I ran across a 1 hour video online titled ‘The Biblical Money Code’. In this video Mr. Sean Hyman states that the Bible is full of money-making investing principles and that if you put them into practice you could go from making 15,000 a year to giving away 50,000 a year. I am not making this up. The video can be found here and at the bottom of the post. Ironically Mr. Hyman starts by quoting that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils (1 Timothy 6:10), true, yet continues through the video stating how we can make money off the investment of the stock market by following these biblical principles and, as the 13:55 minute mark states, that even if you are not a person of faith you too can be successful. After talking about himself and his program for quite some time Mr. Hyman does mention three more bible references for his investment program. The first to get a mention is Matthew 25: 14-30; the parable of the talents. This chapter is all about FAITH. Allow me to quote from the World English Bible; which is the updated version of the 1901 American Standard Version. Both of these works are in the public domain and may be copied freely. The WEB can be found here.
Luke Chapter 251 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. 14 “For it is like a man, going into another country, who called his own servants, and entrusted his goods to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two. 18 But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 “Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and reconciled accounts with them. 20 He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents besides them.’ 21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 “He also who got the two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents besides them.’ 23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter. 25 I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter. 27 You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest. 28 Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away. 30 Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in. 36 I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’ 40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,.” you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t take me in; naked, and you didn’t clothe me; sick, and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’ 45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”- emphasis mine
Mr. Hyman then breaks the 2nd commandment of misusing the Lords name and commits blasphemy by invoking the name of God in a lie. He twists this parable to mean that Jesus was giving us investment secrets in this parable as it pertains to our money. Yet, a closer look at this parable in context shows us that this is not really about money. This would state that God gives us money and He expects it back with interest when He returns. This parable is about spiritual gifts, namely faith, and what we do with this faith. Will this faith be active and living just doing what faith naturally does serving our neighbor, or will we stuff it away (rejecting it) and continue living for ourselves (chasing Mammon perhaps?). This chapter reads through like a story. Mr. Hyman had taken part of the story, and with it the surrounding context, and added his own context. The continuing story tells of goats and sheep. As you can see by my emphasis, the sheep had no idea that they did these good works and the goats point to their works by stating “when didn’t we help you?”. You see repentant faith doesn’t look to works to see if it is active and real, repentant faith looks to Christ because our own works are vile and evil. The more we focus on Christ the more we realize our own sinful nature. After awhile Mr. Hyman then takes us to Malachi 3:10.
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough for. Malachi 3:10
Again, continuing in blasphemy, he states that this verse means that when you bless others God will then bless you. Really Mr. Hyman; If I DO then God WILL; am I to control God? Doesn’t this verse speak, in context (see Malachi) , about the famine of the Word in the land? The tithe was given to the Levites because they had no land of their own, this was their portion and not given to them so that everyone else can be blessed with material wealth. This tithe would support the preaching of the Word. The “blessing” is the covenant promise that God made to Israel that ultimately points to Christ! This is not a passage that tells us that if we give a little to others then we get a whole lot more back to give to others. Nice pious move thought Mr. Hyman yet your still pointing us to Mammon and not to Christ. Maybe that is perhaps your reading the Scripture through the eyes of idolatry and not looking for Christ. The last passage of Scripture he quotes is Luke 6:46.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things which I say? 47 Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who hears, and doesn’t do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49
The parable of the house on the rock, according to Mr. Hyman, is a warning of making sure you have a solid foundation for your investment. Make sure you have a good reason for choosing your investment and do not waver. Yet, in context, this parable is about placing Christ as your foundation so that your faith will not fall. What is the foundation that was laid? Jesus’ Words! It is His words that bring faith; thus it is repentant faith that is the foundation of our relationship with our fellow-man (See Luke 6) If you have a foundation of idolatry it will not last and will collapse. Mr. Hyman will sell even more information to you if you subscribe for a year membership to his program. In closing, this 60 minute video was mostly about investing and not about God or His Word, at least not properly taught in context. Furthermore, would anyone come to repentant faith by these money-making principles? Would these principles make me Justified before God? No. The Bible is about Jesus (Luke 24:27; John 5:39) and not gnostic principles, moralistic therapeutic deism, or anything else to make God into YOUR image. Since the Bible centers on Jesus then maybe we should teach it as such? Lying, misusing the name of the Lord, and idolatry are all condemned under God’s Law and must be punished. Yet, Jesus Christ, fully God and Fully Man, fulfilled the law perfectly for you (active obedience) and took your place under the Father’s wrath (passive obedience) on the cross, suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead for your justification so that as a guilty sinner you are now imputed with the righteousness of Christ by faith. This is the Gospel message that should be proclaimed (Luke 24:47). You see, this is the “code” of the Bible; Christ and Him crucified for YOU. Remember, there will always be people out there eisegeting God’s Word that is why it is imperative that we use biblical discernment and follow the Berean method (Acts 17:10-12). Mr. Hyman, a former pastor, seems very successful at investing however he did not handle these Biblical passages correctly. Until next time, put on the full armor of God and stand firm on the foundation of Christ.