Comment: In this statement the head of the Roman church is correct:

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In this statement the head of the Roman church is correct:

“It is the consequence of a global choice, an economic system which leads to this tragedy; an economic system which has at its centre an idol called money.”

Money is what the Lord Jesus called mammon. The choice he mentions was not however made by everyone in the same degree but rather primarily by the few who control the financial system.

The scriptures tell us that it is the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil. This is another way of saying that making an idol of money is at the root of all kinds of evil.

However I do believe that we must go deeper and understand exactly what scripture teaches us that mammon or money is. When we do so, we can see clearly that money is intrinsic to any possible economic system or any system of government created by men, including religions. Not only is this true but the worship of money is actually the celebration of all the physical and mental achievements of men, all the creations, inventions, philosophies, religions and ideologies produced by the genius and energy of men. All of these constitute idols of the human heart and all are collectively mammon.

There can be no escape from this idolatry except through the means provided by God, the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the message that the head of the Roman church should be teaching. Instead he is saying that we should be putting people at the centre of any economic system rather than money. This is well meant I am sure but scripture teaches that we must replace mammon with God. Replace the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil with the Tree of Life. Replace rebellion and disobedience, the worship of the self that is symbolised by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, with the obedience of faith in and worship of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Tree of Life

He has not realised that money actually symbolises the achievements of all people everywhere and that is why it is worshipped. It is Man worshipping himself collectively. It is Man making of himself a god. The original rebellion writ large. Money is the outcome of the judgement placed upon Adam by the LORD God in Genesis 3:17-19.

If we accept this judgement in humility and work with that spirit of acceptance, placing our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ for ultimate deliverance and redemption from this prison of sin and death, then and only then can money be put in its proper place and used righteously according to the laws of God. This however requires absolute surrender to Christ and an understanding of His Law of the Spirit of Life which He imparts to us.

This results in victory over the spiritual enemy at the centre of the world system who is the liar and deceiver known as the devil; victory over all the temptations and beguilements of the world, the deceitfulness of riches; victory over all the improper appetites and desires of the flesh; victory over sin and ultimately over death. All of these are connected with one another and find their home in us, in our hearts and in our minds and this is where the war is fought and won through the Water, the Blood and the Spirit when we are born from above and begin our Life that is hidden with Christ in God.

These last three are symbols and are likewise connected and find their home in us when we have been born from above: the Water for the written and living Word of God from above, the Truth that defeats the lies of the devil; the Blood for the indestructible Life of the Lord Jesus Christ that He gives us in exchange for the limited life of mammon, self, that we have in this world and that we surrender to Him; the Spirit for the Spirit of the Son of God who gives us the new birth, conceived of God, the Spirit that is given to us to put to death the deeds of the flesh and to cause us to grow up together into the fullness of Christ.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)