Friday, 31 July 2015

Usury: Making profit out of the (debt) slavery of others

There are some in the modern Church who do acknowledge that usury is a sin - but that is, only between brothers and sisters in Christ. They condone usury taken by banks and loan companies on the basis that they are "businesses". This is just another deception that the spirit of mammon wants the Church to think.

Doing business is not a sin in and of itself. However, there are clearly some things that is wrong to make a business out of because they are sins, such as abortion, prostitution and mind-altering drugs. Usury itself is a sin, regardless of who is the usurer and who is the debt slave. Ezekiel 18:13 makes it clear:

Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

Note the use of the word 'abomination'. If it was only wrong between brothers and sisters in Christ, or wrong when charged against the poor, would the Bible describe it as an abomination. The word 'abomination' in the Bible means accursed thing. The thing itself is accursed, not just the people involved. Does the Moral Law of God not apply to all people, whether saved or unsaved, rich or poor? Why then would the prohibition against usury, an abomination only apply between Christians or only for the protection of the poor.

No, usury is an abomination. Plain and simple. It is to make profit out of the slavery and exploitation of others. Usury is a sin, and always a sin. Making a business out of usury is to make business out of any other sin, just like the "abortion", or baby-murder industry does.