What's the Root of All Evil?

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 6:7-10

For the love of money is the root of all evil. (v. 10 KJV)

What is the root of all evil? I’ve heard many people say, “It’s money!” But that’s not Paul’s view. Money, we remember, is simply a means of exchange, itself morally neutral. Paul says that “the root of all evil,” in the sense of the source of all kinds of evil, is rather “the love of money.” The culprit is our eagerness to gain money, our craving to be wealthy.

The list of possible dangers Paul lists in loving money is menacing: falling into temptation, being trapped by harmful desires, wandering away from the faith, being pierced by many pains, being plunged into ruin and destruction. Think of it: we fall, we are trapped, we wander, we are pierced, we are plunged into ruin. Sounds like the road to hell!

Why do you suppose loving money is so perilous? Jesus’ words give the answer. Money, or “mammon,” is a kind of god, a rival to the Lord of heaven and earth (Matt. 6:24). When wealth becomes our chief aim, our highest joy, our source of security, we have abandoned the true and living God for an idol. If we persist in doing that we will lose everything.


Lord, deliver us from loving money or anything else more than you!