Have you heard of the phrase, “Money is the root of all evil?” Well, where did that come from… and is it true?
If asked, most people would say that this phrase came from the Bible, and yes, that’s true, yet for some reason some words were left out! Actually the phrase is, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” Now, that provides more insight into the phrase. But wait, there STILL are some words left out!
The phrase (with all of the words included this time) is “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” This is taken from the NIV version of 1 Timothy 6:10.
“Well, that’s nice to know, but… so what?” Glad you asked. Well, those who represent the secular world would find it convenient to omit certain words in the phrase to justify judging the Christian Church at large for asking for money, well, because “money is the root of all evil,” right?
Contrary to what we may see on the Internet or television, true Christian churches don’t minister for the money, but without money they can’t minister! So, churches ask, and they ask with the Biblical understanding that giving towards the cause of Christ benefits the giver! It’s for the giver’s benefit!
What about professing Christians who also find it convenient to omit certain words from this phrase? But why? Well, doing so will provide justification to judge another Christian who happens to be blessed with a lot of money. “Did they not know the Bible says that ‘money is the root of all evil’? Need to pray for that brother!” Never mind that it’s plausible that the very reason why said Christian has more money is because he or she learned to be a giver. “Sow generously, reap generously” as the Good Book says. (Hope I didn’t leave out any words.)
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—Paul and Danica Bartelme have been married for 22 years and have three children age 12 years and under. Jacob (12), Lily (11), and Luke (9). They’ve been residents of Escondido for 11 years and love Harley motorcycles and good music. They pastor Escondido’s very own Sanctuary Church.