Love versus money

The more I find out about child rape in this country, the more sickened I become. Yesterday I met someone who has been fighting this scourge since 1977. She has two PHD’s and is perhaps the leading authority on it. Yesterday she dropped a bombshell on me. She asked if I knew the main group working to keep penalties low for those buying sex with children.

I guessed the crime syndicates that were making billions on it. No, she said it was the pharmaceutical companies.

Huh?

Come on that sounds like Internet conspiracy theory stuff. Really?

She said think about it for a moment. A recent study in Atlanta showed that over one billion dollars is spent annually on prescription medication to treat survivor’s of sex trafficking psychotherapy needs just in the metro Atlanta area. I shudder to guess what it is nationwide.

Could they be lobbying against anti-sex trafficking in an effort to keep that market viable? Would the fathers and mothers inside this segment of corporate America work against reducing penalties for child rape in order to make billions of dollars?

I’ve had one, and only one, direct revelation from God. I was sitting on a deer stand while hunting on Honey Lake Plantation in November of 2013. I wasn’t seeing any deer or much of anything, and I began to pray and suddenly I distinctly heard three times: “The world is ruled by money and not by conviction.” When I got over the shock of hearing a voice, I thought about it, but could not at that time understand or grasp the significance of this profound statement.

After working on the Jesus Alliance these past few years and encountering this truth at every turn, I now understand why the Lord would tell me such a thing. If someone wants to Kingdom-build on this planet, they need to understand the nature of the enemy of this world. Satan rules the world with money. Advertisers will support television shows that are downright wicked and that they personally abhor, but they get ratings and sell stuff; politicians vote down bills such as defunding Planned Parenthood because they need money to get re-elected; churches refuse to preach what the Gospel has to say about gay marriages and abortion because some in the congregation support these issues, and will withhold their contributions; Hollywood makes filthy movies because they sell; people protest because they are paid to do it; media is more interested in ratings than reporting the news; every segment of society is “ruled” by money.

Someone has wisely said, “Knowledge is power.” I’ve learned that when you see evil flourishing, follow the money. The Bible makes it clear for us that we must serve Him or money, and cannot have it both ways. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Notice it states that you will HATE the one and LOVE the other. Followers of Satan hate and followers of God love. God told us that the “root of all evil is the love of money”. Evil comes from Satan – Get it?

Kinky Friedman once said, “You can buy a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.”

So true, money cannot buy the most important thing in life, love. God is love and love is what this world needs now. Don’t serve the world and its money, follow your convictions handed down to you through the love of God.

1 Tim. 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Have a great weekend and go to Honey Lake Church or some other fine church this Sunday.

April 21 2017 – Click here to listen

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