Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Usury is itself the Love of Mammon, and to tolerate it is itself to Serve Mammon

Many in the modern Church are rightly concerned about moral issues such as baby-murder (nicely called 'abortion'), euthanasia and homosexual marriage. However, they are ignorant about the issue of usury which the Bible condemns as an abomination (Ezekiel 18:13). Such ignorance is often justified on the basis that it is an Old Testament Law. While it is true that many Old Testament Laws no longer apply, the Moral Law still does. The prohibition of usury is part of the Moral Law as it concerns the heart itself.

The act of usury in and of itself reveals a person's heart, and therefore of the Moral Law. For it concerns not only how one treats others, but one's attitude, mindset and heart regarding money. Usury is a profit made of the slavery to debt or mammon of another. It is the love of money in and of itself. Such is the heart of the usurer. 

Those who think that usury is justified, which include many in the modern Church, think that because their hearts are set on mammon. These mammonised Christians who although are true converts, think they can somehow serve both God and mammon together, and therefore that one is entitled to the money one has and can do as one wants with one's money. This doctrine of demons blinds them into thinking that charging usury is justifiable because of this belief, that they own their money, and not God. They say with their mouths that it is the love of money that is wrong, but not money itself, in justifying their tolerance of usury. It is true that money is not itself evil, but rather the love of money. Usury, which they justify, is itself the love of money, from which all kinds of evils come (1 Timothy 6:10). 

Usury leads to all kinds of evils, as it is of envy and selfish ambition itself. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16). It leads people to borrow, but not repay, a wicked act itself (Psalm 37:21), oppression, manipulation, hatred of the poor, and pride in one's possessions, and all manner of wickedness, and justifies such evils for such is the way of evil.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:21).