Sunday, 27 December 2015

Usury is the Worship of Mammon and Hatred for God

 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him (Ezekiel 18:13).


Usury is in an of itself the worship of mammon. It is to make money an idol, seeking mammon to make money, instead of getting to work and trusting in God to provide for one.  Instead of God providing the money one needs, it is mammon who provides it. It is this desire to be independent from God which makes usury a sin. It is the worship of mammon. He who worships mammon not only hates God, but can only hate God. It is not that usury causes social problems or economic troubles to the world that makes it a sin. It is because it is the outright denial of one's need to trust in God and depend on Him that it is sin. This offends God and is why usury is sin. 

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).