The Christian Trader: I Bring a Sword

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household” (Matthew 10:34-36, KJV).

Jesus demands that we separate ourselves from the opinions of others (societal thought) in order to develop spiritually.

“Separating ourselves from the group identification is a painful process, for as long as we remain submerged in the group, we find a certain security. When this unconscious identification gives way, as it must under the impact of the kingdom of God, the illusory peace is shattered” ” (The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus’ Sayings by John A. Sanford, p.58).

Using the sword of discernment, separate yourself from the collective opinions in the trading sphere. You can begin by becoming aware of what not to believe. Here are Bill William’s five sacred-cow terminators:

“1. Don’t listen to the popular experts; 2. There is no such thing as bullish/bearish consensus; 3. There is no such thing as oversold/overbought; 4. Most money management suggestions are ineffective and 5. Common formulas for profitable trading do not work” (Trading Chaos: Maximize Profits with Proven Technical Techniques [2nd Ed.] by Bill Williams & Justine Gregory-Williams, pp.5-6).

I am not necessarily advocating the book’s trading techniques. I am emphasizing the book’s trading caveats.

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