By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen
When driving my car, I sometimes listen to the radio. And for many weeks now I have heard ads for something called “The Biblical Money Code.” But having read the Bible many times, I have never come across a “Biblical money code.” While the Bible says a lot about money, and never says it is evil, it plainly warns about the love of money (or wealth of any kind). The apostle Paul himself wrote that the love of money is the root of all evil, meaning all kinds of evil. (See 1 Timothy 6:10.) One of those evils is making money through scams, including making false claims that promise wealth if one does what the scam-artist says to do.
Some preachers falsely claim that God wants everyone to be wealthy, and promise financial prosperity to those who follow their teachings. In one of his books, Joel Osteen, a preacher with a very large house, says God does not want anyone to live in a small apartment for a long time. Here is a quote from his book called, “It’s Your Time“: “God does not want you to spend your whole life working for someone else. God wants you to own your own company. He doesn’t want you to spend your life cleaning an office. God wants you running that office. He doesn’t want you to live in a small apartment the rest of your life. God wants you to have a nice home.” (Pages 112, 113.) How does that makes those feel who live in small apartments? How does that make those feel who are homeless, such as Christians who have been driven from their homes by anti-Christians? This is being done right now in some countries. How would that have made the Lord Jesus Christ himself feel, since the Bible tells us in Matthew 8:20 that he had nowhere to lay his head (meaning no permanent place to live)?
But back to my main point, which is a so-called Biblical money code. Is it a clever scheme to get rich? What follows is one person’s view of it. I agree with this evaluation of it. But even if it is not a deliberate attempt to get rich by dishonest means, the concept itself is not found in the Bible.
“No I haven’t tried it. Look at it honestly though. They say it is not a get rich quick scheme yet his examples are extremes “…making $15,000 a year to now giving away up to $50,000 per year. He used it to help his father turn his $40,000 retirement into $396,000. And he used this system to help one person turn $2,000 into a $10,000 account in about a year.” — making enough to give away annually over 300% more than you use to make, increase retirement fund by 990%, and a one year return of 500%. These cannot be the normal rates of return but are thrown out as if they are. The advertisement is just like any other gimmick. And like most of these, the money is made from the 57,000 people who pay $47. That alone is almost $2.7 million dollars. The emotional tug of turning little to much is how this wealth is made. If he was really serious about being a philanthropist, he could make a website and publish his reports for free. I am not saying he should because knowledge is money and anyone who has it does have a right to make money off it. I just think the process is not completely honest, pastor or no pastor behind the words. At the very least, publish one volume from a few years back so people can look well into the matter.”
Here is a link to the source from which the quote was taken: http://www.reviewopedia.com/the-biblical-money-code-reviews