Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Usury is a Pernicious, Pervasive Sin which Encourages Others to Serve Mammon

Many in the modern western Church think that usury is not an evil to be fought against because it is an individual sin, rather than one done to others, and so usury is not something to seek to abolished. On the other hand, the unsaved think that usury is to be fought against because of the 'harm' that usury causes to others, rather than because it offends God. However, both ideas are selfish, that of the unsaved being, of course, even more selfish than those in the modern western Church. 

Usury is not a "personal sin". It is a sin which is spiritually akin to sexual immorality, yes sexual immorality. The issues of money, sex, and of course, power are often interlinked as we can observe around us. Indeed, the Bible warns "Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman" (Proverbs 20:16), which refers to taking a pledge for a friend who has been seduced by a harlot, because of his bondage to her, not only sexually, but financially. He owes her a debt, as she profits off his sexual immorality, as well as her own, her ways leading death (Proverbs 2:18; 7:27). He is being manipulated by her as she makes her blood money of another's eternal destruction. That is just the disgusting, evil, despicable, wicked, abominable piece of filthy trash that she is.

Usury is a sin which involves two parties, the lender who charges interest, and the borrower. The lender lends money to the borrower, and earns money from borrowing, profiting off the debt slavery of the borrower, since "the rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender" (Proverbs 22:7). The lender makes his money of the debt slavery of another, which is the slavery to mammon. 

It is profiting off debt slavery of another that is exactly how evil usury is. That is not what usury merely involves. It is what usury is. It is called 'interest' on a loan, which is already very euphemistic of what usury is truly is. Usury should be called profit made of the debt slavery, and therefore the slavery to mammon of others. Of course, so many in the modern western Church think debt is normal, that they cannot understand why usury is sin. However, if their mind and heart about debt was right, they would be absolutely terrified by debt, be able to totally reject in their heart and mind the idea of seeking one's needs on one's own when it is God who provides, not oneself (Matthew 6:31-34). 

Just as a harlot seduces men to be sexually immoral to his own destruction and profits off his eternal destruction, the spirit of mammon behind usury seduces people to serve debt, and therefore mammon, because he makes a gain out of it. One might argue that by imposing a charge on a loan, that is, charging usury, one discourages people from borrowing money and indebtedness. That, however, is not the point. The point is that usury, by making a profit of a loan, is itself the encouragement of more slavery to mammon, because being in debt itself, is slavery to mammon. The usurer seduces people to get into debt so that he can profit of their slavery to mammon.

Being in debt confers an obligation on one to service it off. One is serving it, and not the other way round where debt is serving oneself. The spirit behind debt is the spirit of mammon. Therefore, as long as a person borrows money, he is serving mammon. As such, he cannot serve God (Matthew 6:24-25). For the mammon is a master who dominates those who serve him and feeds off their flesh for their own security, including security of having so-called 'basic needs', so that even if obtaining want they want brings pain to their flesh, their appetite to do so are all the more increased. They are his servants, controlled by the spirit of mammon. Such is the way of those in the modern west who hate having to work hard, but do so, just so that they can pay off their personal and household debt. 

Avoid debt at all costs. Do not seek your own needs in your own way, or even think about doing so, not even for your basic needs. God will provide for you perfectly. As Jesus said: 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:31-34)