The modern Church is one that is largely influenced by the world. It has failed to be true salt and light of the world. It is full of the fear of people. It is full of anxiety about how it can provide for oneself and one's family. It also still loves to complain about its lack of "rights", that which the true Christian would know is a false doctrine for absolutely everything good is given by God out of His grace alone. It is the evidence that many in the modern Church are under the spirit of mammon, controlled by him - all without even knowing. As such, many in the modern Church are in bondage to such things and do not even understand why. The devil must be laughing at the modern Church.
Before you get "offended", yet another manifestation of you being under the spirit of mammon, know this: simply because one is a true Christian does in no way mean to that one cannot fall into spiritual bondage. As someone who has been through such spiritual bondage for a long time, after encountering a person who is full of the fear of man, a snare (Proverbs 29:25), controlled by the spirit of mammon, and being harshly lectured by such people, and experienced their false sense of graciousness, I understand that even being exposed to such a person is a snare in itself. Such true converts are like a cancer cell to the body of Christ.
Yet, because they are true converts, they cannot be discarded away, for Christ has saved them, but they must be avoided at all costs for they lay a bitter snare for any true convert who is seeking to live a holy, righteous, godly life. They vex the spirit of the person by pose an encumbrance to those seeking to run the race (Hebrews 12:1). They are the favourite tools of the devil who he uses against those seeking to live a godly, holy and righteous life for they are true converts who are not to be easily dismissed are encumbrances, but yet do not merely cause others to stumble, but are themselves a stumbling block to others by their influence - people-pleasing, people-fearing and mammon-dominated.
The spirit of mammon can and does control true converts. Although the true convert has the Holy Spirit residing in him, he can be dominated by the spirit of mammon by succumbing to his snares, or even opening himself up to him, by merely accepting a mammonised doctrine in his mind, even to the slighest extent. The spirit of mammon seeks to seduce, dominate and blind.
You may ask, doesn't he only seek to seduce, dominate and blind the world? He already has! Such a question is a laughable, naive question. If the spirit of mammon did not seek to seduce, dominate and blind the Church, he would not be the spirit of mammon at all. The raison d'être of the spirit of mammon is to seduce, dominate and blind all humans, whether unsaved or not, so as to either lead them to Hell, or make them useless for God, in the case of the true convert. Wake up Church! The spirit of mammon prowls around seeking to devour, just as His master, satan prowls around seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
To claim that the spirit of mammon exists and seeks to seduce, dominate and blind is by no means to imply that one's greed, anxiety for earthly things, earthliness, and envy are to be blamed on the spirit of mammon. No! The spirit of mammon is exactly that: a spirit. He is not made up by some fanatics, or some people who are trying to get attention. No, he is a spirit and he seeks to tempt Christians into the besetting sin of anxiety, envy, and earthliness.
The spirit of mammon works through all desires to satisfy the desire for earthly needs being met. He blinds those true converts who minds have fallen into earthliness,or who are not heavenly-minded enough to resist him, into earthly thinking. He is extremely subtle, making a true convert think that he is heavenly-minded enough to resist him, when he is only just heavenly-minded enough to be counted heavenly-minded, yet earthly-minded enough to not see just how so earthly-minded he is. It is like one has a bowl of pure water, but tainted by 1 nanolitre of poison. The whole bowl of water is poisonous. Likewise, the slightest bit of earthly-mindedness in the true Christian makes him earthly-minded.
The spirit of mammon seduces people, in particular, the true convert into thinking that he or she can somehow serve both God and mammon, that which is contrary to what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24: "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." This is plainly what Jesus said, that no one can serve both God and mammon in anyway at all. To serve, try to serve mammon, or even to the slightest think one can serve mammon, and yet please God is not only deception, but an abominable blasphemy.
Jesus said: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Let's all do exactly what they means: to not lay up earthly treasures but seek first the righteousness of God.