Barry Amundsen (17 Nov 2010)
"re: Mike Curtiss "Call it Embezzlement""

I agree with you but would add that this is in keeping with Lucifer's oldest technique which began back in his days as worship leader in heaven when he wanted the glory of the kingdom (which is represented in our world as money) which he was in trust of as worship leader, he wanted it for himself. (Like Judas who carried the money bag and wanted it for himself also.)
 
This whole scenario is described by Jesus in his example of the rich man (God) who had a steward (Lucifer) who wasted or embezzled his master's goods. He was fired but came up with a plan saying I cannot dig and to beg I am ashamed. So he called in his master's debtors and gave them a chance to reduce their debt record and write down less than they actually owe which is 100 measures of oil (spiritual debt) and 100 measures of wheat (fleshly debt) and Lucifer offers mankind a sense of reducing our debt before God through dead religions. The foolish think that they are getting a good deal and gladly accept the offer to reduce their bill (by doing religious deeds) but Jesus knows what they are doing and will not accept their false bill. He allows this to go on to see who is worthy of Him and who is a crook in the kingdom like Lucifer. (Those who enter the kingdom by climbing over the wall instead of going through the door which is Christ are thieves and robbers.) That is why Jesus told Satan to go ahead and make to himself friends of the mammon of unrighteousness that when he Satan fails and he will, they will receive him into everlasting habitations of hell because Satan does not want to go to hell alone.
 
So Jesus basically tells Satan: Whoever you can deceive, you can have; they are not worthy of me because they would rather embezzle my kingdom with you than have it for free by surrendering to my will for them and be my bond servant. When Satan asks "How much owest thou my master?" We should answer "Nothing, because Jesus paid my debt, so get thee behind me, Satan, I need not make any illegal deals with you, for you can offer me nothing and I will be faithful to Jesus who loves me and gave Himself for me."
Luke 16
 1.  And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.
 2.  And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.
 3.  Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
 4.  I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
 5.  So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
 6.  And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
 7.  Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore.
 8.  And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
 9.  And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
 10.  He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
 11.  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
 12.  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
 13.  No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.