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“When we put our trust in the political system to change society, when we become more consumed with winning the elections than winning the lost, when we marry the Gospel with politics, when our Christianity becomes an appendage to a political party, we have confused politics with the Gospel.” – Michael Brown [1]

Prayer. Brown, who voted for Donald Trump in the past two presidential elections, noted that he had never seen so much prayer for a political candidate until the 2020 election. “It wasn’t prayer for revival; it wasn’t prayer for the Great Commission,” he explained. “It was prayer for a candidate to win the elections, a candidate I voted for, but recognizing that only Jesus can save America.” [1]

Warning. “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5). “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7; See Isaiah 31:1). “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).

BTW – Our dad had us memorize this and many other verses in English and Japanese during our dinner time when I was growing up in Japan as a “missionary kid.” We’d recite some of them during our street meetings at the Shibuya train station on Sunday afternoons. If you’re interested, view the video. [2]

Man’s Governments. Jesus didn’t try to overthrow the Roman government when He was here on earth the first time, 2,000 years ago. At His trial, when He stood before Pilate, the Roman governor, He said, “My kingdom is not [out] of this world. If My kingdom were [out] of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36).

Twisted. Some people twist this verse and make it out to be a “spiritual kingdom” rather than a literal “physical kingdom” that was merely postponed until a later date. Why? Because the Jews, as a whole, had rejected Him from being their King and Messiah (John 1:11; 19:6, 15; Matthew 27:25). They wanted a “Political Deliverer” and a “Welfare King” but He turned them down (John 6:15). God the Father, not the people, will set Jesus up as King (Psalm 2).

Plan. Toward the end of His earthly ministry, a major shift in His focus took place from that of His becoming Israel’s King, to His offering of Himself as the Savior of the world, not just for the Jews, but also for the non-Jews (Matthew 16:20-23). Today, Jews and non-Jews are saved the same way – by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Mystery Revealed. Daniel the Prophet accurately conveyed to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon what world kingdoms would follow his kingdom which was represented by a head of gold (See Daniel 2:31-45; 7:1-28). After the men of this present world system, which is governed by Satan himself (Ephesians 2:2; John 16:11), have utterly failed in their efforts to bring in world peace, without the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth and crush all of man’s wicked kingdoms and set up His own Kingdom for 1,000 years before eternity future begins (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1 ff). Yes, it will be a literal, physical kingdom on/over the earth where Jesus Christ will be the King of kings, and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

Time Frame. Christ will be ruling over His millennial Kingdom shortly after the “Seven Years of Tribulation” are over (Revelation 6-19). We believe that the stage for this event to take place is almost complete. The major players are getting into their positions. But before the “Seven Year Tribulation” occurs, the Church, which is made up of true believers from the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) until the Rapture of the Church, must and will be removed from earth (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). [3]

Members Only. Those who have placed their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, as the One Who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, will be the members of this group, “The True Church, The Spiritual Body of Christ” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). These people become “The Spiritual Bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:17). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Gospel. While many “preachers” talk about the Gospel, few of them ever spell it out clearly to their listeners. What have you heard in churches or on the radio or TV? Far too many preachers leave out Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead. A dead Christ can’t help anyone. “No Resurrection = No Gospel.” Is it any wonder that so many people are confused and unsure of their salvation? What about you? [4]

Limited Atonement. There are those who believe that Christ only died for the “elect.” This is why they cannot honestly tell an unsaved person, “Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.”

Problems. Instead they are forced to say things like this: “Perhaps Christ died for you.” “Maybe God so loved you.” “Christ shed His blood for you, perhaps.” “Salvation has been provided for you, maybe.” “Possibly God commends His love toward you.” “Hopefully He’s the propitiation for your sins.” “There is a possibility that Christ died as your Substitute.” “I bring you good news, maybe.” “It’s possible that Christ died for you. If you get saved then we know that He did die for you, but if you continue to reject Him then He did not die for you.” “Christ died for you only if you believe that Christ died for you (thus proving you are elect), but if you do not believe this and if you continue in your unbelief until the day you die, then Christ did not die for you.” [5] Sound confusing to you?

The Scriptures Are Clear – And He [Jesus] Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. (1 John 2:2). “For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought themand bring on themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1).

Questions. Are you relying on a mere man to “Make America Great Again?” Has God given up on the U.S. for our sins (See Romans 1:18-32)? I hope not. Let’s get a little more personal. Are you sure of your own salvation? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? If you’re saved, are you more concerned about politics than with sharing the clear Gospel with lost people? Do you love Christ’s imminent return and does your life reflect this? Will you earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Michael Brown Quote. https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/milton-quintanilla/we-have-confused-politics-with-the-gospel-dr-michael-brown-expresses-concern-about-christians-prioritizing-politics-over-christ.html

[2] My Life In Japan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8JXf0QKfw

[3] Order Of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[4] Clear Gospel (See page 2)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

[5] Limited Atonement – https://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

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Including:

Presidents, Governors, Legislators, Judges,

Owners, Employers, Executives, Managers, Foremen,

Pastors, Parents, Teachers, Educators

et al

God is very interested in you, what you do, why you do what you do, and how you do it.

“All Scripture [the Bible] is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16 17).

God tells us in words what He wants us to know. The Scriptures (All 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) are good for doctrine (What is right), for reproof (What is not right), for correction (How to get right), and for instruction in righteousness (How to stay right). – Dr. Manfred Kober. It is designed to bring believers to spiritual maturity and to enable them to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10; John 15:16).

It also tells us how we can avoid having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46), and how to gain entrance into heaven. [1]

God wants Christians to uphold rulers and leaders in their prayers so that they and other unbelievers can hear the Clear Gospel and be saved and live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and reverence (1 Timothy 2:1-4). [1] He also wants Christians to submit to lawful authorities unless they go against God’s laws for us (Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:7, 17). He doesn’t want His sheep to follow false shepherds or teachers (John 10:5; Galatians 1:8, 9; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:1 ff).

Human Government

Right after the universal flood, that took place in Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8), God allowed men to rule over other men and the Dispensation of Human Government began (Genesis 9:1-7). (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Before we consider how and what man has done since that time, let’s consider some other factors for those who hold authority over others. If you’re a ruler over others (See the list above), you need to realize some things:

Your Authority. It ultimately comes from God. “And He [God] changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21; 4:17; Proverbs 21:1). Human rulers who submit to God’s authority are wise indeed (Psalm 2:10-12). Those who aren’t will be crushed eventually.

Your Assessment. God wants the living to “know that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17, 25). This seems to be a general rule. But, take heart, you too can be saved from eternal condemnation, as others have, so you can enter heaven. [1] With God’s help you can/should be a just, noble, and honest ruler over others if you are in such a position.

Your Actions. You are all being evaluated constantly in spite of what some wicked men think (Psalm 10:11-18). To the wicked King Belshazzar of Babylon, God said, “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). How might God evaluate you right now?

Your Accountability. At the “Great White Throne Judgment,” unbelievers will stand before Jesus and be “judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books” (Revelation 20:11, 12; See also Romans 12:14; Hebrews 4:13). The unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined at this time (Matthew 10:15; 11:22). [2]

Your Energizers. As unsaved people we all once “walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [the devil], the spirit who now works in [energizes] the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2; See John 8:44). Christians (whether rulers or not) can/should be energized by God the Holy Spirit who indwells us (Philippians 2:13).

Your Eternal Destiny. Christ died for the sins of all mankind, (1 John 2:2) and rose again physically from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But without faith in Him alone, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8, i9), neither you or anyone else can enter heaven (John 3:16, 36; 5:24). [1]

Your Motives. Nothing is hidden from the omniscient God. “[God declares] the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10; See also John 2:24, 25; Hebrews 4:13). He knows all about our motives too (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Your Laws & Commands. Those that contradict God’s Word (The Scriptures) will ultimately fail. “The ungodly are not [like the righteous], But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish” (Psalm 1:4-6; See Acts 5:29)

Let’s Consider Some Of Your Predecessors

A Few Wicked Rulers

Don’t act like they did or expect similar consequences. (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

Nimrod – Babel. He defied God’s command for the people to scatter out and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1). He set out to establish man’s first “One World Government” over which he wanted to rule. He began building the “Tower of Babel” only to have God come down and change the people’s languages so the work couldn’t continue. This is how and when the different ethnic groups and languages came into being (Genesis 10, 11). Today, there are wicked men trying again to set up another “One World Government” without God or Christ as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Pharaoh, King of Egypt – He oppressed the Jews and tried to destroy their unique Jewish identity by killing their baby boys so the Jewish girls would have to marry Egyptian men. Later, another Pharaoh suffered under the Ten Plagues and allowed the Jews to leave Egypt. But he had second thoughts and pursued them again only for him and his army to be drowned in the sea. (Exodus 15:4)

King Ahab & Jezebel – This wicked couple ruled over the 10 Israelite tribes of the north. It was predicted that, upon their deaths, dogs would lick up Ahab’s blood and eat Jezebel’s body, and they did just that (1 Kings 21:19-24; 22:38; 2 Kings 9:36).

Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon – This wicked king’s pride led to his fall. He became like an animal and ate grass for 7 years. After this experience he became a believer in the true and living God and his kingdom graciously was restored to him (Daniel 4).

Herod, King of the Jews – He failed to give God glory and was eaten by worms. (Acts 12:23)

Righteous Rulers

Even though they were not sinless, it was their desire to obey God and rule over His people the way God wanted them to rule. Consider: Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Kings: David, Solomon, Hezekiah et al.

Your Successors

The Anti-Christ & False Prophet. After the True Church as been taken to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), these two men will rule over the whole world for seven years of the Tribulation, under Satan’s authority. To learn more about them and “The Order Of Coming Events” see the link below. [2]

The Psalmist’s Counsel

To avoid being crushed by Christ’s rod of iron – “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:10-12; See Revelation 19:15). Also, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly [Do what is right in God’s sight], To love mercy [Be compassionate to those who are suffering], And to walk humbly [not in pride] with your God?” (Micah 6:8). If you have authority over others, will you do this?

What We Have To Do To Be Saved

Perhaps you’re not a true believer yet. If you’d like to become a true Christian, here is what you need to do. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). If you’ve never done this before, do it now! [1] If you need additional spiritual help, contact us here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We like to learn how this and other articles we write affect you. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

“Bad News & Good News”

[2] Hell vs Hades. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/06/26/hell-vs-hades-whats-the-difference/

[3] The Order of Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

INEPTOCRACY

Posted: October 20, 2021 in Bible Prophecy, Government, Uncategorized

Have you heard of it?  I hadn’t. It’s not a “four letter word.” It’s more like the four most terrifying words found in the Bible: “God gave them over…” (Romans 1:28). Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views writes, “That is what [God] does to mankind in the last days. He gives them over to a reprobate mind where to most people, up is down, black is white and evil is good. Such thinking abounds today.”

Ineptocracy” has been defined as “a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.” Read that again. Does this describe the current situation in our country? Why do you think it is happening?

Have you ever heard of “Red Letter Christians”? They pick and choose and allegorize what they want from the “Sermon on the Mount” which was addressed to Jews, not to Christians (Matthew 5-7). They like to twist Scripture (2 Peter 3:16) and try to force socialism and communism on others.  We can see this happening all around us today.

You should know that God is not opposed to capitalism. (Ephesians 4:28; James 4:1-4; 5:1-6). But it has been abused by dishonest men.  The best form of government will come when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9), as the King of Kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:15, 16). Someone has described it as “A Benevolent Dictatorship.” After all, He’s the One who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day to deliver us from the lake of fire and take believers to heaven. But some people won’t like this form of government either.

During His 1,000 year reign the sin nature of man will be curbed (1 John 1:8; Jeremiah 17:9) because all his needs will be met (Isaiah 35:1ff; Ezekiel 36:26), the devil will be bound in Hades (not Hell) for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7), and the diabolical world system will have been abolished (Daniel 2:44, 45; 1 John 2:15-17).  Then there will be peace on earth for 1,000 years (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-8).

In spite of these ideal conditions, this era of “Peace on Earth” will end up in failure. Why? After 1,000 years of confinement, the devil will be released from the pit for a short time. He will gather all the rebels at heart and make one final attempt to overthrow God. He will fail and then be cast into the lake of fire where the Man of Sin (Anti-Christ) and the false prophet have been for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:7-10). There is no annihilation of the wicked. Then these unbelievers, along with all the dead unbelievers throughout time who are in Hades will be raised from the dead. They will stand before Christ at the “Great White Throne Judgment” and have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). We sincerely hope you won’t end up there with him and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46).

At the end of time, God will destroy this present universe and create a new heavens and and a new earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and feel at ease (2 Peter 3:10-13; Isaiah 65:17).

If you’d like to learn more about future events described and taught in the Scriptures, contact us. If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, why not now? Need spiritual help? Contact us.

1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

Help. If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into God’s presence in heaven the moment you die, we’d be happy to try to help you have such assurance from God’s Word (1 John 5:13) and from God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please pass it on to others so we can help them too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to destruction, and a house divided against a house falls” (Luke 11:17). From this may we conclude that the United States of America is coming to an end as a constitutional republic? With what kind of government might it be replaced? If you had your druthers, what would you like? Why isn’t the United States specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy?  Democracies are destined to fail eventually. Do you know why?

Democracies. “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”  Alexis de Tocqueville

Government. It has also been said that any form of government, whether it be socialism, communism, a monarchy, a theocracy, or even fascism, is better than anarchy and lawlessness. During the days of the Judges in the Old Testament times, prior to their becoming a monarchy, many of the Jews were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). They disregarded the Ten Commandments that God had given to them to regulate their lives for their own good and that of the Jewish community. As a result of this, enemy nations subjugated and enslaved them until a Judge came to deliver them. The cycle went on for several hundred years: From silence to sins to servitude to supplication to salvation and back to silence.

Laws. The Mosaic Law was not made for righteous people, but for the lawless and profane, for murderers of fathers and mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for those who engage in other kinds of sinful behavior (1 Timothy 1:9, 10; See Galatians 5:19-21).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul predicted that in the last days perilous times would come. Men and women would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. They would have a form of godliness but they would deny its power (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe our nation as a whole? What about you as an individual?

Peace. The world is longing for peace on earth. But the men of the earth don’t know how to bring it in and make it last. They don’t have peace with God (Romans 5:1, 10; See Psalm 2) or the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). Prior to the 1,000 years of peace that will come to earth when Christ returns (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1- 6), the Antichrist will be allowed to rule over the earth for 7 years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19). Were God to allow him to have world wide domination any longer than this, no flesh would survive on this earth (Matthew 24:22).  Do you know what event must precede the Seven Years of Tribulation  (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)? It’s imminent and no signs precede it.  It’s sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying.

Plan. To understand the times and the boundaries of nations that God has predetermined in His Word (Daniel 2:21; Acts 17:26), we must become students of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) and interpret the Bible normally, not allegorically (2 Peter 3:16). God didn’t leave us in the dark about the future. He’s omniscient and knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He promises a special blessing to those who read, hear, and keep (guard in their hearts) the truth about the future that is found in the Book of Revelation. (We have some FREE charts for those who ask for them. Understanding them could revolutionize your life like they did mine.)

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1 Peter 2:11-17

“This world is not my home, I’m just passing through / My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue / The angels beckon me from heavens open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” – Albert E. Brumley

Citizens. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20, 21; See Romans 8:23).

Quit? The people to whom the Apostle Peter was writing were suffering greatly for their faith. Those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus can/should expect to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). But the glory to follow is out of this world (Romans 8:18). It seems that these believers were being tempted to quit the race and conform themselves to this evil age (Romans 12:1, 2; See Acts 20:24). So he wrote to encourage them to stay the course until God called them home. Consider what God the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Peter to write to them in such times. Maybe you’re in a similar situation.

Abstain. Contrary to what some believers are being taught, the Christian doesn’t lose his sin nature when he gets saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). At the time of our salvation we participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and are enabled to do things that please God (2 Corinthians 5:9; Hebrews 11:6). This is why Peter told these believers to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul/emotions (1 Peter 2:11). Our emotions are yet to be saved at the time of the “Rapture” (1 Peter 1:9).

Flesh. The “works of the flesh” are enumerated for us in Galatians 5:19-21. All of them are perversions of good things. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, his son in the faith, to “flee youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22). Those who think that they can overcome these temptations on their own are prime victims for a fall (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Victory. A Christian can gain victory over these lusts (strong desires) that come from the sin nature by walking [ordering his life] by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 6:11ff). To overcome the strong, sinful desires that come from the devil or the present world system involves using other methods prescribed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 John 2:15-17).

Soul. The soul and the spirit of man are two separate parts (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The soul seems to be associated with the emotions we have, whereas the spirit belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23).  It is the only part of us that is currently saved (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:16). It is with the spirit and in the realm of truth that we are called upon to worship God (John 4:24). The salvation of the soul and body are yet future (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23). We must be careful not to allow our unstable emotions to rule over our spirit. We need to be led moment by moment by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).

Conduct. Dishonorable conduct shouldn’t characterize a Christian. We are called upon to live morally pure lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16). With God’s help, we can do this (Philippians 4:13; Romans 6:14). Our former, unsaved friends may try to pull us back into the lifestyle we used to live (1 Peter 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:33). We need to find new friends while trying to win our old friends to the Lord so they can be saved too. A transformed life is a powerful testimony as illustrated by the man out of whom Jesus cast out a multitude of demons (Mark 5:19).  If you’re a believer, do others notice that you are different (1 Peter 2:9)?

The Law. God established human government for the protection of the citizens (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1ff). It holds the power to carry out capital punishment on those who unjustly take the lives of others. Even though we may not like the way the government spends our tax dollars, we’re supposed to pay them. When the government makes rules that violate God’s rules, we must obey God (Acts 5:29) and suffer the consequences if necessary (1 Peter 2:19, 20). Consider Daniel and his three friends (Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10).

God’s Will. God has a determinative will that can’t be altered (Ephesians 1:11). But He also has a desirous will that men may or may not carry out. He offers deliverance from hell to heaven to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Most people refuse to accept this gift of eternal life that God has provided for them because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). What about you? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)?  Keep this in mind – We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works lest we should  boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Rapture. Those believers who live in the light of Christ’s any moment return for them, will live life differently. Moral purity will characterize their lives (1 John 3:3). Those who love His imminent return also will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Are you preparing yourself to meet Him? Perhaps Today!

Confession. If you are a believer who isn’t walking in the light as He [God] is in the light, perhaps you need to do some self examination and then confess your known sins to God. Then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:3-9).  You may also need to make things right with other people (James 5:16).  If you don’t, you can expect Divine discipline from God the Father who loves you (Hebrews 12:5ff; 1 John 5:16). “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). It’s so much more enjoyable to abide (feel at ease) in Him and have Him feel at ease with you (John 15:1-14).

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John 8:15

It really shouldn’t surprise us that our country and the world are in the mess that they are. When more and more people are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25) and lawlessness abounds (Matthew 24:12) God’s righteous judgment isn’t far off. Sometimes He intervenes directly as He did when He brought on the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8).  But most often He uses other nations.  He used the Babylonians to punish the idolatrous Jews (Daniel 1:1, 2). Jesus is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) and He will take vengeance against those who have defied Him and wronged others (Romans 12:19).

Warning. The Apostle Peter warned us about false teachers and those who twist the Scriptures to their own advantage (2 Peter 3:16). They allegorize (change) the clear teachings of the Word of God to try to avoid having to do what God tells us to do. Do you know what the unforgivable sin is (John 16:9)? If you’re a Christian, do you know where to find your rules for living? While all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us. If you believe that the rules for the Jews, found in the Old Testament, differ from Christians’ rules found in the New Testament, you believe in “Dispensations.” (If you’re confused about this, ask for our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”)

Favorite. One of the favorite verses today among the lawless ones is, “Judge not that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Without considering the context which also tells people to have righteous judgment (Matthew 7:5, 6, 15, 16; See John 7:24), many of them brandish anyone who might not celebrate their sinful lifestyle.

Imagine. Try to imagine what a sporting event would be like without rules for the game and without judges (umpires). Suppose a country dismissed all the legislators, judges, and the executive branch of government which is supposed to uphold the laws through the police force. Would you really want to live in such a society? What if someone bigger than you bullied you? Would you want the police to protect you? If there were no judges, how could you take someone to court if they violated your rights?

Bribes. What if the judges are bribed and justice is not served (Proverbs 17:23)? Do you think that this doesn’t happen? Do you think the omniscient God (Jesus) doesn’t know or isn’t aware of what is going on (John 2:24, 25)? Nothing is hidden from His eyes (Hebrews 4:13). He even knows about our motives for doing what we do and will judge everyone accordingly (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

All Knowing. The omniscience of God can be a comforting thought to those who have been wronged unjustly (1 Peter 2:19), and who know that God will make it right someday (Romans 12:19). But it should also frighten the lawless unbelievers because their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever will be determined by the wicked works they did on earth (Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). Of course such people will try to dismiss from their thinking any future judgment by simply denying God’s existence and/or by believing in the annihilation of the wicked rather than judgment which is inevitable (Hebrews 9:27).

Admonition. “Be wise, O kings [rulers, presidents, leaders]; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus], lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him [Jesus]” (Psalm 2:10-12).

Confess. Great or small, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, wise or foolish, strong or weak – We will all face Jesus some day (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone will bow the knee and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). This is not teaching universal salvation (See Matthew 25:41, 46).

Faith. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? If not, why not now? We can’t be saved by our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are interested in knowing what the Scriptures have to say and who are willing to do what it says with God’s help. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Please share it with others who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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http://www.gotquestions.org/Christians-judgmental.html

Killing Jesus

Under the Mosaic Law one witness alone was not enough to convict and condemn a man to death. But “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15). When Jesus healed a man who had been lame for 38 years, the Jews wanted to kill Him because He healed him on the Sabbath (John 5:18). Imagine that. They were more concerned about their additions to the Sabbath law than they were for a man’s physical well being. Even during His trial His enemies could not get the false witnesses to agree with each other (Mark 14:57-60).

B.T.W.  After the universal flood of Noah’s day, and throughout the rest of human history, God’s law requires the government (Romans 13:4) to carry out capital punishment on those who murder other people unjustly (Genesis 7:19; 9:6; Exodus 20:13; 21:12-29. 22:19; 31:14, 15). Those in governmental positions of authority who ignore and/or refuse to do this will bring God’s judgment on themselves. During Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth (perhaps in the very near future) just judges will carry out God’s laws that are for the good of mankind (Isaiah 1:26). 

Christ’s Five Witnesses

Killing Jesus.  Jesus knew that His enemies were looking for an occasion to kill Him (John 8:37, 40).  But before He allowed them to take Him (John 8:20; 10:10-18; 18:4-9), He provided them with five witnesses to confirm the fact that He was indeed the Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31).

His Own Testimony. Jesus said, “If I bear witness of Myself [alone], My witness is not true [i.e., according to your requirements]” (John 5:31). Throughout His public ministry He claimed to be the eternal “I AM” ( John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30; See Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:11-15). He claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; 8:45; 18:37, 38; See Hebrews 4:15). Today there are many people who believe that there are other ways to God in heaven.

His Father’s Testimony. Jesus claimed to have come down from heaven to do the Father’s will (John 3:13; 5:19; 32, 37, 38; 12:28; 17:4; See Hebrews 10:7). He directed the Magi by the star that led them to Jesus who was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9; Micah 5:2).  God the Father made announcements at Christ’s baptism and at His transfiguration (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). Peter’s ability to proclaim “You are the Christ , the Son of the living God,” came from the Father (Matthew 16:17).

His Forerunner’s Testimony. John the Baptizer declared, “Behold? The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29-34; 5:33-35). After being imprisoned by Herod the King, John sent his disciples to inquire of Jesus, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). Then Jesus told them to tell John the things which they heard and saw. His miracles validated who He claimed to be.

His Own Works’ Testimony. John the Apostle recorded selective sign miracles to prove the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:36; John 20:31). Strangely, His own half brothers didn’t believe on Him as the Messiah and the Son of God until after His death for our sins…and bodily resurrection from the dead (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). Everything Jesus did was what He saw God His Father doing (John 5:19). As the God-man, He subordinated His will to His Father’s. He didn’t relinquish any of His Deity; He only veiled the outward manifestations of His Deity (Philippians 2:5-11).

His Word – The Scriptures. Moses, who wrote the five books of the law, spoke of the coming Messiah as One who would be like him but greater than he was (John 5:39—47; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 5:45-47). Later prophets also announced the coming of the Messiah and what the Jews should expect of Him when He came (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 35:5, 6; Jeremiah 31:15; Micah 5:2; John 12:41).

Conclusive. The evidence for Jesus’ being who He claimed to be, The Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God, is irrefutable (John 20:31; See Matthew 16:16). But in spite of all the proofs, most people, including those in the Jewish community, refuse to believe on Him as their personal Savior. Some know and agree with the facts of the Gospel (i.e., Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead), but they don’t want to transfer their faith over to Christ alone for their salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10). They prefer to continue to “love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19).

Identification. If you claim to be a Christian, how many of the people you know would attest to the fact that you are a true Christian? How many wouldn’t? If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? What could the devil’s witnesses truthfully say about you? How should this affect your lifestyle? Are there some sins that need to be confessed and forsaken (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16)?

Help. If you’re not a Christian yet, why not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today? He can/will save anyone who believes on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as them come out.

While growing up as a missionary kid in Japan after World War II, my father used to teach us Bible verses and songs in English and Japanese. Then on Sunday afternoons we used to go to the Shibuya train station to hold street meetings. We recited these verses and sang songs in English and Japanese to gather a crowd so my father could preach to them and pass out Gospel literature. We used to stand on the hood of a converted military Jeep so we could be seen and heard with a loud speaker system. It was here that Mitsuo Fuchida [1], the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, received a tract and became a professing Christian.

B.T.W. The plaza at Shibuya station [2] is one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world today. Our middle son, Bill lives not far from there. On several occasions I have taken our children there to pass out Gospel tracts to the Japanese people. This is where the statue of the famous dog Hatchiko [3] is. Some of you probably have seen the American version of this sentimental movie, “Hatchi: A Dog’s Tale” [4].

Verses. Among the many verses that we memorized as children (in English) were Jeremiah 9:23, 24. Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight,’ says the Lord.” Knowing God personally and telling others about Him and what He has done for us human beings is one way to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The Wise. Wisdom involves our going from the theoretical to the practical. It doesn’t do much good for us to have mere knowledge and facts. We need to be doers of [God’s] word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves” (James 1:22). If any [believer] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). There is also wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and demonic (James 3:15). Beware lest anyone cheat you [as a Christian] through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). There are doctrines (teachings) in the Bible that are to be believed while there are other doctrines that are to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). Do you know the difference between the two? (Ask about our FREE “Dispensational Chart” to help you make these distinctions and better decisions in life.)

The Mighty. There are some very powerful people on earth who rule over the lives of billions of other people. Some of them rule from behind the scenes and are known as the “Shadow Governments” [4]. Do you know who are behind these wicked human beings (Daniel 10:20; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8)? Don’t fret. Why? “the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, [and] gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17; See Acts 17:26). “[God] removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21). “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another” (Psalm 75:6, 7). Still feeling oppressed? “The king’s [ruler’s] heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). “For who [successfully] has resisted His will” (Romans 9:19; See Psalm 2)? What should Christians do with reference to those who are in authority over us? “Therefore I [the Apostle Paul] exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions [for or against], and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence…[God] desires that all men be saved [and] come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Are you in a position of authority over other people (Ephesians 6:1-4-9)? Keep in mind your accountability to God (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; 13:17; 1 Peter 4:5). Consider the teacher’s or parent’s responsibility (James 3:1).

The Rich. This is a relative thing. We, who live in the United States, are far richer than many other people in the world. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in the present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). The very poor Christians living in Macedonia took up a collection for the poorer Christians living in Jerusalem (2 Corinthians 8:1-6). This act of love bonded the Jewish Christians and the Gentile Christians together so that there is only one true Church, the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:32; 12:12, 13; Galatians 3:28). We don’t believe that it is the government’s job to rob the rich through unjust taxation and give it to the poorer people (See Romans 13:7; 1 Timothy 5:8). God’s Word speaks about those who can work but who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). Socialism or communism cannot work as long as man has a sin nature (Psalm 51:5). The Christian doesn’t get rid of it when he/she gets saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 2 Peter 1:4) [5]. The unsaved person who ends up in the lake of fire will have his sin nature forever but those cravings will never be gratified (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 22:11). Sharing our material things with others, as we are being led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), displays our love for God and His children (John 13:34, 35; Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:16, 17). To the maturing Christians the Apostle John wrote, “[Stop loving] the world [system] or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (i.e. the vain glory of ownership) is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17; See 2 Peter 3:11). As Christians, we must use the world system, but we are not to abuse it by making it the most important priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). What comes between you and God and His children? “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). Jesus said, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required” (Luke 12:48). In what ways are you using your time, talents, and treasures for God’s glory and the good of others?

Know/Believe. You may know and give mental assent to the facts of the Gospel that “Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But not until you transfer your faith from yourself and your good works over to Christ alone are you truly saved (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Do you have assurance of your salvation and that you will go to heaven as soon as you die? If not, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com where we have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.

Links:

[1] Mitsuo Fuchida: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

[2] Shibuya Hachiko Plaza: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=image%20shibuya%20pedestrial%20crossing&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=image%20shibuya%20pedestrial%20crossing&sc=0-14&sp=-1&sk=

[3] Hatchiko, The Dog: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Hachi+Dog+Statue&FORM=RESTAB

[4] Shadow Government: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/about/the-nefarious-shadow-government/

[5] Sin Nature: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

 

Have you ever seen a child in the store put on a temper tantrum when he didn’t get the toy or something else he wanted? How did it make you feel? What did you want to do? How did the parent handle the situation? Did you agree or disagree with the method the parent used to quiet the child down or appease him?

Have you ever seen grown people acting like little children and putting on temper tantrums when they didn’t get their way? Have you seen people fighting “for their rights”? Why do wars and fights occur? To discover the answer, read James 4:1-3.

Imperfect. Being human like the rest of us, law enforcement officers are subject to their emotions and shortcomings just like we are. Most of them enter the profession to serve and protect the communities in which they live. Their intentions are good. Yes, sometimes there are rogues who get out of line and need to be removed from their positions of authority. But to generalize and say that all of them are corrupt is simply not true. I, for one, try to express my gratitude to those who serve to protect us by endangering their own lives almost daily as they apprehend dangerous criminals. When was the last time you thanked a police officer or a soldier for his service?

Watchers. If you believe that “Big Brother” (NSA) is listening to your phone calls and watching your actions with spy cameras now, try to imagine what it will be like during Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). Some theologians believe that the good angels (Hebrews 1:14; 13:1) will act as the police force during that time (Daniel 4:17; Matthew 13:41). Nothing will escape their watchful eyes. The enforcement of the enhanced rules (Matthew 5:21-48) will be swift and with justice by some of the resurrected (Daniel 12:12), Old Testament believers (Isaiah 1:26) who will serve under King David on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). He will be under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Pragmatism. Have you ever heard the term “the end justifies the means”? To get the desired end, whether it’s good or bad, many people think that it’s alright to use and take illegal means (methods) to get what they want. This seems to happen in almost any profession, including the one in which I find myself. Those who claim to be “men of the cloth” (clergymen) and who engage in, or encourage others to violate the law to get their own way, will face greater judgment from God (James 3:1; Jude 1:14). The Apostle Paul denounced those who say, “Let us do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8). “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5). Our motives are also very important and will be revealed in due time (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Rules. We’re all born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8) that is opposed to rules and regulations that are imposed on us. We don’t like anyone telling us what we can or can’t do. But try to imagine what your life would be like if there were no laws. Others could steal from you without any consequences, people could drive recklessly and endanger your life, your wife and children could be molested and killed and would be at the mercy of evil doers, and many other things.  Any form of government is better than anarchy.

Government. The government has the God given right and responsibility to enforce the laws that the legislators make, even by using capital punishment, if necessary, to restrain evil (Romans 13:1-7; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12-17; 22:19). Would you really want to live in a society where anyone could do whatever he wanted to do to you and others? Do you know when a Christian is allowed to disobey the laws of men (Acts 5:29)? What happened to the disciples as a result of it (Acts 5:40-42)? Consider carefully the Apostle Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:12-19.

Lawlessness. We’re seeing lawlessness (1 John 3:4) intensify as time progresses just as it was in the days of Noah prior to the universal flood (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 24:37; 1 Peter 3:20). This was predicted by Jesus in the Scriptures. In anticipation of the coming days called “The Tribulation,” He said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Will you be left behind when Christ comes back for His bride, the true church (John 14:1-3)? This event is imminent. As a Christian, do you really love His appearing? If you do, you will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).  What do you know about the other four crowns?

Gospel. To ensure your place in heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (of the Scriptures) Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Pray. When was the last time you prayed for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22; 6:1, 5)? Remember, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16)? How many of the eight ways to communicate with God do you use on a regular basis?

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