Hating Christ's anti-money message
The self-styled libertarian Christians don't understand where they are stopping well short of that about which Jesus was talking. They have been heavily influenced by non-Christian Jews. The Jews (even though Jesus was ethnically every bit as much a direct descendant of Jacob as they were, hated Jesus's anti-money, pacifist, and sexually pure revelation. They loved their evil money. They hated the idea of giving and sharing all — holding all things in common as the Apostles did very successfully in Jerusalem, especially considering the magnitude of the persecution to which they were subjected by those Jews (not all Jews, far from it). There were many Christian Jews. Also, the Apostles weren't about growing food. Their witness was different. They were charged with witnessing in the center of the worldly world of the Jews, which was Jerusalem that they knew would bear the brunt of the wrath, as it did. We are called still to feed the lambs and sheep, to bring forth.
The New Testament after the Gospels tells about how the certain Jews hounded, imprisoned, and stoned to death the Christians upon whom they could lay their hands. They wanted to silence the words of Jesus. His vision was against all the hypocritical self-centered hoarding they did, among other things.
Obfuscating the meaning of money
Down through the centuries, the Jews and others who haven't wanted to live up to the standards set by Jesus, have worked as many angles as possible to counter the Gospels. One area concerns money and mammon. Their primary method of avoiding the full implications of the Gospel message is to obfuscate the meaning of money and to avoid dealing head on with Jesus's direct statements. Rather, they refer to Paul (a weak link).
Falling to temptation to put the interests of the weak flesh above righteousness
These libertarians are willing up to a point and then their flesh is weak in the same sense in which Jesus used the expression when his disciples couldn't stay awake to watch to not fall into temptation even on the crisis night when evil was stalking Jesus and Jesus was agonizing about what he was about to face for their sakes. As it was, Peter fell into violent temptation and cut off someone's ear. Jesus stopped him from fighting.
Rejecting Christ's definition
The libertarians who call themselves Christians want their cake and to eat it too. They want to be Christians while not holding to the same view of money that Jesus held.
They want to think about money in terms of mundane obligations to do their duty not to cheat under the unrighteous rules.
Getting them to stop deluding themselves is not something anyone can force upon them. They ignore the oneness called for by Jesus.
There is no private property in the sense meant by those antichrist Jews
They don't understand that there is no private property. That concept of private property is completely mundane. There is nothing divine in it. There is no private property in heaven. We as Christians pray together out loud to God, "Thy kingdom come." It means, God, bring Heaven to the here and now that is Earth. That means no money. Let the libertarians say the part they don't understand. They either want it or not. If they don't want it, they aren't with Christ. We, the Real Liberal Christian Church, want Heaven.
We are charged to do what we are able to bring forth exactly that, hence our Christian Commons Project, where money will become less and less used until gone. People will do everything people do in the way of skills and crafts but all with an eye to harmlessness. We won't go into it here. It is all available on this website for the unselfish souls who seek the solution.
There is no money or trading in Heaven
Now, the libertarian capitalists focus on what they call precious metals, as if they are inherently worth something. We can tell you that there is no trading in such metals in heaven. No one in heaven looks to make a profit off his brother and all are immediate brothers and sisters in heaven: All.
The libertarians want to divert the focus off money and unto just the mundane cheating aspect, which cheating is definitely a sin. It is though also a sin to divert the focus for the selfishness sake that is for the sake of money holders and so-called private-property holders to hoard for self apart from God. God here must be understood in the terms in which Jesus expressed God. God in Jesus's terms is one and Christians are to be one with God. Therefore, we are all to come to share all in common. That's Christianity by definition. Everything else is false-hearted no matter how much partial-truth is interspersed. Remember, we are dealing here with perfection, not just obtaining eternal life. There are imperfect eternal habitations. They aren't the highest heaven where God is centered and where Jesus is right next to God.
What Jesus means
God is perfect. God is righteous. God is the only good one. Anything not of God is not righteous, not perfect, and not good in the context in which Jesus was speaking.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
So far, Jesus has told him just what is necessary to have eternal life and not perfection — not what is absolutely, infinitely, eternally right and good that will never fail: The New Commandment.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
God is moneyless
We see here that perfection is moneyless. One must be completely divested of all money to begin the journey to what is perfect. Money is corrupting. Just having it corrupts. It retards. It is as a virus.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
The possessions (private property) cost much money. They were worth lots of money and metals. He valued them above what he had suggested he wanted by his question. He wanted to be perfect, but when he found out that that would mean getting rid of all of his so-called private property (possessions and money), he couldn't bring himself to do it. Mind you, there he was in front of Jesus who was living proof that it was fine to do.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
How rich in such property is rich since he said give it all? You will also note that there is no other offense being exposed here besides private possession, per se. The man sinned mightily when he refused, because he knew he was clinging to worldly wealth rather than remembering the poor and being the last (who is first in Heaven).
Money is ultimately an obstacle
He also said, Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Jesus taught that money is ultimately an obstacle that must be removed. He said, And that [seed] which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
This same train of thought goes on and on. Of course, defrauding people via bad weights and measures is also imperfection. It just compounds the imperfection that is inherent in the whole system that is money.
Remember though how Jesus gave them a glimmer of the power in Heaven. Jesus didn't use any money to feed the five thousand men and their women folk and children all on five loaves and two fishes with twelve baskets full of bread left over. This is why money is the problem it is. People falsely believe that money is required, that even work is required, that death is final, that violence cannot be overcome, that humans are immutable, and all manner of falsehoods. God brought forth (supernaturally) out of Jesus's huge faith and the faith of the congregation (certainty; no doubt) and the righteousness in their hearts, their soft-heartedness, unselfishness.
He also commanded his disciples that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only: No scrip, no bread, and no money in their purse.
He said, Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
He also generally explained in no uncertain terms that the rich would not enter heaven. We won't cite all the verses here. You may see them in our right column.
One might ask why the Real Liberal Christian Church doesn't just bring forth supernaturally. There are many reasons why it doesn't. First, the world isn't worthy. God won't do it. Secondly, the world is full of darkness that is doubt. That's an aspect of unworthiness that goes hand-in-hand with all the woes of the worldly world and that is bringing on (calling) the wrath to come. Also, he taught saying, ...on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. We are called to bring forth with patience. It is too dark to do such huge work all at once for the people. They must be weaned off the pablum. We need the good ground and the good seed, literally and figuratively. We need to feed the lambs and sheep of Jesus's flock.
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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)