Some of today's ministers, both of the tv sort and of the pastoral sort, preach what has been referred to as a "prosperity gospel." This is the teaching that God wants us to prosper in the here and now, physically and financially.* I do not find much support for this in scripture, but I take great stock in the teachings of Jesus as I find them in my Bible. I do believe that we are charged with the responsibility of stewardship of our resources in all areas of our lives.
In the Sermon on the Mount, found in the Book of Matthew, Jesus makes some blunt and very clear statements, many of which I suspect most people do not really want to hear. In chapter five, we find these words:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.