Luke 16:13-15 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. 15 Then he said to them, “You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts. What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.”
The Bible says the Pharisees were lovers of money. How do we know we can be lovers of money? How can we know if we may have a Pharisee spirit judging the work of the Lord?
Jesus was speaking about money as HE gave the parable in Luke 16 about the shrewd manager who had squandered his master's money. When the Lord was teaching this parable, the Pharisees scoffed at Him. They scoffed at Him because they were lovers of money. In other translations, it states the Pharisees were ridiculing and sneering at His teaching.
In the church, when pastors preach about money in regards to the kingdom of God, there are many Christians who will scoff, judge, or ridicule authority for preaching about money. They will start to scoff and sneer saying that the pastors or preacher wants their money. They will judge the pastors on why they are preaching about money. They will judge on how they think the pastors are spending "their" money. All tithes belong to God. It was never "their" money.
A prideful spirit that loves money will sneer and judge. A humble spirit is always willing to learn and leave the judgment to God knowing that is His business. A prideful spirit will assume the authority of God to place judgment and ridicule. A prideful spirit that loves money will become offended. A humble spirit will listen to the core message rather than trying to discern the motive of the preacher for giving the message.