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In large part, Jesus has a negative attitude toward wealth. Doesn’t have much of anything good to say about money (Mark 4:19; Matthew 6:19; Luke 12:13; 16:1; 19:1).

Jim Bakker, of PTL fame, once the health and wealth and prosperity gospel preacher, said he was convinced by God in a dream, and he began to read and write down every word as recorded in the gospels. He says that he wept that he could have been absolutely wrong preaching another gospel, preaching another Jesus. “‘Jesus called riches - deceitfulness of riches.’ He even said, ‘Woe unto the rich!’ He was saying things like, ‘You can’t serve God and money.’ He never cast wealth and riches into a good light. How could I have spent so much time emphasizing financial blessing!” The article is entitled “The Reeducation of Jim Bakker in Christianity Today” (Christianity Today, December 7, 1998, p. 62).