What is the meaning of the saying of the Lord Christ “Make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon ” (Luke 16:9)? Can the money that we gain by injustice or through sin in general, be accepted by God, or can we use it to do good, or to win friends wi
“Mammon of Unrighteousness” does not mean the illicit money that the person gains unjustly or through any other sin for that is unacceptable to God.
For God and the church do not accept this money.
The psalm said “The oil of the sinner will not anoint my head”, and in Deuteronomy “You shall not bring the wages of a harlot… to the house of the Lord your God” (Deut. 23:18).
God does not accept the good works that come through evil ways.
The oblations that are offered to the church, bring blessings and are mentioned in the litany of crops and in the litany of oblations before God. Therefore there are rejected offerings which the church does not accept and does not allow in the house of the Lord, if the church knows that it came by wrong means, and the canon of the apostles explained that subject.
Then what is the mammon of unrighteousness by which we should make friends?
The mammon of unrighteousness is not the money that you gain unjustly but the money that you keep unjustly.
What does that mean? When would the money be called so? Here is an example:
God gave you money, with it He gave you the commandment of paying tithes. Then the tithes does not belong to you. It belongs to the Lord, the church, and the poor. If you do not pay it, you are being unjust to those who deserve it, and by keeping this money you are stealing from them. This tithes that you did not give to their rightful owners is mammon of unrighteousness you are keeping.
The Lord says in the Book of Malachi the Prophet ” Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings “. (Mal. 3:8).
So if you keep the tithes, the first fruits and the votive offerings, you will be unjust to the poor, orphan, and the widow, and they are all crying to the Lord for your injustice towards them.
Spending this money for your own purposes entails injustice to the house of God. This money belongs to God and His children and is not yours.
We can say that also about all the idle wealth that you might have and in the mean time the poor need it and they are in trouble because of their need.
Then make friends to your self by this mammon of unrighteousness. Give it to those in need of it, satisfy their needs. They will become your friends and pray for you and the Lord will respond and bless your money and you will be rewarded more and more.