CBN: More and more central banks around the world are in the early stages of creating digital currencies. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee in March that the Fed had already begun testing a digital dollar.
Powell told the House Financial Services Committee, “We’re not at the stage of making any real decisions. What we’re doing is experimenting in kind of early-stage experimentation. How would this work? Does it work? What’s the best technology? What’s the most efficient really at an early stage on? But we’re making progress on sort of technological issues.”
Just like paper dollars, a Central Bank Digital Currency or CBDC would be issued by the Federal Reserve. Those pushing for it say it would have several advantages over physical money. They say it could be used to fight inflation because the Fed would have more direct control over the money supply. It could speed up transaction payments and help fight money laundering.
“The ability to track transactions has a couple of elements that are very attractive to economic policymakers,” he said. “One is to know where people are spending their money. Another is to track taxes.”
Physical money has been called one of the last bastions of privacy. Laws like the Bank Secrecy Act have already stripped away most of the privacy from bank accounts and financial transactions.
Banking expert Nicholas Anthony at the Cato Institute explained, “As it stands, banks have really a ton of power that people don’t realize to shut down accounts, to freeze accounts, and to end up holding them for really any number of reasons. And we don’t get to understand why, because there’s many cases in which they’re prohibited by law from saying what actually happened.”
Currency Expert James Rickards said the removal of cash would move America closer to a totalitarian state.
Rickards explained, “If I buy anything, the government doesn’t know it. But with this new central bank digital currency, they will, because they maintain the ledger. So if I buy Ron Desantis’s new book or I go to a Donald Trump rally or whatever it may be, the government using artificial intelligence and having that information, are able to profile you. They could say, ‘Well, this guy kind of looks like a conservative and maybe he’s MAGA.’ Then you’ve got a target on your back.”
Last year, a Canadian court froze millions of dollars raised for truckers blocking roads to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates. When the Pakistani government was faced with almost nonstop protests last year, it threatened to switch off the bank accounts of the protestors.
A digital dollar could not only be “switched off,” the Fed would be able to force negative interest rates on Americans if it wanted them to spend more, penalizing savers. Digital cash might also be a hacker’s delight. Banks are expected to fight it, seeing a Fed digital dollar as a threat to their existence.
On the bank-to-bank level, a new real-time payments system called FedNow is expected to begin in July. It’s not a digital currency but an upgrade to what some call our antiquated banking system. Read More …
Opinion: Finally, a Christian website covering the coming digital dollar. Not so finally, there is no reference to a cashless society being a logical stepping stone to fulfilling Revelation 13:16-17. I’m really not surprised. Most pastors and Bible teachers will go to great extremes to avoid any reference to prophecy.
“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, 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.”
My old friend and Bible teacher Jack Kinsella used to say prophecy believers are relegated to being the kooks in the back of the church.
Is the absence of teaching prophecy because the pastors do not want to scare their members? A growing number of denominations teach that the church will go through the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) along with Bible haters and unrepentant sinners.
Is the absence of teaching prophecy because most pastors have had poor training in the area of prophecy? Yes, in many seminaries would-be pastors receive little training on the subject instead approaching it from an allegorical view.
Is the absence of teaching prophecy because most denominations do not believe in the rapture of the church? Yes, in fact the largest denomination, Catholic, either does not teach a rapture or if pressed will say it occurs at the end of the tribulation, while most Calvinist denominations do not teach it at all.
So, welcome to the kooks.
“I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.” Habakkuk 2:1