God Condemns the Taking of Interest/Usury and the Reasons Why
Weekly Sermon, 19 February 2023
In the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, God Almighty makes a promise to the people of Israel that if they obey His laws, they will receive many blessings from God. One of these blessings is stated in verse 12 of that chapter and reads as follows: “And thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.”
Then, in the final section of Deuteronomy chapter 28, God provided a list of curses that would be brought upon His people if they disregarded His commandments. Pay attention to what is said in verses 43 and 44 of the book of Deuteronomy. “The stranger who is within you will ascend very far above you, and you will descend very low,” the Bible says. “The stranger who is within you will cause you to fall.” He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he will be at the top, and you will be at the bottom. “
In 1913, the total federal debt of the United States was $2 billion. In that year, the financial system known as the Federal Reserve was put into place. By 1920, the total debt owed by the federal government was $24 billion. By the year 1940, it was $42 billion, and by the year 1960, it had increased to $286 billion. By the year 1980, it had reached $800 billion. (It’s important to note that in the year 2022, it will be close to $21 TRILLION.)
It is now anticipated that it will be greater than one trillion dollars by the year 1982. Someone is giving us a loan, but we are not giving one to the person who gave it to us. Have they reached the position of the head, while we have reached that of the tail?
At Mount Sinai, God Almighty presented the people of Israel with a stone tablet inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Subsequently, God gave them several hundred other statutes and judgements through the medium of Moses. These statutes and judgements were all designed to implement the Ten Commandments as the fundamental constitution of the nation of Israel. I recorded the words of God to Moses in the 26th chapter of Leviticus and in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy on what would happen to the people of Israel if they accepted all of God’s rules, statutes, and judgements. God also specified what would fall upon them if they disregarded these sacred commandments. It was a straightforward explanation of the chain of events that led up to the problem.
In recent decades, science has developed into something of a deity in the eyes of those who have received an education. It is believed that science can provide a solution to every issue, including not just the question of why apples fall to the ground, but also the question of why anything at all happens, which is a change from what is there at any given instant in time. Science can find causes. One simple rule has emerged from all of this esoteric research, and it is something that any intelligent person would know even if they had never been taught it by a scientist. This rule states that for any change that occurs in the physical world, there must exist some cause or some force that is responsible for that change.
Well, according to me, the Holy Bible is the most scientific book that has ever been written, and I think that when the Holy Bible prophesies or warns that certain things will take place and gives the causes which will bring about that change, then when that event does take place, we should read and consider what is the cause. I believe that the Holy Bible is the most scientific book that has ever been written.
Now, in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 28, God warned the people of Israel that if they ignored his rules, they would end up as the debtors and prisoners of those whom he referred to as “strangers,” who were people who were not Israelites. Therefore, both the event that would take place, which was Israel being held in financial bondage, and the cause that would bring about that event, which was disobedience to God’s rule, were given by God in his word.
Now, I’ve gone through all of that information to start you thinking about this shift in our country along with me. from a society that was practically debt-free up until the early 1900s, to the 1980s, when our federal government, our state governments (with the exception of North Dakota), our cities, our counties, our villages, our corporations, and all of our individual citizens were in debt to the point where it is now becoming obvious that we cannot pay off those debts, we went from practically a debt-free society to one that was practically debt-free until the early 1900s.
The researcher and the specialist each have their place in this subject, just as they do in every other field. In point of fact, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are referred to as financial or economic experts. Many of these individuals have been publishing articles and giving talks on topics such as money, debt, bonds, the stock market, credit, and other related topics for years and years and years. Despite this, none of them or virtually none of them have offered any explanation as to what led to all of this financial strain. The debt is present; this is a fact that cannot be overlooked. But they are unable to identify the one major factor, which may be considered the scientific cause. Who among you has ever heard a politician, an economist working for the government, or any other self-proclaimed “money expert” state something along the lines of “America and Americans are in debt because America and Americans have disobeyed God’s laws”? That is obviously too straightforward for them to understand. They do not want straightforward responses to their complicated queries. However, more than three thousand years ago, the all-powerful God of the world commanded Moses to write down the reason why the United States is in such deep debt.
Deuteronomy 28, verse 15, “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and do all of his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day, that all of these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee,” it says. “All of these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee.”
In addition, one of these curses can be found in the very same chapter, verses 43 and 44. “The alien that is inside thee shall climb up above thee very high, and you shall come down very low,” the scripture says. “The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee.” He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he will be the head, and you will be the tail.” “He will lend to you, and you will not lend to him.”
The impact will be the debt, which will act as a bondage to the foreigner. The violation of the law of God will be the root of the problem. When the cause is there, the effect will take place automatically without any explicit activity on the part of the originator of that science, God Almighty, provided that the cause is present. This is the case with everything else in science.
Here are some other outcomes or consequences that can be attributed to disobeying the commandment of God. I’m going to read a few more verses from Deuteronomy 28 so that you can see that not only are certain things occurring to us precisely as God wrote them over 3,000 years ago, but also other things are happening just as God wrote them. It will be simpler for you to believe that our debt bondage is caused by the same violation of God’s laws if you first recognise that these, too, must be caused by our violation of God’s rules. Moreover, if you realise that these must be caused by our violation of God’s laws.
According to Deuteronomy chapter 28 verse 25, “The Lord shall cause thee to be struck before thine enemies; thou shalt walk forth one way against them, and flee seven ways before them,” the Lord will cause thee to be defeated before your adversaries.
a state of having lost a battle. In point of fact, disobedience is the root of the problem. Would it explain what happened in Korea and Vietnam, as well as why our forces were unable to free the hostages held in Iran?
Verse 27. The Lord will strike you with the plagues of Egypt. And with the haemorrhoids, the scab, and the itching, all of which thou canst not be healed of.”
The consequence of this is an incurable sickness. The root of the problem is still disobedience. Could it explain why hundreds of thousands of individuals in our country pass away from sickness each year, including diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and a hundred other conditions?
Verse 30, “You will betroth a wife, and another man will lay with her,” the Scriptures instruct.
It is possible that our nation’s disobedience to the laws that God has established is to blame for the rise in unfaithfulness and adultery.
The produce of your land and all of your labours will be consumed by a country that thou dost not recognise, according to verse 33.
In Leviticus 26, verse 16, God Almighty says, “Ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall devour it.” This is one of the many curses that are enumerated for disobedience in this chapter of the Bible.
In each of the past two decades, the United States has been responsible for the sale of hundreds of thousands of acres of grain, the harvest of which is then consumed in countries such as Russia, China, Cuba, and other red Communist nations. Anticommunists point the finger at traitors within our nation for selling our food to our adversaries, yet the Lord God Almighty foretold more than three thousand years ago that when His people Israel broke His commandments, their adversaries would consume their grain. He stated that we would be planting it in vain or for no reason at all. There would be no compensation for our work. It is also true that the Communists do not pay for the grain that they use. They take the money that we lend them, and then our leaders forgive their loans so that they don’t have to pay us back. Although it is true that each individual farmer receives payment, it is nevertheless the case that the nation as a whole is giving away grain.
Would it have been possible for God to explain why this is taking place? It seems to me that He did. They are able to benefit from our labour not because they are so clever or because they are so evil, but rather because we break God’s holy commandment, and God has ordained that curse upon us as a consequence of our disobedience. If we broke God’s commandments, we would be in debt to the foreigner and the foreigner would rise above us, which indicates that the foreigner would have authority over us. In the same way, when God declared that we would be in debt to the foreigner, he meant that the foreigner would rule over us. This has taken place with the same degree of certainty as our adversary is consuming our grain.
It is fairly straightforward. It is not difficult to understand at all. The holy Word of God contains not only the source, which is sin, but also the outcome, which is bondage to our adversaries. A straightforward response to a question with several parts. Now that you are aware that God told us that our sin will lead us to be brought into debt or economic bondage, we will continue our study of that economic bondage throughout this radio broadcast as well as numerous more programmes that will follow. I say this because I am aware that a significant number of Christians do not fully perceive or grasp our economic system to the extent that would allow them to recognise that it is a curse upon us. They see the wealth we generate, wealth that comes from our race’s ability to produce great agricultural harvests and from our advanced technology, which allows us to produce more manufactured goods per hour of labour than any other nation, and they make the erroneous assumption that our prosperous state is due in some way to the robustness of our economic system. However, this prosperity has been achieved not as a result of an effective economic system but rather in spite of an ineffective economic system.
Alright, I’m going to read a passage from a book that I penned around 10 years ago but which is no longer in publication. On the other hand, you will receive this information in the package in a shortened form, so the majority of what I will say on this broadcast and the following one will be printed in the packet. This is discussed in the section of the book titled “Trouble and Money.” The section starts with a visual of a family appearing in court for a divorce, and the woman is heard stating, “And, Judge, we were constantly in debt.” After that, you listen to this and consider whether or not it describes the America that you are familiar with.
In the 20th century, it is common knowledge that the United States of America is the country that leads the globe in terms of both wealth and productivity. The United States of America (USA) is now responsible for producing more than half of all of the manufactured goods that are produced worldwide each year. This accomplishment was accomplished by making effective use of the country’s abundant natural resources as well as its intelligent and skilled labour force.
The same can be said of our agricultural output, which is the envy of the rest of the globe. And yet, the working people of the United States, who are responsible for creating this enormous wealth, appear to be perpetually cash-strapped and in debt. The number of working spouses in the United States is at an all-time high. With order to assist in the payment of their monthly expenses, husbands frequently seek out extra work or take on a second part-time position. When the children reach the age when they may enrol in college, the majority of them are required to get part-time jobs in order to help pay for their education since their parents are unable to shoulder the additional financial responsibility. While the average American family is forced to put in longer hours at work in order to make ends meet, the nation’s overall debt continues to rise. Experts in the fields of psychology and family counselling agree that disagreements around financial matters and debt are the most common root cause of marital dissolution and divorce in the United States. According to law enforcement professionals, a significant number of our nation’s juvenile offenders come from dysfunctional families. The majority of the challenges that the United States is facing, including those pertaining to families and the criminal justice system, may be connected directly or indirectly to financial issues.
There must have been a good reason for our Christian ancestors who built our nation to include the following lines concerning money in the Constitution of the United States of America. The ability to “coin money” and “control the value of said money” is given to Congress under the Constitution. As we continue our conversation about America in the 20th century, you will come to realise that the people who led the country at that time did what they did in an honest effort to save this republic from falling apart, just as other empires throughout history have succumbed to the problems that were caused by money. You will discover how the conditions that have driven our folks in the United States to stratospheric depths and the nation to the verge of calamity were formed as a result of an unlawful disrespect for that straightforward language in the Constitution. I will also make an effort to demonstrate the likely path that future events will take in order to save the people of the United States of America.
When discussing the procedure that leads to the production of money, professionals in the economic and financial fields frequently make use of the word “produce.” As we are going to see in a moment, this does not necessarily need to be a real coin or a piece of paper. In any event, the production of something that did not previously exist is what is meant by the term “creation.” In the processes of mining, logging, manufacturing, and even farming, the things that are produced are not, strictly speaking, created; rather, they are just materials that have been transformed from already-existing elements into a form that is more useable and, as a result, more malleable. Contrary to this, the case is not with money. Only in this one specific location is it possible for man to produce anything from nothing. He can take a piece of paper that isn’t worth much of anything, print it with specific words and numbers, and use it to buy a piece of timber. It is possible to acquire a house or a car thanks to the many statistics that are printed on it. Its worth, or its ability to purchase things, has been manufactured in the literal sense of the word.
As you can see, money can be created at a very little cost, and the person or group responsible for the creation of money in every nation has the potential to amass enormous riches. We discover that in the world of business and manufacturing, a house builder will typically be extremely happy with a profit that is five percent more than his cost to build a home. This level of profitability is typical in the industry. The price of a good or service is often marked up by one to two percentage points over its manufacturing cost; this is true across a wide variety of markets. Because a money press can print a $10,000 note for the same cost as a $1 bill, those who manufacture money, that is, those who establish a nation’s money supply, do not have a cap on the amount of profit they may make. A significant aspect of how money came into being is the profit that could be made from its production. And as we go further into this revelation, we will reveal how our money and credit are manufactured by the bankers in order to ensure that the profits go to the bankers themselves.
But before we get into that, let’s talk about one more significant aspect of money, and that is the fact that a civilised society just cannot function without it. Without a sufficient or even ample supply of money, there is no way that civilization as we know it could ever have developed. Without an adequate supply of money, our nation’s industries would grind to a halt, our farms would shrink to become self-sufficient family units, surplus food would disappear, many jobs requiring the labour of more than a few men would go unfilled, and the purchase and transportation of large volumes of goods would come to a halt. Modern society is able to forego a great deal of other vital aspects, but without money, we would not be able to do many of these things. In the event that there was a lack of money, unemployment would, in a very short period of time, lead to famine, and crowds of people who were starving would pillage and kill in order to keep themselves alive.
The dark ages would return to civilization, and all governments, with the exception of those that were family-based or extremely small-scale, would cease to operate. Do you believe that to be a bit of an exaggeration? Absolutely not. The only kind of economic exchange that is possible without the use of money is plain barter. It is both the measure and the tool that determines the sale of one thing and the acquisition of another. The effects would be disastrous if we were to get rid of money altogether or even if we were to cut its supply below the level that is required to keep the existing level of trade going.
I will illustrate how a scarcity of money, and just a shortage of money, was the cause of that depression, just as a shortage of money and credit is currently leading to the failure of some of the most important sectors in the United States. I will show this using historical evidence. That brevity of supply was on purpose. Its creators, who control the flow of money in the United States, intended for it to perform precisely the function that it accomplished.
As can be seen from the extremely brief discussion we have previously had on the topic, the issue of money is the most significant challenge that the United States is currently confronted with. In point of fact, our biggest transgression is that we disobey the regulations that God has established about monetary matters and the economy.
This country is home to almost 300,000 ordained preachers, many of whom deliver sermons condemning a wide variety of wrongdoings. However, very few people ever bring up the evils of usury and illegitimate gain and how they are reflected in the so-called economic system that we have.
Just in case you get the impression that I’m picking on capitalism in general, I’d want to bring to your attention the fact that the monetary systems of all communist countries are quite similar to those of capitalist society. In point of fact, the same banks that lend money to the United States also have operations in communist nations. These banks give money to communist countries so that they may place their people in debt bondage, just like they do with the United States.
We have had enough of the anti-Christians’ economic policies and practises. It is about time that the people of our nation started looking to the Christian Bible for guidance in resolving the issues we face economically.