Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Usury in Commerce Does NOT make it More Justifiable in the Eyes of God than Usury Among Brothers in the Church

Many Christians think that usury is justifiable in commerce, but not among brothers and sisters in Christ. This is a double standard that is so prevalent in the modern western Church in relation to usury. It is respect for persons as Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34 refers to, in selecting what part of God's Commandment one wants to obey, and what part one does not want to obey.

Ezekiel 18:13 says:

Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

Jesus Himself also said:

 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again (Luke 6:34).

Is that not enough for you to be convinced that usury per se is a sin? Even sinners, the world expects to receive back what one lends. It is not that not charging usury makes one righteous. It is only the basic given that one should not charge usury. Rather, it is lending without expecting to receive in return that demonstrates righteousness. Charging usury should not even be thought of.