- "And through Covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not." 2 Peter 2:3 
Why does this covetousness make us merchandise?
We also know that in 2 Peter 2:14 we are told "Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:"
While we find the word Merchandise in the Bible numerous times, the Greek work translated merchandise in Peter's second epistle only appears in one other verse of the Bible, but that Greek word is translated only once as merchandise.
It is from ~ἐμπορεύομαι~ emporeuomai  from two words en meaning "in, by, with" and poreuomai meaning "to lead over, carry over, transfer"; v
- 1) to go a trading, to travel for business, to traffic, trade
- 2) of a thing, to import for sale
- 3) to deal in
- 4) to use a person or a thing for gain
In James chapter 4, we find the same word emporeuomai is translated buy and sell in relationship to gain. 
In Proverbs 1 we are told to consent not in relationship to making gain at the expense of others. That consent makes the people have one purse. What they are really talking about is a system of Welfare where everyone pools their wealth under someone who can exercise authority, e.g. force their contributions. These systems, like the Corban of the Pharisees, are a snare and they make the word of God to none effect.
In Ezekiel it talks about building a civil structure where the people become the flesh in the caldron of that legal institution.
And as we see in Micah, the people eat the flesh of one another by such civil structures we see mentioned in Ezekiel.
The same idea is mentioned in Galatians 5:15 as a warning that we do not do that in any way.
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
People of the world have become very selfish. They believe that they can covet their neighbor's goods and go about and take from others so that they will have what they want.
- Luke 12:15 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.
- Deuteronomy 24:6 No man shall take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: for he taketh a man’s life to pledge.
- Proverbs 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
This welfare is a snare in our thinking; this way of thinking does not give life, but it deadens our hearts to the compassion needed in a free society. To set up systems that give men the power to take from our neighbors for our benefit is dead works and the work of the dead.
- Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Every man has a right to their labor for just compensation, and no one should take that away without his or her consent. We should not take from others, but we should let them choose freewill giving. As we take what is not rightfully ours, we will be taken from by others until we cry out, and no one hears us if we do not repent.
Some will say they have not consented, but they have assented.
- It is immaterial whether a man gives his assent by words or by acts and deeds. 10 Co. 52.
- Non refert an quis assensum suum praefert verbis, an rebus ipsis et factis.
- He who does not forbid what he can forbid, seems to assent. 2 Inst. 305.
- Qui non prohibit quod prohibere potest assentire videtur.
- No one is obliged to accept a benefit against his consent. Dig. 50, 17, 69. But if he does not dissent he will be considered as assenting. Vide Assent.
- Invito beneficium non datur
- Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
We should take care of the real needs of our neighbors, but we should do so in a way that gives life through a liberty of individual choice, and in a way which does not weaken the poor nor strengthen the beast in us all. The beast in us kills the soul, but the unselfish feeds the soul to help it live.
- Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
This was the message of all the prophets unto Jesus and the early Church. The message of sharing our life with others through a network of living souls caring for one another is a system grandfathered in by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Are we being told that we would become a mere commodity or property to be bought and sold through our own covetousness?
How does covetousness make us merchandise?
- Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
- Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence
- “The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” Plutarch
Or how about Polybius who said 200 years before Christ:
"The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence;  and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." 
If it is, then that explains why Jesus said "And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so:" Luke 22:25
What it does not explain is why Churches say that is okay now.
Could they be teaching us a damnable heresy?
When Proverbs 1 talks about "one purse" were they talking about socialism where everyone puts their hand in everyone else's purse through the exercising authority of men who call themselves benefactors but are just taking from your neighbor to satisfy your own desires, wantonness.
Isn't desiring those benefits a form of covetousness?
Is the right to collect those benefits the result of a contract where you are also a surety for the debt of the provider?
- Proverbs 22:26 “Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts.”
- Romans 13:8 “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”
If we go back to 2 Peter Chapter 2, it sounds like people can lose their liberty and become collateral for debt simply by applying for benefits from a system of forced contributions.
Have the people been conquered through covetous means?
We need to answer a few questions:
- What was the bondage of Egypt and why were we to never go back there again?
- Have people given consent to a social compact that might enslave them like in the days of Egypt?
- Why would the slothful be under tribute?
- Why did the Corban of the Pharisees make the word of God to none effect?
- Why did Jesus say "Call no man Father upon the earth"?
- Why did Jesus say not to be like the rulers who called themselves Benefactors?
- Why did Peter say covetous practices would make us Merchandise and curse children?
- What did Jesus list off as the Weightier matters?
- Why did Jesus command that the people sit down in Tens?
- What is Religion and what is Pure Religion?
- Why did the Church have a Daily ministration?
- How do the Modern Christians differ from the early Church who followed The Way of Christ?
- What was the Christian conflict with Rome?
- What is the difference between the Baptism of John the Baptist and the Baptism of Herod or Constantine or Rabbinical Baptism?
- Israel was not to have a golden calf but what did that mean?
- What were the altars of earth and stone?
- What are lively stones?
- Was the Sabbath a way or a day?
- Were those rituals of ancient societies merely mindless acts of superstition or were they metaphors?
- What are the rituals of the Church and do they point to The Way of Christ and God?
- Could Welfare systems of the world be Snares and Traps?
- And what does this all have to do with Nimrod, Cain and Caesar who called themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other?
- What was the Mark of Cain and the Mark of God and even the Mark of the Beast?
- Did Constantinestart a different Church not of Christ?
- Why did the people have to sew Breeches for the Levites?
- What was early Israel like before the Voice of the people rejected God?
- Why were they organized by Tens?
- How was the Early Church funded?
- Did it operate by force or Freewill offerings?
- Do all governments of the world operate according to the ways of God?
- Or do they operate according the ways of Cain and Nimrod?
- Who were the Nicolaitans and why does God hate their deeds?
- What was Christ trying to tell us about the Fathers of the earth and who are they?
- And who is The Beloved Anarchist?
- What do you want to do about all this?
To find the answers, we must seek and strive to do what Jesus said the way He said to do it... Including attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to do so by the Covetous Practices of modern governments.
The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on benefactors who exercise authority. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ.
The Christian conflict of the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for benefits but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens.
"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.
- One of the most important things to do is to become involved in a network of Charitable Practices. Everyone should want to join a Living Network of Love and Charity.
- If you think you have a calling to be a Minister of God or you might want to dedicate your life to Christ as an Ordained Minister of His Holy Church, contact us to start the process of discipleship and become the benefactors who exercise only love, NOT authority.
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Read The Nicolaitan who God hates?
Because they covet their neighbor's goods
Doom, Gloom, and Democracy
The real destroyer is our own covetousness
Appeared first on NewsWithViews 4-30-09
The Covetous Prayers
From the book The Higher Liberty, Sec. 42
To Heal Our Land
The Hateful Connection, The Unrighteous Corban, The Indictment
To Enslave a Nation
How do you enslave a whole nation, even the whole world?
1Sa 8:11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint [them] for himself, for his chariots, and [to be] his horsemen; and [some] shall run before his chariots.....1Sa 8:13 And he will take your daughters [to be] confectionaries, and [to be] cooks, and [to be] bakers.
- 2 Pe 2:1 "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;"
- 03667 ^ןענכ^ Kᵉna‘an from 03665, Greek 5477 ~Ξανααν~; which is translated Canaan 89 times, but also merchant, traffick, traffickers.
- James 4:11 "Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell[emporeuomai], and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
- Ezekiel 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
- Ezekiel 11:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.
- Ezekiel 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:
- Micah 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
- Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
- Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
- Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
- "But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. 6 So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. 7 And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. 8 For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; 9 and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch" Polybius: The Histories (composed at Rome around 130 BC)Fragments of Book VI, p289
- Proverbs 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat. Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
- Pr 1:10 "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
- Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Luke 22:25-26 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.