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Crisis in the American Financial System: Buy More and Borrow More?
 

What Happened to the American Economy?





22-3: Covetousness Causes a Straying from Faith and Personality Destruction.


All sorts of bad things happen, like today in the collapse of the American econ­omy, not only to the rich but in the words of the Apostle Paul in I Timothy 6:9 when Americans “desire to be rich”. You immediately think of the three catego­ries of Americans who with greed have precipitated this economic crisis: (1) those who are filthy rich with millions and billions and keep working hard to accu­mulate even more, the 10% of Americans that spend 50% of the American money; (2) the other half of stock market investors, still working and retired, of over 250,000, who would “desire to be rich”; and (3) millions more of Americans with a dedication to the popular Gospel of Prosperity {believed by over 60% of church members and formerly in the history of American Thought called “The Gospel of Wealth” and “the corollary of success”} are daily saying I “desire to be rich”.


1. Paul writes about the heart-felt attitudes and dimensions of human personal­ity that can prevent this straying from faith and personality destruction caused by the “love of money” (I Timothy 6:10).


Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (I Timothy 6:6)


NOTE: Now here are the religious dimensions of personality and character that can eliminate straying from the faith and personality destruction: (1) godliness considered as “great gain”, or success in life, over the gain of money and the things which it brings; and (2) contentment. You might call this contentment “happiness”. Did you know that original in the Declaration of Independence where it was written “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as the inalienable rights given by God to men, was originally written “live, liberty, and the pursuit of property”. No doubt it seemed too worldly and materialistic by those attempting to original form one new nation under God, so what Americans have learned to practice as dominant in the American Dream, a Dream turned into covetousness and greed, has in reality made happiness as synonymous with the “pursuit of property”.


2. What initially happens to the personalities of Americans when they “desire to be rich”? It at first, before 40 years of departing from the living God and with “an evil heart of unbelief”, starts somewhat innocently, as many unsus­pecting Americans are enticed by the examples of the wealthy and financial leaders {also their own spirit that lusts to envy and Satan} as they:


(1). “fall into temptation and a snare” (I Timothy 6:9). And here from the Apostle Paul, or really the Word of God through the Apostle Paul, you get the picture of rabbits or beautiful birds, and innocent ones at that, who motivated and enticed by the “desire to be rich” get trapped by these temptations that relate to money and what money can buy as possessions, status, and pleasures.


But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare...” (I Timothy 6:9)


(2). also as they “desire to be rich” they inevitably, as we have seen in a tragic way in present American history and economy, they fall not only into “temptation and a snare” but also “into many foolish and harmful lusts” (I Timo­thy 6:9)


But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdi­tion.” (I Timothy 6:9)


3. This greed and covetousness inevitably “drowns” men and women’s personali­ties in destruction and also inevitably leads to everlasting “perdition”.


NOTE: You have noticed the ups and downs of the Stock Market as one day those below 250,000 per year sell their stock to get out of the mar­ket in order to rescue their money and profit from more loss, and then the next day as the wealthy 10% with 50% of the money gluttonously gobble up that stock which did belong to their neighbors in order to buy cheap and profit greatly later, much like the rich man who build bigger barns. Here, the barns are more and better stock.


22-4: Misunderstood “Covetousness” has two basic Meanings in the Bible.


Covetousness as a sin, as a wrong against God, neighbor, and an investors own personality has been neglected in American religion and business. Today, increasingly leaders are admitting the end result of covetousness in “greed”; although not to see too religious they are using the word “greed” instead of cov­etousness, and many like Bush who will not admit guilt and responsibility refer to the follies of American businessmen that caused this collapse as “mistakes”. {Remember it was Bush who promoted national leadership to get Americans away from Social Security and into the stock of 401Ks, Quickly, we will look at the two basic meanings of “covetousness” in the Bible, the first from the New Testament and from the Greek language of the New Testament, and the second from the Old Testament and the Hebrew word of the Old Testament.


1. Covetousness in the New Testament Greek is literally translated as “the desire to have more”. {You can check it in any Analytical Concordance like YOUNG’s.} And do you not see that this “desire to have more”, more of the American pie and more of the American Dream, more of the happiness thought property and money and stock, is what created this economic collapse, at least one of the three causes according to the Bible.


2. Covetousness in the Old Testament with the Hebrew word of “betsa” literally means “dishonest gain”; and do you not think that when the executives of World Com and Enron, a precursor of what happened on a larger scale in this more recent economic collapse, were selling their own company stock to protect their wealth and leaving their fellow employees to lose their retirements as the 401Ks, disappeared...do you not think it was dishonest, and dishonest gain?


22-5: Covetousness is Destructive: (1) nationally to neighbors; and (2) to self.


Covetousness destroys both neighbors, the people in the land up all the way up to the national level as we are witnessing now in the limping American economy; and destroys the individual personality as: (1) it leads the “lover of money” away from faith (I Timothy 6:10); (2) as it inspires “greediness”; and (3) as it “pierces” the individual passionately through “with many sorrows”.


NOTE: On a lesser scale, you heard about the teacher of university finance, who stated how badly he felt for encouraging students to get into investments with such recently failed financial institutions as AIG, and etc. Yet all of the ads of these businesses were designed to entice Americans into a false sense of confidence that they had all the financial answers; and so most Americans thought, and so most government leaders thought and practiced.


For the love of money {and stock, we might add as the more modern form of money} is a root of all kinds of evil {you know as Bush tried for us 8 years ago to define “evil” in terms of the axis of evil, we are sure that stock and money were not included in his definition even as incompetence and greed are not now included in his explanations of what happened, Bush knowing where his bread is buttered}, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (I Timothy 6:10)


1. Covetousness and Greed creates a straying from Christian faith.


2. Covetousness, alias the love of money and what it can buy in status, creates greed and “greediness”.


3. Covetousness and greed causes the destruction of human personality, from the least to the greatest, as these human personalities self-pierce--”pierced themselves through with many sorrows”--their own personality with sorrow, sorrow for themselves and their wealth and personality as well as sorrows for national neighbors and students for whom they were bad examples.


4. “To covet” and “covetousness” often condemned as wrong and sinful and destructive in the Bible of Old and New Testament, unfortunately still today has been thought of what you do against God and your neighbors, without though that it has a destructive effect on individual personality. To covet is bad for you; and over a period of 40 years taking the place of your faith will disintegrate your personality like the American economy has been collectively disintegrated. When the physicist stated “entropy” as the destruction in the physical universe of system and order, which by the way will happen at the Sec­ond Coming of Christ as the destruction of this old earth ushers in God’s cre­ation of a New Earth for a new people, they did not have in mind the social application of this concept to the American economy and American personality; but wow, here it is!


22-6: What Caused the Recent Destruction of the American Economy?


Even in this time of economic collapse on both Main Street and Wall Street, those below 250,000 a year and those above, when it seems that there are abso­lutely no experts on finance and the American Economy, it is again a comfort to know like on all issues we can find an answer to what caused this collapse in the words of the Bible. Today on TV was a routine program entitled “Make a Fortune from Real Estate Foreclosures”, a testimony to more greed and the taking advan­tage of the people in the American land that lost their homes and real estate to foreclosure. {Surely you see this as a covetousness of what is your neighbors homes and property, a now collective violation of a command from God as a forbidden wrong. You should see more in this leadership on covetousness this Christmas as American leadership entices the American people to: (1) buy more; and (2) borrow more. Also in spite of the Bible admonition, “Do not loan money with usury”.}


1. It is not that some leaders in government, Bush excluded, failed to recognize the realities of “GREED” and covetousness as the cause of the financial collapse. Men that have been admired as knowledgeable and trustworthy as CEOs of large companies have gone beyond mistakes, and incompetence, into the religious realm of greed and covetousness. You can easily say that those of the banks, those of real estate, those who desired larger and more comfortable homes, did not exer­cise the Bible admonition of “godliness with contentment is great gain.” The gain they sought was money and the things that money can buy.


2. You can summarize the causes according to the Bible of economic collapse as: (1) the inevitable result of so much accumulated greed, among the greatest and the least, over so many years, as individual greed became collective, social, and national greed; (2) the natural human spirit within every American, like all humans, which Pastor James says “lusteth to envy” (James 4:5); and (3) the curse of calamities that God has placed on this nation since 911, no doubt, build­ing up from the lesser calamities of fires and floods, the larger and more wide­spread effects on American people of hurricanes and droughts; and finally like the plagues that God brought on Pharaoh and the land of Egypt, to the extent that it effected every home and person in America in a pinch on the living stan­dard and pocket book. It would seem that God, after many futile efforts since 911 to get the attention of the American people toward righteousness {covet­ousness and greed are the opposite of righteousness} and prayer, finally sent a plague or calamity on this nation that would get the attention of the American people. However, if we fail to see the real causes, the probability of getting a proper solution through righteousness and prayer in the churches of America, is impossible!


22-7: Covetousness in America Has Made of Churches a “Den of Thieves”.


Even if you could see so many recent calamities on the United States since 911, such as hurricanes, fire, and floods, as calamities as part of a curse from God {the opposite of a blessing or blessings from God}, you probably gullibly thought that the recent calamities of the economy on Main Street and Wall Street had nothing to do with the responsibility of God’s people and the churches. Well, if so, please read again the Temple Message of the Prophet Jeremiah, or really God through Jeremiah, as God labels such houses of God as today in America as a “Den of Thieves” and as a HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS. You know now that you had a “Den of Thieves” in these large business institu­tions as they profited at the expense of their own employees and other Ameri­cans, exercising greed and decisions which eliminated the homes and retirement 401Ks, of millions; but although most of these executives are church members, if not all, and typical of their lesser counterparts in churches who also “desire to be rich”, and who soothe that desire over with the Gospel of Prosperity, also have make into a “Den of Thieves” what was originally intended to be houses of prayer and righteousness.


1. All this covetousness and other unrighteous violations of the ten command­ments (Jeremiah 7:8,9) have continued as a normal life style of American church members at the same time each Sunday they go into their own houses of prayer and God to effectively say that God is blessing us to do all these “abominations” (7:10) of violations of the commandments of God.


2. You see, this is what is so bad, when the church is made a HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS, it is as if in their own mind as stated by Jesus and Jeremiah, that God has blessed them for being so greedy and gluttonies. {Isn’t that the real message of the Gospel of Prosperity adopted by over 60% of American church members, that part of our faith and church membership is that God blesses us with greed and covetousness?}. And much of it started during the last 50 years as so many evangelist rationalized their own wealth and seeking of wealth as a blessing from God, leading and preaching for other church mem­bers to believe and practice the same Gospel of Prosperity.


...and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations. Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your own eyes?’ ‘Behold I, even I, have seen it’ {you are not hiding in that church as much as you think, and your cover ups are not working as God still sees and knows all about it}, says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 7:10,11)


3. The nesting of Dens of Thieves in American churches started, like in the case of these evangelists of the Gospel of Prosperity, with doctrine and beliefs of “lying words”.


Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit.” (Jeremiah 7:8)


Even worse than the misplaced trust in financial institutions of investment like AIG {and the leaders who lead to trust in them}, which turned out also to be “lying words”, is the trusting of lying words from evangelists and pastors of the lying words of the Gospel of Prosperity.


4. Those same “abominations” (Jeremiah 7:5-9) of Den of Thief churches are present in American churches today as Paul testified for such “perilous times” as these in I Timothy 3:1-8 as he listed the follies and bad habits of church mem­bers. And did you notice that number one in the bad habits as these churches make their own church a HIDEOUT FOR BAD HABITS is (1) love of money and number two is, surprise surprise, (2) covetousness.


5. Please notice also in Jeremiah 7:5,6 the obvious warning to business and gov­ernmental leaders {the problem with so many of our leaders in government is that they also are among that of incomes over 250,000 a year, and there­fore naturally have their commitments and loyalty to this group, the “world knows its own”, sort of thing} because they have “merchandised” the people of God in their own nation. There is in Jeremiah 7:5 a positive way out of the dilemma from God, “For it you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if your thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor”; and then in Jeremiah 7:6 with more specifics of what the government, business leaders, and church members must do by way of a true execution of justice and judgment: (1) “if you do oppress the stranger”, (2) “the fatherless, and the widow”; (3) if you do not shed innocent blood; and (4) if you do not walk after other gods to your hurt”, recalling that any entity placed in the life before God, like money, status, greed, and covetousness is a false god.


22-8: Cover Up of the State of the American Economy Eclipsed by Churches.


As frustrated as Americans are over the sudden revelation of all these problems in the American economy, should be the frustration and concern of Americans, especially church members, over the cover ups {hideouts} of a lack of righ­teousness and effective prayer in American churches that lead to this collapse. Yes, the American churches are responsible to the American people for the condition of the American people that lead to this most destructive calamity in the series of calamities since on this nation since 911. Yes, you will not get them to take responsibility like the government leaders, religious leaders of the temple, and the people of God would not take responsibility for their own concept of “Den of Thieves”, nor for the destruction that was about to come on their own nation.


They had already lost the favor of God. God told Jeremiah that no longer did He want to hear prayers on the behalf of these people of God. God would no longer listen; and the rest of the plague or curses on the nation would naturally follow from the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. It does not matter whether you chose to think of the “curses” of the Bible as (1) an absence of blessings from God, which of course they are anyway; or (3) a series of calami­ties from God because favor with God for a nation of God’s people has been lost. The result is the same in calamities!


NOTE: This short on the American economy is from “Continuing Faith”, the new and latest, last chapter,chapter 22 of BIBLE REPORTS FOR BELIEVING. {Formerly in the process of developed, it was entitled Reports for Unbelievers and Reports To and For Believers.}


In order to read the complete message, go to www.biblecombibleman.com/Continuing_Faith/ .


WARNING: Like with many blogs, sample chapters, and Answers to Bible Search Questions from the E-books of SunGrist_Bible, the sample above from BIBLE REPORTS TO AND FOR BELIEVING has not yet gone through the final editing process, containing more mistakes than the final published edition of the books.


2008-11-30 20:17:51 GMT
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