brought leprosy to him.
I’m afraid that will be the end of anyone who is greedy for money and would do whatsoever to get it.
I encourage you as a child of God to be content, God will meet all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus our Lord.
5. Money Can Cause Men to Commit Crimes
Proverbs 1:15-19 says, “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
For their feet run to evil and make haste to shed blood.
Surely in vain, the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
So are the ways of everyone that is greedy of gain, which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”
Can you see, in the last days men will go at all costs to get money, even if it means taking the life of someone?
There is no limit to what a man would do who loves money, truly, the love of money is the root of all evil.
It is so easy to become carried away with the pleasures of this world, but I encourage you to stay focused, read the bible, meditate, pray to God our father, and do what the word says to do. Trust in God and his word will keep your heart pure.
6. Money Can Cause Men to Deceive Other
2 Peter 2:1-3 says, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them, the way of truth will be blasphemed.
And in their greed, they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.”
We have already identified these days to be the last days. Unfortunately, men will do whatsoever it takes to get money, and deceiving you is one of their best ways.
Even in the church, men are willing to say anything to compel you to dig into your pockets and give to them.
“So-called men of God and the church” have brought a lot of pain and regrets to many.
Where are the truthful Bible teachers?
Now it’s all about money, money, and more money.
The teaching that seems to be in popular demand is ” name it and claim it.”
Don’t get me wrong, sowing and tithing are powerful, but with understanding, not in deception to get you to release your money.
The Bible has many financial laws and principles that I would always encourage you to follow. But, to reap a good harvest, you must first understand the purposes of those laws and principles.
7. Money Can Cause Men to Become Lovers of Themselves
2 Timothy 3: 1-5 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Money is not the only thing that can cause men to be lovers of themselves, but the pursuit of money is one of those main things that will cause someone to become selfish.
As children of God, our Father expects us to follow Christ’s example and love others, not only ourselves.
Money by itself is not evil; in fact, God wants us to prosper even as our soul prospers. But the problem is when we allow ourselves to become enslaved to money through greed and worldly living.
When money has a firm hold on us, we cannot please God in the way he desires. The scripture says in Matthew 6:24; that we cannot serve two masters or serve God and money.
God wants all of us, but setting our hearts, mind, and pursuit on money will prevent this from becoming a reality in our lives, and in the end, we will suffer and miss out on God’s plan and purpose for our lives here on earth.
To break the hold of money over our lives, we need to view it as God’s; we are only the managers of it. But it all belongs to God.
Moreover, to become masters of money, we must be ready and willing to serve God with our money, and by this, I mean, providing for ourselves. Providing for our family, blessing others, funding the work of God, tithing, offering, sowing, saving, and doing anything with our money that the Lord would bid us do.