Friday, 1 April 2016

The Deception of "Basic Needs" and its Subtle Perversion

The modern world talks about people, all people, getting their 'basic needs' as basic fundamental human 'right', assuming that all people are entitled to such needs. Such needs are not debated about. They are assumed to be a "right". This is not an indication of the world becoming more and more compassionate, kind or loving, or even, more equitable and fair. No, not all at. It is all a manifestation of the world becoming more humanistic, individualistic, earthly, proud, arrogant and materialistic.

The whole idea of people needing to have their 'basic needs' is a deception. It is an extremely subtle one, one that is true enough to be regarded as true in the large part, but of a very dangerous twist. That twist is that this demonic idea not only implies that people need to pursue their 'basic needs' for themselves to survive, which itself is utter lack of faith in God, and thus the serving of mammon. It is much more than that. 

It is perversion as to claim that people have a minimal level of needs they must have be to considered to be treated as human, instead of being created and cared for by God. Instead of recognising that God created and loves such humans, and so will provide for their needs out of His grace, both the unrighteous and righteous (Matthew 5:45), it purports that God is not a Provider and that people themselves need to be their own provider. This is itself to usurp the throne of God, and place humans on the throne of God. That is exactly where the deception of the idea of having one's 'basic needs' lie. Indeed, this is what the psychologist Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs purports.  Maslow was a humanist, and so that he proposed the idea of 'basic needs' itself indicates how evil such a mindset is.

A 'basic need' is what a persons is said to 'need' to pursue so that they can live a life that is for themselves, instead of one which fully trusts in God, so that it need not only pursue such 'needs' - it can laugh at the whole idea of pursuing one's needs. It is not that the idea of needs itself is twisted. It is that the idea of one having basic needs and pursuing it is itself a self-seeking, fleshly one. It is a doctrine of demons which implies that one has a 'right' to pursue one's 'needs'. The spirit behind the whole doctrine of having one's 'basic needs' met is the spirit of mammon, who feeds on the desire to be independent of God, as opposed to fully surrendering to Him, including even the thought of having a single breath which is all given and sustained by Him by His Will. It is to fully and utterly acknowledge that God is The Provider, who provides all things, including every single breath which comes by His grace and His grace alone.

Many in the modern western Church have become influenced by such thinking. They have adopted the idea of people having their 'basic needs' met into their thinking. Many professing Christian ministries which are well-respected by the modern Church, in seeking to help the poor and needy are focused their earthly needs, out of their humanistic sympathy, instead of focusing on how to save their souls. This is indeed such a manifestation of such humanistic, demonic thinking. Such ministries need to repent of their earthliness and their encouragement of earthliness in the unsaved poor and needy. 

The Church needs to repent of not fully trusting in God, but rather, to trust in both God and mammon in its vile, abominable double-mindedness, in thinking it has needs that it should pursue, and yet thinking that God is obliged to provide its needs. 

We should not be anxious for such earthly temporal needs, nor should we be anxious for such things. Such anxiety is the manifestation of the utter lack of trust in God, and to have a low view of His Jesus' Words, when He said:

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:31-34).