Ramon Arias | June 19, 2015
The second part of what Jesus would answer to the question: Are God’s people doomed to be servants of the mighty and powerful? It is found in his parable of the dishonest manager in Luke 16:1-13. Many find this parable not only hard to understand but very disturbing since at first glance it may seem like Jesus is endorsing fraud, which is a violation of the eighth commandment that says you shall not steal (Exodus 20:15).
Again, just like in the first part of the answer, in this parable Jesus is dealing with two sets of ethical standards just and unjust. The right way and the wrong way of going about doing things in life regardless of the size of the action, small or large, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (v. 10).
Jesus in no way is approving the manager’s stealing and encouraging the righteous person to follow such a criminal example, rather he is exposing the wickedness not only of the employees but the employer. They both operated under the ethics of evil, “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” (v. 11).
In verse 8 Jesus said the following:
“The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.”
When He says, “the sons of this world” it is in reference to the rebellious children of disobedience towards God’s absolutes. They are shrewd in their dealings among them, looking always for ways to take advantage and increasing their interests by associating with others like them.
With this parable, Jesus was condemning the Jews as the chosen people of God that should have reflected God’s light of knowledge, wisdom and understanding in all matters, but they didn’t. What Jesus told the Jews of two thousand years ago applies to every Christian in every generation:
“‘No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’”
“The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
‘The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void’” (vv. 13-17).
In verse 9, Jesus was using scorn when he said, “And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.” This statement confuses many Christians and it shouldn’t, who in their right mind, that worships and serves God in spirit and in truth, like Jesus did, would think that he would be condoning that the unrighteous would live with the righteous for eternity? The everlasting place of the unrighteous is not one where true people of God want to live, I guarantee you.
Actions for self-interest have never been, or ever will be, in the good interest of all. This wicked behavior benefits those who are part of the elite at the expense of others. The unrighteous, just like the manager of Jesus’ parable, benefit individual or group agendas, except their activities never go unnoticed, “with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you” (Mark 4:24). The same universal principle is applied to those who act according to God’s moral law.
The Bilderberg Group may see themselves as the ruling elite with ideas that give them the illusion of a legitimate sovereignty with superior wisdom. Do I think these billionaires, government leaders, media tycoons, and others like-minded can establish a world order? Many before them had the same dream surrounded by plots and cover-ups, but they passed away making room for the next generation and so it shall be with this one. Two thousand years ago, Jesus unmasked the source of their inspiration and called him the father of lies (John 8:44).
The greatest Minds ever were not invited by the Bilderberg Group to their convention in 2015, but those minds were very much present, they need no invitation, and they were monitoring every secret thought, idea and word, spoken and unspoken. The Bilderberg Group just doesn’t have this level of knowledge among all the elites that were in attendance at their summit.
“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’ I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Psalm 2).
The Bilderberg Group and the rest of humanity urgently need to know the Godhead’s plan of salvation. In the meantime the world is waiting for God’s children of obedience to manifest who they are in Christ, until then there will be those without the mind of Christ thinking they can solve humanity’s problems, only to make matters worse.Read Part One
Read Part Two