The danger of Materialism is that it is so much like part of the parable of the sower Jesus taught us in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8! He said the seed was the Word of God and some seeds fell into various grounds or hearts. One seed fell into a type of heart choked or thorny with Materialism and the love of material things
He also that received seed (of the Word of God) among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
And that (seed of the Word of God) which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word (of God), and it becometh unfruitful.
So clearly, we see how dangerous materialism and capitalism are to the receiving of the pure power of the Word of God! Materialism and Capitalism suffocate the Word of God in our hearts, they ‘choke’ us, they preoccupy our minds and take away our desires towards the Word of God, and that’s exactly what is wrong with the people!
These thorns and so on also destroy our faith and expectation that God is there and able to do great and mighty things which we know not! Jeremiah 33:3.
I love this following true anecdote which comes from at least a hundred years ago.
Please forgive the appalling lack of political correctness!
A white British Christian missionary had gone to Africa. He had formed a church and congregation. He taught the Gospel. He preached and encouraged the people to believe that God could do anything. God was the creator and therefore all should put their faith in Him and His Son Jesus Christ.
One day he was visiting a young African mother in her thatched hut. Her small son had a fever and he had been called to come and pray for the sickly child.
The young mother looked up hopefully to the missionary to pray and help her infant. The missionary realised and mentioned that the boy needed ice to bring down his fever but realising also that ice was impossible to get there in the heat of the African summer, he therefore prayed a ‘general’ prayer asking God if it was His Will to make the little one better, that God would do so.
The woman, seeing her pastor had not prayed for ice or specific healing, went ahead with her own prayer: ‘Oh Lord, you have said that my boy may need ice to help his fever. If ice is necessary for his healing, please send ice right now, I do believe, Amen.’ As she finished her prayer, a piece of ice the size of a large pebble rolled into the door of her hut. A hailstorm had immediately begun, and it was raining hailstones of unusual size into the area! The storm was highly localized and of a narrow area. The woman picked up the now many ‘pieces of ice’ and applied them with a thankful heart to her son’s head. The boy fully recovered, and the missionary learned never again to limit God!
Materialism is the direct and deadly enemy of us Christians. We cannot love God and Mammon. We may not be aware of the roots, deep and long, that Mammon has in our lives. For anyone wishing to destroy the roots it is a very painful process. I would say for us as Christians this is one of the most insidious evils we have to face and very few people even know how to fight it effectively nor where to start.
Since I spent twenty-five years of my life living as a significantly poorer younger person with a family on the mission field I know what it is to not know where our next meal was going to come from! I believe unless you have gone through something similar in terms of struggle financially as a Christian your priorities will be skewed, and you will exist in the smug material complacency some Christians seem to have here in the UK.
I’m not preaching original Franciscan poverty or other Mother Theresa styles of living, but I believe it would do all Christians good to see the ‘good hand of the Lord’ provide for them in a miraculous way as they come to the end of their rope, are at their wits’ end and know they need a (financial) miracle. Nehemiah 2:8 Psalm 107:27.
Finally, we should understand that there are without doubt some or many people like the ‘rich man’ Jesus spoke about in Luke 16:19-31. There are some people who are rich and have no heart for the poor. We do not know the whole picture, or even who they are, as there are many who are charitable in the UK, but without doubt, the parable of the rich man applies to some here. We cannot see this clearly or judge, but God has the God’s eye view.
This article is taken from the 240 page book ‘British Christians and the Coming Civil War! By Jerry Finch. To buy a copy go to: