Thursday, 11 June 2015
Self-love is the root of all sins
Many in the modern Church think that in order to love others, one must love oneself. This is not a doctrine that only some think is true, but rather, a significant portion of people within the Body of Christ think this to be true. This is a real deception. Loving oneself is natural, and something that even the flesh in its own strength and carnality can do, the flesh which is hostile against God. All people, even the adulterers, and fornicators are capable of this type of love, that which is diametrically opposed to agape love, or selfless love.
Love of oneself is self-love. Even the greedy usurious bankers can love themselves. Even Charles Ponzi, the usurious thief and devious liar once said that he wished to help others. He once talked about gaining much wealth to serve others, like what one professing Christian woman I encountered, who whinged about the attacks against the mammonised system of capitalism, asking how can we help people without gaining more, that is, for herself.
Such "help" that such people refer to is helping others out of self-love. It is this prideful, selfish love of self that motives many unsaved people to help the poor and "less fortunate" out of their fleshly pride of life. This manifests in the condescending attitude of many westerners, both the unsaved and saved, towards those of the "less fortunate" so-called "poor nations". This is precisely the attitude of many Christian non-government organisations. They may not be giving grudgingly. However, that one does not give grudgingly does not make one more generous and kind. Rather, their attitude of the same pride, but manifests in a condescending manner, giving out of their wealth.
Giving out of one's wealth, as opposed to giving all of what one has, whether materially, time wise or spiritually, is selfishness, not kindness or love. Mark 12:41-44 explains this:
True selfless love is not manifested by giving, even if it is giving that is not made grudgingly or reluctantly. Giving freely is not love itself, not does not necessarily indicate selfless love. Rather, it is selfless love that comes first, before one can do any good works. If one has no selfless genuine love, one is nothing. Giving freely out of so-called love and sympathy because one has less material things, is not agape love. Rather, it is a manifestation of pride. Such is the case of Christian organisations in the west.
No one can serve both God and mammon. You will love one and hate the other (Matthew 6:24).