The bible speak so much about money? As it says in 1 Timothy 6:10, "the love of money is the root of all evil." Sadly, the modern church has been known for how preachers use the name of God for worldly gain. So let's tackle this issue here in 1 Timothy 6.
The first few verses deal with slavery. God is not okay with ill-treatment towards any of his creations. Yet, we live in a fallen world, so how should we respond to the injustice of the world. If we choose to take the sword, then we will die by the sword. God changes the world by changing hearts. The best way to stand against evil is through prayer and godly character. Whether towards a slave master or a greedy employer, we are to show respect, work hard, and trust God until we receive clear commands of action on dealing with the evil at hand.
When it comes to working, I advise people not to change their job unless God has provided a new one. God is more about our character than anything else, and He uses our work to shape us. If we abandon our job, thinking we will get a better one and not God's leading, our situation will only worsen. Consider Jonah!
Paul writes in verse three that any teaching that does not promote godliness is false doctrine. It is easy to discern a message from the Holy Spirit and one manufactured by a man by the following fruit. Fleshly words produce evil and dead works, while the spirit has the fruit of God's nature. So if nothing but disputes, arguments, envy, quarreling, slander, suspicions, and constant disagreements come forth, it is because it came from those deprived of the truth, but who imagine that godliness is a way to materialize gain (vs. 4-5).
The prosperity gospel focuses on using God's name for one's greed. The emphasis is not on godliness but personal achievement. It is all about having a platform for success rather than a towel to wash people's feet; this contradicts verse six, which says, "godliness with contentment is a great gain." Maturing in the Lord means we are eternal than temporal-minded; as it says in verses 7-8, we are content as long as we have the basic needs covered of food and clothing. You will not find spiritually mature believers amongst those who get fed the worldly gospel of prosperity.
We learn in verses 9-11 that the root behind the false doctrine of prosperity is the love of money; people want to be rich and will use any means, even the name of God, and use His children to get what they want. The result of greed is wandering away from the faith with ruin and destruction. In verses 11-16, Paul wants Timothy to run from these things and fight the good fight of faith. We are to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness rather than money and fame.
Paul addresses believers who are rich in verses 17-19. Money is not the problem; we need it to survive and thrive in this world. The problem is not how much money we have but how much money has us. 1 John 3:1-2 says, "I wish above all things that thou may prosper." Spiritually, prosperity goes way beyond money; it is about being whole in Christ, mind, body, and soul. So those rich are instructed not to become proud or set their hope on uncertain wealth but on God, who provides all things to enjoy. They are to take their blessings and be a blessing through generosity, storing up treasure in heaven rather than just here on earth. It is evident in this passage that the Lord wants us to enjoy what He has given us but yet not allow His blessings to turn into a curse by having an ungodly obsession with them.