Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

The World

In 2008, at the end of the Bush administration, the housing market collapsed in this country sending the economy into a tailspin.  President George Bush, in an attempt to save the economy and the troubled financial institutions, signed into law the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act which gave 700 billion dollars of taxpayer money to the “too big to fail” banks.  This move delayed, temporarily, what would have been a collapse of the US economy.  Painful though it might have been, there are those who say that the banks should have been allowed to fail.  In which case the private sector would have been able to slowly recover from the collapse.  Instead, more taxpayer money was pumped into the failing system by Barack Obama just 4 months later.    In February of 2009 Barack Obama signed into law The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, i.e. the stimulus package – 800 billion dollars were pumped into the economy to mitigate the effects of the great recession of 2008.

As the head of my family, I have never advocated to my wife that we spend money when we are under financial constraints.  On the contrary…whenever I have faced family debt and financial difficulty, we have always cut back and lived close to the chest until our finances were stable again.  I’m not an economist but it seems to me that individual families are a microcosm of the many families that comprise this country, and if tightening the belt works for one family suffering from financial difficulty, it will work collectively for the many families of this country.  It should be obvious to anyone that no person, no family, no nation has ever spent its way out of financial difficulty.  Be that as it may, economic disaster was temporarily averted, and here we are almost 8 years later facing economic apocalypse again.  Only this time the bubble is substantially greater, and the impending collapse will be an existential event.

It is not just America that is suffering financially.  The economies of the world are interconnected by the petrodollar, and ripples of what is happening here in America is spreading out across the globe.  What has kept America afloat is the reserve status of the dollar and the ability of the federal reserve to print money. Unfortunately, smaller economies can’t print dollars.

The economies of Greece, Puerto Rico, Venezuela are now circling the bowl. These countries, figuratively, are canaries in the world’s coal mines. Pouring worthless paper into the economy hasn’t and will not work, the jig will be up probably sooner rather than later.  One doesn’t have to be a prophet to see the financial storm clouds overhead.  Secular financial gurus like Jim Willie, Peter Schiff, and others are sounding a clarion call about the inevitable collapse of the dollar.

The problems that are coming upon the world are intractable and according to the Bible, the nations are in anguish and perplexed with the waves and the seas roaring - Luke 21:25.

If you are looking for political solutions, there are none.  If your hope is in Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or any other world leader, then you are cursed according to the Bible – Jeremiah 17:5.  

There is hope, but it can only be found in principles laid out in scriptures by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Kingdom

Kingdom Finances vs World Finances

In stark contrast to the corrupt financial system I have outlined is a financial system that I call “Kingdom Economics.”  The Kingdom of God operates totally independently of the world system.  God does not need anything of the world to provide for His kingdom citizens.  God supplies all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.  If the world’s economies failed today, God’s ability to supply the needs of His kingdom citizens would not be diminished in any way – Jeremiah 17:7-8.  He is Jehovah Jireh.

There are prerequisites, however, to enjoying the provisions and benefits of the Kingdom of God.  First, one must be born again of the Word and the Holy Spirit – John 3:3-5.  Second, one must be obedient to and trust in the word of the King. Jesus said that no one can serve two masters – God and money – Matthew 6:24. Everything else Jesus said about finances falls under this rubric.  You cannot trust God and money.  A case and point is found in Mark 10:17-21.  The rich young man came to Jesus inquiring about what he could do to have eternal life. Jesus informed him to keep the commandments.  He had kept all of the commandments since his youth was his reply.  According to Jesus, only one thing stood between him and perfection.  Wow!  Think about that for a moment.  There was only one thing in his life that prevented his entrance into the Kingdom of God.  Being an extremely wealth man, he choked when Jesus commanded him to give all of his money to the poor in exchange for treasure accrued in the bank of heaven.  He was inextricably bound to a financial system that required his servitude to mammon/money.  He therefore forfeited his entrance into the Kingdom and its subsequent provisions because he trusted in his vast wealth. What a sad story.  The rich man choose to remain in a dog eat dog financial system serving uncertain riches rather than taking his treasure out of an earthly bank and putting it in a heavenly storehouse – Mark 10:21.  

Many of you who are reading this treatise dutifully give a 10th of your income in obedience to Old Testament commands, (By the way, tithing is not a part of Kingdom finances. I’ll share more on the tithe in a following post) but what if God required you, like the rich young man, to give it all.  Consider this….the things in the old covenant were written as types and shadows of the real of which we are partakers – 1 Corinthians 10:11. The tithe then is a type of a greater principle. Under the old covenant, God’s people owned the 90% and were stewards of the 10%.  The reality is that Kingdom citizens OWN NOTHING.  We are bought with a price - 1 Corinthians 6:20.  We are loyal servants of our King and totally committed to Him.  We are stewards of everything He blesses us with.  If He calls on us to give it all away, we should gladly do so without hesitation.  But I digress.

How do we lay up treasures in heaven?  I’m glad you asked.

Jesus gave a startling command in Matthew 6:19-21.  It goes against everything we have been taught about world finances.  One of the first things we learned about finances is start a savings account.  We are told to work hard in order to have the “American dream” i.e. nice home, nice car, financial security and after a productive work career, retirement.    The whole world seeks after these things – Matthew 6:32.  This may come as surprise to you; the Bible reason for working is not to provide for yourself and family.  That is God’s job.  We are not to even take a thought about our provisions – Matthew 6:24-34.  The Bible reason for working is to have resources to give to those in need – Ephesians 4:28.  

Jesus clearly commanded Kingdom citizens not to lay up money in the bank in contrast to those who are a part of this world’s financial system.  The success of the heathen is tied to how much money they have laid up.  Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, and George Soros to name a few are the epitome of world success.  They all have great wealth stored up in banks.  Do you think they have anything stored up in the bank of heaven?  Do you think they would be willing to give everything to the poor?  If you have great wealth and are not rich toward God, I would refer you to James 5:1.  Misery will soon come upon those who trust in money but in the midst of financial darkness, light will shine upon those who have placed their heart and treasure in heaven.    

Friends, we are to lay treasure up in heaven by giving to the brethren and the poor – Mark 10:21.  1 Timothy 6:17-19 seals the fact that treasure can be stored up in the Kingdom of God by good works, by having a generous heart, and by being ready and willing to distribute.   There are no storehouses on earth now, only in heaven, and the only way to accumulate treasure in heaven is by giving to the poor and good works.

Now, I’m sure that the first question that comes to your mind is whether or not having a bank savings account is biblically wrong.  To answer that take a look at Luke 12:13-21.  Luke gives an account of a man who had so much stored up he had to build bigger store houses for his goods.  This kind of mentality epitomizes those operating in this world’s financial system.  Whether it’s capitalism, fascism, socialism, or communism.  The system is fueled by greed and selfishness.  Luke’s view is a bit more nuanced than Matthew’s in that he concludes the discourse by saying that it’s foolish to lay up treasure on earth and not be rich towards God.

So, there is a balance here.  The problem is not the bank account per se.  The problem is a mentality of greed and selfishness.  God is not opposed to wealth. He is opposed to greed and selfishness.  Therefore, one should always be generous and ready to distribute everything if called upon to do so by the King.

Before I go further, let me say that giving money to buy some greedy preacher a Gulfstream Jet is foolish and does not accrue any treasure in heaven in my opinion nor does giving money to build and maintain multi million dollar edifices.  God is not a part of such covetous endeavors.


If you give me one hundred, for these projects, God will give you one thousand, we are told.  This kind of chicanery makes merchandise of God’s people and perpetuates covetous.  We, my brothers and sisters, are the building of God – 1 Corinthians 3:9.  Our energy and resources should be spent building each other up rather than enriching the coffers of crooked preachers.

The master key to provisions in the Kingdom is found in Matthew 6:33.  If you are a Christian and you have been laid off work or if you are going through financial difficulty because of operating in a failing world system, begin to operate on a higher spiritual level.  You may be temporarily without a paycheck, but you’re never without a job.  Your job is go after the Kingdom of God with all your heart and in doing so, heaven’s resources will be brought to bear on your behalf.

  • Finally, to operate successfully in Kingdom finances, one must love and worship the King rather than mammon.
  • One must not lay up treasure in banks without first being rich toward God
  • One must be generous and willing to distribute everything if called upon to do so by the King
  • One must seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteous (right way of doing things).

If you put into practice these principle,  It doesn’t matter how bad things get, you will flourish.  You will be that tree whose leaves are always green no matter how hot it gets.

Your cup will overflow.  You will be the head and not the tail.  You will be blessed going out and coming in.  Your basket will be blessed.  Your store will be blessed.  Your offspring will be blessed, and you will shine during the dark day ahead.      

 

 

 

 

Should Christians Vote?

In this article, I would like to address the issue of whether or not Christians should vote.

I can remember as a young man living through the stifling economic times of the Jimmy Carter years.  It was during this time that I became politically aware and developed a conservative worldview.  The values that most conservatives espoused were consistent with my own values as a Christian, so I gravitated toward the conservative point of view and became politically involved.

At the time, I had a “God-country mentality.  My first vote was cast for Ronald Reagan, and every republican candidate after Reagan garnered my vote as well.

It wasn’t until Barack Obama that I began to question whether or not I should participate in the electoral process.   I found Obama to be the antithesis of the values I hold dear as a Christian.  Neither could I support John McCain, his opponent.  His values weren’t much better.  So, for the first time since I voted for Reagan in 1980, I decided not to vote.  I didn’t know at the time that God was leading me out of what I call “Political Babylon.” It was a seminal moment in my Christian walk.   

Having made that decision, the Lord opened my understanding to where my allegiance should really lie – the Kingdom of God.  I realized then that my citizenship was in heaven and not in this world.  Like Abraham, we should consider ourselves strangers and pilgrims here on earth – Hebrews 11:13.  The Greek word for strangers is xenos; it means foreigner or alien.  I have no continuing city on this earth – Hebrews 13:14.  The only way that someone gets to participate in the political process of a sovereign nation other than his or her own is by nefarious and illegal means, and a lot of that is going on in this system.    

During that epiphany, I came to realize that patriotism was a form of Idolatry.  I have seen churches with signs on the front lawns that read, “Support Our Troops.”  Are they really our troops?  No!  They aren’t.  It wasn’t “our troops” that apprehended Jesus in the garden.  It wasn’t our troops that mocked Him and spit on Him.  It wasn’t our troops that nailed the nails in His hand and feet.  These were armies of this world, and we are not a part of this world – John 17:16.  

Psalms 2:1-3 is clear that the kings of the earth and the rulers set themselves against the Lord and against His anointed.  The United States of America is not excluded from this cabal of kings and rulers of the earth who are against the Lord and His people.  

When Jesus prayed, in the 17th chapter of John, He didn’t pray for any worldly country, including the one He lived in – national Israel.  In fact he specifically told the father that He was not praying for the world – John 17:9. 

It really saddens me when I see Christians marching on Washington and petitioning the federal government to do for them what Jesus, through His sacrifice, has already done – 2 Peter 1:3.  I cannot imagine any of the first century Christians marching on Rome or voting to get caesar to supply their needs.  God supplies our needs, brothers and sisters, according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.  

The early Christians were martyred in some of the most cruel and sadistic ways because they would not acknowledge caesar as their king. Christians today, on the other hand, unwittingly give their support to some of the most godless men on the planet and call them “our president.”  This, I think, is a slap in the face to our Lord and King who purchased us with His own blood.  Our leader and shepherd is the Lord Jesus Christ and there is no other.

Once again we find ourselves caught up in another election cycle. Several candidates, democrat and republican, are vying for the supreme position of president of the United States, leader of the free world.

Donald Trump seems to have an inside track on all the other candidates.  He has obviously tapped into the same desire for “change” that Obama tapped into during his candidacy.  And, once again the world and sadly many Christians are looking for a hero.  This time he wears the republican instead of a democrat cape.

I don’t have any problem with the nations of the world choosing their own leaders.  what I do have a problem with is God’s people, who are a citizens of the Kingdom of God, joining with the world in choosing godless men to rule over them and thus being active participants in their own enslavement.

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Consider the fact that Christians in this country and in many other western democracies are being persecuted and made subject to draconian laws enacted by the political leaders that they themselves voted into office.

  • As a child, I can remember praying in school.  Now, it is against the law. Christians voted for the leaders who enacted these laws.  The rabbit hole goes deeper.
  • A Christian baker was sued by a lesbian couple because they refused to bake a cake for their wedding.  The court ordered the bakers to pay the lesbians $135,000 in damages.  I wonder who they voted for?  You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
  • Hobby Lobby, a Christian owned business, was mandated by Obamacare to provide abortion causing drugs to its employees.  They sued the government and fortunately the courts ruled in their favor.
  • The “War on poverty,” a government program started by Lyndon Johnson in 1964 is a case and point of how Christians, by voting, participate in their own enslavement.  During that time, the government became the provider for the poor of this country both Christian and nonchristian.  Health care, food, housing, even money was provided by the government.  Christians who once trusted God and their own work ethic became totally dependent on the Federal Government to supply their needs.  Those who became dependent  participate in their own enslavement at the ballot box by voting for those who prop up and perpetuate the welfare state.

Every election cycle, a symbiotic dance begins in which Christians and the beast/government exchange benefits. Christians receive support in the form of either welfare or some other promised provision.  Christians reciprocate by giving their loyalty to the government in the form of political support.  The arrangement has the effect of keeping certain politicians in power and their Christians supporters perennially groveling at the public trough.


During the last election cycle, Christians and nonchristians alike swooned and fainted during Barack Obama’s speeches.   most of these people, especially blacks, could not articulate one reason for their support of him other than the fact that he is black.  This kind of blind support is troubling to me and is against the teachings of – 2 Corinthians 5:16.   

When Christians place their stamp of approval on a certain politician, they, in effect, become a partaker of the evil deeds of said politician.  Let’s think about this for a moment, friends.

Barack Obama has enacted immoral laws such as making homosexual marriage the law of the land.  He has also fomented violent revolutions in other countries causing Christians (Our brothers and sisters) to be brutally murdered and displaced by Muslim Jihadist.  Because of the policies of this president and the prevailing zeitgeist during his almost eight years in office, Christians are experiencing blistering persecution all over the world including here in the good ole USA.  As an Illinois Senator,  Obama voted against the “Born Alive Act” – legislation that  required doctors to administer medical attention to babies who survived botched abortions.  It is one of the most depraved things I’ve ever heard of. How could anyone deny medical attention to a living baby lying on a gurney .

Another egregious offence by Obama is his support and defense of Planned Parenthood.  Recently, Planned Parenthood was caught on hidden camera selling baby parts from aborted babies.  Not aware they were on camera, Planned-Parenthood doctors and staff glibly discussed positioning fetuses in a way to facilitate harvesting in tact baby parts which were then sold to the highest bidder.  If the horrific nature of these offenses weren’t enough, Mr. Obama made this statement when ending a speech to Planned Parenthood:  “God bless Planned Parenthood.”  (By the way, Obama is the first president to ever address this organization.)

To Christians all over the country who voted for this man, you are a partaker of the evil deeds I have enunciated.  You placed your Christian imprimatur on this wicked person and therefore  blood is on your hands.  I would admonish you to repent and begin the journey back to Zion via the highway of holiness.

Paul did not stone Steven, but he supported those who did and was just as guilty of Steven’s blood as if he had joined the mob in throwing stones.

Brothers and sisters, we are admonished in Ephesians 5:11 to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.  You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils – 1 Corinthians 10:21.

Paul in 2 Timothy 2:4 admonishes us not to get tangled up with the affairs of this life.  The Greek word for affairs is PRAGMATEIA.  It means, 1) the prosecution of any affair, 2) business, occupation.  So, I think affairs of this life would include political concerns. Don’t you think?

It is time to take seriously the command to come out of world – 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.  Only then will we be received by God and enjoy the full rights and benefits of Kingdom citizenship.

I would like to point out to you that the whole world lies in the grip of satan – 1 John 5:19  The “world’ in the text means the system.  The system is also called Babylon.  There are 3 parts to the system, Political, Financial or Commercial, and Religious.  The latter includes the myriad denominations and organizations that Christians are a part of today and all other false religions.  By God’s grace, I have come out of Political Babylon and Religious Babylon.  It is a bit more difficult to exit Financial Babylon as we earn a living there, buy and sell there.  

God has a plan, however, that is going to extricate all  true Christians from this system.  It’s called the mark of the beast – Revelation 13:16-17.  God is going to allow this to take place probably sooner than we realize.  Those who trust God will be provided for by God’s riches in Glory.  Those who are dependent on the system will take the mark of the beast and seal their fate forever.  So, come out of Babylon, my brother and sister and become the overcomer God has ordained you to be.

Kingdom Culture

Over the past several years, God has kindled in me a yearning for more knowledge of the kingdom of God, and having come out of what I believe is apostate Christianity a few years ago, I have had to renew my mind as to who I really am.  

Are we merely church members, a part of a system of denominations and organizations with myriad beliefs on bible doctrines and teachings, or are we kingdom citizens?  The latter of course, but sadly, most Christians have never been taught about the kingdom of God.  Instead, they’re getting a steady diet of, “Live your best life now,” “Reposition yourself to prosper” and many other similar teachings that have absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom of God.

The kind of teachings that are coming across the pulpits today offer very little if anything about  our kingdom citizenship or who we are in Christ.

Large churches are spending multiplied thousands of dollars in honorariums given to celebrity preachers who fleece the flock, and instead of distilling kingdom wisdom, they are teaching the sheeple how to employ worldly principles in order to be successful in this worldly kingdom.  What infuriates me is that apostate preachers have turned kingdom citizens with full rights of citizenship including the authority of Jesus Christ, provisions, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost into impotent church members.

One famous preacher procured the services of Susan Orman, a lesbian financial adviser on CNN, to give a seminar to attendees of one of his church functions. This same famous preacher requires honorariums in excess of 100,000 to be a guest speaker at a host church.  What is so sad about this kind of chicanery is that God’s people allow themselves to be used in this fashion – Jeremiah 5:31.  

It causes my righteous blood to boil when I see this kind of abuse and the acquiescence of God’s people.  I pray that there will be many more who will follow my lead, come outside the camp to truly follow Jesus our King – Hebrews 13:13.  

Now that I have your attention, let me say that a kingdom is simply a king’s domain – the citizens over which the King has dominion.  The question must now be asked, how can kingdom citizens be distinguished from mere church members or anyone else?  Is there biblical data on the characteristics of kingdom citizens?  Indeed there is.

Any group of people can be distinguished by their culture.  I like this definition of culture:  

 

  • A culture is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.

 


I am an African-American, and there are certain things in black culture that are distinct and culturally exclusive.  Most blacks that I know grew up eating chitlins at certain times of the year.  It is a tradition that has been passed down from slavery to the present day.  Music, fashion, certain slangs and idioms, etc. have defined blacks in this country as a group of people.  Each group of people have their own unique culture that distinguishes them from other peoples.    


Jesus enumerated in Matthew 5:1-12 ten things that distinguish kingdom citizens from worldly citizens.  What Jesus shares with us is what I call “Kingdom Culture.”  

Verse 3 – The poor in spirit:  The poor in spirit are those who are broken and contrite – Psalms 51:17.   They are not haughty in spirit (Proverbs 16:18) but are clothed with humility.  They are always in need of spiritual edification and affirmation from the King.

Verse 4 – The  mourners:  Jesus equated mourning with fasting in Matthew 9:14-15.  We mourn and fast in His absence, longing for Him to move in our behalf. We mourn at the injustice we’re surrounded with living as strangers here in this world.  The witnesses in Revelation 11:3 will prophesy in sackcloth ( figurative for mourning) for 3 ½ years.  They will mourn for dying, sighing, humanity who refuses to repent even after the many blows of judgement that are struck against them.  Anyone can mourn, but only kingdom citizens mourn for their enemies. Only kingdom citizens mourn in hope that the Lord will come quickly – Revelation 22:20.

Verse 5 – The meek:  The Greek word is prays. It is pronounced phonetically prah-ooce.  It means mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit.  God places great value on this culture characteristic – 1 Peter 3:4.  Meekness should in no way be misconstrued as weakness.  Jesus is our example of meekness and He was the epitome of strength, absolute authority, and power under control.  

Verse 6 – The hungry and thirsty after righteousness:  If you’re hungry and thirsty for righteousness, you will seek after it - Matthew 6:33.   Seeking the righteousness of the kingdom means seeking the kingdom way of doing things (the way it works and operates) as opposed to the world’s way.  When we do, we have a guarantee from our King that we shall be filled.  

Verse 7 – The merciful:  It flowed from God to us when instead of the demands that justice required i.e.,  that we have the very best that hell has to offer, He wrapped us in His love and place us in the royal family.  I love the hymn “At Calvary.”  “Mercy there was great and grace was free!”  When we are merciful to others, we then can come boldly to the throne of Grace in the time of need – Hebrews 4:16.  

Verse 8 – The pure in heart:  A pure heart is a heart that has been cleansed by the blood.  A pure heart is a heart that has been cleansed by the Words spoken by the King – John 15:3.  A pure heart is a heart that is not double minded – James 4:8  A pure heart is a heart that is not cluttered with the cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, or anything else that would keep us from being fruitful in the kingdom - Luke 8:14-15  More than any other culture characteristic, this one is probably the most important because only the pure in heart shall see God.  

Verse 9 – The peacemakers:  A peacemaker is simply someone who loves peace and endeavors to live at peace with everyone - Romans 12:18.  I think we need to understand that living as sheep among wolves, it’s not always possible to be at peace with some people.  If you find yourself in that situation, remember, we wrestle not against flesh and blood….Our battle is against evil spirits that tempt and prod us to act in a manner unbecoming of a kingdom citizen. We have been given total authority over all the power of the devil.  Never give in to fighting fleshly battles.  When we stand our ground armed with the whole armor of God, we are conducting ourselves as sons of God.  

Verse 10 – The persecuted for righteousness sake:  Our culture stands out like a sore thumb in this world.  We are like a light that shines on a hill exposing the darkness.  When a whole group of people stands out so noticeably, It’s easy to target them.  Wicked men and women who naturally love darkness have always persecuted those who are of the light. Cain vs Abel, Esau vs Jacob, Amalek vs Israel, Haman vs Mordecai are a few examples.  One would naturally be inclined to be broken and saddened by persecution, but instead, kingdom citizens rejoice when they encounter various types of persecution because when we are wrongly attacked for righteousness sake, our reward is great in the kingdom of heaven.  So arm yourselves with the knowledge that if you live godly in this world, you will suffer persecution – 2 Timothy 3:12.  Jesus said if the world hated Him, they will hate us as well - John 15:18:25.  There is no way for the godly to avoid persecution in this present darkness.  

There is one other thing that distinguishes kingdom citizens from everyone else. Though they are persecuted, though they mourn, though they are poor in spirit and in some cases just plain poor.  THEY ARE BLESSED! Hallelujah!

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There is a coming war on the citizens of the kingdom – a clash of cultures if you will, but when the dust settles,  the kingdom of God and its citizens will be exalted above all other kingdoms and cultures.