The Supernatural Power of Greed

How Christianity Has Been Co-opted


Jesus rebuked the Laodicean church for seeing themselves as “rich,” “wealthy” and “in need of nothing” when in fact they were “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.”  In their abundance and worship of material things, they had become blinded to the reality of their condition. Situated amidst a consumer culture driven by materialism and competition, shouldn’t the church today also recognize the possibility that, reckoning ourselves free, we may actually be enslaved by the very same unseen forces that Jesus said were powerful enough to “deceive the very elect”?

This brief study suggests that only by “coming out” of the kingdom of this world and its commercial systems of covetousness and greed can we see through the deception and enter into the comprehensive life of Christian community that constitutes the kingdom of God.


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Blair Adams is a minister, author, artist, father and grandfather from central Texas. In 1973, Blair founded the Christian community now known as Homestead Heritage, a flourishing intentional agrarian community that has now spawned several more expressions across the U.S. and around the world. Drawing from his personal experience and decades of research, Blair has authored scores of books mostly directed towards the restoration of an authentic Christian culture. His works span a breadth of related topics, including education, history, religion, and family and community life. (Read more about Blair Adams)