Friday, 1 January 2016

Perverting the Apparent Foreigner's Exception to the Usury Prohibition to Justify Usury

It is so easy for the legalistic human heart to interpret apparent exceptions to prohibitions on things the heart loves, such as usury, a vile sin, as exceptions which justify usury in those cases. However, such apparent exceptions are only apparent. They are not real exceptions at all whatsoever. 

Many in the modern Church love Deuteronomy 23:19-20 and love to bring it up when speaking about usury:

Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.

They love to bring it up, of course, because it justifies their desire to worship both God and mammon together. In their desire to worship both God and mammon, on one hand worshipping God, yet on the other not fully and totally giving up all one has as Jesus said "whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33). Such is the double-mindedness of many in the modern Church. On one hand, they praise God for all the grace He has given them. Yet, pervertedly, they reject the idea of being gracious towards others. 

This same double-mindedness manifests in the use of Deuteronomy 23:19-20 as an exception to the Moral prohibition against usury. On one hand, they denounce usury, but such denunciation is only conditional - conditional on the basis that usury be against the poor, or only one's brother. Such love is not love, but false love and double-mindedness, manifesting in this hypocritical, false sense of love and graciousness, of being sympathetic towards others on one hand, and yet hating them with a bitter, hostile murderous animosity by supporting usury charged against them.  

The modern Church has perverted the apparent foreigner's exception to justify usury. That is exactly what it has done.