Like one who is dying of thirst in the desert starts to hilucinate and see an imaginary oasis, we in the church have become so thirsty and famished for the real thing that we have come to imagine and create an oasis in our mind that is nothing but an hilucination of the real thing. It is a sad thing to think that we believe our Sundays, Sanctuaries, and suburbs are the pinnacle of christendom.
To say that material blessings and financial security had anything to do with Christ's gospel, is to be on the threshhold of purchasing one's salvation!
The little bit of leaven will soon leaven the whole lump!
Our desire should be not to have any connection to the pursuit of love or money. Even Jesus, who is part of the God Head, and is the ruler and creator of all things said "Render unto Ceaser what is Ceaser's"
Money has from generation to generation told us that if we have it in abundance we would be happy. However, the scriptures tell us that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Money, like any other god, demands sacrifice. Family, friends, time, devotion, peace, hurt, pain, selfishness and love.
The truth of the matter is that if you took God out of the American church, it would still survive using guilt, manipulation and the law but the question is if it still could survive if you took out money and if it did, shouldn't that be what we pursue!