In the CovenantNews.com, April 11, 2001, a news article entitled “Sodomy is a Crime”, page 2 states “...Sodomy is not a light or transient crime. It is an abomination (Leviticus 18:22). It is the culmination of man’s apostasy and hostility toward God and His Church (Romans 1:18-32). For lawmakers and judges to approve of sodomy brings eternal damnation upon themselves (Romans13:2) and God’s righteous judgment of death on the society as a whole (Genesis 19:24; 2 Peter 2:6). Therefore, such lawmakers and judges are not only anti-Christian by approving sodomy, they make the civil government a vile cesspool from which the abominations vomit out across the land. By displaying such contempt for the administration of justice, such civil officials are not only the source of the defilement(Leviticus18:24-25), they are the criminals (Romans 1:32), and a hostile enemy authorizing the destruction of the society in which we live (Jude 7)...”
God does not put governments or their leaders into power; people do. (Hosea 8:4) The Bible classifies Satan as the god or prince of this world. (John 12:30; 2 Cor. 4:4; Luke 4:5-8). God would never place in position a person who would so horribly misrepresent Him and go against His values, statutes and laws as leaders do today. Jesus would never vote for a leader that backs abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, embryonic stem cell research, who would appoint activist judges that would take away the intent of the United States Constitution which protects traditional family values and beliefs and who believe that all religions are the same and serve the same god. The Bible is clear that there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus. Whoever says otherwise is not of God.
No, Satan is the god of this present world, as scripture warns us (John 12:31), and he influences people who are against Jesus Christ to vote for candidates who are against the values of Jesus described in His Sermon on the Mount. The Bible is also clear that leaders in the world today, through Satan, the god of this world, persecute His church, and the victims cry to the Lord Jesus Christ to return and rule the nations.
Revelation 6:9-10 reads: "9) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth."
Yes, men rule the nations today as we just read of the cruelty of men under an anti-Christ rule. However, after the Battle of Armageddon, at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation, Jesus will return to rule the nations. Jesus will fight the Kings, Dictators and Presidents and their armies which gather under the leadership of the anti-Christ. Then Jesus and His faithful followers will begin to rule the earth.
Zachariah 14:9-19 informs us that after the Battle of Armageddon Jesus Himself will rule the earth during the Millennium: "9) And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. 10) All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses. 11) And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. 12) And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 13) And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14) And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15) And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 16) And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17) And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18) And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19) This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles."
Revelation 11:15: "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 20:1-19: "1) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4) And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10) And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
Yes, after the Battle of Armageddon, Jesus Christ and His followers will rule and reign in the nations on the earth. After a brief period when God allows man to once again choose willingly to follow Him or Satan, there is a brief insurrection. After Satan and his followers...idolators, adulterers, abortionists, sodomites, liars, thiefs...are defeated, then Jesus and His followers will rule and reign in a new heaven and earth forever. Revelation 22:5: "And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."
Yes, fellow believer, Jesus does not rule and reign on this earth right now. It would be ludicrous to put the blame on Jesus for the insanity of the Kings, Dictators and Presidents who rule their nations with such cruelty and injustice. Jesus did not put them in leadership; neither did He vote them into leadership. Jesus allows people in nations to elect their own leaders and serve Satan or Jesus Christ of their own free will. But man’s time is soon coming to an end, and the persecution of millions of Christians by tyrant leaders who are corrupt, immoral and amoral is coming to an end. The billions of people who now suffer under men’s reign is about to end. I have heard so many Christians justify a King, President or Dictator who is a hypocrite or a thief, perjurer, adulterer, agnostic, atheist, murderer, socialist, communist...and the list could go on. These Christians, out of their ignorance, prejudice, racism, or cowardice, have attacked fellow Christians, including me, as we follow the instructions of our Lord in the Scriptures to confront and/or disobey government leaders (Acts 5:29) when they violate the word of God or make a law directly in violation of the teachings of Jesus Christ. These ignorant Christians use Romans 13 in their attempt to back a leader who is wrong or guilty, and they criticize a fellow believer for taking a godly stance. If the Christian who is pointing out the leader's hypocrisy has a different color of skin, they resort to name calling such as “you are a racist; you are a hate monger; you are an Uncle Tom, and so on. Let us take a closer look at Romans 13:1-7 and see where the truth lies in a Christian's responsibility toward Kings, Dictators and Presidents...or their husband and wife.
Romans 13:1-7: "1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 ) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 ) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." These verses make it so clear that all authority is to be subject to God, including Kings, Dictators, Presidents, husbands and wives.
When an authority breaks the laws of Jesus Christ, then we as Christians have a responsibility to challenge, confront, and, if necessary, disobey their wishes, commands and laws. An example would be if a husband tells his wife to lie, to steal, or to sleep with another man, the wife should respectfully disobey saying, "As a Christian you know I cannot violate my Lord's commands on these matters and I will not do it." Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not bow down to the graven image, but instead were willing to be thrown into the fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:16-18: 16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17) If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18) But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."
Acts 5:25-33: 25)Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. 26)Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. 27)And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 28) Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 29)Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31 ) Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32) And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. 33) When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.
If a president supports abortion, homosexuality and the like, we should criticize those laws and try to change them. We as Christians should never vote for that type of leader to begin with. It is very clear that every authority under God has limited authority, and these verses warn Christians to understand where their loyalty belongs...to God Himself! Romans Chapter 13 exhorts leaders to enforce the laws of God, not their own. They are to be righteous leaders; not a “terror to good but to evil.” Christians should not be afraid of good leadership unless that leadership is evil. That is what Romans Chapter 13 so adamantly declares.
Yes, dear saints, Christians do have a responsibility to elect righteous leaders who do not pretend to be Christians only to get into office. There are so many candidates who claim to be Christians, but if we judge their fruit as the Bible tells us to, we will realize that they are hypocrites. They are racist themselves or socialist, communist, or all of these types of people. Christians should not be racist. Christians should not vote for a candidate based on the color of their skin. They should vote for the candidate best representing the values, beliefs and behavior of Jesus Christ. When we vote for leaders of the United States, those leaders must defend the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as these documents defend our freedoms as Christians. Christians must not vote for a candidate who wants to appoint activist judges to change the original intent of these documents because that would do away with Christian standards and replace them with the religion of evolution propagated by rejecters of Jesus Christ; thus, supporting abortion, sodomy, same-sex marriage, all religions serving the same god, world citizenship, and so on.
There are too many racists in the church today, and they support candidates who are truly not followers of Jesus Christ. They do so out of their own ignorance, their own selfishness, or their own prejudices and racist views.
Christians must become more mature by studying and obeying the word of God.
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