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The Theme of “Greed” – A Modern Evangelical View



Protestant theology sings the song of the Roman Curia with joy and devotion. Intentionally misleading the unsuspecting sheep, who also have to pay for the upkeep of the ravenous wolf themselves. The theme of “Greed”, presented by a Protestant pastor from the script of the Roman Catholic Church.

Public law platform

“Deutschlandfunk”, a department of the public corporation “Deutschlandradio”, also has a niche in the “Culture” section for views relating to the gospel. For this purpose, there is a cooperation with the media portal “rundfunk.evangelisch.de”, which is operated by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD). In other words, a sprinkling of the audience financed by the obligatory broadcasting fee, church tax and additional general tax money. Through these platforms, representatives of the Protestant Church are given the opportunity to give their best account of their view of the spiritual needs of society.

Theme of greed – A modern evangelical perspective

One of these topics that people probably deal with with the intention of admonishing them is “greed.” You can read it in the Protestant media portal (Source) and also listen to it in “Deutschlandfunk Kultur” (Source).

Volume is not a degree of truth

The theological expert for this article is Kathrin Oxen, currently pastor at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Germany’s woke capital Berlin. A church that is currently being converted and expanded using funds from the federal government and the state of Berlin taken from the respective tax pots. With such abundant liquidity, the sheep kept in a state of ignorance could certainly expect management that was just as fluid and, above all, competent. A guided tour out of spiritual darkness, straight onto the narrow path of salvation promised in the Gospel. At least that’s what you might think.

Greed or stinginess? No matter

The pastor bases her sermon on a verse from the “Litany of Reconciliation from Coventry.” It is a prayer formulated by the international “Cross of Nails Community” in 1958, 13 years after the end of the Second World War. The reason for this prayer was the destruction of Coventry Cathedral (Great Britain) by German bombing raids on the night of November 15, 1940.

From this prayer, Oxen emphasizes the request for forgiveness for “the striving of people and peoples to possess what is not their own.” This refers to greed, said the pastor, although what was actually being referred to was stinginess. A stinginess in which you want everything for yourself and don’t grant others anything.

Actually, one should differentiate a little better at this point. Greed is not the same as stinginess. Greed describes someone who always wants to acquire more and more of his possessions and is never satisfied with it, and avarice is the refusal to give up what he already calls his own. Stinginess can certainly be a side effect of greed, that’s obvious, but the two terms are not synonyms.

Gospel is a long time coming

It is already possible to guess where the spiritual leadership of the Protestant pastor will lead. Straight into the social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. This teaching is based on natural law, which is expressed in the formulated “solidarity humanism”. (Source). A relatively new summary of the desired goals can be found in Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” (October 2020).

A turn to Catholic tradition

Catholic image of Jesus – sun disk and Mithras cross

Oxen complains that “greed as a mortal sin” sounds very medieval, just as the prayer sounds a bit antiquated. Nevertheless, this topic could not be more topical, said the pastor.

There is often a lack of the necessary differentiation or emphasis. The Gospel, and the Protestant pastor should actually know this, knows no difference between a “mortal sin” and a “venial sin”. These are exclusive definitions of the Roman Catholic Church. An institution with such accumulated traditions that even a Catholic monk and theology professor protested against it. Martin Luther. The quasi founder of the institution in which the pastor is employed.

The Protestant teaching, which (unfortunately inconsistently) postulated only Scripture as its basis, only knows the “one sin” and this is – as a reminder – defined in 1 John 3:4:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.“.
Which laws? The laws that were once written in two stone tablets. Can be found – as a reminder – in Exodus 20 and also in Deuteronomy 5.

Greed or need for survival? No matter

Following her guide, the pastor builds a bridge between greed and economics. Greed is the fight for resources, for the things necessary for life and their distribution.

Just one sentence and another objection is in order. Either you talk about greed or you talk about the fight for your own survival. But Oxen simply lumps greed and the struggle for things necessary for life together. Does the Catholic philosophy “less is more?” already apply here.

The “divine spark” in humans?

It was a “human development” that could only be considered complete when it appeared on the surface. Greed still exists, but it just looks different, says Oxen.

What worldview does the theologian represent?

Now the question arose as to what “human development” the theologian is actually talking about here. A legendary evolutionary development, the development according to the Roman Catholic view, which speaks of a “divine spark inherent in humans”, or the described development of a Yuval Harari, who openly lives out the teachings of the Roman Church by speaking of a “deification of humans “? (Info)
Here one must already assume that the Protestant pastor only has as much knowledge of the gospel as the information the cover of a Bible reveals. Alternatively, there would be total blanking out.

Fully in line with Catholic social teaching

The theologian’s further statements could be accompanied directly with the encyclical Fratelli Tutti in hand. She speaks of a standard of living that has already become normal in rich countries. But “even in our rich country,” not everyone can afford this normality, says Oxen.

Looked a little deeper

Again just scratched the surface. Just a second cursory glance shows that the “richest” countries on the planet are usually also the countries with the heaviest debt. Debt to whom? Another topic. Even a third superficial glance shows that the exorbitant trade surpluses that the German economy has been running for decades are nothing other than the equally exorbitant export of capital. Capital that is basically written on the landlord’s wall to be settled, but that doesn’t even think about ever being settled.

This money is “somewhere”, but not with the person who created the values. You definitely have to dig a little deeper, but you will also come across a thread on this topic that leads straight to Rome. A “side view” would result in the realization that the (once) prosperous nations with a Christian orientation are mostly Protestant countries.

Now distortion has to help out

“No one lives by having a lot of goods,” the pastor quotes from Luke 12:15. A statement from Jesus and this message acts like “a cure against greed and against a purely materialistic attitude to life.”

The trained theologian can no longer get by without resorting to her bag of tricks for her arguments. A look at Luke 12:15 in the Bible shows the following statement:
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

In context, Jesus Christ explains things using a parable. The pastor quoted a verse (from whatever modern edition of the Bible – Info) that speaks of “a lot of goods” when the actual statement about the context speaks of survival and abundance of goods. A small but subtle difference. Abundance itself describes too much, which goes beyond what is necessary. But what is “many goods”? An extremely flexible and arbitrarily interpretable definition.

Such ambitions of misusing quotes are reminiscent of the former Vice Chancellor Franz Müntefering (SPD). “If you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat either,” said Müntefering in 2006. A reference to a biblical statement in 2 Thessalonians 3:10. But the gospel at this point is far more humane than some political leaders like to portray themselves, especially those from the “social camp”.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Without possessions, free as a bird in the sky

Cardinal bird
Be free like a cardinal bird

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” is a statement from Jesus Christ that the pastor tried to make. With this, Jesus Christ also expressed the meaninglessness of the accumulated treasures in worldly life. But what are these treasures in heaven? The theologian knows her own answer to this. She didn’t think of “house, car, or vacation,” but “my many different relationships with different people. And the many kinds of love that exist in the world.” She also has these in her. That’s why she doesn’t want to become obsessed with what she owns. She wants to be free of it. This way she can “love, give, be generous, share what is mine.” Be free, like the birds in the sky, said the Protestant theologian.

Total theological failure

In short: If you base it on the gospel, which Oxen would undoubtedly claim as its basis, then this is a theological disaster. The rainbow-colored “Peace-Joy-Egg Tart Gospel”, recited on a flowery meadow with Heidi hopping on it and Peter looking on.

Pastor Oxen sings the song of the Roman Curia and nothing else. From their post about “greed,” the “faith-based narratives” of Catholic social teaching push through every crack. “Social justice, the human family, climate justice, goodwill and the common good,” were the constantly repeated slogans. Pope Francis wrote in Fratelli Tutti, 120:
The right to private property can only be considered a secondary natural right, derived from the principle of the universal destination of created goods. This has concrete consequences that ought to be reflected in the workings of society. Yet it often happens that secondary rights displace primary and overriding rights, in practice making them irrelevant.

The “column” course has long been set

Rail switch
The direction has long been predetermined

The European Court of Justice, an institution with Roman laurel and the inscription “Curia” in its coat of arms, finally gave a clear signal about the status of the so-called property of every citizen. On December 16, 2020, the Court published the confirmation of the judgments regarding. the claim for damages by depositors expropriated due to the “rescue of Cyprus banks” (press release no. 160/20). Accordingly, the expropriation was legal. This is what it says, among other things:
In this regard, the Court first points out that the right to property is not absolute, but can be subject to restrictions. The judges thus referred to EU law. In other words: “There is no absolute right to property.” The “Rescuing” the banking sector also served the public good.

Supposedly secular institutions sing, as if in a common choir, the same song as the priest and thus also the anthem of the Roman Catholic Church. The WEF simply sings the refrain: “No longer own anything, but be happy.”

A cynical game

At this point we must remember that the Protestant Church and its representatives are supported by tax money in various ways. The platforms used to spread these messages are also financed by people’s contributions, which are more involuntary than voluntary.

The financing of this fake theology is provided by the very people who are also the target of this deliberate misleading. Money taken under threat of sanctions in order to finance their own journey on the “Highway to Hell” (doesn’t really exist – Info). Can you get any more cynical?

Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
Revelation 18:19

Bible verses from King James Version

The Theme of “Greed” – A Modern Evangelical View
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