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Parables Of Jesus Christ: God And Mammon
The Messiah's parable of God and mammon (also known variously as the parable of the shrewd manager or the parable of the dishonest steward):
"16:1 And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. 16:2 And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
"Ye cannot serve God and mammon"
The parable of the man turning his master's business into his own, that is, using his master's interests to further his own interests, continued.
"16:5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
The Messiah then explained the foremost meaning of the parable - that Christ's servants must not be servants of themselves in Christ's Name, selling themselves by making compromise "deals" with the LORD's Truth (in the time of Christ, "mammon" was a Syrian idol "god" of worldly wealth).
"16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 16:12 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
Fact Finder: How is "Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (chosing between obedience to God and idolatrous wealth) evident today?