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Signs of a Person under the spirit of mammon

Both the unsaved and saved can be under the spirit of mammon. Do not be deceived! An unsaved person can only serve mammon because it is not part of his nature to submit to God in any way (Romans 8:7). However, the Christian can most definitely yield to the temptations of mammon just as he can yield to the temptations of satan. This is what is means for a Christian to be under the spirit of mammon.

The signs of a person being under the spirit of mammon are:


The person does not understand the spirit of mammon. This is because he or she is blinded by it and therefore cannot see it.The person reacts whenever being confronted with being told that they are under the spirit of mammon, or being told that they may be under it. This is not the person themselves reacting, but the spirit of mammon reacting.The person is self-satisfied with the abundance that they have. This is especially the case with many Christians today. They are happy with having a family, a well-paying job, security, romance a…

Two types of contentment

The world seeks contentment. It seeks to be contented in pursuit of all kinds of things, whether it be money, health, wealth, romance, sex, careers or family. It does not necessarily seek after riches to be content. However, that one does not seek after money as the first priority, but other things that are typically associated with good traditional values, such as family, does not in any way mean that one is content in the godly sense. By no means! A person can be a "conservative" and "religious" but just as earthly as the "liberal".

There are two types of contentment: earthly contentment and godly contentment. Earthly contentment finds its fulfillment and satisfaction in things that are passing away, not necessarily money, but also things like family, education and children. Yes, that's right. Many professing American Christians think that they could never be under the spirit of mammon because they care for their families and love their families, as …

The spirit of Mammon seeks to Steal, Kill and Destroy, by Deception and Murder

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

The thief in John 10:10 Jesus was referring to was the devil. His minions are no different. They also seek to steal, kill and destroy. Just like the devil, they use lies to murder. How? One may ask. Are not lies and murder from the human heart, rather than a evil spirit, those of you think that anything that the Bible does not explicitly talk about cannot be true may ask, who are so hostile against the doctrine that there is a such thing as a spirit of mammon?

It is true that out of the human heart comes lies and murder (Matthew 15:19). However, this does not mean that there is no such thing as evil spirit which seek to tempt people into lies and murder. Anyone who thinks that there are no such things as evil spirits which people into sin, and blinds them to sin is naive and foolish. 

Those of you who think you are so theolog…