Sweden is at the forefront of moving toward a cashless economy. “In most Swedish cities, public buses don’t accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text message. A small but growing number of businesses only take cards, and some bank offices--which make money on electronic transactions--have stopped handling cash altogether. ‘There are towns where it isn’t at all possible anymore to enter a bank and use cash,’ complains Curt Persson, chairman of Sweden’s National Pensioners’ Organization. ... The decline of cash is noticeable even in houses of worship, like the Carl Gustaf Church in Karlshamn, southern Sweden, where Vicar Johan Tyrberg recently installed a card reader to make it easier for worshippers to make offerings. ... It’s no surprise that Sweden and other Nordic countries are at the forefront of this development, given their emphasis on technology and innovation. For the second year in a row, Sweden ranked first in the Global Information Technology Report released at the World Economic Forum in January” (“Sweden Moving Towards,” CBS News, March 18, 2012). The stage is set for the Antichrist to come on the scene when the Lord’s church-age work is complete and He allows the mystery of iniquity to proceed to its malicious conclusion, and the reason that God is waiting is that He loves men and continues to offer salvation. Christian friend, are you busy in the Lord’s great harvest? “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way” (2 Thessalonians 2:7). “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
(Friday Church News Notes, March 30, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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