Romans 13 explained
Life Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2Cor3:17
Is there a Just form of Government on earth that reproves the oppressor, defends the fatherless and pleads for the widow? Some would say that ‘almost is close enough and the best we can expect from flawed and corrupted man. But what does God say? Tyranny exists in the world without question and oppression of human liberty is wide spread. Yet the alterative to tyranny in the mind of man is really just another form of bondage packaged in an appearance of liberty, fraternity, and equality based on human enlightenment not obedience to God. In essence it exists within a System where ‘illumination really means: ‘Out of Darkness comes the Light through man’s acquisition of knowledge (Gnosticism) and self elevation through advanced enlightenment into science, arts, engineering, governance and pharmakeia (sorceries, magic, Gal5:10, Rev9:21, 18:23, ‘Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts) In other words man’s attempt to establish his personal ‘pursuit of happiness, gain, success, power.
This is why the Bondage to Sin remains. To Escape the Corruption that is in the world through lust (2Pet1:3-4) one must also escape his ‘Pride of life (1Jh2:15-17) meaning: human boasting, insolence, empty assurance trusting in your own powers and resources in the stability of earthly things; Vain presumptions!
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1Jh2:15-17
The pursuit of ‘illumination apart from God is designed to exalt man above God. (as his own god) In libertarian thought cloaked in Christian phraseology it is the enhancement of the mind that has the power to transform and reshape human destiny through ideologies and the wisdom of men. But the only renewing that matters in the Kingdom of God is the ‘washing, renewing and regeneration that occurs when man presents himself as a ‘living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God as his reasonable service, not ‘conformed to this world but TRANSFORMED by denying his self-life, taking up his cross and following Christ. That’s why this Message of the Cross has been a constant Stumbling Block to the establishment Churches and governing authorities since the days of ancient Rome.
Then He said to them all, “If anyone Will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? Lk9:23-25
Losing your life for His sake means you put aside all sinful self-indulgence and worldly endeavors to proclaim the Message of the Cross as the Power of God unto Salvation, (1Cor1:18-25) apart from combing it with political agendas, human philosophies and the high sounding rhetoric of liberty, fraternity, and equality. The monuments men erect in honor of constitutional enlightenment, that endear the people to their cause are the same obelisks and statues to pagan deities that donned the cathedrals of ancient Rome and remain in the architecture of modern construction. What does this say to the founding of constitutional style governments that deposed of the Orthodox/Catholic monarchies that originated from the ‘free thought (Libertarianism) movement of the Renaissance? This is the same advancement of human knowledge (Gnosticism) the early Christians encountered in the form of ‘Dualism promoting a dichotomy of ‘sinful holiness which became the collective consciousness of the establishment Church System beginning in fourth century Rome. In this manner they can easily blend the supposed nobility of ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness under the banner of Christ as a holy crusade to establish a more equable form of Government on earth, which can only be done 'in part because man remains flawed by selfish ambition and sinful indulgence.
You may ‘THINK’ they you are endowed by your creator with certain: ‘inalienable
rights’ and that securing these rights is also divinely ordained but yet
under such ‘illumination you remain as ‘Christians (by your own admission) the
chief of sinners, with desperately wicked hearts with only filthy rags of shame
as offering to God. Your leaders (the patriotic broadcast pundits and so-called
patriot preachers) play into this mind-set by constantly saying that
America is a Christian nation founded on godly principles by people of high moral values. (the founders) Therefore its worth any sacrifice to preserve this heritage at all cost and hand it down to their children. Yet the entire System, whether free or oppressive, is founded on Principles diametrically opposed to the Kingdom of God. All institutions of man will fail and crumble into the ashes of history. Their corruption within will be their own demise. No matter how Noble their cause may have appeared or how great their sacrifice toward establishing it the foundation did not originate in God. Because the ONLY real LIBERTY is Liberty from the bondage and corruption of Sin! Defending our ‘Way of life’ is the PRIDE of life and has nothing to do with Obedience to God’s Word.
The libertarian movement and the US constitution, complete with their spirit of free thought and enlightenment, cannot bring anyone true freedom. Perhaps under a ‘form of freedom some people can amass wealth and possessions toward a more comfortable life, but what profit are these if you them gain all and loose your soul. Your higher education, crowning achievements in business, sporting and entertainment media, the highest political aspirations of man, all of it is even as a Vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (Js4:14) Man could live a thousand years twice achieve all his goals and still all his work is in Vain. If he desires to ‘save his life in this world, even if that means actually dying for some cause he believed was noble, he has Lost everything in comparison to eternity. Although the ‘Way he has chosen Seemed Right, well planned out, deeply considered as the most desirable route to take toward the desired goal, it was NOT the Way of the Cross. It may indeed have involved trials and persecutions for a ‘just cause and required great courage and sacrifice to endure but to what Purpose did it serve? Did it bring people out of the corruption and bondage of their sinful indulgences and addictions to Serve God in Righteousness and holiness all the days of their lives? (Jer23:21-22) or did it merely provide them with a temporary relief from oppression and give them a brief opportunity to prosper toward worldly gain.
Man can Serve God with reverence and godly fear under ANY form of government, such has been proven beyond question in history. He can Preach the Cross in times of brutal oppression and in times of great prosperity and freedom. The Message is Still the Same and those who Preach and Live the Cross will still be hated, reviled, persecuted and put to death! NO institution of man will gladly receive the message of Righteousness, Self-Control and the Judgment to come, they always offer Lies for Truth and enslavement as Freedom. Their ultimate goal is to establish an ‘earthly Kingdom and proclaim themselves as gods. (masters of their own domains) They garner the support of the false Christian System naively believing they are marching to Zion under the Banner of Christ. But it can only end in the muck and filth that proceeds from their uncircumcised hearts as they follow elusive dreams of happiness and success in a world given over to wickedness and shame.
There are no ‘Just Wars or Noble Causes, the ‘good guys’ are those who take up their Cross and follow Christ, preaching His Kingdom, not the kingdoms of men. You must look beyond appearances and see through the rhetoric. The so-called Patriot movement has been duped by the same lies used time and again throughout history to setup a pseudo ‘Christian empire. They are destined to fail because they ‘failed to Purify their hearts toward God to begin with. Therefore they have no ‘spiritual Wisdom into the Mind of Christ and substitute it with their own vain imaginings of how things ‘ought to be. But all of their beliefs, religion, rituals, ceremony and political opinions have no advantage against the indulgences of an ‘un-crucified flesh which will always be their inevitable undoing in every endeavor they may choose to pursue.
Before we move on in this discussion let's see what the Scriptures have to say about Christians getting involved in political unrest, form the Apostolic perspective under Roman Tyranny:
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1Pet2:11-12
submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the
king as supreme,
or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
For this is the will of
God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as
free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. 1Pet2:13-17
They were strangers and pilgrims on the earth Heb11:13
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Tim2:1-4
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Phil3:21-21
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1Pet2:9
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2Cor10:4-6, Eph6:12-19
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Rom12:18-19, 21
See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good 1Thes5:15, 1Pet3:9, Tit3:1-2
The above passages should be enough to dispense with the entire issue of so-called Christian Patriotism, but because of the duplicity of men desiring to Justify insurrection against tyrannical forms of Government by followers of Christ we must test the spirits behind this movement and expose it as humanistic heresy.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. (higher powers) For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities (powers) that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, (tribute) for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes (tribute) are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Rom13:1-7
This is the Key passage under dispute by the Patriot Pundits. (they usually ignore the rest) They blame the Churches for interrupting this passage in favor of our present form of Government which they believe has become oppressive and must be disposed by all means necessary. BUT the REAL reason America's Churches won't stand up as the moral compass of society and opposing all forms of wickedness, social and political, is NOT because they don't understand the true meaning of Romans 13. Their complacency toward evil has nothing to do with their lack of political activism. (or the fact that most of them are 501 charitable organizations) So-called pastors like Chuck Baldwin who run around squawking about how the establishment churches have all become agents of the government to promote some sinister agenda to enslave us all under tyranny, PREACHES the exact same message of 'saved in your sins, Jesus did it all, magic cover heresy all of his fellow colleagues in the pulpits. So the 'spirit of apostasy, sweeping present day professed Christianity is NOT because they refuse to stand against a Corrupt Government, but rather because they are ALL (patriots and common church goers alike) under the 'dual nature Lie that teaches them they can NEVER Stop sinning and have a PURE heart toward God and man. Therefore as fast as the Patriot Pundits can dig them out from under their so-called miss-understandings about opposing government oppression, they are at the same time FILLING and establishing the doctrinal fallacies that Keep them in bondage to their sins! What they need to be doing is Pulling down the Strongholds of the 'exalted towers of theological knowledge that oppose the TRUTH that can Set men FREE from the bondage of Sin!
Read the Passage carefully, it says ‘Obey the Governing Authorities or
‘Higher Powers’ notice that it says NOTHING about what 'TYPE
of Government is in charge. If Paul meant that you are to only to obey the
higher powers that adhere to a Constitutional form of governance, (as
Chuck Baldwin says) WHY didn't he say so?
There was NO SUCH thing as a 'Constitution or Bill of Rights in ancient Rome. If people are endowed by their creator with certain: ‘inalienable rights’ that guarantee life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, WHERE is it stated in the Bible? You can quote Alex Jones, that "Resistance to tyranny is Obedience to God' (via Thomas Jefferson) BUT where in the Bible are personal liberties divinely ordained or guaranteed? Rather the Scripture says:
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1Tim2:1-4
Christians are instructed to do this FIRST because it is acceptable in
the sight of God and Second because they are to STRIVE to live at
peace with all men. 1Pet2:13-17, Rom12:18-19. It DOESN'T say they should
'lay down their Cross and stop opposing all forms of evil, but it
DOES tell you the Manner it should be done:
that your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Did Paul write a Declaration of Independence against Roman tyranny, or Romans 13! The answer is obvious. DID Paul 'lay down to Nero as a prisoner in Rome and teach that the Emperor should be worshipped as god by Christians? Again, the answer is obvious. He taught Righteousness, Self-Control and the Judgment to Come and that all men everywhere must Repent (Acts24:25, 17:30-31) until they came to take him away. But the point is that he NEVER went out and rallied the Christians in an attempt to throw off the bonds of Roman tyranny and establish a more equitable form of government. He knew that men brought under the governance of Christ would love their fellow man and live a life free from lust, greed and senseless violence. That was the ONLY hope anyone had of life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. He wrote to his fellow Saints offering such encouragement: 'for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven Heb10:34
All this was taking place at a time when Christians were being slaughtered in mass and virtually no one had the advantage of person liberty. If any generation of Christians had a 'RIGHT to throw off their oppressors it was this one! They were beaten, stripped of all earthly goods, thrown to lions, crucified, burned and tortured to death. Yet in their minds they had no rights to demand or to defend, expect their Duty to Obey God to Preach Christ, calling all people to Repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. (on that they stood on pain of death) Paul himself was rotting in a filthy jail when he wrote most of his Epistles to the churches reminding them to fight the good fight of faith stand firm in Christ and endure to the end. He didn’t tell them to muster the minute men and prepare to defend their right to take up arms. Rather he told them that their Citizenship was in heaven that they were not to seek an earthy Kingdom, but wage their war in the Spiritual realm not the carnal arenas of men. I'd like to see Baldwin or Jones (or any of these so-called Patriot Pundits!) rejoicing and singing praises to God in a rotting stinking jail in the pitch black darkness, chained like an animal, as Paul and Silas did in Philippi, Act16:16-34. AND what they do when miraculously released, grab swords, slay their jailers and go after the Magistrates who falsely imprisoned them! NO! Rather they used it as another opportunity to Preach Christ and see souls delivered from darkness to light from the Power of Satan to God! Acts26:18-21
Can you see that heretics like Baldwin and Jones are teaching that its your
DIVINE Right to take up the Sword against all forms of political
tyranny! Jesus said; 'He who lives by the Sword will die by the Sword!'
Mat26:52.,the Luke22:38 passage doesn't overrule this! (as the Pundits try to
assert) It's utterly ridicules to imagine these Saints used their swords for
anything other than utility functions such as cleaning fish, cutting wood,
skinning an animal for food. There is no record of them ever using it as a
weapon against tyranny and neither did the early Saints serve as soldiers in
foreign armies. Roman warriors who became Christian converts would lay down
their weapons and suffer the consequences of their disobedience to the ruling
authorities. They believed and Obeyed Christ and understood:
My Kingdom is not of this World, if it were of this World my Servants would fight!’ Jh18:36 there was nothing to fight for in establishing an earthy Kingdom, theirs was an abode which has its foundation in Christ whose builder and maker is GOD! Heb11:10. Christians are called 'sojourners, pilgrims, strangers on earth, those of whom the world is NOT worthy, Heb11:38, there is no such thing as a 'Christian General, Warrior or Mighty men of renown. Its the 'MEEK who shall inherit the earth and only those who show Mercy shall find it. Matt5:5, 7
Always remember that at the same time these Patriot Pundits sound off against the Clergy response teams and 501 groveling Churches, they Preach the same gospel of salvation in sin as everyone else. Do you really think Baldwin or Tex Marrs (or any so-called Patriot preacher) teaches anything different than the 'Born in sin, dual nature, magic cover gospel that is the collective consciousness of almost EVERY professed Christian you met? Jones is constantly ranting about how 'wicked his heart is and how he battles the 'dark side of his nature as he associates with all manner of people who are bound by iniquity (as listed in 1Cor6:9-10) calling them his 'brothers and sisters in the battle against tyranny. What is this but a fraternity of 'holy iniquity' in which they believe that a person can be Justified in their sins, or is on the Right side of Justice because they oppose the Government. As long as they unite under the pseudo Christian banner of 'inalienable rights' ordained of God, they're part of the club. They can quote the Constitution and Bill of Rights chapter and verse but their understanding of Scripture is taken from libertarian mind-set based on the philosophies of men through which illumination is acquired by the acquisition of knowledge (Gnosticism) into the 'higher forms of human wisdom, as they 'Twist Rom13, into an imaginary Declaration of Independence. They have found that by using 'Christian phraseology they can garner the support of misguided professed Christian 'Patriots teaching them that America was ordained of God for the advancement of human liberty on earth and therefore must be defended at all cost; So ‘No sacrifice is too great or price to high for such a noble cause! And of course, no one is exempt from joining the cause, no matter their beliefs or moral standing with God. The end Justifies the means, in their minds its the 'Greater Good that matters most, God's Standards are subject to human frailties, 'almost is good enough, as long as we reach our political goals.
Another thing these phony Pundits do is use the Book of Revelation as their supposed blueprint of the New World Order take over they’re attempting to prevent. But they see it all from the perspective of ‘Christians having a mission to resist this global system and preserve liberty and justice for all. That’s why they spend all their time exposing political intrigue instead of pulling down the Strongholds of lies surrounding the blind allegiance the American Churches have for the Nation of Israel and the unjust wars the Middle East is constantly engaged in. The professed see it all as proof that the end times are upon us and the Rapture is just around the corner. The Pundits are experts at unraveling political conspiracies but they fail to see the Beast staring them in the face! The Beast in the form of religious fantasies that ignore man’s first duty to ‘Depart from iniquity’ 2Tim2:19, not fight for the right to bare arms and pledge allegiance to the flag! America has never been or is presently a Christian Nation! It has a legacy of oppression and human bondage, bloodshed and violence in an imagined ‘manifest destiny to establish an ocean to ocean Empire no matter how many indigenous peoples had to be exterminated in the process. Indeed there has been a limited benefit in the United States due to our Bill of Rights and Constitution, but its been a hard road for most ethnic groups to their gain personal freedoms in an environment of racial prejudice, ignorance and oppression. The point is that from the beginnings of 'Christianity coming to the shores of America the establishment System has always see it as: 'God and Country, equated as one in the same thing to claim the land in the Name of Christ. As zealous as many of the early preachers were did any of them tell 'Christians they were not part of a 'nation, country, cause or certain ethnic group? That they were the True Israel of God circumcised in heart and seeking a New Kingdom in which Righteousness dwells! (Rom2:25-29, 2Pet3:13, Gal6:14-16, 3:28, Col3:11) Historically you have your answer as Ministers throughout our history have advocated 'Christian participation in wars considered 'Just in the sight of God. It's not only the 'Patriot Pundits who twist the scriptures in favor of disposing of an oppressive Government in the Name of Christ, the churches also blindly support neo-Conn war mongering (conservative) Politicians who send our troops overseas in wars of imperialism based on greed and domination. How different is this from sending the American Calvary to exterminate the Indians or acquiring more real-estate through military force. Surely its what Nations do, BUT NOT things 'Christians are to be involved in!
Pundits like Baldwin and Jones have the Apostle Paul dying as a Patriot in Rome
opposing Roman tyranny and their mind numb minions buy it! But again WHERE
is the evidence of it in Scripture? It wasn't until the advent of the so-called
Holy Roman Empire under the equally unholy trinity of Constantine,
Augustine and Ambrose that the concept of a 'Just War was considered a
godly attribute. Before that the Saints were what we would call; 'Pacifists,
believing that all war and violence of any sort was unjustifiable. WHY do
you think they died in mass under Roman persecution and onward? (and continued
to die in such manner under 'religious persecution) If they are to Take up Arms
to defend their inalienable rights under a Just Cause, WHY wasn't it
written down by the Apostles and then translated into action against Roman
tyranny? Instead it was always 'Overcome evil with good'!
(Rom12:21, 1Thes5:15) and pay no one 'evil for evil. (blood for
blood, eye for eye) They followed Christ's example:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Mat5:43-45
How do the so-called Christian Pundits answer this, that God is no respecter of persons and certainly does not favor one Nation above another. Rom2:11, Acts10:34. Peter said that He Suffered leaving us an example to Follow in His footsteps 1Pet2:23-24, who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness Living for Righteousness is the Christian Walk, that's how we overcome evil with good, not by force of arms or even political mandates. TRUTH that transforms men's hearts, instead of merely 'waking them up to government conspiracies. Certainly Christians should be informed, politically aware and even 'use the mandate of law to their advantage when its necessary. As Paul used his Roman Citizenship to testify before Caesar in Rome, we can use our 1st Amendment Right of free speech to Preach the Truth! In that we never 'lay down' to tyranny as the Pundits accuse us of doing for arguing against their methods. Those of us actually following Christ are NOT part of any Church or Religious organization with an axe to grind to maintain a tax exemption. BUT we wage our War on a different front and our objective is the hearts of men brought into subjection to Christ, not to Political ideologies. Didn't one of your favorite framers say that 'Only a moral people can be free', and American is ANYTHING but moral, and WHO do we blame for their present condition of decadence and shame; the Churches, due to their 501 Status and lack of Political awareness or the ENTIRE Professing mass who all preach same clap trap wretched man gospel that does NOTHING to Purify the heart of Sin or Purge the soul of guile. Since the least common dominator is always the lowest form of evil rising to the top, the Political and Religious Systems present in our world ALL follow the Luciferian agenda that is the Root cause of their overall blindness to the real issue. WHO puts the tyrants and oppressors into office in the first place? The polls prove its always the 'evangelical so-called moral majority in the Churches who invariably support candidates of their political affiliation who favor abortion, gay marriage, gun control and draconian measures that rob them of their liberties. So whose really to blame! The Patriot types may say its a 'spiritual warfare, but they are still part of the same Beast System reflecting a false image of Christ as their leader to don the Whip and drive the money changers out of the temple. But the real 'den of thieves are all of those who 'wrest (to torture on a rack! 2Pet3:16) the Scriptures to their own advantage, justifying men in their sins and advocating insurrection in the name of Christ! BOTH are headed for swift destruction unless they Purify their double-minded ways and get Signally fixed on Christ, the Prince of Peace and Shepherd of Souls.
This is not to say that Christians should bury their heads in the sand and ignore what's going on in the world around them. By no means! You oppose tyranny by obeying the mandate to preach Repentance for Remission of sins (Lk24:47) not by engaging in sedition. When Paul went before the Roman dignitaries he didn't rant and rave, and call them names, he preached Christ and told them to Repent or perish. Christians were persecuted in Rome because they were a threat to the false gods and the Worship of Caesar. When people turned to Christ, they no longer bowed to Caesar as their god and abandon the pagan temples where all the merchandising was taking place. They were no longer drunkards fornicators, paying the temple prostitutes for sexual favors. The 'bread and circus atmosphere of Rome became abominable to them, so the book makers lost out and the hucksters could no longer take advantage of them with their rigged games and shoddy wears. The spread of Christianity not only threatened the veneration of Roman 'higher powers, it was beginning to weigh heavily on the economy. That's why many cities in the regions forbid them to preach Christ as occurred in Acts5, but that was the one rule they could not obey, 'We ought to Obey God rather than men' Peter told the magistrates and suffered the consequences as part of their God given Mission to serve the Lord. The reason Christianity no longer has any effect against the evils of 'higher powers is because its no longer a Threat to anything. Now the 'Christians are the drunkards, fornicators and circus goers! Squandering their money on the frills and fineries of life, transforming their Churches into Country Clubs party centers, bowing to the idols of spots, entertainments and financial success. They pose no danger to perverts and reprobates in higher office because their ranks are filled with the same: pedophiles, adulterers, abusers, liars, homosexuals, lesbians etc. Including the so-called Patriot movement who tout their 'Nobel Cause but is permeated with duplicity and immoral behavior.
Scripture says 'Let Judgment begin with the house of God!' 1Pet4:17, in other words, CLEAN up your own act before you try to straighten out the mess in our society; because your as much to blame for it as those you accuse of oppression in government and complacency in the church! You use the SAME excuse for your lack of self-control as all others who profess Christ; the 'Dual Nature' lie, based on the fairy tale that man's nature became corrupted when the 'supposed Nephillm inter-married with earthy women and produced 'demonic like off-spring with a 'darkened nature and strong propensity to evil. So the blatant immorality and outright nastiness among professed Christians (in the patriot movement or in the churches) is to be expected and the mission is to Wake them to the tyranny so they will get involved in the resistance movement. BUT its all a contradiction of Scripture and further evidence WHY everything is such a mess in our world to begin with! Paul said: ‘Let no corrupt communications proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification that it may impart grace to the hearers’ Eph4:29 We can't find him or any of the early Saints launching into a tide raid against the authorities when they came to arrest them. They never restored to accusations, course speech or foolish antics, but maintained a godly composure as they exposed Sin and warned of impending Judgment on those who refuse to repent and come clean with God. No one is going to establish a Just Government until men's hearts are changed. As long as there remains any traces of guile, treachery and deceit within the foundations of any society will crumble like sand. There's no financial benefit or worldly recognition in telling people they must stop making excuses and TURN from their sins. And that's why there are so FEW of us doing it. We're not here to Build an Empire for Christ with liberty and Justice for all, our Mission is to bring as many into the Kingdom of God as we can before He returns to Judge this mess.
The World, this Country, our homeland is appointed to dissolve,
cease to exist and melt away, 2Pet3:10-12, So ask yourself WHAT are you
fighting for? We all would like to live a peaceful comfortable life free from
oppression, privation and fear, but as a Christian we are to accept our present
circumstances and use them to the best of our ability to pull some out of the
fire before its too late. As far as obeying the laws of the land, LOVE
is the fulfillment of the Law. If you love your neighbor as yourself you are
NOT going to kill or harm them in any way whatsoever and you certainly will
not be involved in any criminal activity, immorality, vain revelries or unclean
behaviors. (Eph5:1-7) So ask yourself, honestly, would Paul or any of the
Apostles be in line with the present day ‘Patriot Movement, with such people
involved in it who are drunkards, revilers, atheists and even lesbians and
homosexuals, ‘Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather expose them!’ Eph5:11, Paul said, we don’t go around uniting
with those who agree with our political agenda but those who are submitted to
the authority of Christ and doing His will. Paul followed Christ not George
Washington or Thomas Jefferson! Jesus didn’t say ‘Give me liberty or give me
death’ He said: ‘Blessed are you when men hate you, And
when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the
Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice
in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in
like manner their fathers did to the prophets. Lk6:22-23
The REAL rulers of darkness, are the principalities and powers behind the thrones and kingdoms of men that hold sway over the hearts and minds of those deceived and blinded by the great swelling words of emptiness ringing from the platforms in both the ‘Church and halls of congress. All the Patriot movement represents is ‘another platform from which ‘carnal Christians (professed) can blend the rhetoric of Liberty, equality and fraternity into ‘godly principles of faith and obedience to God; all creating the great paradox of libertarian thought and its never ending attempt to reconcile the Kingdoms of men with the Kingdom of God. It all began during the Renaissance in old Europe in which there was an explosion of knowledge and free thought because of the invention of the printing press. As a result it brought about a great upheaval in the world and people began to question the long standing religious intuitions, especially the oppressive Orthodox Catholic Monarchies that had kept most of the known world in great darkness for ages past. But as Nobel as this may appear it was NOT a return to the Apostolic roots of Christianity and the Preaching of Repentance and faith proven by deeds. Rather it expanded the Gnostic heresy of ancient Rome based on the ‘Dual nature fallacy and Codified it into a 'System of Doctrine in the Westminster Confession of Faith. (1639) In this the lines were drawn in Protestant Christianity between the hard-core Calvinists camps and more moderate Wesleyan teaching that the 'wretched condition of man could be improved through a more ‘enlightened understanding of Scripture and the freedom to express oneself in the affairs of State. BUT it was still based on the flawed notion that man was born with a Corrupted Nature and limited ability to Obey God and do what is Right. And that’s the reason this ‘movement (as all others) failed to produce the utopia of liberty and Justice for all, they imagined, because the 'Dual Nature concept will always result in 'Double-minded (unstable Js1:8) ways. So while the Reformed movement ran around preaching their new 'enlightened gospel, freedom minded 'Patriots marched through the streets shouting ‘liberty, fraternity and equality’ and shooting down their fellow men in the name of Christ! You can debate 'Nobel Causes all you wish, the American Revolution vs the French, But what do we have from all this but another legacy of War, burning and destruction, done in under the guise of Christianity. What is the 'greater good in all this, a reformed Europe, a Constitutional Republic in which all men are 'supposedly created equal? YET our governments are still run by control freak despots and our Churches are a joke! Certainly there is no perfect form of government in the realms of man, and the ‘Patriots will defend the American System calling it an ‘experiment yet to be realized, but better than most, above absolute despotism. I'll admit in that sense some freedom is better than none, but the fact that they ‘believe this is Ordained of God and they are fully Justified to go off marching under the Banner of Christ to crush their enemies, makes it foul smelling and immoral. As Christians we can have Nothing to do with it!
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life! 2Cor3:6, 17
The libertarian movement and the US constitution, complete with their spirit of free thought and enlightenment, cannot bring anyone true freedom. (from sin) Perhaps under a ‘form of freedom some people can amass wealth and possessions toward a more comfortable life, but what profit are these if you gain them all and loose your soul. Your higher education, crowning achievements in business, sporting and entertainment media, the highest political aspirations of man, all of it is even as a Vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. (Js4:14) Man could live a thousand years twice achieve all his goals and still his work is in Vain. If he desires to ‘save his life in this world, even if that means actually dying for some cause he believed was noble, he has Lost everything in comparison to eternity. Although the ‘Way he has chosen Seemed Right, well planned out, deeply considered as the most desirable route to take toward the desired goal, it was NOT the Way of the Cross. It may indeed have involved trials and persecutions for a ‘just cause and required great courage and sacrifice to endure but to what Purpose did it serve? Did it bring people out of the corruption and bondage of their sinful indulgences and set them Free to Serve God in Righteousness and holiness all the days of their lives? (Jer23:21-22) or did it merely provide them with a temporary relief from oppression and give them a brief opportunity to prosper toward worldly gain, but it is always under a System in which people are still in bondage to their sinful addictions and NEVER Free from the corruption that is in the world through Lust. The Veil 'un-lifted obscuring the Truth (the 2Cor3 passage is speaking of) is their refusal to turn from the 'Letter of pseudo religious / political rhetoric that Promises them 'Liberty in their Sins' (2Pet2:18) without freeing them from their bondage to corruption.
Are those awake to the massive global Lucifarian, illuminati, new world order conspiracy better off or a cut above the rest? It depends on their mind-set concerning these things. In the proper context genuine Christians should be informed and prepared for what ever may come, as the first century Saints were fully aware of the Lord’s prophecy that Rome would come and destroy Jerusalem in their generation. This enabled them to flee Israel and Judea and spread the Gospel to other regions, therefore preserving the Pure Message of Truth. The same would hold true today. We can stay abreast of local and national events that may affect our health and well being so we can better utilize our time and efforts to get the truth out. The Lord said: ‘Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves, be prepared, watch, remain ever vigilant! In other words be aware of what you up against! Don’t naively go walking off the edge of a cliff when you could have easily avoided it by using your God given senses of reason, sight and hearing. His Disciples did not bury their heads in the sand and expect the Lord to miraculously deliver them from every danger and evil they may encounter. KNOW how to answer your accusers and KNOW how to confront your adversaries. But always remember that your battle is in the spiritual realm (not the carnal) your combat is against the Strongholds of Lies, religious or political that keep people blinded to the Truth.
As the 'Reformation failed so further similar methods are destine to fail. Voting for the right Candidate or informing the Churches that the 501 makes them agents of a corrupted government will NOT Change men's hearts! Upheaval will only lead to more bloodshed and chaos, a Second American Revolution based on the present foundations of mixed values and misguided principles of Christianity is not God's Will for the people. The Patriots prevailed in 1776 and then conceded most of it in the Treaty of Paris, 1783 for a limited amount of personal gain given to the ruling class. If the present Patriot movement could dispose of our present corrupted government and elect their own people in every position of high authority, they would still fail, because they're compromised from the start by own duplicity, guile and deceit never emptied from their hearts in true repentance. Inevitably men reap what they sow and the wages of sin is still Death. If he remains a Salve to who he Obeys, (as God says, Rom6:16, Jh8:34) ultimately sin will take its deadly toll. Every System and institution of man will crumble to dust no matter how ‘Noble it may appear in its founding documents. It's ONLY in Obedience unto Righteousness that man will find the FREEDOM he seeks.
Many of these Patriotic Pundits may be intellectual giants in political science but they are paupers spiritually. They profess to be wise in philosophy, history and global affairs. They can quote from vast reservoirs of knowledge spanning centuries unraveling the vain philosophies of men. Yet they cannot properly discern between the sprit of truth and the spirit of error when it’s staring them in the face! They portray Christ and His Disciples as a band of revolutionaries going about exposing injustice and the draconian policies of the Roman government. They see Paul and the Apostles contending against oppression of human liberty instead of exposing Sin and the fallacies of dual nature as an excuse to sin. Because Christ drove out the money changers in the Temple, He was fighting the central bankers trying to rule over the planet’s financial institutions. Because the Apostles stood before Magistrates and Kings calling them to repentance, they were exposing the global conspiracy to unite church and state under the control of a New World order. Instead of evangelism to win souls from Darkness to Light, from the Power of Satan to God, it was activism to bring about equality, liberty and Justice for all! The Apostles and Prophets are equated with the likes of Jefferson, Henry, Paine, Washington and Franklin. All 'depicted to be 'Christians (Nobel men of renown) but history proves otherwise!
The fact remains there are no ‘Christian Empires, Just wars or Noble causes among men worthy of God’s approval. Christ has no Nation, flag or allegiance to ANY earthly Kingdom, His people are a chosen generation, royal priesthood, holy nation, His own Special people Called out of darkness into His marvelous Light! They are Not revolutionaries, Social reformers or Philanthropists. This World is NOT their home and looking for literal fulfillments of Golden eras of Millennial reigns are the pipe-dreams of twisted minds. America is NOT a fulfillment of prophecy to gather the true Israel of God in a manifest destiny of global domination to preserve liberty on earth. The entire System, religious and political is corrupted to the Core and dubbed by the 'spirit of error. Those 'deceived and being deceived' a virtual army of false prophets, phony bible scholars, political pundits and Patriots running around claiming to have the answers to fix this mess. Every one of them wholly believes they are commissioned by God to do whatever it takes to wake the people up and motivate them to throw off the bonds of oppression and re-establish sanity in our culture. But its all under the SAME Gnostic lie of illuminated Knowledge, hindered by the Dual Nature of man, always subject to that 'inward corruption, only a real scrubbing and cleansing Repentance can remove; AND that's the ONE thing they ALL refuse to admit is possible. Yet its the ONLY thing that will Save them from their foolish imaginations that man can bring about Justice on the earth. Remember its NOT who we elect, but who we FOLLOW that will lead us into the a Country whose builder and maker is GOD!
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James3:13-18
By Michael DeSario 2014