Jesus called it "unrighteous mammon." Money is an evil system. It is for selfishness. It did not come from God. It came from evil.
Taxes and Usury:
Compulsory taxes and usury are for slavery under sin. That system must be displaced by the system of righteousness.
Capitalism is sin.
Jesus said turn the other cheek. Violence is evil. It is a vicious spiral down into hell. He said not to stone others.
Militarism is sin.
Punishment and Coercion:
Punishment is vengeance. It is violence (physically and to the soul). It is coercion. It is not turning the other cheek. It is part of the vicious spiral down into hell. He said be as harmless as doves.
Jesus also declared Sodom would have been spared. If his miracles had been done in Sodom, the Sodomites would have stopped, turned, and repented. Sodomy is evil. Everyone who has been told otherwise and believed it has been misled, turned astray. Sodomy comes from the harmful spirit. All sexual activity is not created equal.
Claiming to have no choice is false. There are plenty of people who excuse all sorts of behavior on predilection. People claim human nature is this, that, or the other. They say we are hardwired for fighting or fleeing, but Jesus proved that we can overcome the flesh through faith and taking on a harmless heart. Some people are predisposed to heart disease or cancer or alcoholism or other addictions. The list goes on and on, but Jesus cured all manner of diseases and problems (they are the same thing in the end). The power of God is over all flesh, to completely transform it and regenerate it at God's will.
Evangelism and Proselytism:
Jesus called upon us to spread the truth. We are to warn others away from the harmful spirits (emotions) that take twisted pleasure (often blindly and on a certain level always blindly) in dragging others down as it has been dragged and drags itself. We are to call all to God. We are to shed light into the world. We are to reduce the darkness that is doubt in the power of God over all creation.
Jesus directed us to spread the deeds. He said to bring forth. We are to sow and reap. We are to do good only, to bring forth the bounty by God.
Jesus bid us give everything.
Jesus enjoined us to serve each other.
Patients and Perseverance:
Jesus ordained us to be patient and to persevere. No matter how dark it seems due to the wrath, no matter what the evil ones do in their ignorance of God, God has prevailed always and saves his own.
Jesus expects us to become perfect.
Give up selfishness, greed, capitalism, violence, militarism, punishment, coercion, sexual harm, rationalizing, and obfuscating. Hear the call and heed. Be chosen. Have the faith to be healed (transformed). Be blown together by the Holy Spirit (The Great Conflation) as one apart from the iniquitous and toward God, always returning good for evil. Bring forth the Christian Commons. Serve the flock. See the biggest picture with the longest-term view so as not to fall by the wayside. Be about becoming perfectly one with God.
The following should appear at the end of every post:
According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)