Category Archives: State

THE LIGHT ON A HILL

Contrary to the claims of many politicians, and not a few church leaders, Jesus is the only light on the hill that illuminates the world.

Political leaders invoke “god” to validate their power, and the most popular religions are employed to do so. Just as officeholders today pay lip service to “Judeo-Christian values,” so Caesar appealed to the traditional Roman gods for divine approval. Patriotism and religious faith become synonymous, and lack of nationalistic fervor is now heresy.

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POLITICIANS GET A FREE PASS

Why do church leaders excuse lying, adultery, and other serious sins when committed by their political allies?

Early in my Christian walk, I was taught to strive for holiness in every area of life. Sin must not be tolerated in thought, word, or deed. “Do not evil that good may come!”  As a disciple of Jesus, I was to live “separate” from the fallen world, not physically, but spiritually and morally. His follower must not be “unequally yoked together” with sinners.

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THE NERONIAN DILEMMA

God allows evil rulers to govern us and uses them to accomplish His plans, but He also calls us to show them due respect and obedience.

Paul exhorted Christians residing in the heart of the Empire to respect governors and magistrates, to obey the emperor, and to pay their taxes. Existing authorities “have been arranged by God,” therefore, anyone who opposes the government is opposing “the arrangement of God.” That he stated this about the Roman government raises a dilemma for many of us.

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WHOMEVER HE PLEASES

HE changes times and seasons, HE removes kings, HE sets up kings.”

Far too often, “apostles,” “prophets” and other church “leaders” exhort us to work diligently to elect politicians and pass laws of which they approve, claiming it is God’s will and warning of the dire consequences that will befall us if we fail to do so. Believers must fight tooth and nail for their chosen candidates and programs! But chosen by whom?

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NO MIDDLE GROUND

Mankind is split between those who follow the Lamb and those who render homage to the “beast.”

In Revelation, humanity is comprised of two opposing groups: The men who are “tabernacling in heaven” and the “inhabitants of the earth.” The descriptions are NOT geographical and reflect the allegiance of either group. The first consists of those who “follow the Lamb,” the latter of all who render homage to the “beast.” There is no third option.

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