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the mammon of unrighteousness
Unjustly or illicitly gained money or wealth. "Mammon" is an Aramaic term meaning "money" or "wealth," used in the Bible to refer to the idolization of money over faith in God. It galls me that the man claims to be a servant of the Lord and of the people, yet he lives in a giant mansion and flies in a private jet, clearly all attained from the mammon of unrighteousness.
you can't serve (both) God and mammon
A person cannot lead a virtuous, spiritual life while simultaneously pursuing the accumulation of wealth. "Mammon" is an Aramaic term meaning "money" or "wealth," used in the Bible to refer to the idolization of money over faith in God. I'll never understand how people can be taken in by these flashy television preachers who live in mansions the size of small towns. We learn early on that you can't serve God and mammon, so why on earth would we trust these charlatans to lead us into eternal glory? My father was very successful in business, but he always spent what he earned on the people in his company and in his community. He used to say, "You can't serve both God and mammon."
You cannot serve God and mammon.
Prov. You cannot both be a good person and dedicate yourself to making money. (Biblical. Mammon means riches.) The minister warned the businessman that he could not serve God and mammon, and encouraged him to donate some of his wealth to charity.
the mammon of unrighteousnesswealth ill-used or ill-gained.
This biblical expression comes from Luke 16:9: ‘And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations’. Mammon ultimately comes from Hebrew mamon meaning ‘money or wealth’. In early use, it was used to refer to the devil of covetousness; it later was used as the personification of wealth regarded as an idol or an evil influence.