MONEY. . . . . Ecclesiastes 10:19 Government leaders, businesses, families and even churches get trapped into thinking money is the answer to every problem. But just as the effects of liquor are only temporary, the soothing effect of the last purchase soon wears off, and we have to buy more. Scripture recognizes that money is necessary for survival, but it warns against the love of money (see Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrew 13:5). Money can be dangerous; we use it to deceive ourselves, thinking that wealth is the easiest way to get everything we want. The love of money is sinful because we trust it, rather than God, to solve our problems. Those who pursue money's empty promises will discover one day that they have nothing because they are spiritually bankrupt.