Friday, 11 July 2014

What Exactly is the Spirit of Mammon?

"Why do you emphasise the spirit of mammon?" "Why do you not talk about anything else?" 

These are very common questions I have been asked. Indeed, they are good questions. 

The spirit of mammon is behind everything opposed to God. Jesus Himself said that "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew 6:24). But, you may say, there is no 'spirit of mammon'.  Ephesians 6:12 tell us that we fight against principalities and powers. These are spiritual forces of darkness from satan: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mammon is a spirit from satan that tempts people to live an earthly life, focusing only on earthly things. Earthly things are not necessarily bad or evil things in and of themselves. Earthly things are that which only have value in this life, and have no Eternal value whatsoever.  When people seek after earthly things before treasure in Heaven, it is because they have a lack of trust that God will provide them with what they need.

Jesus told people not to worry, but to seek after first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness  in Matthew 6:30-34:

 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A person who is anxious about material things is not necessarily a materialistic one who lives for material things. Many Christians think that being under the spirit of mammon is merely to be materialistic. No!  As long as a person is anxious about their needs, they are under the spirit of mammon.