Wealth in relation to religion

    Aren't there some Christian sects that believe that the more money you have the greater chance you have to get into heaven, i.e., buy your way in?

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    In our day and age money is a must in order to exist. Churches have to build buildings for their members. That I can understand because members need a place to meet. What I can't understand is preachers living off the backs of their congregations. There are churches that have a lay ministry where the people volunteer their time and don't get paid by their church. The LDS Church is one of them. I don't believe that you can buy your way into heaven. Nor do the Christian Scriptures.

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    A simple definition of a cult is; a religion that takes one verse of the Bible and concentrates on that one verse. Another is that they change Jesus into someone else besides the Son of God. But when a church or religion specifically talks about money all the time and how to be prosperous, then ..........that may be a cult? When I see a Christian TV show asking for money, I change the station. As a Christian you have the responsibility to read the entire Bible not just the verses that talk about money or the ones that you like. So I think that maybe a cult would believe that, but not a true Christian church.

    “Those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare.” —1 TIMOTHY 6:9. “Those who are determined to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many senseless and hurtful desires, which plunge men into destruction and ruin.” (1 Timothy 6:9) What is behind that snare or the basis for it can be summed up in the word “greed.” Though greed is often evidenced by a determination to be rich, greed is really a snare with many facets.

    Christians who today strive to imitate Jesus also refuse to be distracted by the pursuit of wealth. (1 Timothy 6:9, 10) They acknowledge that riches can make life comfortable, but they know that wealth does nothing for their everlasting future. When a Christian dies, his material wealth is of no more value to him than Jesus’ garment was to him when he died. (Ecclesiastes 2:10, 11, 17-19; 7:12) When a Christian dies, the only thing of real value that he possesses is his relationship with Jehovah and with Jesus Christ.—Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:9.

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