Psalm 15
A psalm by David.

"O LORD, who may stay in your tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one who walks with integrity, does what is righteous, and speaks the truth within his heart.
The one who does not slander with his tongue, do evil to a friend, or bring disgrace on his neighbor.
The one who despises those rejected by God but honors those who fear the LORD.

The one who makes a promise and does not break it, even though he is hurt by it.

The one who does not collect interest on a loan or take a bribe against an innocent person.
Whoever does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15, GW)

… ‘christian banker’ … oxymoron ? … or blatant lie? ….

There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere.
They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign Lord.

(Ezekiel 22:12, NLT)


… bankers and credit ratings…


In thee they have received gifts to shed blood; they have received in thee interest and usurious increase; and by oppression thou hast brought thy wickedness to the full, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord.” (Ezekiel 22:12, Brenton LXX En)


… i have seen many ‘good christians’ who say that our laws should be based on the Bible.  these same people will usually discuss ‘gay marriage’ and how homosexuals should not be able to share in the tax breaks and other financial benefits that people with ‘straight marriages’ are able to enjoy.


… many of these ‘good christians’ are also supporters of Capitalism – “an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership*”.   this system is largely based upon the charging of interests or usuries – “the lending of money with an interest charge for its use especially * .


… in the ‘Law of Moses’ recorded in the Torah or Old Testament – there are specific laws about ‘usury/interest’.  basically – ILLEGAL.  ‘money lenders’ have always been evil people. 


And if thou shouldest lend money to thy poor brother who is by thee, thou shalt not be hard upon him, thou shalt not exact usury of him.  And if thou take thy neighbour’s garment for a pledge, thou shalt restore it to him before sunset.  For this is his clothing, this is the only covering of his nakedness; wherein shall he sleep? If then he shall cry to me, I will hearken to him, for I am merciful.” (Exodus 22:25–27, Brenton LXX En)


And if thy brother who is with thee become poor, and he fail in resources with thee, thou shalt help him as a stranger and a sojourner, and thy brother shall live with thee.  Thou shalt not receive from him interest, nor increase: and thou shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord: and thy brother shall live with thee.  Thou shalt not lend thy money to him at interest, and thou shalt not lend thy meat to him to be returned with increase.” (Leviticus 25:35–37, Brenton LXX En)


Thou shalt not lend to thy brother on usury of silver, or usury of meat, or usury of any thing which thou mayest lend out.  Thou mayest lend on usury to a stranger, but to thy brother thou shalt not lend on usury; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all thy works upon the land, into which thou art entering to inherit it.” (Deuteronomy 23:19–20, Brenton LXX En)


… many years after the LORD gave the 613 Commandments of the Law of Moses on Mount Sinai, David, of whom Samuel said, “a man after God’s own heart”, writes that ““He that walks blameless, and works righteousness,...He has not lent his money on usury, and has not received bribes against the innocent. He that does these things shall never be moved.” (Psalm 14:2–5, Brenton LXX En)


… when David is lamenting about the ‘voice of the enemy, and because of the oppression of the sinner’, he writes, :  “Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen iniquity and gainsaying in the city.  Day and night he shall go round about it upon its walls: iniquity and sorrow and unrighteousness are in the midst of it; and usury and craft have not failed from its streets.” (Psalm 54:9–11, Brenton LXX En)   he speaks of ‘usury’ being a sign of the ‘unrighteousness’ of the city.


… in a prophetic Psalm, David writes of the LORD ‘redeeming their souls from usury and injustice’.  “For he has delivered the poor from the oppressor; and the needy who had no helper.  He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall deliver the souls of the needy.  He shall redeem their souls from usury and injustice: and their name shall be precious before him.” (Psalm 71:12–14, Brenton LXX En)


… Solomon, son of David, of whom it is written :  “And the wisdom of Solomon abounded exceedingly beyond the wisdom of all the ancients, and beyond all the wise men of Egypt;” (3 Kingdoms 2:35b, Brenton LXX En)   he wrote :  “He that increases his wealth by usuries and unjust gains, gathers it for him that pities the poor.  He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even he has made his prayer abominable.” (Proverbs 28:8–9, Brenton LXX En)


… the prophet Jeremiah who was sent to warn Israel of their sin wrote :  “There is usury upon usury, and deceit upon deceit: they would not know me, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:6, Brenton LXX En)


… and then we have Ezekiel, a prophet in Babylon who is revered as a Hebrew Prophet by the Christians, Jews and Muslims, write about what a ‘righteous man’ looks like.  he wrote :  “But the man who shall be just, who executes judgment and righteousness, who shall not eat upon the mountains, and shall not at all lift up his eyes to the devices of the house of Israel, and shall not defile his neighbour’s wife, and shall not draw nigh to her that is removed, and shall not oppress any man, but shall return the pledge of the debtor, and shall be guilty of no plunder, shall give his bread to the hungry, and clothe the naked; and shall not lend his money upon usury, and shall not receive usurious increase, and shall turn back his hand from injustice, shall execute righteous judgment between a man and his neighbour, and has walked in my commandments and kept mine ordinances, to do them; he is righteous, he shall surely live, saith the Lord.” (Ezekiel 18:5–9, Brenton LXX En) and the ‘unrighteous man is described as :   “and has oppressed the poor and needy, and has committed robbery, and not restored a pledge, and has set his eyes upon idols, has wrought iniquities, has lent upon usury, and taken usurious increase; he shall by no means live: he has wrought all these iniquities; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.” (Ezekiel 18:12–13, Brenton LXX En)


… it is interesting to note that “Sharia prohibits acceptance of specific interest or fees for loans of money (known as riba, or usury), whether the payment is fixed or floating.” **  modern Judiasm, which is based on Talmud, specifically states “But how can one be exempt in the case of gentiles, for are they not in the classification of an human?”(Karitot 1:1, VII.1.D) – so only Jews are forbidden from loaning to other Jews with interest.  even with that – the banks in Israel still charge interest to everyone – Jew and Gentile.


… and that brings me to Christians.  to call yourself a ‘Christian’ is to say to the world that ‘i believe and follow the teachings of the man Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary, Son of God, who i believe to be the promised Messiah or Christ of the Hebrew people.’  so it would be interesting to see what it is said that He taught.


Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” (Matthew 5:42, NKJV)


And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:34–36, NKJV)


… and if that wasn’t enough, it is also said that He taught;  “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”” (Mark 10:17–21, NKJV)


… this system that we live under is an extremely oppressive system based on usuries and interests.  you cannot call yourself a ‘Christian’ and work to promote and serve such an oppressive system that is clearly against the teachings of the entire Bible.  you can’t work at a bank – or credit card company – or financial service company – or tax agency ; and be a true servant of Jesus.  it is impossible.


When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”” (Mark 8:34–38, NKJV)


“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”” (Luke 16:13, NLT)


* Merriam-Webster, I. (2003). Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. (Eleventh ed.). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc.
**  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_banking

 

 
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