19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [SEE BELOW for who Mammon is].
The New Testament contains 215 verses pertaining to faith, 218 verses pertaining to salvation, and 2,084 verses dealing with the stewardship of and accountability for money and finance. Sixteen of Jesus’ thirty-eight parables deal with money.
Should not 1 Timothy 6:10 be taught often: The love of money is THE ROOT of ALL EVIL…And that unequal weights and measures are an abomination to God! And Isaiah 1:21-25!
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
“No one can serve two masters; for he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.
Is Mammon synonymous with money? No. Mammon is the god of finance. And, as a result the meaning of this verse is not understood; and improper teaching has resulted in people not knowing that fiat money (debt) and fiat fractional reserve credit causes more hearts to be corrupted than all other corrupting reasons. This is a fact.
The origin of the word “Mammon” comes from the Philistines (at the time this was stated by Jesus) worshiping and praying to a false god, which in Aramaic is Mammon.
Jesus was not talking about money; He was talking about a false god.
Jesus was telling His disciples that they could not serve both the false god of finance, Mammon, and Jehovah God. You must choose, He said. Jesus was also saying that money contains no inherent power. Mammon entices people to ascribe sacred power to money. Mammon entices people to place disproportionate value on money. When people believe that money has power, they are tempted to love money. This love of money then gives rise to many other forms of wickedness.
The truth is that those who believe the lie that money has power allow their travel and movements (work and money are treated much more important than the love of God) to be governed by money, not God.
The truth is that money has no power. It is simply amoral, impotent object, to which the spirit of Mammon ascribes great power and through which satan and his demons attempts to control the lives of people.
The spirit of Mammon also makes one believe that the source of his provision is his work, his investments, his spouse, the government, etc. The truth is that the power is in God, not money, and the He is the source of provision. The spirit of Mammon has hidden this from people not allowing people to understand that God is the source of provision, not what the spirit of Mammon tells them. As a result the love of money is a root of a serious (and all) evil—people love money [and what it can buy] more than God because they believe the lie that they, their work, etc. is their source of provision.
Living on the Third River—A Parable of God’s Financial Provision