Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Usury is evil ONLY because it offends God, not because it may offend the World or Church

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).

We live in an age where people are so sensitive and easily offended about everything. People are hyper-sensitive about even the most trivial things, getting offended at even a use of a non-derogatory, non-profane word that one just do not personally prefer to use. As such, there are many social movements in the world which seek to supposedly fight evil, that is, supposedly. Whether it be the anti-human trafficking movement, anti-domestic violence movement or the anti-pornography movement, that these movements started by the world and embraced by the world should indicate to the Christian to be very skeptical and cautious about such movements, run by vile, evil, abominable people such as liberals and feminists.

The question that must always be asked is whether God says it is evil, not what any human being thinks, whether it be a muslim, atheist, hindu, liberal, or a Christian. What makes evil evil is because it offends God. It is by no means, and never ever ever because a human being. An act is not evil because a pastor, priest, baptist, or modern evangelical takes offence at it. It is only evil because God says so . Evil is only defined by God and God alone for God is Truth (John 14:6). No one else has any so-called "right" to define what is evil. No one else has any "right" to call something evil because it offends them. 

Many in the modern Church think that while God is truth, they also have some kind of a "right" to claim that anything which offends them is sin. This is vile, abominable, proud, arrogant, disgusting, evil, wicked humanistic thinking. The idea that humans have any "right" to define evil is so vile, and abominable is that to steal from the glory of God, denying His Sovereignty. It is to exalt oneself, thinking that one has truth in oneself.  It is to not only say that God lies, but that He is a liar, to think that one can define evil and good. 

You may ask how is it that a person who thinks that what offends him makes it evil is to call God a liar. Jesus who is God said that "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). What this means is that Jesus who Himself is God, is the Truth itself.  No truth can come from anyone except Christ and Christ alone. It is not from both Christ and a pastor, Christ and a priest, or Christ and Church teaching from which Truth comes. It is Christ and Christ alone. Anyone who claims otherwise is not only denying the Word of God, but calling God a liar. 

Truth is the basis on which righteousness and unrighteousness, good and evil, light and darkness are defined. Since only God is the Truth, not only is anything which offends Him is evil, but that evil is only evil that that reason alone - because it offends God. That which God does not call evil is not evil. Calling that which is truly evil to be evil for reasons other than because it offends God is evil itself. For example, to be offended at 'domestic violence', more properly regarded as ordinary violence because of a loss of one's own dignity is evil it and of itself, because it is selfish reason,  which is diametrically opposed to being angry at evil because it offends God.

God's Sovereignty means that He is the only One who defines Truth, and from Truth, defines what evil and good are. Sin is not simply the breaking of Moral Law of God. It is to fail to give glory to God (Romans 1:21). Claiming as evil that which is evil, not because it offends God, but for any reason than other that it offends God is evil in and of itself. It is the rejection of God's standard, which is a vile, abominable sin. 

One might argue that simply because a person is angry at evil for reasons other than because it offends God, is not necessarily rejecting God in doing so. A person may be angry for multiple reasons, including that it is because it offends God. No! No one can serve both the flesh and God for the flesh does not nor cannot submit to God. Romans 8:7-8 says: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. This means that a person cannot be angry at evil out of a desire to satisfy the flesh and God. A person will either seek to appease the flesh, or to please God in all his ways, including how he should think of evil. 

The Bible makes it clear that usury is sin. You may say that it is only in the Old Testament. Simply because something was explicitly stated to be evil in the Old Testament, but not the New Testament does not mean is it not a sin. For example, the Bible does not explicitly say that gambling or slavery, selling and buying of human beings is a sin in the New Testament. Neither does the New Testament  explicitly say that racism, which is prejudice against people on the basis of race is a sin. Yet, the modern Church rightly regards such things as sins. But why does not it regard usury as sin?

Sin is not just that breaking a set of rules given by God. Rather, it is absolutely anything which offends God's Character, Manner of spirit, Will, Word or Purpose. To think that it is simply the breaking of God's rules is to have a low view of God. One needs to recognise that sin is not simply the breaking of the Moral Law of God as set out explicitly in the Bible. Anything which is opposed to the manner of spirit of God, is sin. 

So, you may still ask, why is usury sin? Usury is sin because it is opposed to the manner of spirit of God. It is a means of making gain out of a person's slavery to mammon, just as harlotry is a means of making a gain out of a man's weakness in falling into sexual sin. Usury is not merely exploitation. It is extortion, to make a gain out of a person's weakness into falling into anxiety for earthly things, that which is against God's will. Usury is also an act on unforgiveness towards a debtor. There is no way charging usury could not be without unforgiveness, which is against the manner of spirit of God.

Usury is sin because it offends God, and not because it may offend a debtor. It is evil only because it offends God, not because it offends a debtor, or anyone else.