#0098 Mammonizing the Church
Link relevant to today’s posting…
Scripture relevant to today’s posting…
Story of the Word
1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being 4 through the Word was life, and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
6 A man named John was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. 8 He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light
In my last post I said that today was the day I would begin a new series of postings outlining another section of my new book. I’m working on that series; but I have been impressed to put up another excerpt from The Jesus Clone first so as to lay more of a foundation for this series. Today’s focus is built around yet another scripture in Matthew. The topic of that scripture is mammon—which generally translated means money or the love of money. The reason I wanted to include this excerpt is because it will help us get a different if not better perspective on things when we hear a Christian preacher refer to the Bible as The Word of God. Whenever a religious man of God does this, he is not serving God, he’s serving mammon and is most likely doing so unawares. And even though the misrepresentation of the Bible as The Word of God is unintentional, it is still blaspheming the Holy Ghost whenever it’s done attempting to sell it, as a concept, to people. In the following article I hope to draw a parallel between this practice and many other religious practices which tend to mammonize the gospel message. In today’s link—what’s going on with Trump and the evangelicals—God or mammon? The Word or just words?
24 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.
Matt 6:24 (KJV)
You can’t serve God and mammon (money). Mammon: the personification of wealth portrayed as a false god. The rub between God and mammon far exceeds the idea that God doesn’t want humans lusting after money and the things money can buy. The talking points Jesus brings up are actually ideological in nature. When He says that it is impossible to serve God and [serve] mammon because you will love the one and hate the other, He is talking about ideologies that are polar opposites. Each ideology generates a unique energy field that is essentially repulsive to the other. Jesus doesn’t say it is hard to juggle these two ideologies, He says it’s impossible. Extrapolating these ideologies out to large scale systematic frameworks might look like this…God, who is all about the business of building His Kingdom, could not (because it would be impossible to) use the systemic framework of mammon! What’s more, any of us who are interested in engaging in this Kingdom-building pursuit with Him might do well to follow His example. The manifestation of the church built upon the foundation of Peter is religion and religion is the institutionalization of Christ’s message. The ideas of institutionalization and Christ’s message are at their cores mutually exclusive, use them together in a sentence and they make an oxymoron. At the heart of His message Jesus promotes themes like: loving your enemies, equality, humility, forgiveness. Jesus took a grass roots approach to communicating these Kingdom themes in the way He personally approached life on the earth: He was born in a stable, He lived humbly and worked with His hands and in the last 3 years of His life He lived as an itinerant or a street person, because doing so provided Him with the intuitive vehicle for His Kingdom message. Mammonizing the message is essentially the role and the goal of institutional religion. Their creeds and doctrines and most especially the hierarchical framework goes far beyond being counter-intuitive with Jesus’s message of the Kingdom it is no less than the antithesis of it. There are untold religious brands on the market today and each one’s mission is to lure unsuspecting souls into their fold then usher them along their particular path of non-intuitive do-as-you’re-told-and-don’t-ask-question process of indoctrination.
Jesus was the spiritual eclipse of the Old Testament or the Mosaic Law. Jesus’s statements which reinterpret God’s commandments put Him (as the son of God) in the position where He looms large–a gigantic body of divine truth–overshadowing or eclipsing the older and mostly irrelevant Mosaic Law. As we try to glimpse the Mosaic Law for any purpose other than citing it as part of our religious history; if we attempt to reapply these not Jesus-Godly laws, we must step to the side to look around and past Jesus to do it. Not a sound campaign; yet we see organized religions one after the other doing just that and seemingly feeling very secure and justified in the process. Where does their justification originate? The 1-book Bible! In this sense the Bible has succeeded in eclipsing both Jesus and His vision of the Kingdom and this represents a giant step in the mammonization process.
(The Jesus Clone Pp.: 180-181)
If you have a question or thought about this or other postings please feel free to send them in. As always, thanks for reading.
TBC: Sunday, June12, 2016