Oxfam International released a report stating that “The 85 Richest People In The World Have As Much Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest.” That means that half of the world’s wealth is owned by one percent of the population.
There are people who understand the world system and they work it with great skill. As a matter of fact, the richest people in the world have continued to grow their wealth yearly in a study covering the years from 1980 and 2012. The rich are getting richer.
The Oxfam report also revealed that financial inequality is necessary to foster growth.
Essentially, for the rich to become richer, there needs be more poor people. After all, if the world’s wealth was equally distributed among every person in the world, we would each get about $7,500, and only $1,000 of that would be in cash, the rest as certificates of deposit. So, for a person to be rich, others will have to have less.
Until the body of Christ understands how to negotiate within the world system, the body will remain poor and Kingdom expansion will be hindered. Like it or not, we live in the world and it has a system. We don’t need deliverance from it, we need to master it.
A continual system.
From the time of creation of man a world system was established. Man has a physical body that is nourished by food grown in a natural earth. So, there has to be fruit trees, sunshine, water and seasons of seedtime and harvest. Without these things humans would all die.
Initially, the world system was blessed by God. In the book of Genesis, the writer sums up the account of the physical creation with these words, “And God saw that it was good.” God was happy with the world system and declared it “good” - or blessed.
As you know, mankind disobeyed God’s commands concerning His tree. Included in the penalty for disobedience was a curse that came upon the ground.
(Genesis 3:17–19 ESV) “And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
The system was now corrupted from its’ original design. However, the world system had to continue to function at some level or humans would all die. The penalty was that the world system would become hard to work - but it would continue.
It gets worse.
God is disgusted with human behavior and decides to destroy them all except Noah and his family.
(Genesis 6:17–18 ESV) “For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”
To destroy all flesh (including animals) God disrupted the world system with a flood. Not only did the flood drown every living thing, it disrupted the seedtime and harvest cycle of provision for man and animals. Scholars say that Noah was in the ark for 370 days. That is slightly more than one year and it covered an entire growing season no matter what type of plant it was. God restrained the world system from providing.
Good thing Noah obeyed God.
(Genesis 6:21–22 ESV) “Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
God knew that Noah would be in there for a year and there would be no food system to provide.
God makes a covenant.
Noah was a worshipper of God and he proved it by building an alter and presenting a burnt offering to God. Burnt offerings are made to demonstrate consecration and commitment. Noah was committing to God and God responds.
(Genesis 8:20–22 ESV) “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
The subject of the covenant is the curse upon the ground. It was the ground that was cursed and consequently the world system was dramatically affected. The flood not only killed every living thing but it completely stopped an entire growing season on the earth for a year.
God declares that He will not “strike down” “as I have done” ever again. God is declaring that He is making a covenant that He will never disrupt the world system of provision again. He makes this point crystal clear in saying, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” In other words, the world system will continue until God cleanses the earth with fire (2Thessalonians 1:6-10).
He says it again in another passage.
(Genesis 9:12–13 ESV) “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
The covenant was made between God and Noah, and, between God and the earth. God declares that the world system will provide for every living creature “for all future generations.” There is a rainbow above the throne of God as a testimony to this covenant (Revelation 4:3).
Israel promised dominance.
God did not deliver Israel from a world system, He promised His people that they would dominate the system - and those in it.
(Leviticus 20:24 ESV) “But I have said to you, ‘You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the LORD your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”
Let’s be clear about this: “you shall inherit THEIR land.” God promised to give THEIR land to His people but they had to go in and take possession of the land.
Who has the money?
A casual consideration of those who have the money reveals that the body of Christ is not at the top of the list. Yet, we teach a supernatural multiplication of finances. The wealthy people of the world are making their money by percentages. How is it that we cannot out pace them with multiplication? Let’s make this simple. An investment of $1,000 brings a return in a year of 15%. The amount is now $1,150. If we “sow” $1,000 and expect a 30 fold return, the amount should be $30,000. According to this doctrine, the Christians in the world should own the world in a matter of months. But we don’t, the unbelievers do.
Some of our prosperity ministers are very wealthy. Some of our church members are wealthy. Some of our members that own businesses are wealthy. Most of our members are not.
In the Mid-West and the South of the United States, it is the Baptist and Methodist members that are wealthy. They are oil company executives, business owners, insurance executives, lawyers, accountants, etc. And, they all know that money comes through the world system and you have to work that system. When they “give” to the gospel they are not “sowing” for a blessing to come upon their businesses, they are giving to further the cause of the Kingdom. Because of that, God blesses their negotiations in the world system and they prosper.
“Deliverance” from the world system.
Some proclaim the need to take action and declare independence from the world system. I disagree. The only way out of the world system is to leave the world. Every minister I have heard declaring independence from the world system will at the same time ask for money (from the world system) to continue their ministry.
What we need is the ability to dominate within the world system. We need to make the system work for us! If, in order to have wealthy people, there needs to be an abundance of poor people, I suggest that the believers be the wealthy and the unbelievers be the poor. However, as long as we think we are to detach in some way from the world system, we will remain the poor people. The people who have the money understand this.
Put your hand to something in the system.
Most Christians are declaring independence from the world system and yet they go to the grocery store every week to buy food with the system’s money they earned from jobs in the system. They are entirely dependent on the electric company, the water company and the gas company. Every time they turn on the lights, turn on the heat, or get a glass of water they create a debt. The only way out of this system is to leave the world.
Brother Kenneth E. Hagin used to say often, “Wrong thinking leads to wrong believing.” In this case, our thinking is very wrong about the world system and it is keeping us poor and the world wealthy.
(Psalms 1:3 ESV) “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
Trees are part of the world system. People think of the world system as the money system but it is not. It is the system of production and exchange. Before currency there was barter and exchange. Adam had no money but he failed to present the tithe when he took the fruit from God’s tree for himself. He corrupted his world system of provision.
God says you will be like a tree in the system. You will produce fruit in the proper season and you will not fail. In whatever you do, you will prosper. God prospers what you do in the system. He doesn’t deliver you from the system, He prospers you in the system.
The future world system.
There will always be a world system. The kings of the earth in the new heaven and new earth bring the substance of the world into the holy city as the tithe and offering. As long as there is material substance there will be a world system.
(Revelation 21:22–24 ESV) “And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it,”
(Revelation 21:26 ESV) “They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations.”
When we bring the tithe and offering to the Lord, we are not declaring an independence from the world system, we are declaring an anointing to make that system work for us. Christians need to get up and go out into the world and do something that God can prosper. Make the system work for us.