Monday, 19 October 2015

The False Evil Doctrine of Material things as Blessings must be rooted out of the Church, Destroyed and Eradicated Completely

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness (1 Timothy 6:5:11).

Many in the modern Church think that they material things they have, are blessings from God. This is based on a false understanding on what is a blessing according to the Bible, and also of course, the belief in rights which is all to appealing to the lusts of the flesh and pride of life, that which is of the world (1 John 2:16).

That the world believes in something or supports something, is of itself an indication that what is believes in its evil, vile and perverted for the "whole world lieth in wickedness" (1 John 5:19). For example, that the world supports psychological therapy, cultural sensitivity, liberalism, feminism, demoncracy, known to the world as "democracy" and capitalism, is itself an indictment to such things. 

The world believes in what it believes because of the flesh, the things of the world and the devil and his minions who tempt people into sin and seduce them with their lies. Indeed, what other better people to deceive than the Church, who is the salt and light of the earth, by virtue of one's undeserved and unmerited Salvation from Christ alone (Matthew 5:13-16).

The false evil doctrine of material things and success as blessings comes from the deception of the "protestant work ethic". The article titled The Myth of the Protestant Work Ethic explains the protestant work ethic as purporting that work is needed to justify oneself before God. It is a very subtle deception that seems obviously false, but yet true to people. Material success is a sign of God's blessings according to the protestant work ethic. This statement implies that a lack of success is a sign of God's curse.

It should be very obvious that this is a very materialistic and selfish doctrine. It is an insult to those who work very hard in their vocation and give their best in working for God but do not earn much financially or materially. However, yet so many are deceived by it, thinking that having less material success means one is not so blessed by God. It not only to imply that material things are the blessings from God, it is to idolise material success itself, as one would be working for such material things themselves, while serving God at the same time, rather than working for God, while letting God provide. 

The protestant work ethic is the ultimate manifestation of seeking to serve both God and mammon at the same time. It indeed is the foundation of American civilisation which American protestant calvinists are so proud of, thinking that they are so holy and righteous and seeking to serve God and mammon, evidenced by their riches and freedom. 

It is the protestant work ethic which claims that one can serve God and mammon together. It claims that in serving mammon, one can serve God, or even that one must serve mammon in order to serve God. 

The belief in this work "ethic" is manifested in true converts who affirm that it is wrong to be materialistic, but yet ask, how can one serve others without seeking resources, to imply that one cannot serve God if one does not have enough material wealth and possessions. A classic example of a manifestation of such a belief is that of a local church pastors being fearful of offending those in their church who are rich, because of the reliance of that particular local church on the resources of such people. It is a violation of Jesus' commands to not be anxious for one's material needs, whether it be for oneself, one's family or one's church:

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).

You may say that resources are needed to do what God calls one to do, and that if one does not seek such resources, you cannot do anything. You may claim you are just being realistic. That is exactly what the problem is with many in the modern Church, including many true pastors and conservative Christians. That is what the problem is. Instead of seeking first the righteousness of God, you seek material resources for church activities, whatever they might be, serving mammon in doing so rather than trusting in God to provide.

You fear those who provide you with wealth and material resources, (but yet not those who spiritual, everlasting resources). Instead of fearing God who is the Almighty Provider of All things, you fear puny, vile, fallible, weak, disgusting, vile, abominable human beings whose righteous works are filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). You have a high view of humans and a low view of God, as manifested by the fear of offending people, striving to not offend people, all while not being anywhere as concerned as one should be striving to not offend God. 

To fear offending people is itself to have a low view of God and a high view of people. One cannot have a high view of both God and people because both the Spirit and the flesh are at war against each other. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would (Galatians 5:17).

Jesus said those who fear people "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God" (Luke 16:15). The reasons why people fear people shows what one loves. To fear people for their ability to provide wealth and resources, not only is an ungodly fear, but the vile, abominable, disgusting, despicable, filthy love of mammon. That is exactly who you are if you fear those who can provide material resources and wealth. You are an abomination to God.

There is a reason why the Bible says "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe" (Proverbs 29:25). To is the succumbing to the flesh, which God hates. Fear of people is bondage, rendering a person unable to fully trust in God.  Yet, many in the modern Church live as though they disregard this verse. They may give lip service to it, but their hearts, which are manifested in their actions say otherwise.

The protestant work ethic is itself of the fear of people. This is because it trusts in that which is esteemed by people, which is an abomination to God. The love of mammon leads to the love of those who can satisfies one lust for earthly things, and those who can provide much of such things.  

The protestant work ethic is evil and vile, not only because it places gifts above the Giver. It is a direct but yet subtle perversion of what Jesus about no one being able to serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). It legitimises trust in the arms of the flesh, by claiming that one is entitled to seek after one's material needs, which is diametrically opposed to what Jesus commanded when He said: "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)?"
The spirit of mammon is the spirit behind the protestant work ethic. He has whispered in the ears of John Calvin and Martin Luther who so many in the modern Church love, and treat as celebrities. Such is the carnality of many in the modern Church (1 Corinthians 3:3), in fighting over who is the better preacher or theologian, and forming factions about such things.  

Simply because a person is a calvinist protestant, or evangelical does not mean that one is more godly, righteous and holy than everyone else.  The belief in the protestant work ethic, not in one's mind, but in one's heart, is evidence of this. 

The doctrine of material things as blessings is that which claims that one can serve God and mammon, or that one must serve mammon, to serve God, which are vile blasphemies. Its roots is in the belief that one has "rights" because one deserves what one has. No human deserves anything at all, not even one's existence. All humans deserve to burn in Hell when Adam sinned, before one was even born, for in Adam all sinned (Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:22). 

It is appealing to flesh for it legitimises one's desire to be independent from God, while at the same time having the vile audacity to seek blessings from God when one has sinned and despised in in desiring to be independent of God.

The false evil doctrine of the protestant work ethic and that material success are blessings from God must be rooted out of the Church, destroyed and completely eradicated. The doctrine that material things are blessings for one's godliness is anathema: "Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:5-6).

The Church must root out, destroy and completely eradicate all belief in such a doctrine of demons!