A Word From Robert Jones
July 15, 2012
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A WORD FOR CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS
BY Robert Jones
This Bible study/sermon is geared primarily for the ‘Christian Patriot’ community. It is my personal belief and conviction that these people are in error. These people write, talk, and preach that it’s not just okay to rebel against the government, but it our DUTY to do so. Being young in my walk with the Lord, I am still of two minds on the topic covered here but will stick to what the Bible has told me so far. So, what does the Bible have to say about being a patriot and for those that speak of and foment rebellion? Let’s look first to Romans 13:Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
This passage tells us that governments are created and ordained by God, and that we, as Christians should NOT resist the power of the government but to be in submission to the government as we are to the Lord. This is because rebelling against the government (or provoking said government to wrath) is to be in rebellion to God. We are warned against this in Romans 19:
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Now, over in 1 Peter we read:
1Pe 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 1Pe 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 1Pe 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 1Pe 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
This passage in 1 Peter is a confirmation of Romans 13 to be in submission to the government as you are in submission to God through out Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Peter tells us to NOT use our liberty or freedoms/rights as a cloak of maliciousness – in other words, we are admonished to NOT use the Word of God to justify rebellion. As we read further in 1 Peter he tells us why:
1Pe 2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 1Pe 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 1Peter 2:21 being backed up or corroborated here:Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Verses 2:19-20 tells us that patience and suffering the buffets of governments is acceptable to God, but there is the implication that to stand against the government (in the flesh anyway) is not acceptable, and might even be in rebellion to God, which will bring about His righteous judgment.
With all of that being said, I also feel strongly that this country, the US, is in fact under God’s judgment. Just as Sodom and Gomorrah were judged for their sexual sins, decadence, and refusal to live righteously, so this nation is under judgment for its sexual perversions, spreading of pornography, teaching that homosexuality and now even bestiality is ‘normal’ and acceptable behavior, as well as the killing of 60+ million unborn babies. It is my personal conviction that this once great nation will be judged by God just as ancient Israel was judged: first by famine, then by ‘natural’ disasters, then by foreign invasion and occupation.
But, this judgment is not a final destruction, but rather a chastisement and cleansing for God’s people. We read about this in 2 Chronicles:
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
This tells us that we, as a nation, will NEED to humble ourselves before God, repent of our sins and evil ways, seek Him our in ALL facets of our lives, and then (and only then) will He hear us and heal this nation. We will NOT correct the evils of this land and of our government by the strength of our flesh.
Now, some Christians believe that the Lord of Hosts is raising an army for His vengeance. I am personally convicted that I am not called upon for this task; furthermore, I entreat those who believe they have been called upon in this capacity to seek the Lord diligently on this matter. It has been my personal experience that many of these people are acting strictly in the flesh or out of a spirit of fear. By this I mean that many of the supposed Christian patriots have an initial reaction to any confrontation of belligerence or violence, and a pride in their ‘freedoms and rights’ that approaches that of idolatry. Others are acting out of fear of where our government appears to be heading and the encroachments on their liberties.
In 2nd Timothy, we read:
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
This is quite self-explanitory in my opinion. But what does it mean to live contrary to God, and how can we tell if people are living contrary to God? Look to Romans 1 Galations 5 for the answer:
Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
These are the fruits and actions of many of the patriots in my experience. But for those who are (or are striving to be) firmly in the will of God, the fruits are shown in Galations 5:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Recall what the Lord Himself has told us:
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Now ask yourself, which type of fruit are you bearing in your actions: are they righteous or unrighteous?
May the love, grace, mercy, and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
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