NKJV - 24 But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
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Being rich in and of itself is not a sin, as long as that wealth was honestly and ethically obtained. God delights in blessing His followers (Psalm 35:27). But the pursuit of wealth, as well as wealth itself, can also present great temptations from many perspectives, such as causing a person (through pride in the accomplishments by which that wealth was amassed) to forget that God is the ultimate source of it, and also that He has provided it for the purpose not only of benefiting that individual, but also so that the individual can be a source of blessing to others. The real danger is that, despite the person's outward professions, money will become the person's god, which he depends on for protection and security, and the acquisition of which is his first priority in life (making him its servant, which makes it impossible for him to serve God (Matthew 6:24)). That also makes it extremely difficult for him to realize his spiritual poverty before God, and to understand that he is just as much (and perhaps more) in need of salvation as the person with no material possessions whatever.
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