Big corporations will sell cheaper, less quality product, or product with less amount of substance in order to circumvent the effects of inflation. Their motive for not just selling the same quality product at a higher price, is to not be seen as greedy villains who take advantage of the consumer, which would inspire the public to lash out in betrayal and damage their branding. They could not possibly explain to their loyal customers the finer details of their ever-increasing business overhead. So, they act with moderate deception.
The unintended consequence of manipulating the product instead of the price is the whitewashing of the horrors of devalued currency. In some other situation, in some other nation, the posted prices may increase so that the consumer may start to eventually understand the problem, justifiably begin to panic, and withdraw all of their checkings and savings, creating a national crisis for the sake of salvaging worthless paper money.
Smaller banks are not required to keep any of the deposits on their books in the vault. Medium-sized banks are only required to reserve three percent of deposits. Larger banks, only ten percent. This is the bare minimum of the “reserve requirement.” The rest is loaned out to clientele. “Everyone sub-consciously knows banks do not lend money. When you draw on your savings account, the bank doesn’t tell you you can’t do this because it has lent the money to somebody else. You would be pretty irate if this happened because it would amount to theft.” (Mansfield, Mark. “Manufacturing Money“. Dkd.Net, 1998.) The bank profits on all of the interest of those loans. When there’s a “run on the bank” through mass, fiscal panic, that fraction of a fraction of the deposited assets cannot possibly cover the withdrawal claims. All of the money is already loaned out and no self-respecting bank owner is going to cough up the profits made on the interest of the loans made with other people’s deposits. The bank’s insured, anyway. When a bank is called upon to pay back more of the money it has borrowed from clients than it has in reserve, it borrows the deficit from a bigger bank. Ultimately, from the Federal Reserve. This relationship is determined by an FDIC relationship, though the Reserve is just as ready to loan to non-FDIC approved institutions when called upon. To help elucidate this scheme in rhetoric, the following image is taken from The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin.
As is good banking practice, the Reserve does not loan out the profits it makes on interest rates. Rather, the Reserve has the exclusive right and favored practice of printing more currency, and loans it out to keep banks from declaring bankruptcy. It inflates the market with valueless currency as a solution to a problem created by valueless currency that has already been inflated by scenarios just like this.
“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” (Kenneth Boulding, economist)
Take the big corporations. Or any corporation. When, for whatever reason, a corporation must file bankruptcy, there may be an incentive for the US Government to bail it out. Of course, the government is also bankrupt. But, because it is always expressing a vested motive in accruing more of a controlling interest in, well, everything, it borrows from the Federal Reserve, who prints more valueless currency to loan to the government so it can purchase and further own businesses that already contractually exist by its permission. Not only does the bail-out fund go to inflate the economy, but the interest for the bail-out loan is deferred to the taxpayers as well.
“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again…
Take this great power away from them and all great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for then this would be a better and happier world to live in. But if you want to continue to be slaves of the banks and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit.” (Unverified: Sir Josiah Stamp Director, Bank of England 1928-1941)
“The Lydians and Greeks had not only learned how to use ancient Egyptian techniques of metallurgy, but also how to overvalue coins by using less of the more expensive metal and exploit the monetary prerogative as a fiscal Device.” (Uses and Abuses of Gresham’s Law in the History of Money, Robert Mundell) “They did this by a secret process known to master silversmiths called cupellation. Large amounts of bone ash was needed at the temple not to satisfy the gods, but to accomplish the subterfuge and fraud of debasing the coins of the temple. This adulterating of coins eventually led to runaway inflation which is a form of theft and a violation of the precepts of God concerning just weights and measures.” (Temple of Diana)
This cycle of inflation, devaluing the economy, going into debt through applying for loans, just to have the economy further devalued through hyperinflation as a supposed solution to inflation, can never prevent the inevitable: a collapsed market, a ruined society, and a starving people with wheelbarrows full of life savings that cannot even afford a loaf of bread.
This is the damnation culminating from the broad path of sinful socialism, the road that leads to destruction. The end result of human civil bondage created by human civil government, and its socialist institutions that make merchandise of men, compelling them to sacrifice their liberties and equity in exchange for debt notes. A covetous, idolatrous, morally bankrupt people, who defer their responsibilities to civil institutions in social contracts, will only ever incur a fiscally bankrupt society. This is a cautionary tale that has been repeated by every major culture since the introduction of sin. From Babylon, to Rome, to Venezuela, and eventually, to the United States. The bill always comes due. There is always weeping. There is always gnashing of teeth. Even in spite of the imposition of Bread and Circuses.
“The American people have no idea they are paying the bill. They know that someone is stealing their hubcaps, but they think it is the greedy businessman who raises prices or the selfish laborer who demands higher wages or the unworthy farmer who demands too much for his crop or the wealthy foreigner who bids up our prices. They do not realize that these groups also are victimized by a monetary system which is constantly being eroded in value by and through the Federal Reserve System.” (G. Edward Griffin. The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve. American Media, 2010.)
So, the term “Unrighteous mammon” does not merely refer to a common storehouse of wealth, but also to the idolatrous institutions that are necessarily made when the people entrust their real wealth (like gold, silver, labor, equity, real estate, and children) into the bureaucracies created by national treasuries, societal depositories, and reserve funds maintained by men of government. This was the danger of the sin of melting the wealth of the individual families of a recently freed Israelite population, and using the pooled resources to raise up the Golden Calf. That institutionalist idolatry arises out of the collectivist need to maintain and protect those treasuries, but invariably eventually come to regulate society by exercising authority over the people, and playing the Benefactors of a national economy. In exchange for lawful money, these arbiters of human civil government print or borrow legal tender in the form of fiat money as a medium of exchange which becomes the basis of their worthless, imaginary economies. In ancient societies, this currency was issued in the forms of tokens and various coinage. To illustrate, it may be beneficial to describe how idols like the concept of the Golden Calf are instrumental to socialist societies
The Golden Calf is a central bank and federal reserve, where the people come together and deposit their precious metal to be melted down and then formed into an idol, where all of society’s wealth is displayed in socialist pageantry. In plain view of the entire community, it becomes a binding agent of mutual prosperity, and mutual destruction as a surety through an obvious formal social contract. Everyone must be accountable for each other, through protection and provision, to stay and fight off intruders for each other, because running away meant they would be abandoning the wealth they invested into this socialist way of life. They can’t “leave the system” because they are “entitled to its benefits.” This is the same excuses people make to continue receiving covetous social security benefits because they already paid in to the administration. Their continued involvement and participation double down in securing their investment, and society evolves beyond the initial establishment of just a bank.
This form of society begins to centralize more than just wealth, but also justice and welfare, and all of the weightier matters of the law, institutionalizing them into bastions of idolatry called forming human civil government. That government can add to the idol by melting down more gold from new citizens into thin sheets and hammering them onto the existing form. Or they can shave off a portion of the idol, melt it down, mint it, and provide for mercenaries, or government programs, or to redistribute it among the people in coinage of stamped value. However, they eventually and invariably devalue the gold coins in circulation through cupellation, which is the act of mixing bone ash, gold, and dissimilar metals like iron, to make more coins while using less gold, causing inflation. This will be explained later.
So, when people buy in to these economies for the empty promise of bogus “riches”, they are expressing the faith they have in societies that are doomed to fail by inflation and ever-increasing-taxation. They are revealing their pragmatism in sacrificing their principles (holiness) and principal (time and liberty) for an ultimately suicidal interest rate, because instead of relying on the possession of substance as money, they rely on the empty promises of men with arbitrary authority who defraud the people by creating “wealth” out of nothing. This is the nature of idolatry; not an arbitrary emotional tie to something that may or may not take precedence in your life, and not a set of dogma regarding some “religious” icons, but the creation of nationalistic symbols that represent man-made-and-imagined systems of human authority. To “bow down to” and “worship” these “idols” was to become subject to the bureaucracies they represent. Currency is an allowance granted by your civil fathers for the chores you do on behalf of your civil family, and your father retains the ultimate authority on how you spend it. This is a boon for being equally yoked together with unbelievers.
“If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash, or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless situation is almost incredible—but there it is.” (Robert Hemphill. Credit Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)
Economies based on legal tender represent a perpetual cycle of debt for anyone guilty of relying on legal tender. It is partly for this reason why those individuals do not have actual ownership to their property, their land, their labor, or their children, and must pay rent through taxation due to their contracts of legal titles and legal guardianship while being legally obligated to subject themselves to the authoritative whims of the actual owner who has the beneficial use of those things:
“The ultimate ownership of all property is in the State; individual so-called ‘ownership’ is only by virtue of Government, i.e., law, amounting to mere user; and use must be in accordance with law and subordinate to the necessities of the State.” (Senate Document No. 43; Senate Resolution No. 62 (Pg 9, Para 2) April 17, 1933.)
Debt is bondage. “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” (Proverbs 22:7) The debt accrued by human civil government through borrowing from their federal reserves is invariably passed onto their civil slaves through the issuing of debt notes. But debt notes are only a legal offer in place of payment of debt. They cannot lawfully pay the debt they represent. Only gold and silver are lawful money to be used as a “payment of debt“. (Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd p. 1079). However, debt notes (legal tender) may be used to legally discharge debt even though it does not pay the debt at law.
“There is a distinction between a debt discharged and one paid. When discharged the debt still exists, though divested of its character as a legal obligation during the operation of the discharge. Something of the original vitality of the debt continues to exist…which may be transferred, even though the transferee takes it subject to its disability incident to the discharge. The fact that it carries something which may be a consideration for a new promise to pay, so as to make an otherwise worthless promise a legal obligation, makes it the subject of transfer by assignment.” (Stanek v. White. 172 Minn. 390, 215 N. W. 784.)
By accepting Caesar’s debt notes, one accepts Caesar’s debt, making “for a new promise to pay” it. That promise tends to be exacted through a requirement to work off that debt by working without pay. This is the nature of the income tax, which does not get used to provide government services, but only to pay off the interest of the debt note. As if it could ever be enough to pay the principal. Additionally, relying on fiat money to exchange for the fruit of your neighbor’s blood, sweat, and labor, is defrauding your neighbor of a fair compensation. Trading your debt for his goods and services is bearing false witness against him, supposing that worthless, pieces of paper are fair trade for another man’s livelihood. “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.” (Proverbs 13:11) Free people are responsible for their own wealth and equity, working the land in self-reliance, according to the Dominion Mandate. Another issue with a society run on currency is that government services are provided by borrowing fiat money against society’s children and grandchildren who are sacrificed on Baal’s altars of civil citizenship, orphaned to the State as human sacrifices in order to become productive workers in corvee bondage. This is done through birth certification, social security enrollment, and even marriage licensing. Those loans and interest rates are deferred onto society’s children while their parents receive the benefits against their collateral progeny, who will one day pay taxes and have their labor inflated in this self-destructive cycle.
These facts are evident that the United States does not have a capitalism problem because fiat money cannot be said to resemble capital, and the United States economy cannot said to resemble a “free market.” Currency (even cryptocurrency) is not a personal asset, but credit at “the company’s store,” meaning an asset of the company, or government, and its value can change arbitrarily. In this case, it is not even backed by gold or other precious metals, but by human beings, making it a tool of control as well as a means for slaves to participate in a simulated economy. It has no equitable value for the same reason Chuck E. Cheese tickets have no viable wealth. Your tokens and tickets are only valid in a Chuck E. Cheese economy. No outside food or drink are allowed on the premises. You have a false choice within the “market” in how to spend your currency. You can choose between pepperoni pizza and cheese pizza, or you can choose between skee-ball and Big Buck Hunter Pro, but you have no actual choice on anything that matters. Only a virtual one within the simulated market provided for you by the fathers of the world according to their terms and conditions, all through specialized, compartmentalized, and inherently interdependent industries and employment opportunities, like in every other socialist society. You can choose what you want from their buffets, but they supply the buffet, and you work in the kitchen. Or you can go to another economic buffet supplied by another nation, though they all seem to be merging together in a global economy. The “market” is just another “bread and circus” that gives you the imaginative excuse that makes your iteration of socialism that much better than other iterations of socialism. Better, only because it is merely a house of cards that has not yet collapsed. But it will. One of the ways this collapse will be obvious is in the presence of one of the four horsemen of cyclical, apocalyptic, distress: Famine.
This persistent relationship between “the market” being a government provision and the collapse of societies dependent upon fiat economies through inflation is often recorded by history, but is easily recognized in the daily bread received from the markets under the providence of the false gods of ancient Rome.
“The Roman diet was very dependent on grain. The average Roman adult male ate two pounds of wheat bread each day…. The Roman mind placed importance on a concept of ‘Just Price’ feeling wronged if grain was not available at this price (or less). Politicians and those who would be public benefactors could gain considerable status by insuring the availability of grain in the market even to the point of buying high priced grain and reselling it at a loss as a public service. In the early years of coinage, the ‘Just Price’ was about 4 asses per modius. By the time of Caesar it was 12 asses; under Nero it could be as much as 2 denarii (32 asses). These prices are really rather stable when compared to the inflation that the modern world has experienced during the century now ending. The wars of the third century resulted in an end of this stability frequently raising prices to levels where ordinary workers were reduced to near subsistence levels.” (Smith, Doug. “Buying Power of Ancient Coins.” Forum Ancient Coins, 2000.)
The most obvious implication of the fraudulent nature of currency is this: One cannot buy lawful title with legal tender. Most, if not all, of what is considered property: from land to housing to vehicles, are all possessed through legal titles where the US-backed socialist bureaucracy retains the equitable rights as the true owner of all property. It also retains the rights to play arbiter over your occupation and recreation through Federal Identification through social security registration, income taxation and licensing, including giving permission for corporations to even exist and operate legally. It even retains the equitable rights to your children through birth registration and social security, granting you the privilege of having a stewardship over them through legal guardianship while the government is their true father, provider, and source of discipline.
By voluntarily rendering (entrusting) unto Caesar that which is God’s, the people have found themselves in a socialist problem forfeiting all capital and equity in exchange for debt notes and legal titles. This is the nature of the social contract which binds men together by force in a mutual economy of ever-depreciating value.
“Lay not up (entrust) for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up (entrust) for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
The Kingdom of Heaven on earth features no fiat money that can be inflated. It forbids unjust weights and measures. (Leviticus 19:35-36) It requires real equity, allodium, and commodity money belonging to the people, and not some centralized, institutional government. Lending is rare, interest forbidden. (Leviticus 25:36-37) Its currency is love, expressed through charity, entrusted to benefactors who do not exercise authority—the servant-ministers who network the congregations of families. When that charity comes up short in enriching a free society, it is subsidized by the charity of Heaven, miraculously multiplying its citizens’ humble offerings, whether or not those offerings are just a couple of loaves of bread and a few fish. This relationship is fundamentally different than the ways of the world which promise benefits but only deliver poverty. This is the road to life, and life more abundantly. Life everlasting. This is the road enjoyed by the early abolitionists whose kingdom of God on earth only grew more wealthy and prosperous as the kingdom of Rome collapsed into moral, social and financial ruin.
“And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth [economic depression] throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.” (Acts 11:28)
“By the reign of Claudius II Gothicus (268-270 A.D.) the silver content of the denarius was down to .02 percent [Michell 1947: 2]. As a consequence, prices skyrocketed. A measure of Egyptian wheat had sold for seven to eight drachmas. In the second century it cost 120,000 drachmas. This suggests an inflation of 15,000 percent during the third century.” (Bartlett, citing Rostovtzeff 1957: 471)
“Your riches have rotted and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped [entrusted] treasure together for the last days.” (James 5:2-3)
In fact, it was for this reason why the early Christians were persecuted. They were accused of robbing the central bank at Ephesus, and blamed for the decline of the efficacy of its socialist promises: “For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.” (Acts 19:37) As we have written elsewhere: The temple was an international bank for over a hundred nations within the Pax Romana. As such, it was tantamount to an impregnable fortress with secure vaults full of extensive investments supplied by national economies. As such, it operated as an underwriter for insurance concerning social welfare schemes.
Aelius Aristides described Ephesus as “Asia’s greatest center of trade and banking” (History Of Ephesus) and the temple as “the general bank of Asia” (Aelius Aristides, Orations 23.24) The temple of Artemis was “…the largest and most important bank on the west coast of Asia Minor, was inseparable to the economic structure of the city and indeed the entire province.” (Ephesians and Artemis, Michael Immendörfer)
“In time the temple possessed valuable lands; it controlled the fisheries; its priests were the bankers of its enormous revenues. Because of its strength the people stored there their money for safe-keeping; and it became to the ancient world practically all that the Bank of England is to the modern world.” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, by Biblesoft)
There was a sense in which the ministers were robbing the church of Diana, however. By preaching citizenship of God’s Kingdom, and baptizing ex-patriots of worldly governments into their network of liberty, there were less members of the collective surety to make deposits for the welfare schemes maintained by the temple. Fewer sacrifices on its civil altar means that there was less stability in its function as a Federal Reserve, which hurt its ability to make revenue off of its usury. By all accounts persecution occurs, not because Christians have different superstitious rites and beliefs than pagan societies, but because they have a different political and economic way of life than those maintained by human civil government.
“It was the fall of Rome from the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) that began the suburbanization of civilization. The corruption of the Rule of Law led to a massive exodus. By the third century, the economic decline was in full force.
We can see the collapse of the Roman Monetary System during the third century took an amazingly short period of time to crash—13 years. Yet during the reign of Gallienus (253-260 AD), the coinage declined by virtually 95% of its value. It was this suburbanization, that truly began in force under the reign of Commodus (180-192 AD), and that led the rich to flee from the cities and with it the tax revenue. The cities became ever more reduced by the rabble and corruption became widespread both in government and the ethical conduct of the people.
As the collapse of order had begun, this lead to the worst of all Christian persecutions in history, authorized by the new Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305 AD), most likely instigated by Galerius (305-311 AD), who had been made a Caesar, second to the Emperor known as Augustus. We find the contemporary blame for the economic decline of the third century was placed upon the Christians claiming they offended Roman gods causing them to punish Rome. The worst of the Christian persecutions was thus linked to economic depression.” (“The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah”. Alfred Edersheim. 1883.)
Federal reserves ruin nations. Or they allow nations to physically ruin themselves after abandoning the law of God as a recompense. God always condemns societies that are built on their systemic deception and oppression. The Bible is always warning against nations that thrive on competition rather than cooperation and on class warfare rather than love of Neighbor, always citing that their wealth will be stripped away in economic collapse, as a judgment. In that same vein, one of the most famous acts recorded of the life of King Christ was to turn the national bank of Judea from the political world over to a repenting people who were learning to provide for each other a more fruitful society through charity, instead of by taxation.
“And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.” (John 2:13-16)
These moneychangers did not operate a “nickel and dime” business of commodity transactions as peddlers of small commerce. They were government employees of the centralized bank of Judea. The word used for “table,” belonging to the moneychangers which Jesus overthrew is the same word for “bank” in Luke 19:23. In the Greek today, that word trapeza still means bank. “Bank” is from the Italian word “banca” meaning bench or table and the term “bankrupt” comes from the Italian phrase “banca rotta,” literally meaning “broken bench” or “table.” These moneychangers were more like the Wall Street players of their era. They oversaw large financial transactions, currency exchange, and engaged in underwriting the social security and public welfare schemes established by Herod. These clerks were chief priests who administered deposits of taxation (including imperial taxes for Caesar) and took the liberty to inflate exchange rates on foreign coins in order to defraud pilgrims who engaged in the temple services. This was a lucrative profession by any means, and it enabled a commission for these officers characterized by a large share in the transactions.
“Bankers who sat in the Court of the Gentiles (or in its porch) and for a fixed discount changed all foreign coins into those of the sanctuary (shekel). This tribute was in every case to be paid in the exact Hebrew half-shekel. The moneychangers assessed a fixed charge for their services. This charge must have brought in a large revenue, since not only many native Palestinians might come without the statutory coin, but a vast number of foreign Jews presented themselves on such occasions in the Temple. In addition to the tribute, those who came to worship at the Temple needed money for other purposes. Most sacrifices for the feasts were bought within the Temple area. It was easier to get the right money from the authorized changers than to have disputes with the dealers. Thus the immense offerings of foreign Jews and proselytes to the Temple passed through the hands of the moneychangers. Indeed, they probably transacted all business matters connected with the sanctuary.” (New Unger’s Bible Dictionary)
When Jesus Christ, the King of Judea, walks into the national bank and royal treasury, and lays his ceremonial string whip over the shoulders of these greedy, corrupt, government employees, he is publicly firing them from their lucrative office and turning their positions over to the people so that they may elect servant ministers of good reputation, who will administer and redistribute their freewill offerings of charity, without exercising civil authority over them. Stephen was one of these seven men, and was martyred accordingly by men of greed like Saul of Tarsus. The entire scene of Jesus “turning over” the administration of the federal reserve in Jerusalem to the people represents Him restoring the Judean national economy to that of an anarchist society by returning the power of choice to the people who were once free to decide which candidates would be porters to serve them and redistribute their freewill offerings. He took a nation bound together in contracts, entitlements, and taxation, and replaced it with the liberty established on faith, hope, and charity.
Many people believe that it is time to “End the Fed,” but Jesus Christ, first born of all creation, accomplished that feat in the first century. As a consequence, he was martyred by greedy statists because he chose not to compromise the integrity of his kingdom by subjecting it to the Pax Romana, nor did he allow its financial institutions to plunder the people through inflation or taxation. In order to enjoy the reality provided by his sacrifice, you must first repent and seek the alternative Kingdom of Heaven, begin to use real money in voluntary networks of charity and strong communities, and to Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s: his vindictive, worthless, debt notes, thereby making him the collateral for his own sins, while you pray to Jesus Christ to be the remission of yours.
In a free society, families retain the equitable rights to their property and each other. They do not just sign up for legal guardianship to their children or legal titles to the property they borrow from President Chuck E. Cheese. They retain their liberty and actual power of choice by maintaining their responsibilities to “dress and keep” their dominion. This is how they retain their liberty even when they are captives in an imperialist system. The purpose of every family maintaining their own land is so they are not interdependent on the rest of society to work to feed them in exchange for debt notes in a gambit of socialism. They work to feed themselves with actual wealth produced by the land, and not from the blood, sweat, and tears of their neighbor. Rather, they seek to supplement their neighbor through charity, instead of relying on his forced contributions through social contracts, which is what everybody who relies on the “market” does. Jesus Christ has his own “bank” by which to provide for the people.
The way of Christ is the only way to salvation. The American way leads to death, destruction, and damnation. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and the campaign promises of His Gospel, so you may be baptized into his kingdom and out of the kingdoms of this world, and be saved from their inevitable collapse and ruin. Today is the day of salvation.