I ran across a blog post the other by a person claiming to be a Christian, and claiming not to be a Democrat. It was anti-abortion, yet clearly anti-DOMA, (taking a shot at Kim Davis). It sounded very pro-amnesty, pro-welfare expansion, anti-war, and anti-gun rights among other things. Not a single scripture appeared in the post.
I would like to address some of the things I had concerns with here in my own little corner of the interwebs.
Heaven will have no unrepentant murderers, alcoholics, drug addicts, thieves, liars or homosexuals, no national borders to illegally cross, no poor because Christ is our sustenance, no national boundaries to fight for, and no bad people who want to kill you. In this world where Satan is the ruler, we have all of those things, and more.
Scripture must be taken from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 to determine, as a whole, what it says. It must be studied in the original languages in which it was written (Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldean)
You cannot take bits and pieces here and there to make it say what you want it to say. In fact almost every manner of error filled doctrine can, and has, been created by those “enlightened” by a handful of scriptures.
Jesus ate with publicans and sinners in Matthew 9:10 . This scripture is commonly used as an excuse not to break fellowship with people who would have a bad influence on a Christian trying to walk uprightly.
Seen coming out of a bar by their Bible study group one may shout “Oh, Hi guys! I was just in there telling them about Jesus!”.
They may think they are, and they may well be trying, but the whole of scripture says they are on a fool’s errand, especially as a young believer. There is a battle being waged in the spiritual realms for our souls, and we are more likely losing ground every moment we spend with non-believers, and definitely gaining ground when we are in fellowship, study, and worship. When we have completed our training the day may come when one may minister is such evil places, if God wills it, and he rarely does.
Conversely the scriptures warning you to stay away from non-believers as much as possible are myriad.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst.
Clearly hanging out at the bar is not a good place for a young believer to witness!
The previously mentioned blog-post seemed to be fueled by a similar “spirit of error” that I have encountered before.
“God is love” combined with “Judge not…” and both scriptures generally aren’t even used in their entirety.
The rational: If God is love, how can we not throw open our arms to everyone? Regardless of their sin, regardless of the danger they are to us both spiritually and physically, regardless of how that “union” with them will cause us to break our nations covenant relationship with God and love them like Jesus would have!?
The scriptures regarding what exactly “God’s love” is would fill 40 blog pages.
We will start with the most memorable one.
John 3:16 which reminds us that the wages of sin is death, but that God loved us so much that he sacrificed His own son so that the blood sacrifice for sin of the Old Testament could be done away with.
God is love, but he cannot, ever, be in the presence of sin. Jesus said, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” as he hung on the cross. In that moment , with the sins of all mankind on his shoulders, even His Father had to abandon him, until he died. They were reunited when he rose from the dead, glorified. We can have no fellowship with God until we have put to death the sinful nature of the old man, had our sins washed away by the shed blood of Jesus Christ and risen again, anew.
Is it now our “great commission” as believers in, and recipients of Christ’s sacrifice to lolly-coddle those living in sin? To “tolerate” it, to make excuses for it?
Heterosexual couples don’t even get married anymore. So what then is the LGBTQ communities interest in it? Only to slap God in the face. There are 7 scriptures in the Bible (both OT and NT) that speak directly against Homosexuality, many calling it an “abomination” , and dozens referring to sexual immorality as a whole. There are really none to support it, other than generic “love” verses. Generic “love” verses are also used to protect the “innocent” immigrant, to redistribute wealth to those who have less than you do (by government mandate). Generic “love” verses can be twisted to lead you to believe that a solider under command of The Nation he serves is a murderer, and that a man who protects his house with a firearm should be “turning the other cheek”.
Are we to love homosexuals? Absolutely!
Is it love to tell them they are wrong? Absolutely!
In fact if we do not tell them, then we commit sin, and will answer for it at the Judgement Seat of Christ.
Are we to allow immigration? Of course! We are a nation of immigrants. Legal ones. Those who run afoul of the law are criminals. Scripture is clear on obeying the law of the land.
Should we help the poor? Certainly! The bible says that true religion is exactly that! However, it is not the Governments job to steal from Peter to pay Paul, especially if Paul refuses to work. One of the churches main purposes is benevolence. Call your local church and ask if they even have a benevolence fund, most modern churches do not. Wealth re-distribution on the other hand is theft,and tyrannical government overreach. Sadly, the poor suffer because the church doesn’t do enough. Jesus said they (the poor) would always be with us.
Is war sin? Sometimes. Throughout History there have been many wars. The Old testament is full of them, many sanctioned by God. Many modern conflicts have not been, but God is a big fan of toppling tyrants, especially ones who worship other gods, blasphemers, those involved in witchcraft, and those who break their promises to Him.
Soldiers, fighting under the command of the Godly country that they serve do a great service to the people who do not or cannot fight. John 15:13
Again the scriptures regarding a soldiers duty are many. I will leave (for the sake of length) some scriptures for the reader to look up for themselves.
“Guns! Wait you forgot about guns! ”
No, no I didn’t! To be honest the scriptures relating directly to the right to bear arms and home defense in an modern / urban world are a little harder to find, but they are there. If you understand the Bibles scope as a whole.
There are scriptures that say “Turn the other cheek” , “Turn your swords into plowshares” etc, etc. But there are also others that clearly support a persons right, in fact their duty to defend themselves.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe;
If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;
Who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built. The man who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything.
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
In Luke 22:36 Jesus tells his disciples to sell their cloak and buy a sword.
In Luke 22:51 Jesus restores an ear lopped off by an over zealous disciple, and tells him to put his sword away.
Why? It isn’t always the time to fight. The time to heal, and the time to make ready to fight were only moments apart. We need to know what season we are in, and recognize the seasons to come.
How do we know? How can we tell?
That brings me to the final part of the subject at hand.
We are instructed to know who ,and what we are dealing with. We will know them by their fruits, etc, etc. To bear the fruit of the Spirit ourselves. To discern the spirits of those we come in contact with, and indeed test them! Yet, the moniker of many is “Don’t judge me”.
This error is based on the following passage of Matthew
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye”
There are one hundred and six words in this passage, yet the two words most used are the first two. Judge not.
What is says is…If you are gonna dish it out, you better be ready to take it.
Inspect yourself first, then you can see clearly to help others.
It is important to remember that there is an entire book in the bible dedicated to servants of God whose sole purpose was to Judge, oddly disguised as “The Book of Judges”.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, …
In closing, if our only call to arms as child of God is “I don’t ever judge anyone and I just LOOOOVE everybody to pieces!” We are marching into war vs Lucifer armed only with a plastic fork. Our times are perilous, and perilous times call great men and women to action.
By now some of you are saying.. “Wait! We get it. Read and study the Bible as a whole, but what does any of this have to do with Conservatism!?
I’m coming to that now. Let me be clear. I am making no excuses for crooked politicians, the preceding scriptures regarding judgement should be applied to each and everyone of them, on both sides of the aisle. Having done so my belief is you will find that only one of our current two parties can be considered the party of the Christian.
I will close with an excerpt from the Mayflower compact.
The “Mayflower Compact” was signed on 11 November 1620 onboard the Mayflower shortly after she came to anchor off Provincetown Harbor. The Pilgrims had obtained permission from English authorities to settle in Virginia, whose northern border at the time extended up to what is now New York. Predating the Declaration of Independence by 156 years! The Mayflower compact is written proof that the very existence of the United States of America is predicated by a promise made to God almost 400 years ago.
Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together into a civil bodypolitic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November [New Style, November 21], in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.
We cannot and will not exist as nation if we break this promise. God is not mocked, and vengeance is His, He will repay. So, as we make excuses for the sin of our neighbor. Refuse to mention anything that might offend said neighbor, and sing kumbaya around the campfire, remember that we are slowly tearing up our contract with Almighty God, one tolerated sin, and one missed opportunity for repentance at a time. The heart of the Full Gospel Conservative is one of redemption, growth, peace, and happiness, through Jesus Christ, and hard work. The Liberal Lie is that the Government can and should give you all of those things, God is unimportant, and nothing is required of you. If a “Christians” message looks and smells like the Liberal Lie, then it probably is.
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