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The Threat of Materialism to the Home

The Threat of Materialism to the Home

Defining materialism… • Physical matter only…or, primary…reality • Concept that life’s highest value to

Defining materialism… • Physical matter only…or, primary…reality • Concept that life’s highest value to be achieved in material well-being • Pre-occupation or stress upon material rather than intellectual or spiritual

Popular writers on subject… • Randy Alcorn calls it AFFLUENZA • Tim Kasser: “Vast

Popular writers on subject… • Randy Alcorn calls it AFFLUENZA • Tim Kasser: “Vast numbers of us have been seduced into believing that having more wealth and material possessions is essential to a good life. We have swallowed the idea that, to be well, one first must be well off. ”

Materialism’s fruits • • Growth of gambling Upsurge in bankruptcies Divorce crisis Infidelity Epidemic

Materialism’s fruits • • Growth of gambling Upsurge in bankruptcies Divorce crisis Infidelity Epidemic of sleep disorders Pitiful giving patterns Engrossed by the grossly material

Materialism’s fruits • • Creation of a new class of orphans Murder of unborn

Materialism’s fruits • • Creation of a new class of orphans Murder of unborn babies Euthanasia Pandemic of depression/ other ills Hectic hysteria Upsurge in compulsive buying The Disneyland gospel

We are afflicted…despite Bible warnings • Materialism major ‘talking point’ of Jesus • Bible

We are afflicted…despite Bible warnings • Materialism major ‘talking point’ of Jesus • Bible says more about money and possessions than heaven and hell • Something on subject throughout Bible • Twice as many verses on this subject as on faith and prayer combined • Perhaps 1/5 of all Jesus is recorded to have said is on this topic

Remember what Jesus said • • • Parable of rich fool—Luke 12 Rich man

Remember what Jesus said • • • Parable of rich fool—Luke 12 Rich man and Lazarus—Luke 16 Sermon on the mount Can I be just a little materialistic? No real conflict between provision of material and spiritual needs

In Bible, you hear Jesus… • Call the materialist a FOOL • Declare materialistic

In Bible, you hear Jesus… • Call the materialist a FOOL • Declare materialistic attitudes incompatible with citizenship in kingdom • Define materialism as a ‘heart’ fixed on the wrong goals and objectives • Debunk popular myth of selfdependence…call for dependence on God

Ecclesiastes: A Case Study in Materialism • Solomon…wealthier than even Bill Gates…found materialism VANITY

Ecclesiastes: A Case Study in Materialism • Solomon…wealthier than even Bill Gates…found materialism VANITY • He explored…mirth, pleasure, fine dining, beautiful houses, numerous servants, big business, large bank accounts, collectibles, musical entertainments, power, position and prestige…like no one else could

Materialism and the church • Mega-churches are case studies in blending materialism and ‘religion’

Materialism and the church • Mega-churches are case studies in blending materialism and ‘religion’ • ‘Hot-tub religion’ • Look at how some brethren dress for worship, etc. and see affect on US

Families who ignore Bible teaching do so at own peril • Can we be

Families who ignore Bible teaching do so at own peril • Can we be rich and faithful? Yes, but… • Possessions not primary problem but our ‘desires’ • Poor people afflicted by greed also • We must learn to ‘deny self’ • ‘Do not love the world or things of the world…’

How do we avoid the trap? • • • Put kingdom first We must

How do we avoid the trap? • • • Put kingdom first We must work but not just await manna Choose to walk ‘according to Spirit’ Teach children from early age We ALL want a good life—but we must make a CHOICE as to how that will truly be obtained

Matthew 16: 26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains

Matthew 16: 26 “For what profit is it to a man if he gains th whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? ”