Idols for Destruction

Here’s one:

Capitalism is not just a Good idea; It’s God’s Idea

No. It’s not. It’s just a fallible human system and, unfettered from the gospel, quickly becomes a toxic and wicked system.

Here’s St. Paul on this blasphemous attempt to raise a purely human system to Holy Writ:

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

One of the many ironies of Protestantism is that it began with the claim that the Church had sullied the purity of the gospel with “traditions of men”. In fact, of course, one of the primary duties the Magisterium has always fulfilled is to keep traditions of men like “Capitalism is God’s Way” from cluttering up actual Sacred Tradition. The pastor who penned this hunk of junk is a false prophet. His sole saving grace is that he is probably totally unaware of the fact that he believes and tells a lie.

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  • Duane

    Thank you for bringing this up. We are all wise to remember that the Church existed before capitalism and will most certainly still be here after capitalism has faded.

    • said she

      I hope it fades… At the moment, it looks about to collapse, like the house of cards it really is.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    The biggest source of this problem is that 9 out of 10 people don’t really mean “capitalism” when they say “capitalism.” When most average folks talk about “capitalism,” they think they’re talking about private ownership of property, open markets, etc. — all of which are certainly facets of capitalism, but they aren’t the defining qualities.
    Modern capitalism’s chief fault is that so much of it is built on usury. You can call it “maximum return on investment” if you like, but it’s still usury, and it’s still sin. Modern capitalism, especially in the West, is built on rewarding investment over labor. That’s no only stupid, it’s doomed to failure.

  • B.E. Ward

    But.. but.. His church is ‘rapidly growing’!

    • IRVCath

      Rapidly growing in heresy, maybe.