Dealing With Challenging Bible Verses About Money

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I think there are some hard Bible verses to understand exactly what God wants us to do with our money.

5 Hard Bible Verses About Money

There are some Bible verses about money that Christians find it difficult to know exactly how to understand and apply them.  In this upcoming series we will deal with the following five Bible stories that relate to finances:

  1. Rich (Young) Man: Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30
  2. Warning to Rich Oppressors: James 5:1-6
  3. Love of Money: 1 Tim. 6:3-10
  4. Rich Man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31
  5. Treasures in Heaven: Luke 6:19-24

Over the next several months I hope to deal with each of these passages.  Because these posts are labor intensive I will post about these passages when I have the time available instead of a weekly schedule. 

A note about format:

Since I know that some of my readers are not interested in a lot of material, each subsequent post will be about two Word document pages long.  I will then follow up in the coming weeks by including a longer PDF document that has more detail and study questions.  The extra PDF report will be emailed to subscribers of MH4C Special Reports.  To subscribe (free), please click here.

3 Ways To Study The Bible

The “Nearest Exit” Bible Study Approach (also known as the Houdini Approach)

You’ve probably also heard it hundreds of times.  When the plane is getting ready to take off you need to look and locate the closest exit.  Sometimes (especially when it comes to learning about money) we look for the nearest exit.  If a Bible verse even vaguely seems to ‘let you off the hook’, you run for that explanation or interpretation.  I also call this the Houdini approach because if you find a passage that makes you feel uncomfortable, you just pretend it is not there. 

For example:

A small group sits around studying the story of the Rich Young Man and someone says that the eye of the needle is a gate – thus, Christians who humble themselves (like the camel entering the eye of the needle gate) can keep all their money and enter safely into God’s kingdom. 

This, my friends, is a Nearest Exit Bible Study Approach.  I say this because people do not even try to verify or validate the information.  It sounds good and it lets me off the hook – end of story.  The Nearest Exit Bible Study Approach is not spiritually healthy.

The “Ain’t Gonna Teach Me Nothin’ ” Bible Study Approach

Either intentionally or unintentionally, some folks have already reached their conclusion before they crack open their Bible.  Something either feels so right or so good or they like it too much that they go to the Bible to find a verse to support their conclusion.  In Biblical scholarship this is called esigesis – inserting conclusions into the text rather than getting teachings from the text (exegsis). 

Esigesis Bad.  Exegesis Good.  Make your conclusion then read the Bible, bad.  Read the Bible then make a conclusion, good.

The “Your Will Be Done” Bible Study Approach

This, beloved, is the good soil.  This group represents those who want to honestly and legitimately discover what God has to say on a topic.  Yes, they have already made one conclusion – whatever they discover God to be teaching they will willingly and humbly submit.

I pray that as we introduce and honestly deal with these Bible verses that we will listen and submit to God’s call on our lives instead of listening to what our itching ears want to hear.

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV)


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