Integrity versus Corruption

Gold!

While the commentators on Fox News may not be very polite, (talking over one another and preferring to make the news more than to cover the news) it does remain, in my view a relief from what the rest of the news media are doing.

I mention this as preface to what I want to say here about gold, because gold peddlers seem to be the primary advertisers on Fox News. What strikes me at this point is that they never do get to the real point where gold is concerned.

Gold is monetary integrity. Fiat money, (money that is money by law rather than market choice) is corruption. It is a lie. At various times in our history, U.S. money promised to pay the bearer in gold – then it promised to pay the bearer in silver. Then it claimed to be legal tender, and perhaps the worst lie of all: it claims to “trust in God.”

This is a pack of lies, but the gold peddlers don’t seem to be willing to go that far in singing gold’s praises.

This is all about the historic, even Biblical battle between integrity and corruption. The Monetary “powers” and their apologists are clearly on the side of corruption. Sad to say the Bible is clear as to who wins in the short run – the liars.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-12:

 “ Now we beseech you, brethren, touching the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto him; to the end that ye be not quickly shaken from your mind, nor yet be troubled, either by spirit, or by word, or by epistle as from us, as that the day of the Lord is just at hand; let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the falling away come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

 And for this cause God sendeth them a working of error, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” American Standard Version (ASV)

The monetary version of the lie is identified as the number “666,” without which no one can buy or sell, Revelation 13:17-18.

Those bent on corruption don’t want you to have options. The liberty of options is contrary to their tyranny of lies.

As for no longer being able to buy and sell, that has to do with end of merchandising and merchants, (Canaanites), Zechariah:

“Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them. And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite[c] in the house of the LORD Almighty.” Zechariah 14:21

That is the last verse of Zechariah in the NIV translation. Footnote [c]  is:

[c] Zechariah 14:21 Or merchant

In the long run Love wins – not just any love, but the Love of God redefined at and by the cross of Christ. The Love that goes beyond the love for friends all the way to a new kind of Love, which turns out to be good for enemies, Romans 5:10. This is the incorruptible medium of exchange for The Body of Christ, The Kingdom of God, even The Church. This is the ultimate integrity that never fails.

Love!

 

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2 Responses to Integrity versus Corruption

  1. michaeldc110 says:

    Well, Kirk, you have tripped my wire on this one.

    Caananites (Merchants) in the House of God (Zechariah 14:21)… I had never made that connection before!! Jesus said to the temple leaders in Jerusalem, “it is written, my house shall be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

    Peter warned, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall THEY WITH FEIGNED WORDS WILL MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, AND THEIR DAMNATION SLUMBERETH NOT.” (2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV – emphasis added)

    According to the New Testament what is “the house of God”? Paul writes, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.
    (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV) We are warned to keep our idols out of this living temple of God which we are, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”(2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV).

    Merchandising among the people of God, selling what God freely gives to His people, whether it is through the preacher demanding a salary for his services or men selling their “Christian” wares (books, tapes, CD’s, and thousands of other forms of “Jesus Junk”), this is still making merchandise of the people of God!

    Paul spoke to the elders of the Ephesian church about his conduct among the saints of God saying, “I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:33-35 KJ2000). Yes, HE WAS ADDRESSING CHURCH LEADERSHIP, that they should follow his example.

    Peter had the same concern when he wrote the church elders saying, “Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah, and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you: shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; NOT FOR MONEY, but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:1-3 HCSB – emphasis added)

    Lording over and making gain of God’s people all under the guise of “Do not muzzle the ox that grinds out the corn,” men have been fleecing God’s people under the guise of “ministering” to them for centuries and it has gotten to where the god of Mammon has finally trumped out God in His temple today. Solomon wrote, “The leech has two daughters: Give, Give. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!” (Proverbs 30:15 HCSB). One of these leeches is the tax man and the other is the professional minister. They never have enough!

    Jesus calls to us in this late hour saying, “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, or receive any of her plagues. For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”
    (Revelation 18:4-5 HCSB)

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