|1 Timothy 6:3-5 |
3 If any man teaches otherwise and does not consent to sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine that is according to godliness,
4 He is proud, knowing nothing. He is obsessed about questions and disputes and strife about words, from which comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Obstinate disputes of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that godliness is a source of financial gain;1 from such withdraw yourself.
1 men of corrupt minds, supposing that godliness is a source of financial gain. This is the gospel of prosperity, which is a complete perversion of Christ's message:
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Luke 12:15.
What does it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man. Mark 7:21-23.
So likewise, whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? (For all these things the Gentiles seek after). And your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33.