May 23, 2009
The God of the Institution
In my last blog, "Repair or Demolish" I discussed the difference between Yahweh and the god of organized religion that many of us grew up with. I referred to the religious organizations god as the "cult-god." Rather than attempting to fix your view of Yahweh, I talked about the importance of divorcing the cult-god and starting fresh. Understanding that they are two different people is key to your healing as a Free Believer. It's not a twisted view of Yahweh that we had. It's another god altogether.
Many people assumed that I was speaking metaphorically about this other god. I assure you that I wasn't. I am quickly coming to the belief that the cult-god of American Christianity is, in fact, a separate entity with a name and specific personality characteristics.
It is true that whoever a person or group of people chooses to be their god, they will automatically describe the personality of that god in all their teachings and beliefs. I've said for years that American Christianity is completely upside-down from truth on almost every point of Yahweh's Heart. The things we have all grown up hearing about God's personality and character are so far from truth, it's almost comical. How could they be so wrong? If they are not describing Yahweh, who are they describing? I believe that they are unknowingly describing the person they've given their hearts to. They are teaching about the one they love with all their hearts. They can't help themselves. It's a natural phenomena.
I believe the name of the cult-god we've grown to know is "Mammon."
Mammon is referred to by Jesus as an alternate master. Not even Satan was given that description. Satan was called "the ruler of this world," but even he wasn't referred to as an alternative master that people could serve in place of God. In fact, there is nothing else that I can think of all throughout scripture that is considered a running mate next to God Himself.
I certainly don't want to appear as just another author that's bringing some lofty, over-the-top accusation against the Christian religion. I honestly feel that the things I am writing here should be pondered and taken into consideration by everyone reading this. Think about what I'm saying and follow it through in your mind. This isn't name calling. This is amazingly accurate, and I'm wondering if anyone else has matched the personalities of Mammon with the modern day Christians description of their god like this. This is a remarkable study that continues to blow my mind every day. The god many of us grew up hearing about is a perfect description of Mammon.
The church I was a pastor at, made no bones about it each staff meeting. If the offering was good, "God showed up" and if it wasn't, "It lacked the anointing." They gauged God's will by whether or not money came in. Everything had to do with money. When I began preaching freedom and truth in that same church, the people were no longer manipulated with fear to give in the offering. The result was that the offering went dramatically down from what it used to be before I arrived. This was seen by my colleagues as clear evidence that what I was preaching was contrary to the will of god.
You can turn on Christian television any time night or day and within 30 seconds, they'll ask for your money. They'll give you a long list of blessings and answers to prayer that you'll get if you send them money. TBN and Day Star are obviously extreme examples of Mammon worship. They can take any Bible verse in the world and make it mean something to do with money. They do this because Mammon is their god. They sincerely see him all throughout the Bible. They honestly do.
I believe that the reason why the American church's spiritual collapse is paralleling our nation's economic downfall is because we share the same god. Ordinarily, a depression in a nation's economy shouldn't affect the church one way or another, but in America, the god of our economy is also the god of many of our churches. They rise together and they fall together.
As I began to search the internet for websites that talk about Mammon, I was astounded to see how identical his personality is with the god I was told about all my life in the church I was raised in.
One website says that; "Mammon was a Philistine god that was worshipped to bring prosperity." Does this sound familiar to you???
Another site states that; "Mammon is an Aramaic demonic spirit that was worshipped as a false god by the Philistines. Mammon desires to be worshipped, have influence, and control of people's lives, to require love and devotion through the use of money." I feel like I'm sitting in my old church on a Sunday morning. These are attributes that we have all been told belong to God.
In the Dungeons and Dragons game, Mammon is a character who is described in this way: "He is two-faced, vindictive, and arrogant, always looking for imagined insults. Mammon's servants wage economic warfare on good, prosperous nations in an attempt to collapse their economies, hoping that in their desperation the newly impoverished souls will turn to Mammon for salvation. Mammon is known for speaking in riddles, never coming straight to the point even when giving orders. His servants emulate this behavior."
I can't tell you how many times I've heard preachers say that God has orchestrated America's present economic recession because He wants people to turn to Him in the midst of losing everything. The above description is stunningly similar to what most of us believe in our hearts about the personality of God. He has been presented as "two-faced" for as long as I can remember. Jesus and God are polar opposites according to modern day teachings. They are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. God is presented as arrogant, and as always giving us partial information in life so that everything is a riddle.
When you put Mammon next to Yahweh, the contrast is obvious, and the point I am making becomes even more clear. You tell me which god American Christianity describes to it's congregation:
Yahweh says, "You are my children."
Yahweh says, "My children will share in my glory."
Yahweh says, "I will protect you because I love you."
Yahweh says, "I want you to have self control."
Yahweh says, "I came that you would have life to the fullest."
Yahweh is content with who you are right now.
Yahweh says, "Blessed are you who are poor........."
Yahweh says, "Jesus Christ died TO sin, to save you FROM sin."
Yahweh says, "Jesus died to save you from sin."
Yahweh says, "Give because you love."
Whether or not you believe that Mammon is an actual entity is really inconsequential. The fact is, money does have a personality. Our economy has a distinct temperament and nature, and the historical beliefs about the demon Mammon coincide almost perfectly with what we know to be true about the spirit and character of the world's financial system. That personality parallels American Christianity's god in an astounding way.
I certainly don't want to make the blanket statement that every church in America subscribes to this way of thinking. I personally know of many pastors and leaders in American churches who know and love Yahweh very deeply. I think the tendency to chase after the cult-god is something that every one of us will be faced with at one time or another in our lives. Jesus warned us about Mammon for this very reason. When I realized who it was I was serving, I filed for divorce immediately and have never looked back.
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