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Prophets of Mammon:
Purveyors of Liberty, Servants of Corruption

By Peter D. Goodgame

 

When I was first approached about writing this chapter it was recommended that I write something about money, blind faith and bad credit along the lines of my American Babylon series that I published at redmoonrising.com way back in 2003. Since that time I had only rarely studied up on the subject of economics, but during the Summer of 2010, due to the political season and all of the economic debates, I was drawn back into it. Along with the numerous books I read on the subject I also had a dream, a vision, and a remarkable prophetic encounter. As a Christian I am somewhat new to the supernatural, and I understand how many Christians are apprehensive about these kinds of things, but I feel led to share them anyway because they directly relate to our subject matter. In fact, it was largely because of them that I knew that I was meant to be a part of this writing project.

 

An Encounter

The prophetic encounter happened first. I was with my wife, Lori, attending a conference for the healing ministry we are a part of, in Spokane, Washington, in September of 2010. I had just finished reading the book 13 Bankers about the Federal bailout of our biggest Wall Street banks while passing time between conference sessions, and so economic matters were on my mind. The book reminded me of the big disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street – how the financiers on Wall Street get richer each year, whereas the middle class and small businesses of small town America’s Main Street struggle harder each year just to get by. We were taking a walk along the Spokane River and stopped at a map of the riverfront park area that showed portions of downtown. I was drawn immediately to the fact that in Spokane they have both a Wall Street and a Main Street, and they happen to intersect each other! It was only a few blocks away so we decided to go to this intersection to take some pictures. It seemed a little strange to me and as we walked I began to feel a sense of anticipation, as if we were meant to go there, to the actual place where Wall Street meets Main Street.

When we arrived I had hoped to get a picture standing under a pole with both Wall Street and Main Street signs on it, but the signs were on separate poles. So we took a picture of Wall Street first and then headed across to the Main Street sign. As we reached the sidewalk on the other side we heard a voice yelling at us from down the street. We looked up and a man was approaching us yelling again loudly,

“I want to go to Hawaii!” 

He was dirty and unshaven and he looked like a street person, perhaps in his early forties. We had never seen him before. How did he know we were from Hawaii? We weren’t wearing leis and our aloha shirts had remained at home! He kept approaching us and we could feel that he was rather agitated.

“How did you know we were from Hawaii?” We asked, as he got closer.

“I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii,” he said.

We kept trying to find out why he had asked that question until we realized that he didn’t have a good answer. There was no reason for it, he just spoke it. Once we realized this we turned our attention to him. We asked how he was doing and what we could do for him. This changed his attitude immediately. He began to settle down and open up. We listened as he voiced his frustration at the uncaring attitude of all the people that walk by him every day. He talked of his mental condition, the medication he has to take, and his problems with the cops, and he talked of how he loved his mom. We shared with him about our healing ministry and then he shared about some of the good churches in the area. He particularly remembered a previous conference when the Southern Baptists came to town. He said that when they came to Spokane the heavens opened up! As we talked tears came to his eyes and he began crying out saying,

“I don’t want to be angry all the time!”

We spent at least ten minutes with this man and we each prayed with him. As I prayed my wife felt a sensation on her shoulder that she knew was not hers, so she asked him if his shoulder was in pain. He said that it was, so my wife prayed and the pain left his shoulder! Then she gave him her red scarf as a parting gift. We told him that we loved him and we encouraged him to continue to trust Jesus. My wife said that her red scarf represented the blood of Jesus and told him to always remember that he was forgiven and loved as a son of God. As he left us walking down the street the man who was at first angry and agitated was singing “I love you!” over and over at the top of his lungs!

As Wall Street continues to steamroll Main Street we can be assured that many more similar opportunities will arise for Christians to show love and compassion for those the economy is sure to leave behind. As the rich get richer the poor will get poorer, and people will be even hungrier for authentic demonstrations of the love and power of God.

 

A Dream

The dream that I want to share took place on the night of October 15/16, 2010. I remember I was watching a well-drilling operation. It was a huge machine with a hydraulic arm that reached deep into the earth, pulling out buckets of water. There were several men in work suits supervising the operation and so I walked over to one of them. As I watched I could tell that this water was the most clean, pure and refreshing water in the world. I began to ask this man about the operation. He said that his company drills wells for this water all over the world. They were a very wealthy company and he said that they even drill wells for clients that can’t pay. This company was absolutely professional and their equipment was spotless and in perfect condition, so I was impressed that they even had the time and resources to drill wells for free. The next thing I knew I was hit by a wave of water! It was the same kind of water that was coming from the wells, but now it completely covered me! Then I woke up.

The first thing I did when I woke up was run to my laptop. What was also noteworthy was that I clearly remembered the name of the company that was embroidered on the suits of the men working the drill. The company name was “Croesus.” I typed it into Google and read what it said on the first site that came up.[1] I found out that King Croesus was the richest man in the world when he ruled from 560-546 BC over the Kingdom of Lydia in ancient Turkey. His kingdom controlled the richest gold mines in the world, and his legacy spawned the expression, “as rich as Croesus,” which shows up in Greek and Old English literature. Furthermore, and this is where it relates to our subject of money and economics, the website told me, “The Lydians in the time of Croesus, it is believed, were the first people to mint coins as money.”

As far as the dream goes, my belief is that the pure water pulled out of the wells is the “living water” mentioned by Jesus that represents the Holy Spirit. This is true wealth, a spiritual and heavenly wealth greater than any material wealth. Croesus, the CEO of the Company, represents the Father in Heaven who is the wealthiest being in the universe. The Company itself is the Church, the Body of Christ on earth, which can access this heavenly wealth anywhere in the world, and share it with anyone free of charge. Lastly, the wave that crashed over all of us is the Glory that will be released over the earth in the near future to those who truthfully and humbly obey the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A Vision

A few days after the “Croesus” dream I happened to be clicking on the Drudge Report online and I noticed an advertisement for a well-known website that offers commentary on economic and political issues from a Libertarian perspective. The advertisement showed a red letter “A” in a circle –the “Anarchy” symbol– with the words, “Anti-State, Anti-War, Pro-Market” underneath. Back in 2003 I had done some research into the leading thinkers behind the Libertarian movement. I had also just finished reading an excellent critique of Libertarianism from a Catholic perspective called  The Church and the Libertarian by Christopher A. Ferrara. So I was disturbed by this particular advertisement and for several days I could not get it out of my mind.

On the morning of October 22, 2010, as I was in between sleep and waking, I received a mental picture of this red “Anarchy” symbol. As I focused upon it I watched as it slowly changed into two hands folded in prayer. The fingertips met at the top of the “A,” the palms faced together, and the thumbs met in the middle, replacing the “A” of the anarchy symbol with “Prayer.” The message was clear: we must pray to prevent anarchy from overtaking our nation.

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The Spirit Behind Libertarianism

Libertarians define their movement as this:

“The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud.” [2]

Essentially the spirit behind the Libertarian attitude is, “Don’t tell me what to do!” Their moral center is viewed as “self-ownership,” defined as the liberty to do what you want, as long as you are not directly hurting, robbing, or cheating anyone. Obviously, this is not quite the same as the Liberty we read about in the New Testament, which is not a self-centered “liberty” to do whatever you want, but a Liberty from the impulse to sin and the carnality of the world through the infilling and direction of the Holy Spirit. In other words, what the world may often call “personal liberty,” the Christian calls “bondage to sin.” The English philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-97), regarded as the founder of modern conservative thought, put it this way:

“Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more of it there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” [3]

Anarchy is what happens when people give in to the uninhibited pursuit of their selfish desires and carnal passions while at the same time the role of government is reduced to the narrow Libertarian ideal. Anarchy is not a good thing, and God never intended for it to be inflicted upon any nation, yet it appears that we are headed in that direction.

 

The Biblical Purpose of Government

In Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2 the Bible explains God’s purpose for human government. Basically it is this: to restrain evil and to promote the good. This Biblical ideal is perhaps nowhere better expressed than in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution,

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Restraining evil relates to establishing justice, insuring tranquility and providing for defense, while promoting good relates to promoting the general welfare and securing the blessings of liberty. Justice and Liberty must go hand in hand, and our founders understood that. However, there will always be a tension between Justice and Liberty, especially among a population that shares radically different moral values. Laws against hard drug use, gambling, prostitution, etc. are viewed by many as infringing on their “liberties,” yet Christians support such laws because we understand God’s purpose for government as a guiding force for social morality, peace and stability.

 

The Mastermind of Libertarianism

Ludwig Mises and Friedrich Hayek are the two primary influences on the modern Libertarian movement. Both of them[4] look to the ideas of one individual as laying the philosophical foundation that allowed mankind to break free from the supposed moral tyranny of the Church and the economic tyranny of the State. His name was Bernard Mandeville and here is the synopsis of his career and his ideas as taken from my online series American Babylon, published back in 2003: [5]


Mandeville was a Dutch doctor and writer who lived (1670-1733) in London at a time when anti-Christian Enlightenment ideas were coming to the forefront and when London was quickly becoming the occult capital of the world. He was allegedly a member of the Hell-Fire Club, later led by Sir Francis Dashwood, that engaged in gluttony, drunkenness, and orgies and practiced the "Do As Thou Wilt" satanic philosophy that later inspired Aleister Crowley. Mandeville became a champion of this influential underground network of upper class hedonists through his poem The Grumbling Hive published in 1705 and released again as part of his book The Fable of the Bees in 1714. The basic point that Mandeville tries to argue for in his poem and in his book can be summed up in the short phrase: "Private vice makes public virtue."

In the Fable, Mandeville describes society using the parable of a hive of bees. According to Mandeville's understanding of human nature, man's primary motivation is to satisfy his own selfish sense-driven desires, and Mandeville concludes that blindly pursuing those desires, even if they cross the line into sin and vice, actually works for the betterment of the society as a whole. He writes,

The grave Industrious were the Same.
All Trades and Places knew some Cheat,
No Calling was without Deceit...
The Lawyers, of whose Art the Basis
Was raising Feuds and splitting Cases...
Physicians valued Fame and Wealth
Above the drooping Patient's Health...
Among the many Priests of Jove,
Hir'd to draw Blessings from Above,
Some few were learn'd and eloquent,
But Thousands hot and ignorant...

Mandeville goes on to describe how virtually every profession exists hand in hand with a particular vice, and then he writes,

Thus every Part was full of Vice,
Yet the whole Mass a Paradice;
Flatter'd in Peace, and fear'd in Wars
They were th'Esteem of Foreigners,
And lavish of their Wealth and Lives,
The Ballance of all other Hives.
Such were the Blessings of that State;
Their Crimes conspired to make 'em Great;
And Vertue, who from Politicks
Had learn'd a Thousand cunning Tricks,
Was, by their happy Influence,
Made Friends with Vice: And ever since
The worst of all the Multitude
Did something for the common Good.

Then Mandeville tries to explain how the vices themselves are the very engines of prosperity,

The Root of evil Avarice,
That damn'd ill-natur'd baneful Vice,
Was Slave to Prodigality,
That Noble Sin; whilst Luxury.
Employ'd a Million of the Poor,
And odious Pride a Million more
Envy it self, and Vanity
Were Ministers of Industry;
Their darling Folly, Fickleness
In Diet, Furniture, and Dress,
That strange, ridic'lous Vice, was made
The very Wheel, that turn'd the Trade.

According to Mandeville, every social evil actually works itself out as a public good simply because it helps to promote commerce. And commerce, according to the Libertarian Way, is the primary force that unites mankind and brings peace, justice and prosperity for all. Nations that try to regulate commerce only do harm to the common good, whereas nations that allow money to flow wherever it wants to are promoted and esteemed as beacons of Liberty! And what is the great engine that drives commerce? Of course, it is the love of money, or Greed. In this way Libertarians put all of their faith in the love of money as the root of all that is good in society.


The Root of all Evil

The God-given role of government is to restrain evil, and in Paul’s first letter to Timothy (6:9-11) he warns about one of the primary sources of evil in the world:

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

If the love of money is the root of a multitude of evils, then it naturally follows that a righteous government that values Justice should be very attentive to economic issues. That means having a suspicious eye and a heavy hand towards the wealthy who covet money, while at the same time actively looking out for the interests of the poor who cannot speak up for themselves. Societies that fail to check the schemes of the wealthy and uplift the poor have always fallen under God’s judgment. That is why Paul went on to write how the Church should require the wealthy to share (1 Timothy 6:17-19):

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

In this passage Paul was merely reflecting Jesus’ warning that “Ye cannot serve God and mammon,” (Matthew 6:24). It all goes back to Mammon, which is simply the New Testament word for “wealth” or “possessions.” A modern name for Mammon is simply “Capital,” from where we get the name for our favorite economic system, “Capitalism,” which we can refer to as “Mammonism.”

For Mises and Hayek, both atheists, the ultimate object of life is to engage in commerce and acquire possessions.  And personal property, or Mammon, is elevated to the level of sacred. That is why, in parallel, they view the only legitimate role of the State as that of being a police force that helps to protect property owners from theft. This is a very appealing philosophy if you happen to be rich and you don’t want to share! With Libertarianism the rich are released from any moral obligation to pitch in for the good of society, plus they can count on the government to help protect their wealth from the growing mass of poor people that envy and despise them!

The Bible is absolutely full of warnings against the prideful arrogance and greed of the rich, while at the same time nations are repeatedly judged for their failure to deliver justice and provide relief for the poor. How strange it is that so many who call themselves Christians in America today have an unabashed admiration for the rich, while at the same time they harbor a deep mistrust of the poor and a deeper suspicion of any government policy intended to uplift the poor!


The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

Before I provide examples of the Biblical perspective on these issues I’d like to share some statistics. These numbers show that since Wall Street’s influence began gathering momentum in the late 1970s, which had at its root these malignant Libertarian economic ideas, the wealth of the nation has been steadily sucked out of the poor and middle classes and into the hands of the wealthy few.

According to US Census statistics,[6] in 1976 the percentage of total income that went to the top 1% of Americans was 8.9%. In 2007 the top 1% of income earners took home 23.5% of the wealth. That’s a jump from less than 10% to almost a full quarter of all earned wealth going into the hands of the top 1%. The last time that the top one percent’s share of earned income was so high was back in 1928 just before the Great Depression. But that’s just earned income, what about owned wealth? Well, in 2007 the richest 1% owned 33.8% of the nation’s private wealth. That’s over a third of America’s wealth in the hands of the richest 1%. The top 1% also possess more wealth than the combined wealth of the bottom 90%.

Of course this would be absolutely no problem at all if wages for the poor and middle class were increasing, and cost of living bills were decreasing, but that’s not the case. What has been happening is the outworking of the basic paradox of Capitalism. In the manic world of the free market, as government has increasingly taken a “hands off” approach to economic affairs, business owners and corporate executives have done all they can to reduce labor costs and stash away every bit of profit they can, while at the same time they expect wage-earners to continue spending increasing amounts of money on the goods and services they provide. It’s like a snake forced to eat its own tail for nutrition. Eventually the people, and the government, will run out of money and credit and the system will collapse.

Where does the Church stand as our society witnesses this great wealth transfer, which is part of the process of Cecil Rhodes’ desire[7] that an elite group would “gradually absorb the wealth of the world” as a means to establish World Government? Should we stand with the poor and middle class and demand a re-evaluation of our basic economic principles? Or do we side with the rich and agree that money rules, and the government has no right to infringe on the sanctity of Mammon?


Wells Without Water

In Paul’s first letter to Timothy he warns the young apostle to withdraw himself from proud and argumentative men of corrupt minds who teach that worldly gain is godliness (1 Timothy 6:4-5).

The Apostle Peter, in 2 Peter chapter 2, warns against false prophets and false teachers who will come into the Church bringing in “damnable heresies.” He warns that many will follow their pernicious ways and because of them the “Way of Truth” will be spoken of as evil. These heretics, driven by greed and exploiting the Church, will follow the lusts of the flesh, despise government and show no fear of speaking evil towards those in authority. Peter continues (2:17-19),

These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness... While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Both Peter and Paul seem to be directly confronting the modern-day heresy of Libertarianism that has so deeply infected the Body of Christ in America. Through this infection the “Way of Truth” –our message of the Gospel– has been spoken evil of, and today most Americans now no longer view the Church as generous and compassionate. We have been steadily bewitched to believe that, at least in the realm of commerce, selfishness is good and altruism is bad. Here is how these clever Prophets of Mammon brought this about.


The Promotion of Selfishness

In 1776 Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations, a treatise on economics that Libertarians view as a ray of light that paved the way for Capitalism to flourish. Both Ludwig Mises and Friedrich Hayek speak glowingly of Smith’s argument that “self-interest” in economic affairs is actually more effective at promoting the common good than “benevolence.” Furthermore, Smith invented the ridiculous notion that a mysterious “invisible hand” is always at work in the “free market” ensuring a widespread public benefit, even as the individual merchants are single-mindedly focused on increasing their own profits.

Kenneth Lux is the author of Adam Smith's Mistake: How A Moral Philosopher Invented Economics and Ended Morality. According to Lux, who breaks it down quite simply, it was Smith who laid the philosophical groundwork for this great moral inversion where “love of self” and “love of money” (see 2 Timothy 3:1-2) is viewed as better for the common good than traditional Biblical benevolence and charity.[8]

The promotion of selfishness shows up clearly in the ideology of Ludwig Mises in his history of economics entitled Theory and History:

The older ethical systems were almost unanimous in the condemnation of self-interest... Referring to the Sermon on the Mount, they exalted self-denial and indifference with regard to treasures which moth and rust corrupt, and branded self-interest as a reprehensible vice. Bernard de Mandeville in his Fable of the Bees, tried to discredit this doctrine. He pointed out that self-interest and the desire for material well-being, commonly stigmatized as vices, are in fact the incentives whose operation makes for welfare, prosperity, and civilization.[9]

With these words we see that the arch-enemy of Libertarianism is actually Biblical Christianity, whose principles Mises tries to dismiss and discredit using none other than the atheist libertine Bernard Mandeville!

The notion that self-interest and greed are morally superior to generosity and compassion in terms of their social usefulness is blatant unbiblical sophistry. But this is exactly the kind of nonsense that Libertarians promote, as exemplified by economist Milton Friedman, the celebrated disciple of Mises and Hayek, who throughout his life defended the idea that the only social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.[10]

 

The War on Love

One of the disciples of Mises and Hayek was the Russian-American novelist Ayn Rand, who was in turn the mentor to the long-time Chairman of the Fed, Alan Greenspan. In Adam Smith’s Mistake author Kenneth Lux shows how some Libertarians go far beyond just promoting selfishness and into the realm of denigrating altruism. He writes,

Ayn Rand, however, is much more certain that altruism is morally bad, and in fact she sees it purely and simply as the cause of society’s ills. In Ayn Rand we have … an ultimate case of moral transvaluation. In her book The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand sets forth her philosophy of moral principles, which she calls Objectivism. This she defines as the “philosophy that holds man’s life, the life proper to a rational being, as the standard of moral values –and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature, with the creative requirements of his survival, and with a free society.”

For Ayn Rand the ultimate free society is one completely devoid of altruism, which she believed is incompatible with man’s nature. This is the woman that Ludwig Mises once praised as, pun intended, “the most courageous man in America.” [11]

Friedrich Hayek also expressed contempt for Biblical altruism, and his views on the subject are highlighted by author David J. Peterson in his book, Revoking the Moral Order: The Ideology of Positivism and the Vienna Circle:[12]

...Professor Hayek's attempt to dissect economic history contains an insidious lie which reveals his deep seated rage against moral law and the Judeo-Christian outlook. Hayek claims two cultural attitudes he labels "primitive instincts" had to be rooted out to allow modern industrialism to develop. He says primitive cultures burdened mankind with "solidarism," a concern for the welfare of the community, and "altruism", a charitable and self sacrificing attitude toward one's neighbors. According to Hayek, at the start of the eighteenth century, these "instincts" in Western culture finally broke down and gave way to naked self interest and greed. It was in those regions and towns where Christianity proved tolerant to this cultural shift that free markets and modern capitalism blossomed forth, which created unprecedented wealth and prosperity. [13]

Solidarism and altruism are unequivocally the essence of a true Christian civilization. They are the cultural expression of "agape" or charity, derived from a devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Austrian School philosopher praises capitalism and individual freedom because he believes they are a triumph over the ridiculous superstitions of Christianity. Hayek insists that attempts to resurrect the outmoded "instincts" of human solidarity and social justice will lead to catastrophe and destroy freedom. All such laws must be stopped. In his view, "the distributive justice aimed at is thus inconsistent with the rule of law and that freedom which the rule of law is intended to secure." [14]

Hayek's individualism is so extreme he speaks of social justice as a devious plot which will lead to fascism,

“My basic contention is that in a society of free men ... the term social justice is wholly devoid of meaning or content. Attempts to ENFORCE IT in a free society must make society unworkable. Social Justice can be given meaning only in a directed command (i.e. totalitarian) economy in which individuals are ordered what to do.” [15]

In Hayek's pessimistic vision, democratic society is entirely negative; there is no positive natural law. Government can only limit destructive behavior: it is but a referee that contains the clash of the combatants, the struggle that Social Darwinists call, "the survival of the fittest."

 

Is God Concerned about Social Justice?

In the Libertarian world the strong dominate the weak, the rich dominate the poor, and large piles of capital become larger by sucking up smaller piles. That is simply the nature of the “free market” if it is left to run without the strong hand of government insuring justice and supporting the needs and aspirations of the poor. That this is indeed the proper role and function of government is proven throughout the Bible, because rulers and nations that failed in this responsibility were judged and punished by God.

Jeremiah the prophet spoke the following words about the kingdom of Judah before she was taken by Babylon (Jeremiah 5:26-29):

For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

Isaiah prophesied against the kingdom of Israel before she met her punishment that came from Assyria. He warned her to “seek judgment and “relieve the oppressed,” saying (Isaiah 1:21-23):

How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

In Psalm 82 the very angels that were given authority over the pagan nations of the world are judged for showing favor to the wicked while ignoring the plight of the poor:

How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

Even Sodom was destroyed by God because her rulers were arrogant, wealthy and content, and she did not “strengthen the hand of the poor and needy,” (Ezekiel 16:49).

Government’s God-given role in maintaining Justice on behalf of the poor is confirmed in the book of Proverbs:

·         The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established forever. (29:14)

·         He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor. (14:31)

·         The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (21:1-3)

·         Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. (21:13)

·         It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted… Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. (31:4-9)

 

The Wicked Bless the Greedy

Psalm 10 is an indictment against those who plot to take advantage of the poor. Without the support of a righteous government the poor are virtually defenseless against the schemes of the rich:

Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth… His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight… His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and Fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity… his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.


The True Fast of God

In Isaiah 60 there is an amazing prophecy about the coming of the Glory of the Lord,

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

I have heard sermons preached on this subject and I have heard Christians crying out in prayer for it to happen. Please God, send your Glory! Let your people shine with your Glory! The darkness is great and we need your Glory! Oh God, if only we had your Glory!

But what few Christians realize is that this was a conditional prophecy. You see, all of Israel was doing the same thing, crying out in prayer, putting on sackcloth and ashes, and fasting for God to release His Glory. But God was not impressed with emotional prayer meetings. Instead He wanted evidence of a heart change in His people. He wanted a different kind of fast, a fast that the early Church Father Justin Martyr[16] referred to as “The True Fast of God,” which is written in Isaiah 58:6-8:

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.

I had a dream about a wave of this Glory falling on and completely enveloping those who work for our Father in Heaven, the truly wealthiest and most generous CEO in the entire universe. It will happen. Will you be a part of it?
 

April 7, 2012
 

 

Author Bio

Peter Goodgame lives with his wife Lori and two children, Elijah and Gabrielle, in Kailua, Hawaii. He is a construction worker and a Little League baseball coach. Peter and Lori are the directors of Kahuhipa Healing Rooms, a healing ministry in the town of Kaneohe. Since 1999 Peter has been the editor of www.redmoonrising.com that deals with Bible prophecy and the signs of the end-times. According to the Bible there are three signs that will precede the end-times “Day of the Lord.” They are: 1- The cosmic sign of a darkened sun and blood red moon, 2- The revealing of the Antichrist, and 3- The coming of Elijah. Peter dealt with the first issue in his book Red Moon Rising, published in early 2005; the second in his online series “The Giza Discovery” and also “Prophecies of the Assyrian” published by Tom Horn at Raiders News; and the third sign, the coming of Elijah, is related to the realm of personal relationships, economics, and the commandment of sharing (Luke 3:7-14), which are subjects covered in this chapter and also in his American Babylon series online.

Peter Goodgame's blog: http://redmoonhawaii.wordpress.com/

 

 

Further Reading:

Angus Sibley, The "Poisoned Spring" of Economic Libertarianism: Menger, Mises, Hayek, Rothbard: a critique from Catholic social teaching of the 'Austrian school' of economics, 2011 (Amazon, Review)

John C. Medaille, Toward a Truly Free Market: A Distributist Perspective on the Role of Government, Taxes, Health Care, Deficits, and More, 2011  (Amazon, Review)

Anthony Migchels, Real Currency blog

 

 


Footnotes

[3] Quoted by Christopher A. Ferrara, The Church and the Libertarian, p.100, from the original “Letter from Mr. Burke to a Member of the National Assembly in Answer to Some Objections to His Book on French Affairs,” (1791)

[4] Mises praises Mandeville in Theory and History (1957); Hayek does so in Individualism and Economic Order (1948), as well as in his “Mastermind” lecture on Mandeville given in Britain on March 23, 1966.

[5] “American Babylon, Part 5: The Triumph of the Merchants,” http://www.redmoonrising.com/AmericanBabylon/Part5.htm

[7] “American Babylon, Part 4: A One World Vision, New York City, and the CFR,” http://www.redmoonrising.com/AmericanBabylon/Part4.htm

[8] Kenneth Lux, Adam Smith’s Mistake, 1990, pp. 80-84

[9] Ludwig Mises, Theory and History, 1957, pp.166-7

[10] “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits,” by Milton Friedman, The New York Times Magazine, September 13, 1970, from http://www.colorado.edu/studentgroups/libertarians/issues/friedman-soc-resp-business.html

[12] David J. Peterson, Revoking the Moral Order, 1999, pp.112-3

[13] Friedrich Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, p.70, University of Chicago Press, 1988

[14] Friedrich Hayek, “The Mirage of Social Justice,” In Law, Legislation and Liberty vol.3, University of Chicago, 1976

[15] Ibid.

[16] Justin Martyr, Dialogue With Trypho, ch.15