Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Materialism.

The attitude to life that places particular emphasis on immediate, physical values rather than on future, spiritual ones or that regards the material world as the only reality.  The accumulation of wealth can easily become a god in itself and lead people astray from the worship of the true God. Yet it is not money itself, but the love of money, which is seen by Scripture as a fundamental cause of evil.


Materialism condemned

Ps 52:7 See also Job 31:24-28; Ps 49:10; Pr 18:11; 23:5; Ecc 5:10; Mt 16:26; Lk 12:23-25; 21:34; Jas 5:1-3.



Possessions are to be seen as a gift from God 

1Ch 29:12 See also Ge 13:2; 26:12-13; Dt 8:18; 2Ch 32:29; Ps 112:1-3; Pr 10:22; Ecc 5:19; Hos 2:8.



Material goods can turn the heart away from God 

Dt 8:13-14; 1Ti 6:9-10 See also Eze 28:5; Mt 19:21-22; Lk 18:22-23; Mt 26:14-16; 1Jn 3:17.



Possessions and riches can make it difficult to enter the kingdom 
Mt 19:23-24; Mk 10:24-25; Lk 18:24-25 See also Mt 13:22; Mk 4:18-19; Lk 8:14; 1Ti 6:17-19; Jas 2:2-5; 5:1-6.



The weaknesses of materialism
1) It is transitory Pr 27:24 See also Job 22:20; Ps 49:10,17; Pr 22:1-2; 23:5; Ecc 2:18,21,26; Jer 17:11; Lk 12:20-21; 1Ti 6:7.

2) It does not satisfy Ecc 5:10 See also Ecc 4:8; 5:12; Mt 6:19.

3) It can encourage greed 1Ki 21:2-4 See also Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21; Jos 7:1,20-24; 1Ki 10:23-27.

4) It can lead to worldliness Mt 16:26; Mk 8:36-37; Lk 9:24-25 See also Lk 16:15,25-26; Jas 1:9-11; Rev 3:17.



Jesus Christ’s non-materialistic attitude
Mt 8:20; Lk 9:58 See also Php 2:5-6.

Warnings to believers to guard against materialism
Lk 12:15 See also Jer 9:23-24; Mt 6:25-32; 1Ti 6:17-19; Heb 13:5; 1Jn 2:15-17.


Godly examples of a non-materialistic attitude
Ge 13:8-9; 14:23; Ac 34:32-37; Php 4:11-12.