Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The spirit behind Debt, the spirit of Mammon, seeks to Blind, Control, Enslave and Dominate by debt

Many people just cannot understand what usury is for what it is. Thus, in order for people to understand what exactly usury is, they must be made to understand debt first. Debt is not merely money to be repaid. It has power. Debt indeed is power, which comes from a source not from God: 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 (Ephesians 6:12). 

One can discern that debt has a power behind it if one uses one's godly discernment. Debt brings spiritual bondage to a person, not merely financial bondage, but spiritual bondage. The real issue with debt for all people whether unsaved or saved is that it keeps people from fully serving God. It is a spiritual stronghold of mammon that panders to the flesh, to make a God-hater even more hostile against God, by feeding on his flesh to increase its appetite even more. It is also a spiritual stronghold of mammon to the truly saved, increasing his earthly needs by the obligation to repay one's debts in full, without exception, tempting him to the point where he cannot but help seeking his earthly needs, and thereby, not seeking God.

One might say that one must seek one's earthly needs, whether one has debts or not. This is exactly what it means for a true Christian to be mammonised; he sets his minds on his earthly needs, rather than God. You might still argue that of course, you need to seek your earthly needs. No, you need to seek God and God alone, and He will give you your needs as He sees fit. To even think that one needs to seek one's earthly needs, despite acknowledging that one must seek God, is itself to be under the spirit of mammon. It is exactly what it means to think that one can serve both God and mammon, what many Christians are trying to do, being deceived by the spirit of mammon, especially through debt. Jesus explains in Matthew 6:24-32:

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.  Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  

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.

 It is very clear, that Jesus is instructing His followers, not advising, suggesting, or giving His "opinion", but commanding His followers to not seek after their earthly needs per se. To seek after one's earthly needs is itself to set one's mind on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 says: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. It means what it says. Do not even try to twist it one single bit. Don't you dare try to twist it one single bit. If you do, you are hating God, and resisting God. Your Salvation warrants questioning if you try to twist the teachings of Jesus to justify the flesh even to the slightest. 

When Jesus was commanding His followers to not seek their earthly needs; that is, not to seek one's earthly needs first, but to not seek one's earthly needs at all, He means what He says. Anyone who tries to deny this is not worthy of Him for it means that he is not willing to give up all for Him.

You may argue, isn't this the same with any other teaching of the Bible, and ask why I am singling out this teaching, and even accuse me of being a cult. Why? The onus lies on the questioner as to why he is asking this question. Many people who ask such questions are doing so out of fear because they are trying to serve both God and mammon, twisting Jesus' words to mean that He is saying that one should not seek one's earthly needs first, but God first followed by one's earthly needs. This is a vile and absolutely despicable, abominable perversion of what Jesus said. He said do not seek your earthly needs at all, but instead seek the righteous of God and Kingdom of God alone. This is what Jesus said, not what I say, in Luke 14:26-33, not just to the rich young ruler, but the "great multitudes" as Luke 14:25 describes:

 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  

Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Is it now clear? In Luke 14:33, Jesus said "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple". Anyone who does not give his whole self to Christ, to make himself one who slaves only to Christ cannot, not might not be, or probably cannot be, but absolutely cannot be a disciple of Christ.

However, of course, people add all kinds of vile qualifications or contextualisations of this teaching, among other teachings.  If a particular interpretation of the Bible is one that seeks to make compromises or qualifications for the human flesh or self-interest, it is an evil, perversion of the Word of God. It is far more vile and abominable than the typical modern person, whether unsaved or saved, can even imagine. Indeed, such humanistic interpretations of the Bible are vile, despicable and abominable. 

Woe to those who think that can they interpret the Bible in their flesh to soothe it and justify it! Woe to those who even think it may be legitimate compromise or make qualifications, or contextualise the Bible's teachings out of their own carnality! To Hell with your vile humanistic contextualisations, qualifications and selective emphases that you add to the Bible! 

The Bible speaks about laying aside all weights in pursuing God: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrew 12:1).  Why does it say lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets us, sin that comes to us again and again, all the time, seeking to tempt us? Why? Because it hinders our race in the completion of the faith. Plain and simple.

Hebrews 12 which explains why it is so important to lay aside every weight is followed by Hebrews 13 which specifically states what does hinder the Christian from laying aside every weight. The four main sins that it identifies to hinder the race are sexual immorality, coveteousness, pride and false teaching.

Regarding sexual immorality, Hebrews 13:4 says: "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge". 

Covetousness is also specifically identified as as sin which hinders the race: "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5). 

Pride is another sin that is identified as a hinderance, implied by the command to submit to God-ordained authorities: "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation" (Hebrews 13:7).  

Hebrews 13:9 identifies false doctrines or distorted doctrines, such as the fleshly doctrine of cultural sensitive as a hinderance in the running of the race: "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."

The spirit behind debt, who is the spirit of mammon works through covetousness, and the anxiety for earthly needs. He tempts true Christians to get into debt with the promise of receiving some earthly material possession that has no eternal value, at a time or in circumstances that are not in accordance to the will of God for that person.  

Many in the modern Church are in debt for something that is not necessary, such an a more expensive house or a car. A car or even a house is not a need. Shelter may be a need, but not what is often called a 'house'. Many local churches these days are in debt themselves to some ungodly and wicked financial institution which runs on debt, holding itself in bondage to debt and such unrighteousness and ungodliness in finance. They are in effect supporting such institutions, thereby approving of their wickedness: They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them (Proverbs 28:4).


Getting into debt with a wicked institution, or in a wicked deal such as a usurious one, brings a person to be in bondage with such wickedness. Entering a usurious deal with another is spiritual bondage itself, and a snare. It is to put one as a surety for usury, the profits a usurer makes from one's debt slavery, service to the spirit of mammon. Godly wisdom dictates that one must get out of such deals:


My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler (Proverbs 6:1-5).

If one cannot escape usurious deals, one must resist and wrestle against such deals as much as possible by the power of God. Seek the power of God to completely resist all such usury which might and does often come into the hands of the average person living in the west who cannot do anything about it in one's own strength, owing to the entrapment of the whole mammonised system. 


Just as it is unwise to get tinto debt to which usury is attached, it is wicked and vile to simply accept the usury one receives from another, treating it a tolerable, and that money as one's "own".  A truly holy person would hate to receive any usury in his hands, and reject it. To accept usury and fail to reject it would be to tolerate usury. To tolerate usury, an abominable to to fail to contend with the wicked. To fail to contend with the wicked is itself to act lawlessly in the eyes of God. They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them (Proverbs 28:4).

Debt blinds people by making one think that what one merely wants is a need. To think that one needs earthly material things is itself is such as deception of the spirit of mammon. One does not need earthly material things, things which will all pass away and be gone. One needs God and God alone. As Jesus quoted Matthew 4:4 to satan who sought to tempt Him to think that his earthly 'needs' are needs in the true sense, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God". 

Indeed! Man shall live by every Word of God, not bread. God will give him the bread that his body needs. It is simple, once you have God, you need nothing else. All you need is God and His Word alone. As Jesus said: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things [physical needs such as clothing, food and drink] shall be added unto you". What glorious words which liberate one from the carnal flesh! What words of wisdom! What glorious love of God!

The spirit of mammon then controls a person who is blinded into thinking that their earthly needs are true needs that should be sought by means of debt. He tempts them into actually purchasing such earthly needs with debt. Whether they purchase such things within their means is not the issue. The issue is the heart one acts with in getting into debt. They know not what manner of spirit they are acting in. They do not understand that what they think is need is not a true need, and that which they do not need to pursue for God is the Provider of all. So, instead of waiting on God to provide them with what they truly need, they seek their earthly needs. This is to disobey Jesus when He 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. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? (Matthew 6:24-25).


They disobey Jesus when He commanded, not suggested, or advised, but commanded: "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" (Matthew 6:25).  

You may argue that when He said "Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?", Jesus is not saying one should not seek one's needs, but to not seek such needs first. This is to make a reading of the verse out of the flesh. Such a person ignores the first part of the sentence which says: "Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on" and Jesus calling people who sought these things as those of little faith (Matthew 6:30). To even think about such things is itself to be under the spirit of mammon.

Through such control of the person who thinks that he must get into debt, thinking that it is inevitable and normal, the spirit of mammon then enslaves such a person to this false doctrine - a doctrine of demons! He then enslaves such a person through the debt he or she has accumulated, and that he or she "feels" must be obtained to provide for one's needs and those of one's own family. The idea that debts is a "need" is a doctrine of demons. It is a lie straight from the Pit of Hell, seeking to ensnare many in sin, leading to Hell. If it not leading the person to Hell because he is saved, it seeks to add an encumbrance to the person's journey of faith in Christ Jesus. 

Hence, Hebrews 13:5 warns about covetousness which leads people into bondage to the spirit of mammon. Covetousness is not merely jealousy. It is the desire to have what one does not deserve, including all earthly things.  The desire for earthly things which is out of one's selfishness, as opposed to the desire for things of God, is coveteousness. Debt not only feeds on the covetousness of the human flesh, but increases its appetite, not only leading a person into bondage to the spirit of mammon, but increasing control over a person in bondage to the spirit of mammon.

Once a person is enslaved to debt, whether rich or poor, having huge debts or little debts, having some income or no income, or high income or low income, the spirit of mammon then will continue to keep enslaving that person until he dominates that person. Yes, the spirit of mammon seeks to dominate. He loves to dominate, as such as the spirit of witchcraft loves to dominate. The spirit of mammon, who is the spirit behind debt, seeks to keep a person in bondage to debt so that he will eventually become dominated by him. Hence, the cycle of debt occurs, a manifestation of those under the spirit of mammon, whether unsaved or saved.

Debt is double-edged sword for the spirit of mammon to use against his unsuspecting victims. It provides the 'needs' of the person, and enslaves that person to his need to pay it all off. The spirit of mammon then feeds on such anxiety to satisfy one's (self-perceived) earthly needs - all while becoming even more needy because of the debt incurred.  

This is how the spirit of mammon seeks to blind, control, enslave and dominate many who are under him, to debt.

Only those who seek first the righteousness of God and the Kingdom of God, only they will be able to escape the snares debt altogether for they have the right perception of what is the need and what is not a need. The right perception of a need is what God says is a need. He will provide for that peson accordingly, according to His Sovereign Wisdom,  Power and Strength. 

Be liberated from the power and bondage of debt by seeking first the Kingdom of God, trusting fully and absolutely in His Providence and His Providence alone! 

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).