Sunday, December 28, 2014

God, Government, Man

The Bible tells us we must Obey the Government.


How can you, a "Christian," be so disobedient to our President and Government? You claim you love the Country. You claim you love God. Well, this is America. In this Country, it is Legal for a Woman to chose. It is the Law. It is Legal for Gays to Marry in nearly all States. It is the Law. It is not Legal for you to "Bible Thump" anyone in public. It is the Law. Keep that to yourself. We have a "Wall of Separation" that protects intelligent and caring people, from narrow minded, hate filled people, like you. Besides, since you love the Bible so much, then follow this... 

{Romans 13:1-7} (New Living Translation)
"Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.

For the authorities do not frighten people who are doing right, but they frighten those who do wrong. So do what they say, and you will get along well. The authorities are sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for you will be punished. The authorities are established by God for that very purpose, to punish those who do wrong. So you must obey the government for two reasons: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.

Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid so they can keep on doing the work God intended them to do. Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due."
You make some good points. Although, I prefer to use the King James Version, which reads as follows...

{Romans 13:1-7} {King James Version}
"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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

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: 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. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."
To me, this sounds a lot like he is talking about the Church. That set aside, there are many passages that talk about following the Law of the Land as well as the Laws of God. Like this one by Peter..

{1 Peter 2:13-17}
"Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king."
Jesus Himself told us similar..

{Matthew 22:17-22 }
"Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax. And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, Whose likeness and inscription is this? They said, Caesar's. Then he said to them, Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”
However, here in lays the problem of your argument. What happens when Man says different than God? Who comes first? Who do you follow? The Creature or the Creator? When Man contradicts God, which do you think, you should Follow?

I think that same Peter, who wrote we need to submit to both Man and God, also answered this question. Following Jesus's death and Resurrection, Peter and the other Disciples were obeying Jesus's Command to Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." {Mark 16:15} They were proclaiming "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”{Acts 4:12} They were arrested and threatened with beatings and Prison if they continued to speak Jesus's Name.

Now you really need to get this. They had no problem with them talking about God. They had no problem talking about the Law, or the Torah, the Bible. They had no problem with them doing God's Work. The only thing that they did have a problem with, was the Name Jesus. The only problem with that is this. Jesus IS the only way to Salvation. Without Him, you have NOTHING.

So they refused to listen to this. They were arrested again..

{Acts 5:27-29}
"And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straightly 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.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
You see, Peter understood that we need to do both, follow the Law of the Land, and the Laws of God. He understood, and was there, when Jesus told us to do both. However, when what Man says goes against what God says, it is clear, we are to follow God.

Man says "It's OK to slaughter your unborn child. We will call it a choice. A Woman's Right. After all, it is her body." God says,

{Exodus 20:13}
"Thou Shalt not commit murder."
{Exodus 21:22-25}
"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe."
Yes, this is talking about Abortion.

{1 Corinthians 6:19}
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
{1 Corinthians 7:4}
"The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife."
Man says "It's OK to be Gay. Gays should have the 'Right' to Marry and receive benefits for doing such." God says?

{Leviticus 18:22}
"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
{Ezekiel 16:49-51}
"Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done."
Substitute America, for Samaria here.

By the States deciding the way they have, they not only condoned Homosexuality, but rather justify it. They said it's now OK. And they also said, anyone who speaks out against it, is committing Sin. America, a Country Founded on the Gospel, a Country Founded on Freedom to Worship the God of the Bible, A Country who formed it's Laws after the Laws of God, has made Sin, Good, and Good, Sin. When reading the following, I want you to think about America. Think about all those Founding Documents that clearly State God, love of God, Honor of God, Thanks being to God, and think about how far we have gotten away from God. The Word declares,

{Romans 1:18-32}
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
Are we to obey the Government? Are we to obey the Laws of the Land? Of course we are. However, when the Government, and the Laws of the Land start to oppose the Laws and the Commands of God, then it is crystal clear, God comes first. No matter what. Sin is still Sin. Good is still Good. Right and Wrong have not changed. It does not matter what Man says. There is no compromising God. There is no compassion in justifying Sin. Where is the compassion in allowing someone to Sin their way to Hell?

Will all accept what you say? No. Will all hear the Truth and rejoice? Nope. Will all see what is going on in this Country right in front of their face? No. It is not your Job to convince them. Simply tell the Truth, and even more importantly, live your Life the way you should. You are not accountable for their acceptance. They are accountable for their own actions. Always remember, God comes first..

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

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