Speaker:  John Selbak

Summary:  “The Root of All Evil” Whenever we are asked what the Bible says about money, it is a good bet that this is the first verse that comes to mind. This misquotation, however, misses the point of the passage and leads us to misunderstand God’s intention for money. The actual verses focuses on the “love of money” as the key evil, and it leads to “all kinds of evil,” not the sole root of “all evil.” God intends for us to use money for His kingdom purpose, neither to shun it completely, nor to crave it lustfully. We cannot serve both God and money/material possession, but we can certainly use the latter in doing the will of the former. Reading on in 1 Timothy 6 down to 17, Paul actually does just that. In addressing the rich, Paul does not instruct them to rid themselves of their wealth, but warns them against putting their hope in their wealth, which is so uncertain. He exhorts them to instead put their hope in God and to be rich in good deeds and generous and willing to share.

Scripture:  1 Timothy 6:10