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  • Writer's pictureAlan and Jean McKinnell

Cash is King?

Once upon a time Cash was King, if you had the cash to buy something then you could broker a deal, not anymore. I came across the above notice on a shop window, while it may seem a bit far fetched, is it?

Today 'Contactless is King' that little chip on your plastic card, or the APP on your phone, is what is king now. The places that take cash only are now few and far between, even ice-cream vans take contactless. Every transaction has a cost and it is you that is paying it. Every transaction made by phone is traceable and logged by the vendor and the bank and can be made available to the government or sold to other vendors, and as the above poster says, is this for our benefit or about state control?

We use the Mcdonalds APP, Mcdonalds is so quick and easy to grab a coffee or a porridge or whatever and you don't even need to get out of the car and if you use their APP you get points and can get free coffees, there are no such perks for cash, why? because you are invisible if you use cash, Mcdonalds (and every other APP) know your preferences, suggest items you may want, remind you that you usually have a mixed berry muffin or whatever and tempt you into buying more, all very clever marketing and really all quite innocent, for the time being, I am well able to say no thank you to something I don't want.

What about the argument that cards are more secure than cash, really, if someone finds my card today they can run up a large bill quite quickly, using contactless, long before I even realise it is missing, whereas cash has a limit, if I lose £20 then I lose £20, no more no less. The banks will of course reimburse you for any fraudulent transactions, presumably if you can prove it wasn't you, why are the banks so willing to reimburse transactions that they don't even investigate? There is definitely something more to contactless and chip and pin than meets the eye.

2,000 years ago the Bible told us that one day what you spend will be totally controlled.

Revelation 13:16-17 New King James Version

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Of course that is just some wild conspiracy theory, right? When the above verse was given to the Apostle John by Jesus, the idea of it was so far fetched nobody could possibily imagine how this could happen. Today, it is not only a possibilty, today this technology is being actively used, mostly in an experimental way by hi-tech companies using their staff as guinea pigs. Just like when banks first introduced contactless, we would have the opportunity to opt out of course, notice we are not given the opportunity to opt in, we have to opt out. Opting in should be consumer choice, opting out is saying I don't want to be part of the system. With technology opting out of something puts a red flag against your name, how many red flags against you (banking, immunisation, medical records, voting preferences, beliefs, etc etc) will you need before you are considered a possible threat to society. This all sounds so far fetched, but if you live in China it's already a reality, and we in the West are destined to follow, why do I say that? Watch the news. If you want to know what is happening, watch the news, if you want to know what will happen, read the Bible, if you want to know your place in what is coming, read the Bible.

The Bible not only tells us of things passed, it shows us what is coming, and instructs us in how to avoid it. We can be safe in the knowledge that we are new creations in Jesus and that God has a plan for each and everyone of us, a good plan.

Jeremiah 29:1 New International Version

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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