“Don’t be afraid of people just because they are rich. Don’t be afraid of people just because they have big, fancy houses. They will not take anything with them when they die. They will not take their wealth with them. A wealthy man might tell himself how well he has done in life. And other people might praise him. But the time will come for him to die and go to his ancestors. And he will never again see the light of day. Wealthy people don’t seem to understand that they will die like the animals. Psalms49; 16-20.”
JESUS CHRIST GIVES LIFE, MONEY DESTROYS LIFE…
A pastor who makes money an issue will be in denial, rationalizing his apostasy. Christian people who are changing toward the left are always in denial. “We’re not changing,” they exclaim, but they most certainly are changing. They are moving toward apostasy, away from God. You cannot move away from the truth without moving away from God. Likewise, as a person draws nearer to God, the truth will become dearer to them.
The truth is the light. Jesus proclaimed to be the Truth (John 14:6) and the Light (John 8:12). Do you love the truth? Are you willing to lose financial support by preaching the whole truth? What truth are you filtering from your congregation, and from your students? The world is going to Hell, and most Churches in Uganda are also heading to Hell because cultured fancy churches aren’t going to save the day.
In this modern generation people tend to think money can save their lives and that’s not true. In recent times, most Christians and many people in the world have focused more on money than Jesus Christ, this is the mentality of people around the world that if I get money I would be fine, and the fine they talk about is having pleasures in things of the world and that’s what they call freedom of life, we have seen Pastors today preaching about getting dollars, Visas to their congregation, they even show a person in the pew that without money you are nothing, honestly speaking this is all wrong and illusional, I will tackle this subject of Deception Money to show you that it is not the money that saves but it is Jesus Christ who saves lives and without Jesus Christ in your life you are already destroyed and dead with no life at all.
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John5; 11-13… it is not the money that gives life by Jesus Christ.
And this what the scriptures say in regards to deception Money.
Why should I be afraid when trouble comes? There is no need to fear when evil enemies surround me. They think their wealth will protect them. They brag about how rich they are. But no one has enough to buy back a life, and you cannot bribe God. You will never get enough money to pay for your own life. You will never have enough to buy the right to live forever and keep your body out of the grave. Look, the wise die the same as fools and stupid people. They die and leave their wealth to others. The grave will be their new home forever. And how much land they owned will not make any difference. People might be wealthy, but they cannot stay here forever. They will die like the animals. That is what happens to all who trust in themselves and to anyone who accepts their way of life. They are just like sheep, but the grave will be their pen. Death will be their shepherd. When morning comes, the good people will enjoy victory, as the bodies of the proud slowly rot in the grave, far away from their fancy houses. But God will pay the price to save me from the grave.Psalms49; 5-15.
What is the psalmist trying to say here, that Money have never buy life and it will never bribe God to have life in you, but it will deceive and you trust in yourself and think money is that matters but what will happen you end up in Hell, that is the grave the scripture is referring to, and it also says you can be wealthy but as long as you don’t have Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, your life is shortened, because it will deceive you as if you are staying forever but that’s not true, it will have an end, anyway why should I be troubled when problems come? The psalmist saw it, and said nothing could scare him around when God is there to save him, therefore it should be the same way, that in troubles you may have money and fail to come out them, you may have money but no peace, having money is not peace when you have no Christ in you, you perish like any animal that’s the scripture and your new home will be Hell because you trusted money will save you.
The Modern church has transferred the eternal life to be in the name of the Money, in this, Money has become a god to many Christians and the Author of Life Jesus Christ has been put aside and the devil has really brought the deception money as if it saves, you may work your money as you please, but if the money controls you then it has become a god, and some people say you cannot live without money in this generation but that’s not true, you may have money but you have no life, Money doesn’t heal, but Jesus Christ heals, the devil has brought this stronghold in people that if you don’t have money you have no life, this statement is misleading and it shows that you put all your trust in the Money which was made by a human being , how can money give life. The life you may talk about is going to the beach, outings, comedy nights, sleeping in Hotels that are expensive, traveling and so forth but all that is destruction of your soul and captivity. Money is deceptive that you may think if you don’t have you will die, that is the stronghold in the most Christianity churches today, people are more focused on money than God and his son, and it has become a barrier for Christians not to know the Holy Spirit who will enable them reach heaven.
It’s so grieving today that in many people’s lives money takes first place, the family second and work then God is like in the fifth place there and no trust in Jesus Christ at all, but imagine these are the authors of life, you can work money and fail to eat it, even if you may work the whole of your life but you don’t know the end means, about who will inherit your wealth and riches, it could be a fool who did not even struggle for it, this is all misleading. The church today is praising the Money and how people are rich, and how people have traveled abroad to make money, people are lovers of themselves today, people boast in money than their Lord Jesus Christ, Money is becoming more popular than the owner of Life Jesus Christ, Pastors have gone to the way of Korah and the way of Balaam, Pastors embrace people in the church with Money or who are wealthy than the ordinary people and this has created partiality. The gap has been created in the church, now people have fear to go to church due to differences that are in the church, some churches have front seats reserved for the wealthy people and the poor are put behind, this is all no sense, Money has become a stumbling block for people to know God. How will the Kingdom of God be built when everyone is running after flesh? The church is now like a retreat instead of Preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified. Money has become a problem to many churches, we appreciate the role of the money in a nation but Money should not be the savior and it can never be the savior.
Let me tell you a story my friend, I know this person here, who knew that his money was only in his life, anything he wanted he could buy, he try to seduce any lady with his money, he would to the most expensive hotels to eat from there, he had a chosen friends around him and others would not matter, he went to much of Adultery, fornication to him money rocked in his life and the Lord God who had blessed him with the money was grieved with him and imagine he never thought someone can lack at least 500 shillings in his Life, he had developed pride in himself, he knew that all the world was working around money, but one day God brought him down and asked him to leave everything of his and serve him, all things started falling apart for this person, he down to people and in his life he thought he could not ask for money from the people he never knew but God made this fellow down to earth, and he made sure there is nothing like money in his life for two years, and the person started living an ordinary life and he failed to pay even the rent and eventually he went and started living with his brother, but he did not die because he lacked money, he was always provided with Food and God told him to start doing his work, because his calling was to work for the Kingdom of God, now the pleasures of the flesh he was boasting on were all removed from him because God wanted him in the line he wanted, God could not have used this person with the money he had obtained because it would bring pride, he would think it is his money that making him prosper, Indeed God has given this fellow sufficient Grace in serving him, and He is still working on him through the Mill, surprisingly God provides him money, and food and shelter. But at first this fellow thought life was going to be difficult for him without money. Therefore the person concluded that money destroys life but God Almighty gives life through his son Jesus Christ, now his life has been transformed to change other people’s lives, his life is more focused on God than ever before, God has been his stronghold all the two years and life has been good. What he called life before with his money, he sees it a foolish life, imagine if he had died by that time, he would have gone to Hell. God is really great if he wants you he would always show you the right way to save your life and that straight path Is Jesus Christ and other ways are crooked and perverted.
Money is deceptive, the devil will deceive you and he will steal your life from you, there is a great lesson to learn from the story, therefore as Christians today and those who are looking to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of your lives according to Grace purposed in Christ , avoid deception money not blind you and you start worshiping it, I have seen many youth of recent, they don’t mind about their lives at all and their hopes are in Money, Women, Men, Marriage and Jesus Christ is never given time and the bible is never read, except reading books how to make money and be rich, Satan has deceived the entire world , but these are the words of Jesus Christ himself;
“Don’t save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy them. And thieves can break into your house and steal them. Instead, save your treasures in heaven, where they cannot be destroyed by moths or rust and where thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will be where your treasure is.
“The only source of light for the body is the eye. If you look at people and want to help them, you will be full of light. 23 But if you look at people in a selfish way, you will be full of darkness. And if the only light you have is really darkness, you have the worst kind of darkness
“You cannot serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one and love the other, or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and Money at the same time.
Put God’s Kingdom First,
“So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Don’t you know you are worth much more than they are? You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. Mathew6; 19-27.
Jesus Christ saw it and it is true that your heart will be where your treasure is, that if your treasure is money then your heart will be on Money because it is your treasure. And if your treasure is the Kingdom of God, then your heart will be on God and his son, for he went ahead and explained that don’t worry about life because you cannot add any hour on your life, then Christians step and seek the Kingdom of God, because you cannot serve two masters at ago. You will not serve God and Money! Why would Jesus Christ look in at in that context because he know that Money would become a god to many people, and it has been fulfilled in this generations look at the churches today, look at their pastors today, their focus is on the Money than the Kingdom of God and blindly people are following them to the broad way of destruction. He also said that the only source of light on the body is the eye, but the body has two eyes, if you look closely at the scripture that the eye is referring to the spiritual eye, that if you are not seeing spiritually then your body would be full of darkness, because all you will be good for you even when it is destructive since you are viewing things in the physical way, if you see money in a physical way,, you cannot see its negativity or its destructive part, you will need a Spiritual eye to see money in reality, but at the moment Money has been viewed with physical eyes and therefore many people are full of darkness.
Let me tell you friend, what has happened in recent encounters for people who have sought money to be their friend, other than God their Creator;
People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people. The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow. 1 Timothy6; 9-10.
Many pastors have been preaching about money and money, but the same people have wandered away from the Faith, do you see how money is deceptive?, they have lusted about things of the world, by buying chandlers, expensive Cars, French door cars, they have personalized their Cars now, that should be the evidence to tell you that such are already in the way of destruction with no hope of eternal life, they wandered away from God because of these worldly things that will perish soon and they die and go to Hell with nothing, there is no way you can focus on such huge wealth and you are still serving God, the same has been transferred to the blind congregation and they have no hope but only in Money, Pastors say now, God is bringing you a wedding, God is bringing you dollars, the reason is because they have wondered away from the truth, so they no longer have regard for God any more, they exchanged their souls for Money, to be seen as the biggest churches and how much they hold congregation that have more than 60000, they are interested more in the people numbers than the people knowing God and how to listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit and obey simply because they want Money from them, some may appear good in eloquence with the words they speak but in reality the seed has been corrupted by the money and the devil is their master and that was because of money, they are full of pain because they thought could bribe God to come back their way but unfortunately Grace been removed from them for Repentance.
Some people will teach what is false and will not agree with the true teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. They will not accept the teaching that produces a life of devotion to God. They are proud of what they know, but they understand nothing. They are sick with a love for arguing and fighting about words. And that brings jealousy, quarrels, insults, and evil mistrust. They are always making trouble, because they are people whose thinking has been confused. They have lost their understanding of the truth. They think that devotion to God is a way to get rich. 1 timothy6; 3-8.
In fact Paul was right in his epistles and he saw it some time back, people think that devotion to God is a way to get their riches, by this people have wandered away from the Faith, Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. Paul was referring to the spiritual richness if you are more devoted to God, you will have spiritual riches that endure and will never perish, but today people have taken to serve to be their way of becoming rich, they have robbed God, 1/10th and offerings from the Congregation, Pastors have reached an extent of praying for Money, my friend do you see the Love for Money? It has killed many Pastors and many people are pierced with grief and sorrows.
We read of the rich man who went to hell in Luke 16:19-31. He died in his sins. Let’s read this factual account in the Scriptures . . .
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And IN HELL he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and COOL MY TONGUE; for I AM TORMENTED IN THIS FLAME. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art TORMENTED. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of TORMENT. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, IF THEY HEAR NOT MOSES AND THE PROPHETS, NEITHER WILL THEY BE PERSUADED, THOUGH ONE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.”
Notice, Jesus did NOT say this was a parable; therefore, WE MUST ACCEPT IT AS LITERAL! Also notice that in all of Jesus’ parables, He always referred to a “certain man” or a “far off country.” Jesus never used specific names in His parables. Jesus used specific names in this account: Lazarus and Abraham. This is a factual account of something that happened. The word TORMENT(S) is found mentioned 3 times in verses 23, 25 and 28. Just as today, A MAN IS ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS WORD. We must believe then that JESUS SAID WHAT HE MEANT and MEANT WHAT HE SAID! The rich man was not a criminal, he was not a drug dealer, he was not a murderer, etc. What was it that kept the rich man from getting saved? Ready for this? He thought he had heaven on earth so he didn’t take the Word of God seriously.
The rich man lived for himself. He could have cared less about the poor—people such as Lazarus. Lazarus was very poor and diseased. The rich man was very rich and stingy. Lazarus ate the crumbs out of the garbage pail of the rich man. The rich man was selfish and self-centered but that’s not what sent him to hell. He went to hell because he never put his FAITH in Christ as Savior. He was guilty of the worst sin of all—UNBELIEF. He never stopped long enough to consider his ways and turn to God for the forgiveness of his sins. He probably thought the preacher was a quack and the Word of God was just another religious book. Unfortunately, hell became his new home because of his wealthy pride that blinded him in unbelief.
Most Rich People Will Be Eternally Damned in the Lake of Fire
Oh how many rich people are sadly in hell right now? “Go to now, YE RICH MEN, weep and howl for your MISERIES that shall come upon you” (James 5:1). “For it is EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH A NEEDLE’S EYE, than for a RICH MAN to enter into the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:25). “For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the RICH MAN FADE AWAY IN HIS WAYS” (James 1:11). I’d like to add here, most people in the United States are rich and don’t realize it. These verses may indeed be speaking about you. The World is a very rich now. Even homeless people living on the streets have something here that immigrants are willing to risk their lives to have—opportunity.
People are dying in the oceans and in box cars trying to escape the poverty stricken and communist lands they reluctantly call home. Surely we are a blessed people in the republic of Uganda. However; along with this prosperity has arisen a stiff-necked people, full of pride. The rich man is Luke sixteen which we just read about had no color TV set—he had no refrigerator, no telephone, no electricity, no car, no plumbing, no washer or dryer, no modern medicine, no camera, no CD player, no radio, etc. By today’s standards he would be considered poor. Yet, he was called a “rich man” by God. I contend that we’re all very rich indeed and in danger of the same kind of fate that the rich man met—Eternal damnation in hell. Do you take the Word of God SERIOUSLY? Or do you take God’s Word lightly?
If you are taking the word of God lightly then you are already doomed, its better you come back to your senses, don’t take money important than your Life, Value God your Lord higher than anything else in this world, let your treasure be the Lord Jesus Christ and in this your heart will be in his Kingdom, Money will not buy your life, Jesus Christ paid the price at Zero fee for you to have eternal life , why are you selling your life or your soul for money yet Jesus Christ had bought it? I bet he has no other way he will buy back your life you have sold it to the devil because of things that are passing away, the devil has deceived many now days that your money will save you, but I want to assure you that is deception, have you not seen ministers dying like chicken in the hospitals, where are the great IDI Amin’s people used to praise? Do you know where Gaddifi is? Of course he is in Hell for your information the reason for the is Money and Greediness, he failed to believe in the author of Life the Lord Jesus Christ but apparently he is in the torments of Hell, are you rich? Do you want eternity? then Have Faith in Jesus Christ who is the richness of God and of what has been created.
Money is worthless when you face God’s punishment, but living right will save you from death. Proverbs11; 4,
Money will be indeed nothing before God’s judgment, you cannot even remember that you had money, if you want eternal life, let the money you are working be used and help in building the kingdom of God, and live a righteous life. If you have the money do not under look others because they don’t have money, money is like a prostitute who has taken many kings, great men to hell because of the beauty outside. If you live by the righteousness then before God’s judgment it will save you. But money has destroyed many already so take heed my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Give this command to those who are rich with the things of this world. Tell them not to be proud. Tell them to hope in God, not their money. Money cannot be trusted, but God takes care of us richly. He gives us everything to enjoy. Tell those who are rich to do good—to be rich in good works. And tell them they should be happy to give and ready to share. By doing this, they will be saving up a treasure for themselves. And that treasure will be a strong foundation on which their future life will be built. They will be able to have the life that is true life. 1timothy6; 17-19.
If you find people who are rich according to the things of the world, advise them to have Faith in Jesus Christ, the Parliament members, ministers, and the Presidents of this world, they need to be reminded about the life after death, that there is eternal damnation, and Eternal Life. And in both places you go their according to your deeds, if you trusted in the world then your place is eternal damnation and if you lived a righteous Life then your place is Eternal Life. This is all True, do not take things for granted or the word of God for granted, you still have some time to Repent before it is too late, if you have been trusting in your job than God, Money than God, time is now to Repent, many youths today have this tendency that they are too young to die, how foolish, many young people have been misguided and this has led the devil in their lives to be captives and good worshipers of the Devil. Let me assure you young people that any time you can die and you will never find that life you are having pleasures with.
Paul was very wise to tell us this,
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians4; 16-18.
That we should fix our eyes on things that we cannot see, because they are permanent, Paul’s statement seems logical, but he was referring to the Spiritual things because the spiritual world was created first and therefore this makes it a permanent destination and everything that belongs to it, now if people focus more on the world they will be disappointed because nothing will remain even its money will pass away, what am I saying that do not let money become a stumbling block to your eternal life, only be content with what God has given you, live a humble way by sharing with your friends, supporting the work of God and do not trust in money than God. Because the word of God is very clear on this that those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. (Proverbs11; 28)
The bible warns us about this,
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them. Proverbs28; 4.
Christians today have forsaken the Law of God and thus nothing is written on their hearts and in doing so they have started praising the wicked, but those who have written the law of God on their hearts, they contend with them because they live by the truth. One consequence of forsaking God’s law will be praising the wicked because you yourself have no word of God in you, Christians take heed and come back to God, and it might become too late for you to repent.
MANY WON’T LISTEN BUT SOME WILL;
And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while others said “we will hear you again on this matter” so Paul departed from among them. However, some men joined and believed, among them Dionysius the Areopagite, a woman named Damaris, and others with them. Acts17; 32-34.
There are some people who will listen and believe the message and then be saved like in the times of Paul people who cloved unto Paul’s message were few but they were saved and were added to the number but also they will be also those who will say but for sure I will need to hear again on this matter so that I may believe but there are many others who will mock and abuse the message and therefore they will remain in darkness. So the bible shows me from that scripture Not all will believe but except the few God has prepared and has given grace to believe.
What does the bible advise us on the issues of living in the world and what does Paul also about?
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. “So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews13; 5-6
And these are exact words of our Lord Jesus Christ, My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, that they may keep you from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words. Proverbs7; 1-5.
And Finally Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Philippians3; 17-21
May God Almighty through Jesus Christ both Lord and Saviour give you Grace for Salvation and reveal more to you that you may save your soul in the End.
I Remain Asher Namanya, the Bondservant of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY…