Episode 8: The Love of Money and The Pride of Poverty


Why Riches Are No Vice and Poverty Is No Virtue

Is it wrong for a Christian to be prosperous?


Money is a huge subject matter in the life of the believer. There are 2500 Scriptures on how to handle money and possessions in the bible. Yes, that many!


However, many believers have the wrong perception, mindset, and approach when it comes to money. And while most would say there is nothing wrong with a Christian to be rich; many secretly think that it is… harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.


In this episode, we will tackle the two major sins for the Christian Entrepreneur and money: The Love of Money and The Pride of Poverty.


We will also debunk the five biggest myths about money and believers. So buckle up and join us as we take a candid look at ca$h and Christians.


In this Episode You Will:

  • Learn to recognize and debunk the biggest myths about money and believers.
  • Understand how God uses money to sanctify us and what sanctification entails.
  • Learn a balanced approach between the two extremes of the love of money and the pride of poverty.
  • Learn the importance of sound management in order to earn more favor with God.


Memorable Quotes & Bible Verses:


“In order to feel like an ultra-spiritual and virtuous man, I began believing the lie that there is virtue in poverty.”


“After reading Think and Grow Rich, I began to fully grasp the many misunderstandings Christians, including myself, have towards wealth.”


“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Jesus


Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19: 23-24)


“If a man grew up in wealth but knows not God, it is very likely that he will not seek God. His wealth will keep him from the greater good because it does satisfy his earthly needs. However, if a man knows God and honors him and his fellow man, even if he becomes wealthy later on, chances are he will retain his morals and faith.”


“So, for some, since the LOVE of money is the root of all evil, Christians should then hate money.”


“Poverty does not make you holier, nor does it make you more like Jesus.”


“As someone who grew up among poor people, I can definitely attest that many of them are far from the side of the angels. Some of them actually had many vices and were quite corrupt morally.”


“Your financial situation granted by God will be in line with who He needs you to become, and what He wants you to do.”


“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4: 11-13)


“Now, for a season, God might see it as necessary for you to go through some financial trial to teach you a principle, a lesson, or to draw you closer to Him. But it isn’t His will for you to suffer want just for want’s sake.”


“God doesn’t send growth where there is poor management.”


“While we must remain aware that money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness (purpose and significance do that), I can guarantee that it brings more happiness than poverty ever has.”


“Try to BE THE BEST that you possibly can and to earn the most that you possibly can, so that you can do more for God’s kingdom and bless as many as you possibly can.”


NEVER, EVER live up to only half your potential. It sucks for you, and it dishonors your maker.


PART 2 of this teaching:


Recommended Resources:


Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

Money Matters, By André Olivier


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About the author, Sebastien

Sebastien Richard was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1974. He is happlily married, has three children (Jason, Marissa, and Katelyn), and now resides in Prince Edward Island (Canada). He is a sought-after Bible teacher, and speaker.

In 2015, God led him to found Thriving on Purpose (thrivingonpurpose.com), a Faith-based organization where (along with his wife, Elisabeth) he provides Kingdom knowledge for today's believers, helping them to build up the Kingdom of God and tear down strongholds.

Aside from his next books, Sebastien is most active in producing impactful content for his weekly Facebook broadcasts.

When he's not busy with ministry, or courageously leading his family to further happiness and bliss, he enjoys masterminding with Elisabeth at breakfast time, family road trips, researching fringe theories, cryptozoology, geek culture, and movie nights with the kids while chowing down pizza.


  1. Patricia Peters on 02/23/2019 at 3:54 PM

    Thanks for this article. Do you have a listing of the 2500 scriptures on money that are in th Bible?

    • Sebastien Richard on 02/24/2019 at 1:39 PM

      Hi Patricia,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. As for a listing of the +/- 2500 Scriptures about money, I do not have a listing for it. However, I heard it a few times from reliable sources.
      Although that number may seem high (I thought it so myself when I first heard it), keep in mind that this listing would consider all mentions of anything reminiscent of possessions in the Bible. So, this would include:

      ♦ Gold & Silver
      ♦ Mentions of rich and poor
      ♦ Precious stones
      ♦ Land and property
      ♦ Cattle, sheep, donkeys, camels, horses (which were a measure of wealth)
      ♦ Crops of all kinds
      ♦ Any mention of prosperity or famine
      ♦ Monetary units: mites, denarius, drachma, etc.
      ♦ Servants and maids, etc.

      When all of these are considered, 2500 mentions is then quite a realistic figure.

      I hope this helps.

      Be blessed and thrive on!

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