We have read the account of Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple:
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. (Matthew 21:12 NASB unless noted
These money handlers would exchange the foreign currencies of the many visitors into that of Israel and also break large currencies into smaller—all for a fee. They also took deposits and also invested the money of others, again for a fee.
This obviously was and is an abomination to the God. This represents the one visible display of anger from Jesus so it's a good thing we don't have that problem today. Or do we?
What about all those local "churches" that have entered into a commercial contract with "the state" enabling them to exchange the offerings (donations) of the people for government charitable tax receipts?
Churches that were once under the Lordship of Jesus have registered with (given themselves to) government via incorporation.
Is this the reason Jesus describes himself as standing outside the Laodicean (end times) church door hoping to be allowed back in?
"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:...
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me..." (Revelation 3:14, 20)
Do you hear Him knocking?
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