The word acquisitiveness is written 10 times in the New Testament. I have to admit that I have never used the word acquisitive in a sentence and that I was not quite sure of its meaning either until I looked it up. Acquisitiveness is defined in the dictionary as “excessive interest in acquiring money or material things:”
I have to wonder why I have never heard a sermon preached on acquisitiveness, especially when it is certainly not a virtue or something to be admired but it is a catastrophic character defect that we should flee from and avoid those who are being “acquisitive.” In reading The New Testament, I am not only confronted by my own acquisitiveness, but I am confronted by how it has become so rampant and accepted in the “church” and among christians. Furthermore, I am dumbfounded by how any christian could believe that that we could be acquisitive men and women and claim to follow the way, the truth and the life.
In reading just the following passages, I find myself repeating Isaiah “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Seriously, there is absolutely no way anyone can read the New Testament or even these few passages and not be confronted by the industrial church complex and it’s institutions that have lost their way by not only associating with acquisitive men and women, but by lifting them up to lead, guide and teach us. In The New Testament, being acquisitive is equated with whoring. In reading just how deadly and serious the sin of acquisitiveness is, I have never heard christians repenting of or heard of church leaders sending letters to the entire congregation outing or excommunicating the acquisitive man in their midst. I personally have never confessed my own acquisitiveness or been in a Bible study on acquisitiveness. Now that I think about, I have never heard any public or individual confession by any man, woman, pastor, elder, deacon or church congregation caught in the act of acquisitiveness.
Strange… right- especially when acquisitiveness would testify that we are not christians nor are we imitating Christ because we have gone astray and we have turned to our own way.
In the First Letter to the Corinthians in the New Testament l, the words acquisitiveness and acquisitive are used in the following text.
“9I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with the whorishg—10Not entirely meaning with the whorish of this cosmos—or with the acquisitive and rapacious, or idolaters, since you ought to go out from the cosmos. 11But now I have written to you that, if anyone bearing the name of brother is a whoring or acquisitive man, or an idolater, or vituperative, or a drunkard, or rapacious, not to keep his company—not to eat with such a man. 12For what is it for me to pass judgment on outsiders? Do you not judge insiders? 13But God will judge the outsiders. “Expel the wicked man from your midst.”
“Do not be led astray. Neither the whoring, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor feckless sensualists,h nor men who couple with catamites,i 10Nor thieves, nor the acquisitive, nor drunkards, nor the vituperative, nor the rapacious will inherit God’s Kingdom. 11And some of you were these very things; yet you were washed—yet you were made holy—yet you were made upright in the name of the Lord Jesus the Anointed and by the Spirit of our God.”
In Ephesians: 17This, therefore, I tell you and testify in the Lord: You are no longer to walk as the gentiles walk, in the irreverent frivolity of their mind, 18Being darkened in intellect, having been estranged from God’s life, through the ignorance that is within them because of the petrification of their heart, 19Who, having become unfeeling, gave themselves over to wantonness, for commerce in all impurity, in acquisitiveness. 20Not thus, however, were you instructed regarding the Anointed, 21If indeed you have listened to him and been taught in him—as in Jesus there is truth; 22As regards former conduct, you are to shed the old man, the one corrupted by the lusts of deceit, 23And to be renewed in your intellect’s spirit, 24And to don the new man, the one created by God in the righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25Therefore, shedding the lie, let each one of you speak the truth to his neighbor, because we are one another’s corporal members. 26Be indignant and yet do not sin; do not let the sun set on what provokes your anger, 27Neither give the Slanderer a place. 28Let the thief no longer steal, but instead let him work, accomplishing something good with his own hands so that he might have it to share with the person in need. 29Out of your mouth let no foul utterance proceed, but instead whatever is good for needed edification, that it might impart a grace to those listening. 30And do not grieve the Spirit, the Holy One of God, by which you were sealed with a seal for a day when the fee for liberation is paid. 31Let all bitterness and animosity and indignation and clamoring and defamation be removed from you, together with every evil. 32And become helpfully kind to one another, inwardly compassionate, forgiving among yourselves, just as God also graciously forgave you in the Anointed. CHAPTER FIVE 1Become imitators of God, therefore, like beloved children, 2And walk in love, as the Anointed also loved you and gave himself up on our behalf, an offering and sacrifice to God, for the aroma of a sweet fragrance. 3But whoring, and every impurity or acquisitiveness—let it not be named among you, as befits holy persons—4Nor foul conduct and imbecile chatter and flippancy, which are unbecoming things—but instead thanksgiving. 5For be cognizant of this: that no whoring or impure or acquisitive man—someone who is an idolater—has an inheritance in the Kingdom of the Anointed and of God.
In Colossians: 5So mortify those bodily members that are on earth: whoring, impurity, passion, malign desire, and acquisitiveness (which is idolatry), 6On account of which things God’s indignation is coming, 7And in which things you used to walk, back then when you lived by them; 8But now you must put it all away: indignation, animosity, malice, blasphemy, obscene speech from your mouth; 9Do not lie to one another, having shed the old man along with all his practices, 10And having donned the new man, who is renewed in full knowledge, according to the image of the on10And having donned the new man, who is renewed in full knowledge, according to the image of the one creating him, 11Where there is no Greek and Judaean, Circumcision and Foreskin, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeman; rather, the Anointed is all things and is in all. 12Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on inward compassion, honesty, humility, gentleness, magnanimity—13Upholding one another and forgiving one another if anyone should have a complaint against anyone . . . just as the Lord forgave you, so you also—14And, above all of these, love, which is the bond of perfection. 15And let the Anointed’s peace rule in your hearts, to which you were indeed called in one body; and become thankful. 16Let the word of the Anointed dwell within you richly, teaching and admonishing each other in all wisdom, in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing in grace within your hearts to God; 17And everything you do whatsoever, in word or in deed, do all things in Lord Jesus’s name, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The First Letter to the Thessalonikans: 4Rather, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good tidings, so we speak, so as to please not human beings but the God who tests our hearts. 5For neither at any time did we come with words of flattery (as you know), nor with any motive of acquisitiveness (God be our witness),
The Second Letter of Peter: 1Yet there arose false prophets among the people as well, just as there will also be false teachers among you who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the master who has purchased them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves; 2And many will follow their licentious ways, by whom the path of truth will be blasphemed; 3And in acquisitiveness they will traffic with you in fabricated discourses—upon whom the verdict passed long ago does not tarry, and their destruction does not slumber.
And: 12But these men, like unreasoning animals born in a state of nature, on the way to capture and decay, uttering defamations in matters of which they are ignorant, will indeed perish in their corruption, 13Suffering wrongs as the reward of wrongdoing: deeming it a pleasure to carouse through the day, they are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceits as they feast with you, 14Having eyes full of adulteryh and incessant in their sins, seducing labile souls, possessing a heart trained in acquisitiveness, children of a curse; 15Forsaking a straight path, they have gone astray, following on the path of Barlaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity, 16But who was rebuked for his personal transgression by a mute jackass that, speaking in a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness. 17These men are waterless springs and storm-driven mists, for whom the darkness’s nether gloom has been reserved [unto the Age]. 18For, loudly uttering bloated prolixities, they use flesh’s desires to lure back into lascivious behaviors those who had truly escaped from persons of aberrant conduct,