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God and mammon

Mammon, according to Christian theology, is a demon who embodies the cardinal sin of greed. This demon’s loathsome rapacity is so powerful that innocent folk can be drawn into its clutches and corrupted so badly that they focus all their attention on building up worldly treasures as opposed to  righteousness that will be carried with them into the kingdom of Heaven.

Christ's warnings to us about the treasures of the heart does not apply just to lovers of money, it applies equally to those who in any way worship the transient, who accumulate possessions beyond need, who seek the praise of men more than the praise of God: who would make a show in the world by taste, by intellect, by power, by art of any kind and so would gather golden opinions of mankind to be treasured in a storehouse of useless, worldly ash. 

Also the treasures that the Immortal, the Infinite, created are frequently housed by mankind with their own fading and corrupted treasures in the vain hope that God's glory in some way rubs off and makes the things they treasure, similarly good.

All kinds of entertainment and selling, often accompanied by an entrance fee is offered by many places of worship in a desperate hope that God and mammon can both be embraced and this in spite of our being warned by Christ (Matthew 6: 24) that together they cannot be worshipped for the simple reason that we will come to love the one and despise the other or, at best, to love it less. John revealed Christ's utter dislike and contempt for trade being carried out in places of worship when (John 2: 16 KJV) He said:  "And said unto them that sold doves, 'Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.'" 

Mammon and the Self are the most contemptible of gods and yet they are the ones the world worships the most and in many pulpits a diluted version of the Gospels is preached with the abundant blooms of Gospel Truths being severely pruned to make them better fit the garden of the understanding (or so it is hoped) of ordinary folk in the hope of increased largesse.

When we try to intellectualize our Christian faith in a vain attempt to better understand it we only succeed in stripping it of much of its power for How can our finite understanding intellectualize the infinite.

Paul, who kick-started faith in Christ in the pagan gentiles had no illusions about that which is needed and which should be preached. Paul preached the Cross of Christ and Him crucified, followed by His death defeating resurrection that opened up to all believers the hope of eternal life and it was that which he unfailingly preached to his hearers.  For he knew full well that within those words is where the real power of the Gospels to strengthen the faithful and to convert and save the unbeliever resides.

Enabling Paul to do that required a visionary's understanding of his faith and the knowledge that God will work with and strengthen all those who believe in Him and will work His wonders through them.

If Gospel Truths about Christ's death and Resurrection were preached on each and every occasion from each and every pulpit there would be no need for spurious events to be held which might put a few bottoms on seats but which detract from the real purpose of churches which is:

'The Salvation of Souls.'

For that is the real and only means we have of Glorifying God.