Are the rich wicked? Most people would say yes, given the wealth and privilege that the wealthy often enjoy. But is this really what the Bible teaches? In this blog post, we’ll explore the teachings of the Bible on wealth and see if they support the idea that the wealthy are wicked.
We’ll also consider whether it is godly to covet the wealth of the wicked, and look at a few proverbs that discuss this topic.
Wealth Of The Wicked
The wealth of the wicked is stored up for those that have the mind of Christ. The world’s monetary system operates as a function of law as opposed to a function of value. Most act, behave, and believe as though our money has value.
The believers in Christ’s church are helpless because they don’t understand how negotiable instruments work under the law. “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” the Torah declares. Since 1933, the New Deal and the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution have given the church a way to regain control over their inheritance—the wealth of the world amassed by others—both individually and collectively.
“Founding Father John Adams stated, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
Those in charge of the world’s resources have separated the populace between those who serve mammon (the global mercantile system) and those who do not.
Because of Christ, everyone of us now has the legal right to exercise our inheritance to settle any obligation and purchase any property. The entire planet, including everything on it, belongs to the Lord. We share joint heirship with Christ, who is the true heir.
Learn the techniques, the law, and the viewpoint to regain control of the earth’s resources. Above all else, I want you to prosper and be well, just as your soul does. Give knowledge and the unfathomable calm that comes from knowing the truth—the freedom that it brings—to your spirit.
The laws of the US and the UN have been codified to grant you access to the inner workings of the legal system, judicial process, and property management. To assist the Body of Christ in seizing sovereignty of the globe, there is unlimited riches accessible.
When the Wealth of the Wicked Doctrine Becomes
The phrase “the riches of the wicked is laid up for the just” is common among Christians.
When Christians attempt to exploit this end-time prophecy as justification to pursue money or to desire other people’s possessions in the present, it turns this truthful statement into a false theology.
They resemble the youngest son in the Prodigal Son parable. He was due an inheritance, but his lusts caused him to claim it earlier than expected.
The young man went out and wasted the money on parties, girlfriends, and dumb purchases after receiving it from his father (Luke 15:11-32).
This incident won’t happen again to us. Because our wise Father won’t give us our inheritance unless He permanently removes our potential to taint it.
This is accomplished by our body’s resurrection:
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we all shall be changed–
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:50-53
We are not any more intelligent than the prodigal son to seek distribution of our inheritance before the appointed time. Both he and we were unprepared.
Demanding the Wealth of the Wicked Before the Time
Before the Time, Demanding the “Wealth of the Wicked”
The verse that errant Christians quote to envy the prosperity of the wicked is as follows:
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
The fact that the Scripture states that the wealth of sinners is currently “stored up” for the virtuous is instantly apparent. Regarding distribution, nothing is said.
Why not, you ask? given that it is a proverb.
A proverb is a very succinct summary of a fact that may otherwise be quite intricate and complicated.
Its goal is not to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded lesson. Give a catchy one-liner or succinct passage that emphasizes a “portion” of the truth.
Let me give you an example of what I mean by looking at another proverb from the Bible:
The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.
Whew! Aren’t you relieved that problems bypass the upright and instead affect the wicked? Have you not encountered that? You mustn’t dare refuse. I gave you a portion of a proverb that said as much.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Do you think the Holy Spirit intended for true one-liners to be true in every situation? Was He telling the abused lady that since she doesn’t answer gently enough, her hell-bound boyfriend or spouse beats her all the time?
Was he implying that a black man who is stopped by a racist white police officer won’t suffer abuse or be killed if he responds subtly?
The Lord, you see, had a setting in mind when He gave each proverb its inspiration. Actually, every Scripture demonstrates this. And we don’t have to speculate as to His thoughts at the time He took action.
To get the knowledge required to understand when one or the other Scriptures should be applied to a specific scenario, all we need to do is read all of His word.
We acknowledge that doing this requires patience, work, research, prayer, reflection, and courage. But knowing the truth is worthwhile.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, which was inspired by the Holy Spirit, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.“
Proverbs 13:22 is misunderstood by prosperity preachers and their followers because they read it apart from the rest of the Bible and without even the slightest amount of reasoning or common sense.
They desire goods and money. Truth is not important; that is.
The Bible is therefore acceptable to them if it helps them achieve their goals, even though half of a proverb has been read in a way that clashes with holiness. For as long as they have existed, these people have accepted this practice.
A Biblical Figure Who Inappropriately Recieved the Wealth of the Wicked
One of the most prominent prophets in the Bible is Elisha. He didn’t tolerate covetousness and showed little interest in material possessions or money. Unfortunately, Gehazi, the man he was molding as his successor, didn’t hold the same views on money and things.
Gehazi adhered to the idea that the wealthy should be given to the virtuous immediately.
He wasn’t happy to hold out till the end of the era, like our avaricious Charismatic brothers and sisters. Now would be the time to make it happen.
Naaman, a distinguished military officer, first approaches Elisha seeking treatment for leprosy at the beginning of the story. Elisha was told by God to tell the man to take seven dips in the Jordan River to be healed.
He was healed after the person did it. Naturally ecstatic, he promised the great prophet a prize.
And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.
2 Kings 5:15
But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
2 Kings 5:16
Wealth of the Wicked: Interpretation and Thoughts
Giving our children gifts is one of life’s greatest delights, not because it makes us feel good to give but rather because it makes us happy to bless others. But what does the Bible say on the legacy we leave behind?
Slipping Stability and Security
This adage conveys the straightforward lesson that our wealth is transient and cannot keep us from passing away without the money we have amassed.
We cannot bring anything with us when we go, whether we were honest or dishonest in our gain. King Solomon, who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, was aware of the dangers of putting one’s confidence in material possessions and realized that after death, others will reap the rewards of one’s labor (Ecclesiastes 2:20-21).
False Sense of Sufficient Strength
Here, putting our faith in our money to save us is dangerous. This is an instance of idolatry, which the Bible forbids explicitly (Exodus 20:4). Anything we put our reliance in above God for our security and stability is a threat to our souls since God desires to be the source of our lives.
Jesus used a story to illustrate the folly of putting our faith in our goods and money to save us (Luke 12:16-20). In the tale, a wealthy guy assessed his resources and made the decision to invest in strategies for increasing his riches.
The only thing he desired more than anything was to retire early and enjoy life, and he looked for solace in material success. However, God forewarned him that he would pass away that very night, rendering his efforts useless and taking away the sense of security he believed he possessed.
Trustworthy Stewardship and Service
However, God gives special praise to those who use their skills to care for others.
Jesus was frequently moved by extravagant displays of devotion (Luke 7:36–50), and regardless of other people’s contributions, he appreciated those who gave what they could (Luke 21:1-4). The magnitude of their presents was not the blessing.
When compared to the extravagant presents of the Pharisees, the poor widow offered pennies, while the lady who anointed Jesus’s feet used oil that was worth a year’s salary. The motivation in their hearts was crucial.
Following in Selflessness and Submission
God praises our charitable donations. Jesus said that the way we give will directly affect the way God will provide to us (Luke 6:38). This does not imply that we must give them blank checks or that we should handle our money carelessly.
As we manage our money and things, God teaches us responsibility and common sense because He knows that we can only contribute from what He has given us.
He will provide our needs if we turn to Him for direction and wisdom and seek His face first (Matthew 6:33, 19:27-29). Ecclesiastes 2:24–25 says that there is nothing wrong with enjoying life, but a good steward will see to it that others gain from their labor.
In biblical times, maintaining a person’s fortune was seen as crucial to ensuring that their families were not left penniless when they passed away. God constantly commended and acknowledged this kind of family-centered living as good behavior and a mark of a heart that was loyal to Him.
In the Bible, the wealth of the wicked is often used as a metaphor for how godless people live. This wealth is often associated with the things that the wicked enjoy, such as luxury items and wealth accumulation.
However, the wicked often lose everything they have and end up in poverty. There are a few proverbs that discuss the wealth of the wicked, and they provide valuable insights into how we should live.
The first proverbs states “The righteous man lays up treasure in the heavens, but the wicked man lays up trouble in his heart.” This means that the righteous man is content with what he has, while the wicked man is worried about acquiring more. Thanks for reading this article!
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