Thursday, 29 December 2016

Yes, Jesus did talk a Great Deal about Mammon or Money. Those who deny it or either Biblically Iliterate or Absolute Evil

Many in the modern western Church deny that the Bible talks about mammon to a significant extent. These jokers say it is a "minor" issue. There are very few things which repulses me than this claim. The idea that mammon in the Bible is a "minor" issue is just absolutely repulsive. From such people I cut myself off from! Although they may be true converts who may be mistaken, this does not detract from the absolute repugnancy of this claim.

The following verses are those where Jesus spoke about mammon:

Matthew 6:19-34
Mark 10:17-30 
Luke 6:34
Luke 12:13-34
Luke 16:19-31
Luke 18:1-8
Luke 18:8-30 

I strongly encourage you to read all these passages. Then come back and tell me whether you still think that mammon is a minor issue which the Bible does not really speak about.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The Disturbing Rise of Eugenicist Thinking in the West and the New Wave of Neo-nazism

These articles are excellent exposes of the neo-nazi movement that is arising in the west and their links to euthanasia. That is why the Church must actively oppose and speak out against euthanasia until it is too late.

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.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Exposing the Exposers of "church abuse"

There is a rising movement of (professing) Christian ministries who seek to expose 'church abuse'. I have no doubt there are some professing churches who engage in abuse. However, they are not churches at all in the eyes of God. They are altars to satan.

Thus, the whole concept of 'church abuse' is wrong because a true Church is Jesus Christ would not support abuse. They may not deal with it in a properly Biblical way, but they would certainly not ever support, or even think about supporting it.

However, this new movement, which I will call the 'church abuse "exposing"' (or more like 'church abuse slandering) movement is a one which is not as it might seem on the surface. Some website ministries may seem to be more 'genuine' in their care for victims of (false) churches, while some are more obvious in their real motive.

I have investigated a number of these blog ministries such as Spiritual Sounding Board and A Cry for Justice. Throughout my investigation, I found several common themes:
  1. An aim to warn about Biblical pastors who them perceive to harm 'abuse victims' eg. labelling Voddie Baucham, John Piper, and John MacArthur
  2. A hatred, as manifested by either a more obvious or subtle vitriol towards true Biblical pastors, righteous teachers, who stance on issues such as divorce and remarriage are opposed to theirs. Such hatred is expressed under the false guise of 'exposing' these dignitaries which Jude 1:8 and 2 Peter 2:10 refer to. Plenty of examples can be found at: here and hear and hear in which the author of the blog just ruthlessly paints pastors and other true Christians who she hates in a bad light. 
  3. Perversion of what these righteous teachers say, by very subtle misrepresentation, or not so subtle.
  4. The belief that people who respect these teachers and agree with them on issues such as divorce and remarriage, are simply 'indoctrinated' by 'conservative, patriarchal church' doctrine, which really is their reference to the true Church of Jesus Christ.
  5. A denial of their total misconceptions of the Biblical teaching on male headship, female submission, divorce and remarriage. They claim to affirm "Biblical responsibilities' for men and women respectively, but notice how they reduce God-given roles to mere 'responsibilities. This is evident at point 13 of
  6. A fear of being asked questions that really get into the core of what they mean.
  7. They accuse those who have a different and correct view of the Bible as 'mishandling' the Bible, while themselves mishandling the Bible.
  8. They set themselves up as their own authority, and think that what they think is truth.
  9. They listen to only authors, not pastors and submitting to the church authority, who make them feel comforted. Based on the readers' comments on these blogs, I doubt that many of them are even under the authority of a pastor of a local church.
  10. They are unstable and ignorant people as 2 Peter 3:16 refers to. Seems like nothing is new, is it?
You may be wondering why I seem to emphase this so much. This is because true doctrine is critical for the true believer because one's actions and thus one's life will be influenced by one's thinking. False teaching perverts one's thinking and leads to hell, and false teachers lead their followers into perdition. This includes those who have all kinds of perverted thinking about what may be called the 'non-fundamentals' of the Bible, that is, those not directly about Salvation itself. 

Do not be deceived by these ministries who expose 'church abuse'. They are using this alleged church abuse to attach Biblical doctrines they hate, under the false guise of "justice" and "compassion". These ministries are not ministries of God. They are ministries of satan.

 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works  

(2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

Monday, 26 December 2016

What does it mean to Store up Treasues on Earth?

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Everyone in the modern Church in the west acknowledges that Jesus told us to love one another (John 13:34-35; 15:12). Everyone is of course, very happy to hear that because of their own selfishness in expecting others to love them. 

However, the same God who told us to love one another and love one's enemies (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36), also said that no one can serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24) and to give up one's whole self to follow Him (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23), which so many in the modern Church in the west find so hard to accept. 

Few churches preach on this topic, and even where it is preached about, these teachings are softened. To soften any teaching of the Bible is itself to deny the power, and therefore the teaching for what it is, for the teaching lies in the power, the power of convict, and yes, the power to offend. The offensive power of not only the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16), but any teaching which the sinner or even the saved is seeking to rebel against owing to succumbing to the flesh, is the power of the Word of God. 

It is not something the Christian should be afraid of in bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, or something a pastor or preacher should be afraid of in preaching hard teachings. Rather, one should be all the more encouraged by the offensive power of the Word of God, because it is this very offensiveness to the rebellious, sinful, wicked, insubordinate, evil flesh that God is all the more gloried. 

Storing up treasures on earth is simply to pursue more earthly material wealth, riches and comfort. To even think about seeking basic earthly comfort, a life where there is no hardship is itself to store up such earthly treasure. Earthly treasures does not only include money, riches and wealth. It includes absolutely anything that will give one a more comfortable life. It can include food, water, clothing, and place to live.

You may say that food, water, clothing and a place to live are legitimate earthly needs, such that seeking these things could not be what Matthew 6:19-21 refers to. However, this argument simply is one which has a low view of that teaching, in seeking to reduce what it really means. While they are legitimate earthly needs, this does not mean all of a sudden that one can set one's mind on them in pursuing them for oneself. Such a belief would be of the respect of persons, full of hypocrisy in selecting which part of God's Word one wants to believe in, while rejecting the part of His teachings that one does not want to obey.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-32 that the pagans, or unsaved people seek after their things:

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.

Before that, He was explaining what it means to take thought of such things:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

In Matthew 6:24-25, He said that because no one can serve both God and mammon, do not think about what you shall eat, drink, or wear, as indicated by the use of the word 'therefore'  as a conjunctive in verse 25, which is connects to verse 24. 

That is simply what it means. It is very simple to understand. 

But what makes it so "hard" to understand is that many in the modern Church in the west don't want to obey it, and so therefore they seek to qualify or soften this teaching. It is that simple.

The whole idea of Superannuation is Against what Jesus said about Not storing up Treasures on Earth

Australians just love their 'super'. They look forward to their years in 'retirement' where they can just "enjoy life". This includes many Australian Christians, orthodox, evangelical and conservative Christians, who have no idea just what spirit they are under. They also think that there is nothing wrong with super. However, this just testifies to how under the spirit of mammon they are, and how enslaves they are to him.

There is even a company called Christian Super. They say on their website:

Do you care how your hard-earned super is being invested? Would you like to receive social and environmental returns, along with financial returns? Like sending students to university, investing in hospitals, producing clean water, creating affordable housing, developing green energy… all while avoiding things that harm people and our planet.

Christian Super are ethical investing experts. 100% of our investments are ethically screened based on values we find in the Bible. We invite you to join the award-winning super fund that’s changing the world through ethical investing. Best of all, you can join and switch your super online in minutes.

They say their investments are "screened based on values we find in the Bible". Really? What about Ezekiel 18:13 which 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. What about what Jesus Himself said in Luke 6:34:  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.

I know too well that the typical modern western Christian will give a blank stare in response to this and ask, "what of it?" What of it? Investments are not only based on usury. They are usury. For those of you who don't know how investments work, the return obtained by the charging of 'interest', properly called usury, on a principal. It is not only the product of usury. It is usury itself. 

Apart from investments being usury, the whole essence of superannuation is unbiblical itself. Jesus said: 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

Read it again. It says "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth". It does not say lay not up for yourselves treasure on earth, unless it is by so-called 'ethical investment', or where the treasure on earth is only for one's family, that it is only a "small amount", or for one's survival. No, it just says "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth". There is no qualification to this command, not opinion, advice, or view, but command by Jesus to not store up treasure on earth. 

You may say this is a hard teaching. Yes, indeed it is hard teaching for those who are rebellious, sinful, wicked and evil. The entire Bible is hard teaching for rebellious, sinful, wicked and evil people, which is anyone who is not living a truly holy righteous life before God, seeking first His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). That is what makes the entire Bible hard teaching. Because it is hard for rebellious, sinful and wicked people, like most of you to accept.  So don't you dare claim to obey the Word of God, as many in the modern conservative, orthodox, evangelical Church in the west do, but yet attempt to soften, qualify or exceptionalise any teaching in the Bible whatsoever which one finds 'hard to accept', that is, that one does not want to obey.  

Whenever a Bible teaching is said to be hard to accept, what is really meant is that one does not want to obey it because of one's rebelliousness and wickedness. That is it. So, that is why people should stop saying that some teachings of the Bible are 'hard to accept', because that is really to deny that one is being rebellious against God. To say it is 'hard to accept' is to blame for how hard the teaching is, when it is really one's own fault for being disobedient towards God.

It is because most people will not truly repent of their sins to live a truly holy and righteous life for Jesus that Jesus said:  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13-14). 

Don't be the many. Heed the words of Jesus who commands us to enter the narrow gate to life, and reject the wide gate which only ends in death. 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).


Investments by Usury make Usurers Out of All Investors who are 'Passive Lenders'

Usury is ubiquitous in the modern world. The whole global financial system is trapped in a spider web of usury. No wonder it has been called "The Web of Debt", which is of course the title of author and lawyer Ellen Brown's book. 

Usury does not only affect the person who is actually charging usury on loans in the modern world. It affects people on a mass scale. It also affects not only borrowers and lenders who are actively borrowing and lending. It affects also what can be called 'passive lenders'. 

Passive lenders are those who are not actively charging interest or usury on loans, but benefit from usury as a result of receiving a gain on investments or bank deposits. They have a bank account, which accumulates usury on it. Since almost everyone in the west invariably has a bank account, including people borrowing money to buy a house, almost everyone is a usurer, not by choice, but as a result of the actions of others. 

That precisely is the situation in the modern west and it is truly sickening. It makes me sick in the stomach. It makes people passive usurers who can't break away from being effectively usurers. What is disturbing is that because some have no income other that bank usury from their deposit, it becomes a means of survival. Usury is therefore now a 'basic need' for some now, if not many. That is truly disturbing.

Jesus Christ Himself spoke about the Christian ethic of lending and borrowing. He 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). Unlike what many Christians in the west think, including conservative, evangelical, orthodox Christians think, usury is a sin both in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus in Luke 6:3 was simply reenforcing the Old Testament prohibition on usury, which was absolute:

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 (Ezekiel 18:13).

Let that sink in for a minute. Think about how it is called an abomination, and that he who charges usury shall surely die. It is very clear. It is not that one might die, or will probably die, but that one will die by charging usury. Do not let the devil say to you "Did God really say you shall surely die by charging usury?". Ezekiel 18:13 makes it clear that usury is an sin, without exception, for there is no exception to any sin whatsoever. Don't 'exceptional-ise' any sin into Hell, or any part of the Bible into Hell.

Jesus in Luke 6:34 told His followers to not even expect to receive back one lends. This indicates that charging usury is unthinkable. It is beyond question as one should not even think about receiving back what one lends. For such is the way of the world, to not only lend money and expect in return, but also to charge usury.

Usury was an abomination in the Old Testament and still it today and will be forevermore. It is pervasive sin which has created a web of debt over the whole world which enslaves it to money, and therefore holds them captive to do mammon's will, and therefore satan's will (2 Timothy 2:16).

By being held in such captivity to money, how can one repent and be saved, unless one is first released from it by God's grace and mercy?

Serving money is a sin and worthy of eternal Damnation in a place called Hell. So, God sent His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man to die for your sins. 

He died a terrible death for God to vindicate His Hatred against all Sin, and His just wrath against your sins. He died in your place. You broke God's Law, and so Jesus paid your fine on your behalf. This means that if you turn from yours sins and place your faith in Him and His work, God can dismiss his case against you and grant you Eternal Life, a free gift from God. 

This free gift is not earned, not can be earned by your works. It can only be received by repenting of your sins and placing your faith in Jesus Christ alone.  

Turn from your sins and put you faith in Jesus Christ today, while there still is time.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Greeting

Democracy is of the spirit of self-serving and pride, elevating Man above God

Democracy means 'people rule'. It is about what man wants, which is diametrically opposed to what God wants. The rule of God and the rule of man can never be reconciled as, that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15).

So, since democracy, or rather, demon-cracy, is the political system that seeks man's wants, it is an anti-christian worldview.

Democracy is not based on Biblical values at all, despite what so many in the modern Western Church think, including many in the evangelical, orthodox, conservative Church in the west.

Demon-cracy is the hatred of God's Sovereignty.  

Demoncracy says that people rule, which is totally against what Romans 13 says about government being ordained by God.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Romans 13:1 makes it clear that "there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."

You may say, since the Bible does not tell us about which political system is the right one, God allows us to choose our leaders, and so Romans 13 really means that God is one who ultimately chooses the leaders. 

It is true that the Bible does not tell us about which political system is the right one. This is precisely because it is a spiritual book, not an earthly one which those of you Christians who are still so focused on politics and culture, and think that demoncracy is Biblical, out of your earthly-mindedness and delusion. It is because of your earthly-mindedness and delusion that it need to be said that demoncracy is an anti-christian worldview, which you dare to think is an Biblical one. 

You may then say, God can use demoncracy to ultimately choose the leaders. However, that completely misses the point. The point is that demoncracy is of the spirit of self-centredness of man and rebellion against God in elevating man above God. That God can turn evil into good is irrelevant as to whether demoncracy is anti-christian.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Attempting to Reduce the Offensive Power of the Word of God is itself to Deny the Word of God

The modern Western Church is full of career missionaries. They are all around you. Chances are, you have encountered at least one such person. Chances are, you are one of them yourself. 

To understand what a career missionary is, one must first understand what a true missionary for Jesus Christ is.  

A true missionary for Jesus Christ is one who not only is genuine in one's motives for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is one who is unapologetic for it, and will never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever seek to reduce or deny the power of it, which is the power of offense to save souls (Romans 1:16). Acts 5:27-29 makes this clear:

 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

In Acts 5:27-29, the unbelieving world is seeking to oppose the preaching of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostles respond by saying that they cannot stop preaching the Gospel of Jesus Chris. Importantly, they did not ever ever ever seek to present it in a more 'culturally sensitive' way so as to not offend.

You may say, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is offensive to the world. Good! As it should! The Christian should never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever be ashamed of the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to offend. Rather, he should be glad it offends the world, for this offense is the full power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to save (Romans 1:16). There are several verses in the Bible which say that the power of Scripture is of the Word of God itself:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Matthew 22:29).

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (1 Corinthians 4:20).

To even think about attempting even reduce this offensive power is itself to deny the teaching of the Word of God, for the power is of the Word of God itself. Without this power, the Word of God is itself denied. Thus, to reduce the offensive power of the Gospel is itself to deny the teaching of Word of God. This is extremely vile, and despicable in and of itself, for it is to say that God that one thinks it is in error, that it needs to be changed to suit the flesh of man. 

Attempting to remove the offense from the Word of God itself to not offend unbelieving world is itself to pander to the carnal sensitivities of man. To even think of that is itself vile, wicked, despicable, evil and to blaspheme God.

So, to claim that one is a true follower of Christ, obeying His Command for the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), but yet deny the power of the Gospel, or attempt to reduce it, is itself hypocrisy.  Such is what 2 Timothy 3:5 refers to people in the Last Days who "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof".  That is why 2 Timothy 3:5 says: "from such turn away." 

The modern Chuch in the west is full of such people. This includes many missionaries who have a form of godliness but deny the power, that is, its offensive power thereof. Such misssionaries are career missionaries, who despite being outwardly godly, are full of the fear of man, fearing man more than God, because they rely on man for money, that is, donations for their ministry, rather than God.

In seeking to not offend the unsaved, these hypocritical professing Christians who have a form of godliness, but deny its power offend God. 

It is no wonder the unsaved in the west think the Church in the west think that religion is hypocrisy. The Church in the west is full of hypocrites which the world can see right through.

This indeed is a stumbling block for many unsaved people, and is one reason why the Church in the west in declining.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Beware the Career evangelists and missionaries

The term 'career evangelist' and 'career missionary' may sound like oxymorons. They should be oxymorons. However, they describe the reality in the modern western Church.

John MacArthur in an article titled Metamorphosis, Part 1 about how change in the west influenced the Church in the west wrote:

By far the most subtle and dangerous Western influences came in through church-growth experts, missiologists, and professional pollsters. Unlike the televangelists and street performers, these academicians managed to gain a platform within Russian-speaking churches. They were trusted because they were writers, career missionaries, seminary professors with credentials, and even pastors. They brought loads of books and ideas, virtually all of them advocating a highly pragmatic approach to ministry that was foreign in every sense to a church that had lived under communist persecution for the better part of a century.

Twice in this article did MacArthur say he felt embarrassed about the way in which the modern Church in the west use earthly, worldly means of evangelism. Indeed, career missionaries do exist. The term career missionary may sound derogatory to you and offend you. So it should! But to some of you who may be offended by these terms, it is because you are career missionary yourself, but you find that term offensive because you don't want to admit you are one. 

A career missionary is one who does missionary work, not as a calling, but rather as a means of earthly survival. He or she takes on such work, to earn a living. It is totally possible for one to take on a spiritual job, like that of pastor, evangelist or missionary, out of a desire to earn a living, as opposed to truly serve God and fulfill His Will for you in the calling He has given you.

The modern Church in Australia, and every liberal western country is full of them. Although they are not false teachers like those described in Romans 16:18 and Philippians 3:19, they are just as abominable and despicable because they are hypocrites. They are not really genuine in their preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They may do so actively and regularly, but their real true motive is to have a 'job', as a 'missionary', by having the basis to convince naive Christians to donate money to them. 

Many missionaries in Australia ask people to donate money to them, even by credit card! Their pathetic cries for donations is just a manifestation of being under the spirit of mammon, to sum it up. This is by no means saying that it is wrong to help those who do the work of God some financial support. By no means!  To say that would be to say that what the early Church in Macedonia as described in 2 Corinthians 9 did was wrong, which is not what I am saying:

For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you:

For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready:
Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Rather, it is to say that for one to ask for money, on one's part is wrong. To who donate money out of a genuine heart of love, are righteous on their part: But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:17-18).

But those who ask for money, crying out for it as if God Himself does not provide, do wrong on their part. 

Let us not trust in the arms of the flesh, but in the arms of God. Let us heed the command, yes, command, of Jesus Christ when He said:

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 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 6:28-34).

The Church being full of mammonised pastors, missionaries and evangelists who are full of the fear of man is only a manifestation of the root problem. The root problem is that many in the modern Church have a false view of what Jesus said about living for Him, because they do not esteem His Word highly enough. This results in earthly worldly thinking which seeks to pursuit a comfortable life, and one that is full of the fear of man, leading to pragmatism in the modern Church in all its labour for God, whether it be evangelism or church-planting, or Bible teaching. Mammonisation, fear of man and pragmatism in spiritual work are all linked together. This series will examine why. 


The Mammonisation of the modern Australian Church

The modern Church in Australia has at least as many problems as the modern Church in America as Pastor Paul Washer refers to in this classical sermon called Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church in America:

It is full of the fear of man and the love of mammon, all without realising it. It is trying to serve not only God and mammon, but also God and man. This manifests in all kinds of ways, in that irritating, man-fearing, man-pleasing way in which it evagelises to the lost. To make things worse, it is so keen to impose its man-fearing and man-pleasing methods of evangelism on those who are truly seeking to reach the lost, causing them to fall. 

It also is so influenced by the world's ways of handing finances. There is even a 'christian' company called 'Christian Super'. Really? You've got to be kidding. But, no it is true. Instead of obeying Jesus when he said:

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

they store up money for themselves, which is what superannuation is.  

In my next series of articles, I will examine specifically the mammonisation of the modern Church in Australia, not out of love of criticising her, but out of love for the righteousness of Christ which cannot let such unrighteousness go by. 

Monday, 12 December 2016

Answer the Fool As He Deserves

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

(Proverbs 26:4-5) 

The Bible teaches the godly wise person how to 'answer the fool'. This refers to how to address foolishness from those the Bible calls 'fools', that is, evil people who reject the counsel of God and seek after their own wisdom, thinking they are so wise. How does the godly person answer such foolishness, according to Proverbs 26:4-5?

By understanding his foolishness and attacking it accordingly. Rebuke him in accordance to the wisdom of God and principles of righteousness, and he will fall. The wisdom of God exposes his foolishness, his futile thoughts, manifesting in his works of darkness:

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (Romans 1:21).

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart (Ephesians 4:17-18).

Fools are full of foolishness because of their darkness of heart and futility of mind, which seeks not God, but the ways of the flesh.

He makes himself even more of a fool by trying to argue back. As Proverbs 17:28 says: Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

A fool does not become wise by being quiet. Rather, it is that he protects himself from looking even more by arguing back.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Steadfastness of the Church Through the Ages Past and Forevermore Despite Severe Opposition, Persecutions, Suffering Trials and Tribulation is Testament to her Strength and Power in Jesus Christ

All the empires which have once been the most powerful in the world have fallen, and the most influential doctrines of the world have waned in their influence. But, despite such influence and their 'wisdom' in the eyes of the world, the Church of Jesus Christ, which is foolish and weak in the eyes of the world, has stood through the test of time, and ages past since she was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Countless times has she faced opposition, persecutions, attacks, criticisms, challenges, and attempts to outlaw, eradicate or render her irrelevant, which have all not only failed, but made her all the more stronger, wiser, sharper and bolder.

Indeed, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. As Jesus said: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). 

Her steadfastness through the ages past in spite of trials, tribulation, suffering, persecutions, oppositions and hatred against her testifies of her strength and power in Jesus Christ.

Let revival begin!


Why Bother With Studying the Evil Doctrines of the World if One is Christian?

Many followers of Christ in the west do not believe that studying the philosophy of false doctrines of the world is important. They think it is simply a colossal waste of time. 

But is it really?

The Bible warns the follower of Christ not allow the world to influence him or her:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith (Romans 12:1-3).

This is because it is all too easy to be influenced by the world. As long as one is not seeking counsel from the Word of God, one will inevitably be influenced by the world, and therefore be of the world. 

You may say that the Bible simply says don't act like the world, or speak like the world. Yes, that is true. But equally, if not more so, it warns against thinking like the world. This is because thinking like the world will lead one to act and speak like the world. One's thinking needs to be corrected before one can have conduct and speech that is correct in the eyes of God. The thinking comes first before action and speech. One's thinking is a matter of life and death, salvation or eternal damnation because one is either an enemy of God, or child of God, in one's heart and mind. The unregenerate person is an enemy of God in his mind:

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled (Colossians 1:21).

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be (Romans 8:7). 

One of the main things about pursuing a life pleasing to God is changing one's mind. Repentance of one's sins unto faith requires a change in mind.

That is why the Bible says "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:8). It says BEWARE which means to be alert and run from all false doctrines, not just to know about, but to actively and consciously be alert to when false doctrines are creeping into your thinking and into the Church of Jesus Christ. Discernment is absolutely critical.

It is because of all the evil philosophies of the world that this blog Fighting the Evils of Mammon exists. This blog is the frontline of fighting all evils, which many Christians, especially the naive evangelicals in the west don't understand. They think it only exists to fight materialism. Nothing can be further from the truth. 

Unlike the typical modern evangelical Christian discussions about evil worldly philosophies which are soppy, which attempt to soften all criticism of the world and apologise for it out of  its fear of man, this blog fearlessly, zealously and militantly attacks false doctrines of the world without shame or apology. This blog is zealous for Christ, and in being zealous, attacks liberalism, humanism, feminism, secularism, the homosexual agenda, enlightenment doctrines of "rights", "liberty" and "equality", capitalism and demoncracy. 

It is also largely because of the weak, apathetic modernistic, mammonised, man-fearing, man-pleasing, useless western Church who can't even defend her doctrines without feeling apology, that this blog needs to exist. And all the more so. 

The modern western Church need to cease being apologetic towards the world for her stance, and be bold, zealous and fearless in fighting the evils of the world.