Category Archives: State

TO WHOM HOMAGE?

Satan offered Jesus unlimited political power to achieve his messianic mission if only he accepted him as his overlord.

In the wilderness, Satan tempted Jesus by offering him political power over “all the kingdoms of the world.” Thankfully for humanity, he refused the offer. Instead of power and grandeur, he submitted to the way of the ‘Suffering Servant.’ But arguably, the most startling detail of the encounter is that Jesus did not dispute the Devil’s claim to have jurisdiction over the political systems of the world.

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CHRIST OR CAESAR?

Jesus refused political power when it was offered by Satan. Should we not do likewise?

In the wilderness, Satan offered Jesus unlimited political power to achieve his mission. All that was necessary was for him to render homage to the Devil. Imagine all the good the Messiah could do if he controlled the might and majesty of Rome! But Christ rejected it without hesitation. Instead, he submitted to God and the way of the cross. So, should his disciples embrace what he refused?

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GOVERNING AUTHORITIES

Paul instructed believers living in the center of the Empire not to oppose the government – its existence had been “arranged” by GodRomans 13:1-8.

Writing to the churches in Rome, Paul presented principles for Christian conduct towards the State. Believers to “subordinate themselves to governing powers: for there is no authority except by God,” a statement written at the time when Nero ruled the empire, the very man who became the first emperor to persecute Christians.

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WHOMEVER HE PLEASES!

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

Far too often, 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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HIS KINGDOM OR CHRISTENDOM?

The deception of Christendom attempts to invoke God to validate national institutions and perverts the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Invariably, the mixing of Church and State leads to the association and even identification of Christianity with specific nations, cultures, and political ideologies. And when church leaders employ terms like ‘Christendom’ to distinguish one country from another, they replace the biblical faith with a false and even antichrist religion.

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