Sunday, 15 November 2015

Debt is a Manifestation of Perverse Faithlessness

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like if there were no sin, if the Fall did not occur? You may ask what is the point of asking such a question. In order to determine how dire things truly are, as opposed to what they are, one must look to how things truly should be. 

The Fall bought in sin (Romans 5:12) and death (1 Corinthians 15:21). The manifestations of sin include depression (Philippians 2:2), gender confusion, disagreement between people on what the Word of God requires, including among Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11-13), conflict, confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33), burnout, war, suffering, pain (Revelation 21:4) and debt. There are indeed many manifestations of sin. Debt is just one of them which so many do not realise. 

Debt by its very nature is bondage. As long as one is in debt, he is not, nor cannot be free from the bondage of money. Money does not give freedom as many think by means of giving one more economic power. To believe one must have more money that God has already undeservedly given to one, out of grace, is to be subject to the bondage of money.

Anyone who thinks there is no spirit behind it waiting to devour them, that is the spirit of mammon, is a fool. By not knowing he exists, such people make themselves ready to be blinded by the spirit of mammon, and enslaved by him through debt. 

The spirit of mammon seeks to make his slaves, real slaves through debt. As long as one is serving debt, one is serving mammon. He cannot serve God as a result of serving debt for it is impossible to serve both God and mammon.  Matthew 6:24 says: "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".

Debt is bondage. There is no such thing as a free person who is in debt. Such is an oxymoron. That debt brings bondage such that one cannot serve God as a result is itself a manifestation of a fallen world. 

People get into debt by their own accord, not when it is imposed on them by usurer, because of their own anxiety for earthly needs, which is a lack of faith in God. Such faithlessness is perverse. It is a double-mindedness, seeking good, but yet not trusting in the One who gives good. As Jesus said to people who sought good from Him, but did not trust Him, He said "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me" (Matthew 17:17).