Bible verses on silver, gold, and paper money.

Scriptures supporting gold and silver as money, and against paper money.

Deuteronomy 25:13   Thou shalt not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and a small.
14   Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.
15   But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Proverbs 20:10  Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

Using honest weights and measures in commerce requires honest money that you can actually weigh and measure.  I find it extremely difficult to not have dishonest weights (dollars) in my house or wallet (bag), because merchants put dollar prices on the things they sell, and they don't list the price in silver.  But from now on, I'm going to make increasing efforts to buy everything I can with silver.  (I have recently paid for an ad in silver, and recently hired a publicity agent with silver.)

Exodus 20:15  Thou shalt not steal.

The dollar is a defaulted promise to pay gold.  It is evidence of theft that has taken place.  If you pay for things in dollars, you (me too) are not only using a false weight and measure, but you (me too) are continuing the theft; both actions being deceived, and deceiving others.

Galatians 6:7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Do you realize what an opportunity we have?  Every monetary transaction we make is an opportunity to help spread the truth about money, and our faith.  Perhaps I should simply say, "As a Christian, I'm commanded by God to not steal, or use false weights and measures.  Therefore, I wanted to give you the opportunity to not be defrauded by paper money.  Would you like real silver, instead?"

Luke 16:10   He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
11   If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
12   And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

The true riches of God may be withheld if we are not being faithful with unrighteous mammon!

The dollar system is a system of debt at interest, or usury.  Both the Hebrew scriptures and the Greek condemn usury.

Deuteronomy 23:19  Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:

Luke 6:35   But love ye your enemies, and do good and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest; for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

God created gold, it belongs to Him.

Genesis 2:12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

God created gold and silver for a purpose.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Jesus counsels us to buy gold, the gold he created, His gold, and the reason is given--so that we may be rich.  Many people try to "spiritualize" Rev 3:18, so that it has no literal meaning.  But the topic of money covers many spiritual principles; and gold and silver fulfill God's principles, and paper money is a rejection of all of God's spiritual principles!  How can one spiritually obey Rev 3:18 "
to buy of me gold tried in the fire," without first obeying the literal command?

The following are scriptures that Christians often mis-interpret, as if saving gold and silver are bad. (What follows is my clarification.)

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Some think
1 Timothy 6:10 means that money is the root of all evil, and if gold is money, then gold must be evil.  But it is the love, or covetousness, of money that is the root of all evil.  Innate objects cannot sin.  Only men can sin.

Exodus 20:17   "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's."

The Bible does not condemn money, as "money answereth all things".

Ecclesiastes 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

Here is another often misunderstood verse:

Matthew 6:19   Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20   But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Some think Matt 6:19 means that we can't store money for the future.  But the condemnation is on storing money for selfish purposes, it says "not for yourselves".  There is no condemnation for storing money to further the gospel kingdom.  Jesus counsels against storing money in a location where thieves are known to break in and steal--this would include banks, which are institutions of theft.  And banks are the thieves, because they only keep a fraction of deposits on hand, as is evidenced when they go bankrupt.  Buying gold or silver is a way to store up treasures in heaven, since buying gold is an act of righteousness and obedience, and is a rejection of false weights and measures, and is a rejection of usury.

Here is another often misunderstood verse:

Matthew 6:24   No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Some think this means that Christians should live in poverty.  Not so.  There were rich disciples.

Matthew 27:57  When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple:

Christians are called to be able to relieve the poverty of others, and that takes wealth.  How can you have extra to give to others, unless you have more than enough for yourself?  (2 Corinthians 8 speaks on this, the giving of one's abundance, or surplus.)  The whole point of free trade and capitalism is to be able to trade away the surplus of your production. 
Matt 6:1-4 is about giving alms for the poor.  I believe that to "serve mammon, or money" means making money your master instead of making God your master.  I believe Matt 6:24 is a condemnation of being in debt.  All who are in debt are serving money, to pay the interest. 

Proverbs 22:7  The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

Next, the parable of the Talents is often also misunderstood as being "against holding gold".

Matthew 25
The Parable of the Talents
14"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
19 "After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'
21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
22 "The man with the two talents also came. 'Master,' he said, 'you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'
23 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'
24 "Then the man who had received the one talent came. 'Master,' he said, 'I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

26 "His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 " 'Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Some just think it's wrong to store wealth in the form of gold.  However, gold and silver are the only things you can use as money that you can weigh out and measure.  An unjust weight and measure, such as the dollar, remains an abomination.

Why is the evil servant evil?  First of all, the talent was not his money, it was his master's money!  His master was sowing with him, giving him money to be put to use.  A "talant" was 66-90 pounds of precious metal.  It was a large amount of money.  The master, representing Jesus, acted as a capitalist, who was investing his money in the man's ability to invest money.  (Like an investor who buys a silver stock fund, that in turn, invests in stocks.)  But the evil servant did not respect his master's
capitalist ways; and he made a false accusation, he said the master reaped where he did not sow.  But the master was sowing into the man, rather than into the ground!  So, in a sense, the evil servant valued himself as less than dust, because his false accusation implied that it would be better to sow into the ground than into himself!  The capitalist who invests with men is not doing an evil thing as the evil servant accused.  The evil servant represents a man who despises capitalism, the foundation of which is private property.  He despised his master's property, and he was covetous of his master's potential gain.  But meanwhile, as one of his master's servants, he was consuming some of his master's property, just to live!  He didn't want to work for anyone else's benefit, but felt no guilt about taking benefits from others.  But all work, to be profitable, must be to the benefit of other men!

So, the story does not condemn storing gold, the story is an overwhelming support of the entire capitalist system!

Some people think the parable means it's ok to put money in the banks to get interest.  But the parable does not teach that.  The parable is showing that even putting money in the bank to get interest (an evil action) would have been better than entrusting money to the evil servant, who is like a covetous communist.  Jesus often makes comparisons among sins to showcase the greater evil.  For example, Jesus said to some:

Matthew 21:31 ...Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

In that example, Jesus was not saying that harlotry is not a sin.  Harlotry is a sin.  Likewise, Jesus was not saying that loaning money at usury is not a sin.  Usury remains a sin.

The parable of the talents teaches us the importance of obeying our master (our Lord Jesus Christ), and the importance of making wise investments. 
Sometimes, investing in silver is the best investment. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1   To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2   A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Investing in silver, as opposed to bonds, is being obedient to the commands to avoid false weights and measures, and to avoid usury.

Some think the Bible condemns rich men.  Not so.

Mark 10: 23   And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
24   And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

Some think the rich cannot enter the kingdom of God.  Not so.  It is more difficult, because the rich tend to put their trust in riches, instead of trusting in God, and are often not kind to the poor.  In fact, again, there are rich men in the true Church, for whom there is specific advice:

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 
18   That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19   Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

I know my many readers can see that I'm following
1 Timothy 6:18, because I distribute information, and communicate!  And I do trust in God, and not my riches, because I know that many gold and silver investors, or potential investors, are scared to death about government confiscation.  I know it's a possibility, but God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of boldness for the faith and for truth!  In fact, I'm a rather public advocate of holding physical silver.  If they are going to confiscate people's silver, they should start with me.  So let my boldness help to make you bold.

The above was an excerpt from my weekly silver stock report #48.  Click the link to read it.

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Here are a few important essays I've written:

The Great Harlot of Rev 17-18 is Jerusalem, & what that means.  10-4-02 

Gold and Silver in Bible Prophecy 12-15-01

18 Biblical Guidelines for Managing your Money  March, 2004

I'm Insanely Bullish On Silver - 19 June 2004

Major Frauds of the U.S. Monetary System - 26 February 2004  HOT!!

Freedom from Usury - 23 January 2004
Usury Enslaves - 19 January 2004

The Moral Failures of the Paper Longs - 22 January 2003

Refuting Myths about Gold - 28 October 2002 

See also my prophecy website:

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