Luke 16:11 (KJV)If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
I believe there is something about money that made Jesus call it mammon of unrighteousness (also see Luke 16:9). Let’s take a look at the history of money.
Before money was invented (around 1500 BC), humankind did business by barter. People exchanged goods for goods, goods for services, or services for services. But since money was invented, people now exchange goods for money and services for money, etc. The problem with this is that as long as a person has money, he can have its value in goods or services, regardless of how he got the money or whether he truly has the requisite service or good whose value he posses in form of cash. Money, therefore, provided accommodation for unrighteousness in the world more than ever before. Unproductive ways of getting money like Get-rich-quick schemes: Ponzi schemes, gambling, etc. became possible or easier because money now existed. Money now gave proper expression to the spirit called mammon. This spirit seeks to be worshiped rather than God.
Any system that generates money without any form of productivity is an unrighteous system. Such a system will have to generate money by robbing some people to pay other people. Satan loves such thieving systems, he is the thief (see John 10:10). It is no hidden truth that financial speculation has been considered by many nations around the world as an economic canker because it has the capacity of making people who are not really productive in the economy very rich just because they know how to move money around. The future ripple effect of this is economic loopholes that would have to be plugged by wanton government spending in bailouts and debts. I believe the climax of such unchecked economic activities is what would pave way for the coming of the antichrist, who would come to ‘save’ the world from economic woe.
A person who gambles hopes to generate money not by being productive, but by taking advantage of other people’s loss. Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes also fall into this category. Online betting is a form of gambling. These are unrighteous ways of making money because they are thieving methods sanctioned by the prince of this world. They are fueled by greed and nothing else. We know that greed (lust of the eyes) is of the world and not from God (see 1 John 2:16). Nothing of the world should be found in a Christian because they give the prince of this world sway (see John 14:30, 1 John 2:15-16).
Go into today remembering what God says in Proverbs 13:11 (NLT): Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Bible in 1 Year: Acts 11-12
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