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Introduction: Only 2 churches of the 7 are not rebuked by our Lord. The Church of Smyrna and the Church of Philadelphia. In contrast the Church of Smyrna is said by Jesus to be a "rich" church, while the Church of the Laodicieans is said by Jesus to be "poor". A more careful look and we find Smyrna to be the "Poor Rich Church," while Laodicea was the "Rich Poor Church."
"There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches."
"'The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.'"
"good" - clear or healthy
"bad" - evil or unhealthy
"mammon" - riches
Many of the Pharisees thought that devotion to money and devotion to God were perfectly compatible. This teaching went hand and hand with the commonly held notion that earthly riches signified divine blessing. Rich people were therefore regarded as God's favorites. While not considering wealth per se, Christ denounced their love of wealth and devotion to money.
"An unguarded heart leads to unbridled emotions which lead to unreasonable thinking resulting in unwise choices."
Note The Truth of True Riches
""And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit t ...
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