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I will use AmWay as an example of greed that is accepted by the Evangelical Church today. What takes place at AmWay meetings is usually pure unrestrained greed. An AmWay meeting’s goal is to tempt people to have greedy thoughts through bombarding them with images and ideas of getting rich much quicker and with less effort than attempting to get rich working for others and to be free of the startup costs of most small businesses. An ad about winning the lottery only lasts 30 seconds while an AmWay meeting can go on for hours. Setting your heart on getting rich quick or chasing fantasies is considered greed in the Bible. Proverb 28:20 says, “A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.”(NIV). And Proverbs 12:11 says, “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”(NIV). When a person dreams of being rich everyone else in their dream stays the same while they become much greater than they were previously. The Evangelical Church does not view greed as a sin like God does. It shows they are not close to God. It shows that few people have come to God.
As early as I can remember I dreamed of being super heroes when I was kid. Later on I would dream of becoming a professional athlete, a rock star and winning the lottery. I was always at the center of the world in my dreams doing things like throwing the winning touchdown and being praised by the masses. I thought these fantasies were fun and perfectly healthy. After seeking God for two and a half years I came to Christ in May of 1992. I was so excited to tell everyone about Jesus and find others who knew him. When I started to attend Evangelical Churches I could not find anyone who loved Jesus as I did. I hated everyone in the church just like I hated everyone in the world. They had not come to God but the requirements for membership in Evangelicals Churches was to profess faith in Christ. I soon learned I could not force my views on the doctrine of salvation on others(Doctrineofelection.com). So what was I supposed to do treat the other professing Christians as believers? Many in the Church seemed to be following all the teachings of Christ and acknowledged the different cravings of the sinful nature as sinful. Soon I would come to realize that they did not acknowledge the sin I loved the most as sin and that I now did. They did not think it was sinful to dream about being rich and famous. They were still far from God and needed to repent. I now had a way to explain to them why they were not saved that was according to the Bible.
Greed drives people to be self-righteous. Greed causes people to think they are better than others in a variety of ways. Greedy people tend to minimize or deny their own weaknesses while focusing on other’s weaknesses. When I was first seriously concerned about needing to have faith in Christ back when I was 20 I remember some of the thoughts I had. I thought that my biggest sin problem was lust for women. I thought that was the one sin I could not quit no matter how hard I tried. Why was I so concerned about sin because the Bible spoke of the need to repent from sin and I was trying to give the Bible an open minded shot when I started to seek God. I did not understand that repent meant to agree with God about your sins. I thought you had to turn away from your sin and to stop sinning, which is impossible. Even though my biggest weakness was greed I did not think I was greedy at all. I thought I was generous and kind so when I did my inventory of sin it came up very short of what it really was. I was addicted to greed. I would dream big while listening to the radio on my way to work and school. During my spiritual thought I could see that other people were ignorant of their weaknesses. Some people could lie all the time and be cruel without realizing it. I knew at that point that I had to be unaware of some of my weaknesses as well. This seems good that I am thinking in spiritual terms for the first time in my life but it is not as helpful as one may think. I was still far away from God and ignorant of much of my sinning. What God desired is for me to come to Him. What is really sad is that I had just started to pursue spiritual interests for a few weeks and I was already using religion to feel superior to my friends. I worked 6 out of 7 nights a week and attended community college. So my party life was non-existent compared to my friends that went away to school. When I went away to college I would engage in the same things. But now I could see myself as living a better life than others according to a religion I had just started to learn about a month ago. This is one of the things greed desires to be better than others. The main reason for wanting to get rich fast is to be richer than others while you are still basically the same person as you are now. That is the rush of the greed dream. Many people pride themselves on living up to good family values but play ruthless politics in their life to get ahead of others due to greed.
I had been asked to attend an AmWay meeting about a year before this. I never had so much pressure put on me to lust after riches. I did not join because I could not see a practical and easy path to getting rich as was promised. But I had no problem with the “Dream” they were selling. It was the same dream I had. I did sort of look down on those involved in AmWay after that. But it was like I was a drug user looking down on a junkie not realizing I was headed in the same direction as them. The desires to get rich quick were in my heart too they were just a little more foolish than I. I had no moral issue with what was being promoted in AmWay I just thought it was an unwise business decision to join up.
This all brought me to question why so many young people like me, when first convicted about the need to believe in Jesus see the adult sins like intoxication and sex sins as sins but not the other sins. Is it because I had been greedy ever since I was young? After all I hadn’t drank much when I was 20 and when I was a child I hated girls, then loved to tease them, then started to like them and then to lust after them. Was it that I had been engaged in the adult sins for less of my life? Or was it that I heard preaching of the negatives that often times accompany the more adult sins? I contributed to this warped standard of morality for a while. There is no doubt that the fact women are very empowered in the country helps to contribute. After all they sin less in areas that deal with sex and alcohol so they want the focus to be on theses sins. It has not always been this way throughout history. With this standard young college students would sin more and also single people. There is also the fact that few people change their way of living very often in the area of greed or temper. Young people partying at spring break might plan on being married and living up to solid family values in the future. Many of then do just that. So the number of people who live differently throughout their lives in areas that deal with sex and intoxication is high. This is possibly why when people are in the church high expectations are put on them to change in theses areas but not other areas of their life. Because not many have changed lives in the area of greed and temper much less a changed heart which is the most important thing.
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Still today much of the church seems to focus on the adult sins and not on greed or temperament. The Bible is clear you must repent from both to enter the Kingdom of God. There is only one way to get closer to God and that is to seek a true salvation of your soul. (Doctrinofelection.com) There are no clear fellowship tests for greed or temperament in the Evangelical Church today. Most Evangelical Churches do teach clearly that sexual lusts outside of marriage and intoxication are sins. Religious people and leaders are the same today as in the day of Christ. Many church members can talk for hours on how they still fall far short of being perfect in so many areas of their life and have so much still to work on. They think this makes them different from the religious people of Jesus’s time. They pride themselves on good behavior in some areas of their lives but ignore others causing them to become very self-righteous. There needs to be a clear fellowship test for greed in the Evangelical Church.