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Sounds like… the manipulation tactics of the world’s central banks and those that crave the unnaturally cheap credit they create…a.k.a socialism… Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, saying, “When will the new moon be over, So that we may sell grain, And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, And to cheat with dishonest scales, So as to buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?” The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob, “Indeed, I will never forget any of their deeds (NASB) (Amos 8:4-7).

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But, socialists like to just be happy… not useful.  Oh, who likes restraint, or discipline!  They unhitched money from gold.  Some called it the “new progressive way of doing things”—put full faith and credit in paper… not gold… we were told—accountability is old school.

Wars… excursions… meddling… could now be financed beyond constraint of the cookie jar back at home—no worries, it’s all good… as Wimpy told Popeye…  “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

What happened?  Credit became unnaturally cheap.  The world… society… became the great illusionist.

Now, we aren’t sure who a man is, or what he’s like.  He spends like a tycoon but we’ve no clue to what he takes to the bank under his cloak, if anything, from honestly providing goods or services someone wants.  The noble examples of this new way of living emerged—Bear Stearns… Goldman Sachs… Lehman Brothers… Fannie Mae… Freddie Mac… AIG… the Fed…

This way of life sprouted cronies who build barns and storehouses while they say… I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:19).  Muscle is hired with… political contributions… lobby fees… to keep three-card Monte on the table—the barns full… the eat and drink flowing… the merry going.  The paid bouncer politicians and legalists guard the doors… squelching out the crowd’s lamenting…  I should have received mine own with usury (Matthew 25:27).  The drugs and booze (cheap credit) flow freely for the party—the central banks are the supplier.  The walking dead—the cronies—the druggies… and their puppet leaches—are kept alive.

From Unnaturally Cheap, pp 56-57…

By the way… our bodies naturally testify to the natural law of inflation followed by deflation.  After we’re born, we immediately start to cry (whine) and increase our consumption… growth… production—we inflate.  Then, we reach the summit when we turn 30.  From here… consumption… growth… production… start their descent.  We continue to deflate until we reach ultimate deflation and stop whining… death.

And, a dead man can no longer pay taxes.  No wonder the world… governments… the flesh… idolize youth, noise, and inflation while despising getting old, becoming quieter, and deflation—it all seems to come down to consumption—the taxes it generates.

Deflation pulls downward… we put up a stubborn fight with… attempting to give “mother nature” a face lift thinking we can save the Earth… the nip and tuck… the little blue pill.  To multiply our efforts, we turn to gov’t bureaucrats promising to keep the party of inflation going in exchange for our time—our taxes and bribes… I mean political contributions.  They circumvent the natural by unnaturally keeping consumption running on fumes with suppressed low-interest rates—decoupling consumption from production.  It’s like… drafting the NFL Hall of Fame greats of yesteryear to start for the upcoming Super Bowl… running the Kentucky Derby winner of ten years ago hoping they’ll win the Triple Crown this year… recruiting white-haired grannies for the Miss America Pageant… giving the alms meant for the poor to the rich… that’s just not natural—somewhat repulsive.  And, the unnatural is… As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion (Proverbs 11:22)it leaves us depleted… he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want (Proverbs 22:16).

Yea, moreover, wine is treacherous, a haughty man, that keepeth not at home; who enlargeth his desire as Sheol, and he is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all peoples. Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and that ladeth himself with pledges [makes himself rich with loans…(NASB)]! Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booty unto them? Because thou hast plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder thee, because of men’s blood, and for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all that dwell therein. Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil! 10 Thou hast devised shame to thy house, by cutting off many peoples, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! 13 Behold, is it not of Jehovah of hosts that the peoples labor for the fire, and the nations weary themselves for vanity? 14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (ASV) (Habakkuk 2:5-14).

From Unnaturally Cheap, pp 59-60…

[ROC stands for return on capital; ROE is return on equity]

Those that rely on “easy cheap credit”—the flesh of man—the natural that’s been distorted into the “unnatural” by eating the forbidden fruit—the principles of the natural law manipulated and twisted to unnaturally serve our emotions and desires—for their working capital… they don’t have anything great to pursue.  They get by with little to no productivity, or profitability, because they only need a low ROC.  Why?  Their cost of capital is unnaturally cheap as… “dirt”… for now. 

They smirk—they’ve raided the bank until the true cost of Capital (remember, the “infinite” value of God) comes due when time is up and… the spirit shall return unto God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7).  Their capital was the borrowed… breath of life (Genesis 2:7) from God, and they didn’t listen to… I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich (Revelation 3:18).  Refusing to acquire this Capital, and cover the cost through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ… the Life of Christ, they’re bankrupt—they failed in… Redeeming the time.  They played a bad hand for the wrong gold…Your riches are corrupted… Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days… the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud (James 5:2-4).  They were… “the world’s champion poker player holding a pair of deuces”.

The flesh as capital is deceptive.  It’s a loan that develops into overbearing taxes paid for a widow’s mite of benefits exacting the usury of… our heart… our soul… our trust… our family… and ultimately our life… he [the king] will take your fields… even the best of them… He will take your sons… And he will take your daughters… and ye shall be his servants (1 Samuel 8:14,11,13,17)Starts out attractively unnaturally cheap… the debt continues to grow (there’s always a back to scratch)… disastrous in the end… yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches (Ecclesiastes 4:8)… they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity (Ecclesiastes 3:19).

…capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without Hell.—Frank Borman, past CEO of Eastern Airlines, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut.

And… that’s what we hear much of today… everybody is good… is a child of God going to heaven.

For the children of God, the Saints of God, take heart because God will remember us and not forget our sufferings… The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob, “Indeed, I will never forget any of their deeds… For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea… also… Psalm 73.

And… our consumption will be tied to our production.

From Unnaturally Cheap, pp 34-35…

We can’t even comprehend the cost—the value—of Capital… for God.  But, He does seem to keep track of our ROC… sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and (Mark 4:20)… brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold (Matthew 13:8)… with patience [persistent growth] (Luke 18:15).

Is this akin to the shareholder—the business owner/investor—looking at the books of a company to see if there’s a consistent above average ROC and ROE—that his investment is working?  I don’t know, but it sure seems that way.

It also seems that if we have a high ROC, we have more access to (or revelation of) God’s Capital—we grow stronger in the Holy Spirit… Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given (Mark 4:24).  Obedience and faithfulness opens up this access—the Holy Spirit works through us more…

Take therefore the talent from him [the guy that hid the talent in the “dirt”—at least… I should have received mine own with usury], and give it unto him which hath ten talents (Matthew 25)…  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance (Matthew 13:12).

If you read the parable, He didn’t give the talent to the guy that made a two talent profit… rather, He gave it to the one that made the five talent profit.  Was it because he was more skilled in business… he knew how to take advantage of the additional capital?  He was growing… in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)more than the two talent guy.

Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:6-11