Materialism is a very dangerous and powerful sin that entangles and entraps people in a downward spiral that quickly leads them away from God. This sin is easily recognized in the world. Unfortunately it has seeped unnoticed into many churches. Unless it is recognized it will grow like leaven, overtake, and eventually destroy the church. Therefore it is important to know the warning signs that pass unnoticed by those ignorant of the devil’s devices. We are told in Ephesians 5:15 to "walk circumspectly", that is, we are to be ever watchful and careful not to let evil come in among us. Following this admonition, we will look at one way in which this sin of materialism is manifest in the church.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
The gospel is said to be the "power of God to salvation" in Romans 1:16. But the gospel’s power is being denied by many in the church, even among those who call themselves gospel preachers. How is it being denied? By men straying away from dependence and trust upon God’s word, instead relying upon human wisdom and human means to teach a lost and dying world. It is easy to see in denominations that entertainment has replaced God’s inspired word as the means to draw souls because of their pageants and fairs and various styles of "preaching". But among those who claim to be preachers there are those who seem to be following a similar path. There are those who say that a sermon should not contain more that one or two passages, or that if the sermon exceeds twenty minutes the interest of the audience will be lost. There is a trend to turn the ministering of God’s word into more stories and humor than the viewing of God’s word. My friend, this attitude is very dangerous and will lead, (if not in this generation, in the next), the church closer to the social gospel. To deny God’s power through the gospel is to deny the divine inspiration and authority of the bible and that is blasphemy!