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The biblical argument against flex loans - In a secular government?

Mar 19, 2015

Arizona Republic

Like Cathi Herrod, Rev. Gary Kinnaman of Gilbert could care less that the US Constitution and the Arizona Constitution forbid mixing of government and religion.

Bottom line if you think the interest rate is too high don't borrow the money!!!!


The biblical argument against flex loans

Rev. Gary Kinnaman 5:05 p.m. MST March 18, 2015 Bible.

State senators are deciding how they will vote on House Bill 2611, which would bring a form of predatory payday lending back to Arizona.

The biblical prohibition against usury and against taking advantage of the poor and needy should serve as guidance for lawmakers in addressing this form of lending that particularly affects those who are poor.

Around the state, Christians are increasingly engaging in ministry to address not just the economic causes of poverty, but the relational and spiritual ones as well. Predatory lenders seek to use relationships in just the opposite way, to exploit their neighbors in their time of need in order to make a quick profit.

God is not opposed to business or profit, but businesses must operate in an ethical manner. Predatory payday lenders often refuse to operate ethically by charging borrowers unconscionable rates of interest and extending loans that they know borrowers will be unable to repay.

Our government has wisely chosen to use its power to restrain these lenders and should continue to keep them out of our state.

— Rev. Gary Kinnaman, Gilbert

The writer is former senior pastor of Word of Grace.