Luke 16:11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Having been scammed financially and spiritually I can speak with truth on this subject. This fallen world has plenty of scam artists. A scammer will never announce to you “I am about to scam you”, rather they use deception, manipulation, and all sorts of tricks from the devil himself. The degenerate will generally come to you as a docile loving confidant, with theft and swindle on their mind.
Hint: Scam artists move the goal post!
Scammers are also in the church, you see them on TV each day. “Please send me some money, and I promise that illness or hardship will go away in your life”, ever heard this sentiment? When the illness or hardship did not go away, the scammer will move the goal post, demanding more and more money or things from you.
Relationship scammers will use the love deception game. Their demonic goal is to sift everything you have, and then leave you with a broken heart and an empty bank account. They are goal post movers as well. As soon as you think you satisfied the scammer with your financial help, get ready, because the goal post moved and will use your feelings now to game more money from you. “I will love you forever, if you do this for me” is the relationship scammer’s sentiment, when true love is always unconditional.
Spiritual scammers are the churches who preach UNCERTAINTY in Jesus Christ. They do this so your dependency and hopefully your money fall prey to the church. They will never allow one to be saved to the uttermost by Jesus Christ for fear that the sinner will now follow Him, and Jesus doesn’t demand any money or your time. It is a passive aggressive scam, if you are not contributing, the church in question will sooner or later ask you to ante up to their scam.
When the scam and deception are exposed, these degenerate scam artists will now play the victim. The person they fleeced is to blame they will claim. They didn’t hold a gun to the person’s head, so they will claim it “wasn’t my fault for taking everything from you”. In a way they are right, but in a way they are also evil. They used the devil’s veil to swindle their prey, knowing that invincible ignorance abounds.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Once the scam has ruined the victim, the scam artist is nowhere to be found again. They are onto their next victim. They prowl with the devil whispering in their ear “find your prey”. The degenerate person, company, or church will be long gone while you try to salvage yourself in the wreck, as others mock you and say “HOW COULD YOU HAVE BEEN SO STUPID”. And it is stupidity, willful stupidity for allowing yourself to be scammed. You aren’t a victim, but a willing participant.
As Jesus states, you cannot serve both, mammon and God, so a scam artist is never serving God, but the mammon and the devil. Do NOT be naive! Do not trust a stranger who comes to you with hat in hand, with a condition. QUESTION and DISCERN their motivations first. For one thing if one is not a servant of Christ, that should raise an immediate red flag! A sinner asking for a relationship with you without the Gospel, is like a gun being pointed at your head. This might sound extreme, but ask yourself how can one trust the devil with your future? There is NO neutrality, one is either serving the devil or God, there is no neutral non-committal gray areas.
How to break up the scam before it starts? Just say NO to any questionable dealing, and let your NO be NO! If the person wasn’t a scam artist, they will accept your NO! And then KEEP SAYING NO!
The scam artist will not be patient with the answer of NO, the devil will prompt them to leave you to find other prey.
We would have to remove ourselves from the world for Christians not to engage in society, and in many ways God is doing this. I am not saying you can only engage in financial dealings with Christians, for one thing, they might show they are not Christians (been there done that) as well. What I am saying is DISCERN the motivation before you engage in any relationship. One will clue you in, as most scam artists aren’t the brightest, as to how they intend to swindle you. There all sorts of games in this, the damsel or gentlemen in distress, another one will be gathering information of what you desire and then using that in the game. They will even be so bold to attempt to use God in their games, claiming He is behind their scam so that you capitulate.
General advice, that if the scammer’s offer is too good to be true, it is not true! If the offer comes with strings attached, ask yourself what are those strings and why are they attached. I can speak from my experience, always be testing and discerning, don’t be willfully naive and rationalizing. A scam artist will always give you a clue they are about to scam you, test for those clues.
Don’t let a scammer from the devil use their game on you! Expose them and they will flee like the degenerate cowards they are.