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Many times, doing without or being poor is considered more holy than having money or being rich. Being rich is often thought of as a sin. However, is that Biblically accurate? Is it, in fact, a sin to be rich? According to a video by Bible Flock Box, it is not a sin to be rich, here’s why:
Some of the greatest men of the Bible, like Abraham, David, Job and more were rich. These were all men the Bible mentions as being good examples of Godliness in one way or another. David was even considered a man after God’s own heart and Abraham was the father of a whole people group.
In Genesis 13:2 it says the following about Abraham, then called Abram: “And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.”
The scripture above shows evidence of Abram’s wealth, while the following passage talks about his Godliness, faithfulness, and obedience:
Genesis 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
Although a person can have vast wealth and remain in good standing with God, according to the video, having extensive wealth can draw hearts away from God. It could also make it more difficult for a person to seek and/or accept salvation. The rich young ruler spoken of in Matthew 19:16-22 is a great example of this. The rich young ruler trusted in his wealth more than in anything else. It was his entire world. He loved money more than God. In the same way, people today can put money in the place of God and that is when the love of money becomes a sin. To be rich, in and of itself, though isn’t a sin.