Eric D. Butler wrote:
“If, as we are told in the New Testament, the love of money is the root of all evil, why then, at a time when Christian Civilisation is clearly disintegrating, do so few of those who claim to speak in the name of Christianity, devote themselves to a realistic consideration of this warning?
Christ was emphatic that it was impossible to worship both God and Mammon, that no one could serve two masters, and in the only act of physical violence during His Ministry, whipped the money changers out of the Temple.
In Luke’s Gospel we read that the Pharisees “were lovers of money” and scoffed at Christ, who replied: “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts: for what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God”.
The worship of money is the elevation of a man-evolved system of symbols, an abstraction, into a reality, with the symbols becoming more important than what they represent. The shadow takes precedence over the substance. Man’s subservience to an abstraction, and to those who shelter behind that abstraction, makes it increasingly difficult for the individual to love and serve either God or his fellow individual.
The essence of Christ’s message was that every individual was unique and counted in the eyes of God; that He was primarily concerned with the salvation of individuals, not with groups nor nations; that the Kingdom of God was within each individual, who could come to know the Father through the Son.
Christ’s message was a direct challenge to the worship of abstractionism by the Pharisees, including the love of money…”
Read further here: http://www.alor.org/Library/Butler%20ED%20-%20Root%20of%20All%20Evil.pdf