1. Dangers of Money
    1. Slave to Lender
      1. Proverbs 22:7, "The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave."
    2. Surety for debts of others
      1. Proverbs 6:1-5, "My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger, 2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, 3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. 4 Do not give sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler."
      2. Proverbs 11:15, "He who is surety for a stranger will surely suffer for it, but he who hates going surety is safe."
      3. Proverbs 17:18, "A man lacking in sense pledges, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor."
      4. Proverbs 22:26-27, "Do not be among those who give pledges, among those who become sureties for debts. 27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?"
    3. Root of all sorts of evil
      1. Timothy 6:9-11, "But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang."
  2. Gaining Wealth
    1. Proverbs 23:4-5, "Do not weary yourself to gain wealth. Cease from your consideration of it. 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens."
    2. Matthew 6:19-21, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
    3. Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."
  3. Inheritance
    1. Proverbs 13:22, "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous."
  4. Investing
    1. Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, "Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth."
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Deuteronomy 25:4, "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing."
    2. Matthew 6:24-25, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
    3. Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
    4. 2 Thessalonians 3:10, "For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat."
  6. Pay your debts
    1. Leviticus 19:13, "You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning."
    2. Ecclesiastes 5:5, "It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay."
    3. Psalm 37:21, "The wicked borrows and does not pay back, but the righteous is gracious and gives."
    4. Romans 13:8, "Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law."
  7. Plan Ahead
    1. Genesis 41:34-36, "Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. 35 “Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. 36 “And let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish during the famine."
    2. Luke 14:28, “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?"
  8. Tithing
    1. Genesis 28:22, "“And this stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house; and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
    2. Deuteronomy 14:22, "You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year."
    3. 1 Chronicles 29:14, "But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given to You."
    4. Malachi 3:8, "“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings."
  9. Using your money
    1. Help Others
      1. 1 John 3:17, "But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?"
    2. Honesty required
      1. Proverbs 11:1, "A False balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight."
      2. Proverbs 13:11, "Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it."



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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.