Thursday, 10 September 2015

Usury: The Stumbling Block causing Debtors to Sin

We often think of love as kind, gentle, forgiving and caring. However, we often forget the delights in truth, and rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). Love is not the toleration of sin, nor does it appreciate it when another is placed in the position where he or she is being tempted into sin (1 Corinthians 8:10-13). To cause another to stumble into sin is itself a sin. Jesus had a very strong warning for those who cause others to stumble into sin that ought to scare those who cause others to sin:

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes (Matthew 18:6-7)!

The Bible makes it very clear that not repaying one's debt is sin: The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth (Psalm 37:21). Usury, which is a charge on a loan, for which is debtor is obliged to repay, is itself a stumbling block. That usury is a stumbling block causing debtors to fall into the sin of non-repayment makes it a sin.

Just like how it is a sin to lust for others, such that it is sin to cause others to lust by dressing up in ways that stir up lust, it is sin to not repay all of one's debts, such that it is sin to cause others to not be able to repay all their debts by charging usury. 

Usury is a wicked sin. It is a seduces people, by offering a good financial debt, and the ability to receive what they want now, only to be enslaved by unnecessary debt. The spirit behind usury is the spirit of mammon who works through the desires to the flesh to get what one wants, when one wants, and however one wants. 

Jesus said that no one can serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). Falling into debt slavery is a trap that the spirit of mammon sets up to tempt people to serve him, by seeking to charge usury on basic needs, either indirectly or directly. He seeks to not only tempt, but push people off the cliff into anxiety. One must as such resist his active attempts to push people of the cliff. If one does not do so, one will fall into anxiety for mere earthly things.

The spirit of mammon is subtle, and unseen by many true Christians, but yet he is so obvious in all his manifestations right under our noses every single day.

O Church, fight, expose and attack the spirit of mammon!