Since this web site is about making money – God’s way, I was doing some research on the internet when I stumbled across this quote:

“Many Christians are going through life, not realizing that the price Jesus paid for their trip to heaven also includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in other tongues, healing for the body, financial prosperity, power over the devil, freedom from fear, and much more.”

It is not my intent to embarrass any preacher that has said something like this; but can you see this scene in you mind: the UPS driver is delivering my box of cash today because I became a Christian last week? Who wouldn’t sign up for that?

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It is that type of comment from well-meaning preachers that turns off thinking-people to religion. That by it self is sad, but there is also so much good business wisdom in the book we call the Bible that they will miss out learning.

The truth is, becoming a Christian does not automatically get you financial prosperity. To say that to people is selling them false hope. It is snake-oil, and it isn’t in my bible anywhere. And the preachers that say it tarnish the reputation of every Christian. And that is what gets my blood boiling.

If it were so simple, then would someone please tell me why the bankruptcy rate for Christians is higher than that of non-Christians? Equating God to fixing the lottery for your benefit is simply not true.

Here is the truth as I believe it. God does want you to be wealthy. In fact, he does have a plan for making money that is laser-beam specific. If you follow it, you can become wealthy. And it is not after your obituary is written, but while you’re still alive to enjoy it.

And I’ll save you from the snake-oil. The plan involves a lot of hard work and sacrifice. It is not an overnight success type of thing. And it definitely has nothing to do with winning the lottery.

The good news is that you do not need to be a Christian to follow the plan. In fact, many non-religious people are working the plan right now and reaping huge incomes. They don’t even know that they are following the steps, because they just sort of stumbled across this success system. But it works for them.

On the other hand, most Christians are still waiting for the UPS truck to show up with their box of cash – and they’ll still be broke ten years from now.

Question for today: What do the Christians (that you come in contact with), ever tell you about money?

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  • http://www.stevechambers.com Steve Chambers

    I’m looking forward to some great information on growing wealth God’s way. This should be quite a plan.

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Specialist

  • http://www.yourchanceforromance.com Sonya Lenzo

    Excellent question, because the truth is , some Christians NEVER talk about money. They are either embarrassed about it…or they have never studied those parts of the Bible or they just don’t think it is important. Or perhaps at some point they were taught it is “wrong” to talk about money.
    SONYA LENZO
    http://www.yourchanceforromance.com

  • http://www.directsellingadvice.com Mark

    Christians I have interacted with have been polorized, either a poverty theology (God wants you poor) or prosperity message (God wants you rich) with the few in the middle that have no idea what to believe.

    In 1 Samuel 15:22 of the Old Testament, God’s prophet Samuel is talking to the first King of Israel, Saul. Samuel states God wants our obedience over sacrifice… and from obedience propserity flows… the Bible has sound financial advice regardless of personal spiritual beliefs… obedience to those practices can lead to prosperity more than undisciplined habits.

    Look forward to more from you!
    Mark
    Direct Selling Advice, Tips, Skills & Techniques

  • http://customhomemadegifts.com Peggy Larson

    None of the proclaimed Christians I know ever talk about money! Or when the subject comes up in a group conversation, they stay quiet and listen to others and just nod. Whether they are nodding in agreement or not is never discovered. I don’t get it. If God wanted us to be prosperous, one would think Christians would be happy to discuss money or wealth and how to get it.

    Unless, maybe they believe wealth and prosperity is ONLY for Christians, and therefore if there are non-Christians in the group they don’t join the discussion. Maybe they discuss money and wealth in exclusively Christian groups? I don’t know, just a thought.

    Interesting topic you have here!

  • http://childrenswealth.com Dale Bell

    I do not believe that God gave us this beautiful world that we have here to be unsuccessful. We do not have to be rich but why not if its available. I am looking forward to learning and growing from your mentor ship

  • http://www.stopthesun.com/blog Trisha Chambers

    You talk a lot about God wants us to be wealthy and make money. I believe that my God wants us to be happy, successful, and enjoy our lives even if you don’t make a lot of money. Money isn’t everything, but it does make a difference.

  • http://workoutwithsabrina.com Sabrina Peterson

    You know, I think becoming wealthy has a lot do to with gratitude and abundance. It’s an energy (whether you’re calling that energy God or whatever) that you put out into the universe that comes back to you.

    Your post reminds me a great quote: God can move through you but he can’t move a parked car. Or something to that effect. I googled it but didn’t find the answer.

    Sabrina Peterson
    Fat Burning Home Workouts

  • http://www.kettlebellolympia.com Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C.

    To answer your question: Most Christians I know believe that is evil to be rich or that they don’t deserve to be rich. One of the greatest pieces of advice I have ever received is, “The best way to help out the poor is by not becoming one of them”.

    Yours In Health!

    Dr. Wendy
    http://www.KettlebellOlympia.com

  • http://www.ColumbiaSafetyProducts.com/blog Mike Norris

    I believe God wants you to be wealthy. That means different things to different people but it is all a part of Gods plan also. Everyone will not be financially rich but then that would be no fun anyway.

    Mike
    http://www.ColumbiaSafetyProducts.com/blog

    • Austin

      The way you wrote that brings up thoughts to me, though did you intend them this way?

      “Everyone will not be financially rich” = Meaning not one person will be rich. That’s like saying “there’s nothing but thievery” (which is not a true statement.) but wold anything ever get done through thievery? No.

      “but then that would be no fun anyway.” = Meaning something is not enjoyable. Well, Yes; Thievery is not fun.

  • Jose Escalante

    I strongly agree with you

    Jose Escalante

  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    Maybe God’s idea of wealth is a wide variety of interesting experiences, relationships, and skills. He wants us to be interesting to talk to when he meets us.

    He could easily create robots but he wanted unique human beings instead so he had to give us free will meaning the power to become individuals.

    At least this is my personal philosphy on why we are here and what God gets out of the deal.

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

  • http://robertkaufer.com Robert Kaufer

    Everyone is given gifts from God. Some of those gifts include being able to build wealth. It is what you do with this gift is the question. Do you use it to build God’s kingdom or do you try to do it your way.

    If you can make money you better share if for God’s growth because you never see a U-Haul truck behind a hearse.

    Bob
    Make Time for Your Health Now or Make Time for Sickness and Disease Later. Your Choice

  • http://www.ThingsToDoForFreeIn.com Michelle Mason

    I was wondering where my payout was… =-)

    Money is always a touchy subject in church. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that as soon as you have any, it seems like all you hear is that you have to give it back to God (tithing). And if you don’t, you are bad. Wanting to keep money = keeping it from God and those that need it more. How could you argue with that without sounding greedy – “I know those people are starving, God, but I really wanted a flat screen TV…” So where is that line between being a good Christian (which theoretically leaves you eating bread and water in a cardboard box), and living the way you want?

    Michelle
    http://www.ThingsToDoForFreeIn.com

  • http://www.scottbellconsultant.com Scott Sylvan Bell

    I don’t believe a creator of people and worlds would decide that his children should excel in every level of their life but one and that would be the financial aspect.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    http://www.scottbellconsultant.com

  • http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com Eileen O’Neill

    Interesting post and interesting comments!

    Me? I want to know about the Plan that enables me to help myself, those I love and others have the material things we need so that we can live happy, healthy lives.

    Awaiting your next post,

    Eileen O’Neill
    Using Social Media in ESL/EFL/ESOL
    http://EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com Vegas Boomer Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    Indeed, the financial prosperity does not come at the moment of redemption, lol. However, just as you say, it is part of His Plan for us.

    I have to say, I get more requests for pro bono work from Christians than anyone else. Go work at McDonald’s for a week or mow 5 lawns and pay me. The Ox is worthy of the hire. :) (it just happened the other day, so I am ON it right now.)

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Dating Expert and Online Dating Coach

  • http://TheSuccessSecrets.net Michael D Walker

    To answer your question:

    My experiences mirror Mark’s.

    The Christians I come into contact with, be they friends, family or co-workers–tend to splinter sharply into two camps:

    1=Money is evil & to be avoided In fact, let’s not talk about it, OK?

    2=The Love of Money is the root of all evil–so do all you can with it to help yourself & others but do not become enamored with it, covet or worship it.

    Unfortunately I only know a few people in the 2nd camp whereas I know far too many good folks in the 1st camp.

    I’ve tried talking to them about it but they seem quite intent on believing they must suffer & that their real reward will come when God comes to take them from this world.

    I hope your blog goes a long way toward opening minds & easing some suffering.

    Keep up the great discussions!

    Michael

    http://TheSuccessSecrets.net

    • Austin

      Is that or is that not “Type #0” and “Type #1” respectively? Because the latter one is doing good stuff with it and the earlier one rejects it or is more likely to reject it; Also that 0 is less than 1 and 0 has nothing going for it. 1 x 1 still equals one, 1 x 0 equals 0. But 1 x 2? Ooh boy, Did I just hit on something good told of in the Bible?

  • Austin

    “Question for today: What do the Christians (that you come in contact with), ever tell you about money?”

    Other than on this website? I went to some pages at http://www.yhwh.com which touch on debt and borrowing money; Debt is not Biblical and what of money-lending?

    I didn’t talk about it much in the local church building I’ve attended, Though one man did talk about the documentary “I AM” (directed by Tom Shadyac) and he said it’s a good documentary, I did watch it before he talked about it and Tom said he sold his mansion and expensive possessions, and then went to live in a trailer park. (Not the cheapest type, but still a trailer park.) Is that where the Bible verse about possessions not guaranteeing life comes in to show?

  • Austin

    Related to the topic title: And what if someone were to get lottery ticket “Success” then? I heard that one guy did and then all his relatives were asking him for money and then going off getting cocaine and whatnot. You can look up “Winning the lottery was the worst thing” on Google.