Overcoming Good with Evil?
Since Constantine, “Christians” Have Sought To Conquer By The Sword
“…He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive (take) the Holy Ghost:…” (John 20:22) and weeks later, “And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence…….ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts1:1-8) And John 16:8-11… ‘And when He is come, He shall convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on Me. Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more. Of judgment, because the Prince of this world is judged.’
The first sermon preached after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 was exactly in accordance with Christ’s declaration. First in the declaring of the sin of Israel, secondly in God’s testimony of Christ’s righteousness, both in His resurrection and ascent to Heaven unto His right hand. And thirdly, of coming judgment when the Messiah’s enemies will be made His footstool.
“And when He is come, He shall convict the world of sin…” It is not the Word of Love which is so often thought to be the best medicine served to a sick world, but the Spirit chooses first the fearful Word of sin in order to effect the removal of an individual out of the kingdom of satan.
Peter, on the day of the Outpouring of The Holy Spirit, spoke by unction in these condemning terms…. “ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain…….now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said…what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized….in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
It is only then to those now so disposed/brought into a particular frame of mind, as redeemed and now called to be DISCIPLES/disciplined ones that the Holy Spirit is empowering to faithfully witness of Jesus Christ, and now becomes ……the Teacher… leading and revealing the Truth of Christ’s words in order to be that faithful witness, and Comforter, aiding in our intercession in order to obtain that holy walk, that finally we might qualify as the Bride in the coming Millennial Kingdom of Christ.
So then we see that the Holy Spirit sent to the earth in greater purpose and power on three fronts, one being on the Administration of the Church, one being in the empowerment of the individual to be a witness, and another being the convicting agent in the world.
The Holy Spirit’s ULTIMATE purpose is to remove a FAITHFUL WITNESSING Bride out of the World for Christ…that is to God… “….bringing many sons unto glory..”…the just and holy out from the unjust and unholy.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS IN THIS AGE IN THE FORM OF A DOVE, NOT A HAWK. He is fulfilling the call of the NC in Jesus Christ.
Obeying the Words of Jesus Christ and following the Holy Spirit, Christians then will be distinct from the World. So then no Christian should aspire to be, or choose as a profession to be, a soldier, police officer, politician, a lawyer or judge (Matthew 18:15-18; 1Corinthians 6:1-11) nor a rich man (Matthew 6:19; 19:24). Believers pursuing these and like kinds of lives are those who are preoccupied with the affairs of this world and in the end, are found to be the seed choked with the cares of this world and proven fruitless, regardless of the perception of success in the world.
Our living witness of Christ’s Words is the sure testimony of the condemnation of the world. That is to say, our holy distinct lives speak to the just condemning of men and angels.
The USA, in its existing order, shamelessly passes for a proponent of the Christian religion, and by its means intends to build the Kingdom of God on the earth. Christian politicians is an oxymoron. And rightly discerned, we see that “Christian” politicians trying to mix misunderstood Christian doctrine and way of living in governing worldly affairs adds to the confusion and perplexity of governing a rebellious world in a state of self-inflicted an irreconcilable darkness. This unauthorized pursuit in worldly affairs has lead us to a weak inept form of social Christianity….a “Christianized” Church and country.
Many American Christians knowingly or unknowingly gravitate towards a Mosaic Law or Old Covenant mentality as it relates to dealing with their adversaries and promoting Christianity in the earth.
Furthermore, MANY Christians ARE STOCKING UP ON GUNS AND AMMUNITION. Even some respected ministers are advocating weapons in self-defense as a scriptural way of living and promoting it as Christlike thinking?? That being, we are justified in Scripture to violently defend ourselves personally and then most certainly scripturally justifying governmentally our warlike stance against “Ism’s” and all threats against our “Christian” way of “living”.
Living accredited by most to our Christian forefathers, who bravely fought for the right to bear arms so that they might maintain their religious freedom. In type like the Israelites, who eventually establishing, through the strength of the Arm, divinely empowered in order to establish a Godly Country. Who rewards His faithful followers with external victories so that they may establish a kingdom or country or place wherein they may live for God/Christ and legislate Jewish/Christian freedoms. Surely our great Country is a witness to our forefathers’ great commission of God to fight for justice and what is right and Godly.
Somewhere I must include the Lord’s instruction in prayer. “…lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…” as our self defense along with wisdom “…be ye wise as a serpent, as harmless as a dove.” Also hiding, running…and of course being patient in suffering, and denying deliverance for the hope of a better resurrection.
This is an Old Covenant scriptural reality…. that under the Law of Moses, power was lodged on the side of truth. God’s mighty protection to a Law-keeping Israel was assured under the OC. No matter how large or great the forces that come out against them, there God would be to deliver them with display of external power.
This is not the way of the NC. Peace was/is the Command of Christ for the Christian, patience in suffering and non-combative resistance. With our NC Power of Spirit/spirit being strictly internal through fellowship in the Word and Holy Spirit through prayer in His name, that is to be our witness. You might object saying; ‘Who better to be our politicians, judges, police men, rich men than Christians? Look at all the good they might do in those positions.’ Thinking they have posed a perfectly sensible rebuttal, showing their ignorance of the Word and Spirit of God’s influence in their lives.
Is God not capable of appointing rulers who have a sense of right and wrong that are unregenerate to offset the evil rulers of this World? True Christians would be conflicted. The terrible result of Christians being social Christians, where they are not appointed to be, is A PHONY CHRISTIANIZING of the world….only fit to be spewed out of the mouth of Christ.
Christ did not tell the disciples that they would have to suffer great persecution but their future followers would not, as the world will be soon won to Christ, and then Christians will live without hardly any conflict. Christ reveals that satan is judged and condemned but not dislodged from being the god of this world and he and his followers will persecute the Church throughout the entire period between His two Comings. That Age of mercy and grace will be to the Christian the proving ground of his testimony to the end. Scripture foretells the greatest Christian sufferings are yet in front of us, towards the end of this Age, when the governments of this world will be destroyed, and the patient, faithful, suffering Christian witness will then be empowered to rule externally righteously with the rod of iron.
“These things will they do unto you, because they have not known, the Father or Me.”
God has put a definite distinction between OC and NC witness of God’s power. (Matthew 6) Christians are to suffer Christ’s Commands in the patience of the Spirit’s comfort. All through this dispensation, these 2 Days until the 3rd Day, this evil heart of unbelief, that is seen vividly in the 4 Gospels in rejection of God the Son and God the Holy Spirit will remain. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2Timothy 2:12)
Christians who are in favor or promote violence do not witness Christ in the NC
Christians lose the mission of Bride-ship and the means to obtain it as they confuse the two different Covenants and their Callings. In the one before Christ appearing unto Israel and that one afterward where they then rejected Him. Israel stands by Law, and is accused and condemned thereby. Israel refuses God as Father, Son, and Spirit. But only in this view of God is there deliverance for the sinner, and the advancement into His Kingdom, and that through the work of the Son’s Word and the Holy Spirit. To this, the religious leaders of the nation of Israel responded violently, and as Christ was murdered at their demand so Christ warns Christians that they and the World will henceforth treat His Followers throughout this Age of mercy and grace. Religious Israel would greatly persecute them but also the world in general.
The world can stand another god but not one that says He is the Only God. And not only the only God, but the God who declares He will at the completion of this Age, destroy in fiery Judgment all those who refuse the testimony of Jesus Christ, and that by no other means may a man escape condemnation with the wicked world save through Him. A message in spite of tremendous persecution from first Nero, and then Diocletian. In the whole of the Roman Empire, pure Christianity was thriving and growing, AND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE, today’s worldly Christianized state in the ancient COUNSEL OF SATAN transforming himself into an Angel of light, having an element of Truth, it is not in accordance with Christ’s written Word, wherein satan mixed OC Jewish Law and NC Christian doctrinal understanding through Constantine’s vision “of the symbol of the Cross in the cloud” and the words supposedly from Christ, “in this sign, you will conquer” before that heated battle. And after he won the battle, another vision where he was told to put that symbol of Christ on the shields of his men. Here then, was the leaven placed in the meal. The legitimizing of Christians killing rather than being killed.
The Church and State becoming one. Thus the declaration then of Constantine as worthy of Apostleship and thus the declaration of Christianity being the official Church of Rome. Thus polluting the purity of witness of Jesus Christ….in His NC words of a victorious Overcomer. And thoroughly condemning the Great Mother of Whores to her fiery end. (Revelation 17) The beginning of culture mixed with virtue, the loss of separation between good and evil….now evil on full death march to its ordained destruction, though interrupted temporarily now and then by temporary Divine interventions of salt and light, the victory of evil is assured, (Revelation 13:7) as sure as its final destruction with the King’s conquering appearance. (Revelation 19:20,21)
The prophetic Word of Christ in encouragement to be His Witnesses no matter the cost was that their enemies would think they were doing God a service by killing those testifying of Him. Such were those of the Law of Moses, like sincere Saul/Paul who thought Moses’ Law taught him to do so (in like manner as most American Christians now think that God is for their armed resistance against their enemies). Paul thought that, until he heard Christ’s Words. Then he saw himself not justified before the Law, but guilty, and condemned. So in like manner, we who have thought contrary to Christ’s purposes, should see ourselves guilty before Christ’s Law and are in great danger of suffering the grievous loss of an unfaithful witness… loss of Bride-ship.
Where does my allegiance lie? Am I supporting that system which God has rejected?
For the Christian to align himself with the World, he must put Christ’s Words out of mind. This is the spirit of those who thought themselves set apart and righteous, these taught in the letter of the Law of Moses. And although Christ revealed in word and deed their God to them most clearly, miraculously validating His being commissioned by Him, as no mere man had or could, that the way was through Him into righteousness. They yet determined to maintain and pursue their own righteousness in the Law of Moses, and by persecuting and killing Him, excluded themselves from the Kingdom of God and Christ. This false religious spirit of persecution being also the principle of Islam, as it is also in all the world at large, “justified” in the killing of infidels. Such are the views of God, such then are our views of men, such is our religion.
Unwittingly, and unknowingly, Christians in allegiance with the religious masses refuse Jesus as the Son of God, God manifest on the Earth, sent by God, and the sender of the Holy Spirit. How so, you may ask?
By not tending to His Words, they default back to the Law of Moses and the “Christianized” arm of the flesh. That religious thinking….YOU WILL SAVE YOURSELF BY YOUR OWN POWERS….just as Israel rejected Christ and determined they would save themselves. THE CHRISTIAN STATEMENT AFFECTIVELY BECOMES GOD IS ONE……AND YOU DO AWAY WITH THE SON AND THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT…..BECOMING AGAIN A WORLDLY RELIGIOUS MAN OF THE LAW OF MOSES.
A NC man may be born again, but he is no Christian but he that owns Jesus’ Words as the final authority of God. This was the ORIGINAL DISCOVERY under the condemnation of sin. The way of righteousness unto holiness in Jesus Christ must be FOUND AFRESH IN THE CHRISTIAN…no reverting backwards in the fear of self-preservation, but hearing Him as at the first, (Revelation 2:4,5; 3:19) compelling him forward in NC repentance and obedience, drawing again on the Divine influence in NC overcoming, which is internally as we follow what He has said in the NC by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
WILL WE NOT BE MISUNDERSTOOD, WILL WE NOT SUFFER IF WE TAKE HIS WORDS LITERALLY…..? 2 PETER 2:19-23, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us and example, that ye should follow his steps:..” “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 2:12) “….joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)
In these last days, Christians are being sorely tested to see if they truly believe Jesus Christ is the final Authority….. AND WILLINGLY YIELD TO HIS SUFFERINGS…or are they so leavened as their teachers and peers, and wiser than Christ’s commands, AND THINK LIKE JONATHAN THE SON OF SAUL…?
Modern day politicians and religious leaders are generally aligned as it relates to governing and living in the world. So it will be but a short distance to desperately agreeing with whatever great measures needed to stop the onslaught on Civilization. No more tinkering….drastic measures are required….a consolidating of right political thinking and alignment of economic and military interests…..a right distribution of wealth and economics… with a strong leader.
Jesus Christ is not a politician vying for our vote. He is not an American patriot looking after the interests of His Country. He doesn’t love Americans while hating our enemies. He is not pleased when we as Christians ignore His wise commands, to avoid personal loss or suffering, and plot the demise of our enemies. He fulfilled the Law with 2 swords and a zealot…and closed the OC: (of an eye for an eye), with healing His enemy’s wound, suffered on His behalf. “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.” Can we understand WHY? Can we see that Christ requires of His Bride what was required of Him by the Father?
Our striving to live in the World peacefully without suffering speaks more to “We will not have this man to reign over us”….. than His Blessing.
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