Monday, 31 August 2015

What is debt?

Debt is not merely an obligation to repay money. No, it is more than that. It is bondage, the power of mammon over the debtor. It is enslavement itself to mammon through money and other material things. Anyone who is a debtor is under the spirit of mammon, unless, and only unless, if he completely trusts in God to repay all his debts. 

Its bondage comes from the moral obligation to repay debt, whether unsaved or saved. The spirit of mammon is he who works through debt to enslave people to him, whether unsaved or saved. As long as one is anxious even in the slightest to repay his debts, he is under the spirit of mammon, controlled by him. As long as one has such anxiety, one cannot serve God and be righteous, for one's heart is seeking to slave to mammon to obtain one's earthly temporal needs.

As Jesus said: "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" (Matthew 6:24). Seeking to repay debts and bills is itself to serve mammon. Rather, one should seek God, and then your debts and bills will be all repaid. This is why Jesus said: 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33).