I found an excellent Old Testament analogue for Amoral Egoistic Christianity. This quote from Möller is copied from ch. 26 of Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh and Sean MacDowell, emphasis mine.
Without any transition or introduction, Amos then goes on to invite the people to come to Bethel and Gilgal. Both—the former being Israel’s national sanctuary or the king’s sanctuary, as the priest Amaziah preferred to call it (Amos 7:13)—were important cult centres. Imitating a priestly invitation to worship, Amos sarcastically calls the Israelites not to come to these places and worship, but to come and sin. Thus, whereas the purposes of such a pilgrimage should have been, and in the eyes of the prophet’s audience would have been, thanksgiving and the fulfilment of vows, Amos equates the Israelites’ cultic performances with the war crimes condemned in Amos 1–2. . . .
The sinfulness of the worship is underlined by the ironic command to multiply their sins . . . as well as by the use of another heptad, in this instance consisting of seven imperatives, which, again ironically, calls on the people to outperform the law’s cultic requirements. Mocking their attitude, especially their reliance on outward gestures, Amos asks the Israelites to offer sacrifices every morning instead of once a year and give their tithes every three days rather than once in three years. By the same token, he calls on his audience to offer thank offerings along with freewill offerings but what is missing, rather conspicuously, is any mention of sin offerings or indeed anything related to the issues of sin and repentance. What Amos does stress, referring to “your offerings”, “your tithes”, and so on, is the people’s egotism, which is at the heart of their remarkable display of religious zeal. . . .
The transition from the initial oracle in 4:1–3 to the present one may seem somewhat abrupt, given the lack of connectives . . . as well as the change of topic. Yet, the combination of social issues (vv. 1–3) with religious or cultic ones (vv. 4–5) is a recurrent feature in the book of Amos. . . . From a rhetorical point of view, it should also be noted that the present arrangement results in an interesting ironic effect, as the people are said to display an impressive religious drive that goes far beyond the requirements of the law while at the same time disobeying the heart of the law by exploiting and abusing the poor. . . . Punctilious as they were in their observance of cultic requirements they believed that they would not have to face Yahweh’s punitive intervention. Amos responds to this with heavy irony, inviting the people to come and revel in a “gala barbecue” consisting in a multitude of offerings and sacrifices, only to condemn their religious zeal, quite brutally . . . as something akin to the horrible war crimes committed by Israel’s enemies. (Möller, PD, 262–264, 266–267)
If the political and social movements we’re witnessing in the West are indeed the firstfruits of k-selection, then it must be observed that the religiosity predicted by Darwin’s Cathedral is self-righteously opposed to the morality preached by Jesus Christ. Indeed, the religious impulses of k-selection appear to be so perfectly in line with the Gnostic heresies that we might describe these heresies as the emergent natural religion of evolutionary winners.
The advice given by self-help gurus always agrees with Baron Rothschild: associate with high-status people and avoid losers.
Dr. David McClelland of Harvard found, after twenty-five years of research, that the choice of a negative “reference group” was in itself enough to condemn a person to failure and underachievement in life. Your reference groups are the people you identify with-the ones you work with, socialize with, live with and get involved with in community or nonwork activities. Like a chameleon, you unconsciously adopt the attitudes, behavior and opinions of the people with whom you most closely associate.
In selecting the people that you will spend time with, follow Baron de Rothschild’s advice and “make no useless acquaintances.”o meet new, positive people, you usually have to stop associating with your old group. Especially, get away from negative people. They are the primary cause of most unhappiness in your life. Staying in a bad relationship can be enough in itself to cut off your full potential for success and happiness. There is no suggestive influence more powerful than the people: around you. Select them with care.
The way to win in this life and the way to win in the next life are often opposed. Christians who are very high in IQ, willpower, and ego strength ought to take warning from this, because they are at the highest risk to accidentally combine their faith with Gnostic elitism.