A WORD FOR CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS
by Robert Jones; July 13, 2012
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.
by Robert Jones; July 19, 2012
Have you noticed that the Church of today is largely ineffectual? How many people today are getting saved but it seems like a shallow salvation? Have you also noticed the lack of miracles being performed in today’s churches and congregations as I have noticed? Well I have noticed and I think I know why it’s this way.
As I view the situations in the world and within many of today’s churches and congregations, I see several huge problems. The first is that many (perhaps even most) of today’s Christians and even their churches are walking with one foot in the world, and one foot with Jesus in righteousness. To be in the world is to be concerned with the things of the world – money, position, power, status, viewed favorably by non-believers, etc. The book of James tells us of this:
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Quite clearly, those that try to appease the world and the commonly accepted views and actions of the world around them are acting as the enemies of God. The result of this is that their prayers will NOT be answered.
Secondly, I see too many of today’s Christians and congregations NOT speaking and acting with the boldness they need. This, in my humble opinion is part of the above problem in that today’s Christians don’t wish to upset others, so by default they have allowed the ways of man and the world to dictate how they speak and act. In other words, they have become limp-wristed appeasers: something that our Lord and Savior NEVER was. Read the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and you will never read of Jesus compromising His beliefs to satisfy the desires of those around him. For that matter, neither did any of the Old Testament prophets except Balaam who was punished for it.
Thirdly, I see that the churches and Christians of today, by NOT walking strictly in righteousness and with boldness in the Word of God, are not operating with the full authority they have been given by our Lord Jesus Christ. We get a glimpse of this in Matthew:
Mat 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Also, I have been witnessing a move to use perverted, watered down, and emasculated Scripture which is robbing the people and congregations of the true knowledge and power of the Word of God. Lets look first at Isaiah 28:10
Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Da, da, da, da, blah, blah, blah, blah.
That’s a good little girl, that’s a good little boy.
10 For it is:Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that[a]; a little here, a
little there. ”
Obviously there are HUGE differences. And then there is the New World Translation (used by the Jehovah’s Witnesses) which has stripped virtually all references to Hell and everlasting torment and damnation. Now, there are a couple of versions of the Scriptures that have brought about much positive change in the Church and led many revivals and workings of the gifts of the Holy Spirit worldwide: The King James Version (both original 1611 and 1769 Authorized versions), the Geneva Bible of 1560. The Geneva Bible fueled the Calvinist, Presbyterian, and Puritan movements, and was the Scriptural basis for the spiritual foundations of the British Colonies that would later become the U.S. in the sense that both the Plymouth and Jamestown colonies used the Geneva Bible at their foundation. The King James Version supplanted the Geneva Bible in the late 1600’s and has been the primary Bible used for much of the world’s revivals since then, as well as being the Bible primarily used and quoted by the founding fathers of the U.S.. My personal reading has indicated that much of the King James seems to have been taken from the Geneva translation. To the best of my knowledge no other Bibles have had as much impact on the world and the Christian Church as these two.
Lastly, I have been hearing too much lately of people-pleasing, or ear tickling, doctrine and preaching. Personally, when I read the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, I am constantly being convicted of my own shortcomings. As a result, I believe that any sermon or teaching of the Word of God should be uncomfortable for the vast majority of believers. This is because we as a people and as the body of Christ have allowed sin to enter our lives either through commission or omission. So, if you are hearing mostly sermons and teachings that make you feel good, then you are likely NOT getting the true Word of God
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So how do we go about changing this set of situations? First, I feel we, as Christians, should return to the time proven rendition of the Word of God – the King James Bible (1611 edition preferred, but the 1769 Authorized Version will also work, as will the 1599 Geneva Bible). Next, we should seriously take 2 Timothy 3:16 to heart and use the WHOLE Bible for our doctrine and instruction, and not just our favorite parts. But I believe that it’s most important for us as Christians to recapture our uncompromising beliefs, the fire of our conviction, and the boldness of Christ. We need to firmly reject ALL sin and reject all attempts to get us to accept sinful actions just to ‘get along’ (including the innocent sounding passive-aggressive arguments like “I’m not trying to change your mind” (but what is unsaid is: “but I won’t like you if you don’t change”)). This is what it means to have our testimony – to be so sure and certain in our faith in Christ, and in our knowledge of the Word of God that we can resist the devil and his temptations that he flees. In Revelation we read about those that have this level of faith and boldness in Jesus:
Rev 12:10 … for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
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