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Please enter your name here. You have entered an incorrect email address! North West health officials placed on suspension February 26, This must become our emphasis. The holy Scriptures have little if anything to say about democratic forms of government.
They have much to say about righteousness, holiness, and obedience to God. For example, one of the diabolical fruits of the governmental guarantee of freedom of speech is pornography. It appears that pornography is about to make tremendous leaps of immoral influence through the Internet.
The Scriptures do not guarantee freedom of speech. They require that an individual guard his tongue with the greatest diligence James Many of the democratic nations of today are experiencing a breakdown of the moral behavior commanded by the Scriptures. Because we believers do not understand clearly the total difference between having liberty and happiness as our goal, and having righteousness, holiness, and obedience to God as our goal, we are ready subjects for the government of Antichrist.
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Antichrist does not present himself as the opposite of Christ. Rather, Antichrist is the human imitation of Christ. Therefore he will play on the self-love both of the peoples of the world and of the Christians. He will produce a government acceptable to both groups, a program that perhaps in the name of Christ emphasizes the rights of people as its objective. Here is the master deception of the last days. Antichrist will not remove the churches, he will support them.
This is why the church of Laodicea will be rich and increased with goods. Antichrist will encourage the Christian people to support such worthy goals as human dignity, the feeding and clothing of the poor, education, and the appreciation of diverse cultures all of which are proper Christian values. The Christian people, who are lovers of peace and good will, will not be able to perceive they are being led away from the Life of the Holy Spirit, whose primary concern is exalting Christ and perfecting the Wife of the Lamb, not the securing of the rights of people.
The subordinating of the Divine goals to the welfare of human beings is taking place today in many Christian organizations. It is a snare of Satan. It is an easy trap to fall into because Christians are sensitive to human need. The Spirit of God recognizes the need for human dignity. The Christians have led the world in good works of all kinds, whether in the area of the abolition of slavery, feeding the poor, the betterment of children, or the humane treatment of casualties of war.
All the worthy goals of humanism are achieved as the natural outgrowth of the redemption in Christ.
Good works are the fruit, not the tree of the Divine salvation. The Spirit of God speaks of Christ, of the blood of the cross, of the self-denying worship and service of God, of the coming of the Kingdom of God into the earth.
These are the elements that perfect the Body of Christ. The result of the coming of Christ in His Kingdom will be that human dignity, justice for the oppressed, and every other good work will be brought into being.
When the Body has been made ready, the Head will descend upon the Body. Then justice will be brought to the nations.
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This is why the main emphasis of the Christian churches must be on preparing the Body of Christ. The gap of lawlessness contains the ingredients for the coming brief reign of Antichrist. Without the iron strength and clear wisdom of the Spirit of God, such efforts lead only to chaos. The resulting rise in the number of persons who must be incarcerated has so overloaded the jails and prisons that in some instances the inmates kill each other because of the lack of decent, orderly supervision.
It is said that violent homosexual behavior is practiced in the prisons of America. The effort to promote human welfare apart from the Lord leads only to human destruction. An even more amazing deception is the practice of abortion. In the effort to secure the rights of the mother, the fetus is murdered. In the world, it is impossible for any individual to enjoy perfect liberty and happiness without depriving someone else.
Every adult who bears responsibility understands this well enough.
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For example, the father has the choice of sacrificing his own liberty and happiness for his child, or preserving his own liberty and happiness at the expense of the child by getting a divorce, refusing to support his family, and spending his time on his own interests while ignoring his child. The desired situation is not perfect liberty and happiness, it is perfect obedience to God. Every person who practices perfect obedience to God is a blessing to those around him. But he who insists on his own liberty and happiness harms and deprives others. There may be little we Christians actually can do about the lawlessness in the world other than to pray to God for our own nation, that God will bring in righteousness at any cost; not peace at any cost, but righteousness at any cost.
We are not to seek first the joy of people but the joy of God. There is, however, much we can do about our own condition before Christ. We can flee from the teaching that suggests Christians are not to be governed by any law. Indeed, we are under the sternest of all laws—the law of the Spirit of life. To be under the law of the Spirit of life is to obey the Holy Spirit strictly, to walk in the Spirit.
When we live by that law our actual righteousness of behavior exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. Also, the Lord is coming to His Churches today and demanding that we receive Him as absolute King and Lord of our lives. Numerous Christians have received Jesus as their Savior without receiving Him as absolute Lord over every part of their behavior.
As we enter Christ we find that the Spirit of God deals with the sins of our flesh, such as drinking alcohol, smoking, swearing, lying, stealing, and all forms of sexual immorality, hatred and murder. In addition, the Spirit uncovers our attitudes, our imaginations, our motivations, our words. The Spirit brings us into trouble and suffering that reveal to us the monster our self-seeking soul actually is.
Soon we find ourselves in arenas that develop finer points of faith, trust, and hope. Now we are walking in the wisdom and power of the Spirit of God Himself. We have climbed out of the gap of lawlessness and have placed ourselves under a completely demanding law—the law that requires our perfect union with the Life of Christ.
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Multitudes are in the valley of decision. The Day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Will you be one who climbs out of the valley of decision, out of the gap of lawlessness, and chooses to submit to the law of the Spirit of life? All Rights Reserved Many—perhaps most—of the believers in Christ are living in the gap of lawlessness. Romans Righteousness is defined as upright, just, morally proper, virtuous conduct. The one supreme Judge of the conduct of men and angels is the Lord God of Heaven. Speaking of Christ: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; Isaiah The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ makes it possible for us initially to approach God apart from righteous conduct on our part.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew ,20 Today, in democratic nations, much is being said about human rights. For rulers are good works, but to the evil.