“ELDER G BEEBE & SON: – Not wishing to over-Burden you, I will be pleased to have an explanation through the columns of the SIGNS, if thought advisable, of Luke xvi. Nine, by Elder William J. Purington: &ldsuo;Make two yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,’ &c.
M. B. WEEDON.
Fort Scott, Kansas, Jan. 1, 1880.”
REPLY: – My dear brother: – I did not read your request with the difference, because it is a subject upon which I have had some reflections; but I have had no opportunity to comply with the request until now, and at this time shall not enter into a lengthy elaboration concerning the “unjust steward,” “the man man of unrighteousness,” “when ye fail, they may receive you unto everlasting habitations,” &c., for should I do so, I should come into direct contact with the views of some brethren whom I esteem has the excellent of the earth. I will make a brief suggestion for two for your consideration.
The Jews as a nation departed from the commandments of God, treating them with indifference, abusing the wonderful blessings given them, and, when the Savior set forth great and important truths, by using the parable of “a certain rich man which had a steward,” &c., the time of the destruction of them as a nation was near, and soon there polity would cease, and the remnant spared, after the final destruction of Jerusalem, would be scattered amongst the Gentiles, with no form of government of their own. Said the Savior upon another occasion, “When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hast shut the door, [not partly closed it, but completely,] and ye begin to stand without, [mark, they are without,] and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence you are.”
I will now, in few words, give you my understanding as to the “friends of the mammon of unrighteousness,” as the Jews have “failed,” no longer having a polity or form of government. In the first place, I cannot understand that the mammon of unrighteousness applies either to the law written upon the tables of stone, or the ritual or ceremonial law given the Jews; but that mammon in the New Testament means worldly treasure, whether it be in flocks and herds, houses and lands, or silver and gold. It was declared by the Master, “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Now, in brief, I will say that I understand that the remnant of the Jews have friends and everlasting (not eternal, in this case) habitations amongst the Gentiles, on account of the mammon or vast amount of treasure they possess. What power the Rothschild’s have in Europe, on account of their vast wealth, yet they have no government of their own; but they have a host of friends among the Gentiles, and some of the most costly structures of modern times are owned by Jews. It certainly appears to me that the host of friends the Jews have to-day amongst the aristocracy of the Eastern Hemisphere, as well as in America, are made so by their great wealth; and however unjustly in some cases it may have been obtained, still it makes them friends.
In a few broken and brief sentences, my brother, I have stated how I understand the matter.
William J. Purington.
Hopewell, N. J., May 14, 1880
Signs of the Times
Volume 48, No. 12
June 15, 1880