I’m writing this in response to the marriage bill (HB62) sitting in the Missouri House out of my concern and in response to some legislators’ concerns that the Biblical definition of marriage may conflict with or wrongfully encroach upon the state and vice versa. The essence of the proposal gives the state the authority to define marriage without calling it marriage. And on the other hand sanctioning it with all the benefits of marriage. With this proposal a moral union and an immoral union would be on the same moral and legal plane, thus giving validity to one and bringing down the other. It also baits the Church into being silent on the marriage debate by giving it its own little box to maneuver in. HB62’s well intentioned compromise is an acceptance of defeat for the Church and society. The passing of this bill would leave Christians vulnerable to the narrative that the Church can legally discriminate, therefore giving the state the appearance of taking the moral high ground by being inclusive. We need to be wise and not give ammo to those who oppose marriage.
One stated concern is that the government presently has authority to license marriage. I find no problem with this, providing that government is properly aligned with God’s laws and nature’s law. The Church’s responsibility is to define truth and evangelistically make its case in the political market place. The civil authority’s responsibility is to enforce it. We don’t want the Church doing the government’s job and we don’t want the government defining truth.
It’s important that we understand that Christian-based laws and Christian involvement doesn’t make the government a theocracy. Every law has a basis in a belief system. The question is whose beliefs are we going to be governed by? For Christians to accept the notion that we shouldn’t promote our laws onto society is to accept subjugation to someone else’s laws. This type of thinking is the most accepted heresy in nearly all of Christendom. Nowhere in the scriptures can you find teachings where God’s law is forbidden or not appropriate for public consumption, but on the contrary quite the opposite.
The essence of the Old Testament law lays out a detailed plan on how to apply God’s laws for mankind and his institutions. Jesus addressed the purpose of His kingdom/government in the Lord’s Prayer by saying, “May thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” This can be accurately paraphrased by saying, “May the system of governing in heaven be duplicated on earth.” What’s being described is a law system that transcends man and his fallen order. God has commissioned His agents to re-present His government/Kingdom on earth. We need to come to terms with what should be obvious, and that is that God’s laws were given to man to be applied on earth, not to be applied in heaven. Exodus 19:6 says, “And Ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” Jesus followed up on that in Matthew 28:19 by recommissioning the Church to disciple the nations. As priest of His kingdom we have a duty to warn the kings of the earth to obey God.
Proverbs 29:2 states that, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” When the righteous are in power, do they govern with unjust laws? If not, then with what? The obvious answer is God’s law. The second part of this scripture says, “But when the wicked man rules, the people groan.” The word wicked simply means unbeliever. Is it God’s will that His people or all of mankind be rule by the wicked with groaning being the only outcome?
Numbers 14:21 says, “But as truly as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.” The Christian’s first assumption regarding God’s design for the earth is His plan for occupation and control. God did not give us His road map in order for the wicked to rule, but the godly. We have unwittingly accepted defeat as our destiny on earth when the opposite should be our vantage point. The last point that I want to make on this subject comes from Psalms 2:10-12, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” God expects earthly leaders to obey Him, and they do so willing with the promise of blessings or cursing. The Churches function is to make God’s laws clear by declaring it.
This brings me back to the theocracy question. Do God’s laws make theocracies out of governments? No. There are two important facts that prevented Israel from being a theocracy. 1. Under the rule of the Prophets Israel was a constitutional republic governed by the Ten Commandments and the laws of Moses and administered by appointing representatives over tens, fifties, hundreds and thousands according to Ex.18:12. It was a government very similar to that of the United States. 2. Under the rule of the kings the office of the prophet and the king were distinct. Even though David was considered a king and a prophet he was still accountable to the other prophets that God had approved of, and the Ten Commandments and the laws of Moses functioned as their constitution. If priests (whether Christian, Muslim, or Hindu) are not directly in charge of the judiciary and enforcement of the law, they are not a theocracy. On the other hand, for example, Islam under Sharia law has no division between the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches. They direct the government with sanctioning powers. It is distinctly different in a biblically based society. Instead of the government being licensed under the priest, they are reminded of their responsibility before God and choose to cooperate or not.
This unique quality of the Judeo/Christian law based society is that the priest/Church does not preside over the legislative, judicial and executive functions of government. The posture of the priest/Church is perfectly exhibited by the prophet Nathan and his relationship with King David. David had sinned before God and Nathan confronted David on behalf of God. Even though Nathan and David were accountable to God individually, David had more authority as it related to the earthly governmental structure, but they were equals before God as it relates to their heavenly standing and requirements for obedience. In that setting David was obligated to heed Nathan’s warnings or face sanctions from God. The distinctions between the Church and the State are clearly exhibited. What Christians need to understand is that Israel was not a theocracy under the kings or the prophets. In both cases of the rule of the prophets and the kings there were appointed judges and magistrates apart from the prophets and priests, and no one was above the law, not even the king.
If having a Biblical law-based society is the criteria for being classified as a theocracy, then every government is a theocracy. Either man will be ruled by the Creator God or a created god. If man is the final judge of truth answering to no one higher than himself, then he is the de facto lord over whatever system that he the rules over.
The New Covenant Church is the prophetic voice of God that functions similarly like the Old Testament prophets. Both are ambassadors from God’s kingdom who relay messages to another kingdom. That is exactly what Nathan was to David. For the Church to allow the state to pervert the definition of marriage will serve only to dilute the true meaning of marriage. To not fight for this turf would be negligent, rendering the Church culturally irrelevant and bring God’s curse on the nation.
We should take note of how many times God accused the leaders of leading the nation of Israel into sin. As the prophetic voice of God we cannot remain silent. If the salt loses its ability to flavor, it is good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of men. If this happens then we deserve to be trampled.
A & E documentary on the KKK is for one purpose, and that is to further divide the country.
The KKK represents about .0015% of the population of the United States. To give them attention on this scale can only be for the purpose of creating tension amongst us. We’ve just had eight years of that. I lived through desegregation, and race relations were much better then. Thanks to Liberal media, brain washing is very effective. We have a large segment of the black population who identify with slavery, Jim Crow laws, and no voting rights who have little to no experience with that era. Even though we are far removed from that era, the phantom pain is more intense. Many have not given one thought to the fact that we just had a black president where nearly 45,000,000 whites and other groups voted for the black man. How is it that they were not racist when they voted for him, but are racist now? I hear the mantra, “There is still racism”. Yep, and there is still cancer, tornados, and pollution. Am I the only one who didn’t get the memo that there is supposed to be utopia on earth? Of course there is still racism, because we still have human beings and it’s in every people group. To not acknowledge the progress at this point can only be explained by mind control. Who in the last 50 years has ridden in the back of a bus, drank from segregated fountains, or been forbidden to vote? Are we on the same planet, or am I in a parallel universe? The only reason this show would have some value is to keep the division going for political manipulation.
Most people welcome term limits as a positive move against entrenched politicians, but I beg to differ. The Founders dealt with that problem right out the gate with elections every two, four, and six years. Those scheduled elections are term limits.
The main reason that we have political lifers is because the people who are active voters keep them there. Likewise, due to the large amount of inactive voters the entrenched politicians are guaranteed to return term limit after term limit.
My observation is that the overall voting population has become lazy and indifferent regarding voter participation and political involvement. Between 1832 and 1896 the voter participation rate for presidential elections ranged between 60.1% and 71.4%. During the period between 1900 and 2012, the range was between 32.9% and 55.6%.
My main point is that we are trending towards being lazy and uninvolved. The crutch of term limits would fuel that downward trend, therefore making us more dependent upon legislation to do what we are responsible to do. The Founders gave us a republic and it’s our responsibility to keep it rather than relying on legislative tools that keep us on the couch.
This plays into the hands of liberal politics. They traditionally have been more organized with long term vision and planning while conservatives are less concerned until it’s time to react to something that annoys them.
Along that vein, if Nancy Pelosi terms out it wouldn’t make a difference because they have ten more Nancys in the hopper ready to take her place. It’s no secret that the liberal voters have a lower threshold when it comes to traditional values thereby giving them an advantage in validating qualifiers for election. Conservative voters on the other hand are less likely to support a candidate that doesn’t meet their moral criteria, thus giving them less opportunity in many elections. They also have less long term planning and structure than their opponents.
I hold to the notion that we already have term limits with the current election cycles of two, four, and six years. Furthermore, we don’t need more excuses to be less involved, more indifferent and lazier than we already are.
Oct. 24, 2016
Dear Missouri Pastor We are providing Missouri Voter Guides for the members of your congregation. This is an important election. The Church is in the crosshairs of some political operatives. Christians have a responsibility to vote.
You will be happy to know that these voter guides are prepared for distribution in 501c3 organizations and Political Action Committees. They are educational in purpose. We have included links to organizations whose goal is to inform and motivate Christians to vote from a Biblical point of view as best as they can. Feel free to make copies for distribution and/or email these links to your congregants.
Missouri Alliance for Freedom (Guide for ballot initiatives and propositions)http://www.missourifreedom.com/news/equip-yourself-get-mo%E2%80%99s-2016-ballot-measures-right
Missouri Right to Life (Endorsements of candidates by districts)http://www.missourilife.org/mrl_pac/2016mrl_pac_general_%20ends_%20nov.pdf
Constitutional Coalition (Bios of candidates and party platforms)http://constitutionalcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Election_2016.pdf
Missouri Renewal Project (Voter guide for statewide candidates)http://missouriprayengagevote.com/
Vote to protect religious liberty and may God bless you.
Calvin Morrow Executive Director,
Christians Uniting for Political Action
History or Reconditioning
The new black history museum should be renamed, “The Rewriting of History to Keep Blacks Mad and Ignorant Museum.” To barely mention Clarence Thomas and his accomplishments is simply fraudulent. To emphasize the lying Anita Hill makes the whole thing a lie. I wonder what they did to the Republican Martin Luther King. I love learning about blacks in history, but I don’t use it to get angry or make sure others are. I’m sick of the race narrative. The Leftist Democrat Revolutionaries are conducting a full court press to racialize the American culture through bad news reporting, use of sitcoms, school books, college classes, immoral laws, reeducation camps (schools), etc. The goal is to divide us for the purpose of control. They also want us to feel like nothing has changed since the days of slavery. They want us to ignore the fact that a black man is president of the most powerful nation in the world with only a 15% black population. Never mind that it took tens of millions of whites and other groups to get Obama elected. Do you for one second think that would have happened fifty years ago? Most of us call that progress, which you will never hear from Leftist Democrat Revolutionaries.
Blacks have achieved prominence in every area of life, from astronauts, CEO’s of major corporations, educators, philosophers, judges, and the list goes on. The acknowledgment of this fact is an indictment to the current racism narrative. How can things be worse than the days of slavery? Well it is in the minds of many. If you can pour lies into empty minds everyday all day year after year with no counter argument, it can be achieved. Couple that with a few anecdotal examples. Many will mentally descend back in time, even though everything around them reflects the opposite.
I’m not against the ideal of a Black History Museum. I just want the story told without the Leftist agenda. So far from scanning the website of the Black History Museum, I can see how lopsided the displays and themes are. And we wonder why many suffer from a “racist under every rock syndrome.”
With the over emphasis on racism, I’m protesting the purposely bending of the black mind to accept permanent victimhood status, which by the way is a cheap racist view of blacks by the Leftist Democrat Revolutionaries. To treat and view blacks as a permanent underclass and promote it is wrong. By design this keeps blacks dependent and politically useful. I use the term Leftist Democrat Revolutionaries because they are Leftist, Democrats and Revolutionaries. Their goal is fundamental change, and they alone are the authors of the uprooting of our traditions. Those traditions include traditional Biblical marriage, the scientific and Biblical use of the term male and female, and all of the Bill of Rights. What this mindset does is keep us looking to those who created racial disharmony to provide us with racial harmony.
Spiritually speaking, I don’t worship my blackness, but thank God that He made me who I am for His purposes. I’m not here to serve any political group, racial group, or any ideology that distracts from God’s ultimate plan, which happens to be color blind and exists for all mankind.
We are in a war where many of us under attack are waving the white flag.
Christians, cultural Christians, conservatives, and freedom lovers you are in a war, and it’s not against flesh and blood. You are in a war where the weapons are ideals, written and spoken words. The language in the media is being crafted to distort what’s real and confuse what’s true. At the end of the day, this war is not complicated. It is a war between good and evil. I submit to you that it’s a war against Christianity and that the enemies of true liberty want to remove the Christian influence from the political arena. Our adversaries want to reshape the character of the nation by reshaping the market place of ideals. They alone want to corner the market on policy writing, law making, and holding public office while marginalizing and perpetrating a negative image on Christians and conservatives.
The current administration, along with the Democratic leadership, is busy crafting laws and supporting movements that are hostile to Christians. I’ll use the LGBT movement as an example. The whole of the LGBT agenda is designed to make criminals out of Christians. The so called civil rights that they are pursuing will not add one measurable benefit to their lives other than the government sanction to sin while forcing those who disagree to accept it or face the penalty of law. The net result is a loss of rights for those who refuse to agree to serve the sin. The perfect example of this is when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den because of unrighteous law. The law commanded that everyone should worship the image of the king or die. The king’s men knew that Daniel would not obey that command, therefore creating criminals out of righteous people. The law was designed to cull the Jews out of society. The LGBT type laws are exactly that type of law.
The main thing that’s missed is that the movement is not a grass roots movement. It is a top down political movement that’s skillful in creating the perception of group rip off. As in every socialist revolution, victims and villains are created. There are four major villains in this one – Christians, whites, the rich, and cops. The victims list consists primarily of the poor, minorities (mainly black), homosexuals, transgenders, illegal immigrants, etc. It is the cunning use of victims that the Left has created and use for their political end. For example those in the LGBT community buy and rent homes in the neighborhood of their choice. They shop in stores and eat in the same restaurants that we all frequent. They ride the bus and sit wherever they want. We all have friends and relatives that are gay that we love and respect as fellow human beings. So what’s the problem? The biggest problem is that the lies that divide us are allowed to stand and grow roots. The ones controlling the narrative know that perception is more powerful than reality. Their goal is control and I’ll explain the motivation.
The political left starts off with the assumption that there is no God other than the collective man which we call humanism. This gives birth to various social systems like socialism and communism, which is ultimately a lawless system base in coercion and force in the name of fairness. From the Christian perspective this system is authored by Satan. In a humanistic society every man is a law unto himself and he does what is right in his own eyes. In their world laws do not regard what’s objectively true, but what’s advantageous towards their goals. We clearly are in a battle between these two ideals for the culture. In a Judeo/Christian society there is a concept of just laws and unjust laws, and the just laws are authored by the Creator, which do not change through the democratic process. One system of thought is rooted in the true God and one is rooted in the opinion that man is the final authority over what’s just and right for society. This understanding is why I do not support the third party movement. As long as one holds closer to the Judeo/Christin value system in their stated belief, that’s the party that I support based on principle, not men. The reason is, because embedded at the end of every policy argument is what is objectively right or wrong, good and evil. The unavoidable question is who said this is right or this is wrong? Haven’t we heard this before; who said that you can’t eat of the tree? One side is making the case that God said or, “we find these truths to be self-evident”, and the other is only concerned with man’s opinion.
In this culture war there is a clear aggressor and with little to no resistance. We aren’t losing the culture war; we are walking away from it. Those who are in covenant with God have been exclusively commissioned to manage the garden. God made a covenant with Adam and commissioned him to care for His creation and take dominion. His very first assignment was to classify the animals, and this was no small project. What Adam accomplished with words gave order to creation. He framed reality by defining it for those who would come after him. By working within the covenant, he was authorized to control the narrative. To summarize this point, those who are in Christ have been commissioned to shape society. This is what the Political Left is doing by reclassifying the word marriage. By doing so they are reordering society. They too are framing reality and taking dominion. By doing so, they have created dissenters who are a threat to what has been reestablished.
Words have meaning that results in consequences. We are now the beneficiaries of the new order with all the consequences that go with it. Someone has planted weeds in the garden and there are few covenant men to manage it. The Church leadership is mostly uninterested in this war while plotting the great escape. The preaching that we will be raptured out any day distorts our focus on the mission and leaves the next generation to fend for themselves.
There’s an untapped mission field call public service. It is a perfect place for the gospel of the kingdom (government) of God be proclaimed. If we don’t bring kingdom ideals to it, it will by neglect be filled with the weeds of evil like an unattended garden. Proverbs 29:2 says, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules the people groan.” It is blatantly obvious that God intended for His people to be leaders and law makers, to be the head and not the tail. If we don’t compete in the political market, we condemn ourselves to be walked on by the true oppressors.
Christians cannot afford to abandon the political market place. We need to pray. Then we need to get off of our knees and speak the truth and do righteous deeds. We can go down to city hall and our school board meetings and contend for the truth. We can financially contribute to campaigns and join groups that support our ideals. We also have the right to vote and should never miss out on it. If we pray and do nothing our prayers are wasted. God will not snap His fingers and do the job that He has commissioned us to do. He will cause our works to prosper.
Words are powerful and cannot be unspoken. When they go out, they have the potential to construct or deconstruct. We cannot afford to be silent in such a critical hour. Proclaim the truth. Defend the faith. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
|“Conservative Christians in America are undergoing a huge shift in the way we see ourselves in the world,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Dr. Albert Mohler said. (NPR Story link here). “We are on the losing side of a massive change that’s not going to be reversed, in all likelihood, in our lifetimes.'” There is a reason for this. Politically, Establishment Evangelical leaders are firing blanks. A person who tells you that there’s no difference between the political parties is tantamount to the person who will argue that there’s no difference between Islam and Christianity.How did America arrive here? Simply put, Christians in America have declined to wage war for ideological supremacy in the last century. They refused to believe that two opposing philosophies-Christianity vs. Secularism–produce two divergent cultures.
In my estimation, less than 1% of Evangelical pastors in America have more than an ounce of influence with their City Councilmen. What about School Board members? Mayor? State Representative and Senators? In all cases, the Evangelical influence is minimal or non-existent. How then can they have influence in the public square? For those who say, “Christians shouldn’t be involved in government,” read the words of Oklahoma Senator James Lankford: “Consider that all but possibly two of the Old Testament books (Job and maybe Ruth) were written by a political leader, to a political leader, or about a political leader.” God is knee-deep in politics; He swings big doors on little hinges. Do you know what the two largest denominations of political currency are? 1) How many votes can one bring to the table. 2) How many dollars can one raise that brings votes to the table. Speechifying is way down on the list, maybe worth a nickel. A Sunday sermon is not a denomination of political currency. If America is to be saved, Evangelical pastors–in addition to feeding the “whole counsel of God” to the flock and “making disciples”–must begin advancing disciples to the public square. Salt and light needs to go where it is most needed.
“Politicians will not change the way they act, or leave the stage, without receiving written instructions from the audience. Script changes are best given to politician, in the form of ballots, completed and delivered, in a voting booth.” Dr. Mohler and Dr. John MacArthur spoke recently to an audience of pastors and offered their opinion on the spiritual condition of America. They demonstrated that they don’t have a clue on how to regulate the temperature of America in the arena of civil government. America needs Christian thermostats, not Christian thermometers.
Evangelical leaders need to be schooled in Russell Kirk’s truism, “Politicians are actors performing a script that is written by the audience.” Real political know-how and spiritual discernment is mandatory (men and women of Issachar) as we navigate the treacherous waters produced by Christian disengagement and withdrawal from the public square over the last century. Liberty is at stake, for virtue is a key component of freedom.
Elected officials represent those constituents who vote. And polls reveal that of the estimated 65M-80M Evangelicals who read their Bible, attend church and pray, only half of those being registered to vote. And, half of that half don’t vote!
Christians have minuscule influence and representation. Is it any wonder that President Obama, through executive orders and “Presidential memoranda,” bypasses Congress to impose his immoral agenda-without a peep from the pulpits of America? President Obama has birthed anarchy with executive orders. When anarchy is touring, tyrants are in power and every citizen is subject to the law except, you guessed it, the President and his sycophants. The ruler is above the law. The fault for the crisis in America proceeds from a Biblically illiterate people, not the politician. In vain do we blame others. Plainly, Christians oppressed by the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent federal government and judiciary need someone to blame besides themselves, and their apathy.
The current state of the union is the consequence of Christians abandoning the public square in the last century. America needs the Mohler’s and MacArthur’s to move out from behind the pulpit and camera and move into the civil government arena, “Putting on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” “When the wicked are in power and control the affairs of state, violence and injustice are actively encouraged and flourish unchecked (Proverbs 29:16), and the people groan under an intolerable burden of oppression and make themselves scarce for fear of life and limb.” -K.T. Aitken “Power and control the affairs of state” are not done by speechifying, but by organizing and mobilizing an army of like-minded constituents. Somebody’s values are going to reign supreme. If secularists and homosexual activists recruit and elect those who align with their values, those elected officials are going to impose secular and pro-homosexual values through legislation. This is not rocket science. Here is the good news, with just a small increase in voter turnout at the voting booth for the estimated 65M-80M Evangelical constituency, the political landscape can be changed dramatically-overnight. God is on our side, so we will not be discouraged. There is no worse projectile in all of the ammunition depots of hell than, “God has forsaken [them]” (Psalm 71:11).
If we will engage, He will deliver us.
We need a Gideon or Rahab to stand. David Lane American Renewal Project
The proposed amendment to Missouri’s Constitution SJR39 is right for everyone, not just Christians. Some believe that this amendment is unnecessary because we already have the First Amendment to the Constitution. Unfortunately lawmakers and judges forget, or should I say ignore it. Therefore we have to rely on other legal means at the state level. When a city circumvents the Constitution, the states can act as a reinforcement to the first amendment without ambiguity.
This proposed amendment is being touted as a law that would allow Christians to discriminate. Nothing could be further from the truth. This bill would simply provide protection of religious liberty and property rights.
SJR39 is a shield against the nefarious non-discrimination laws such as SOGI. Non-discrimination laws open a door that has been closed since the 1960’s. I have equated the non-discrimination laws passed by municipalities with the Jim Crow laws of the past. There are some that believe these are strong words. I agree, and not only strong, but accurate. SOGI in Springfield was a good example. Imbedded within the law was the penalty of fines and imprisonment solely based on the right of conscience and the right to do what we want with our property. Under the guise of non-discrimination the net outcome was discrimination through statutory law. One group of citizens were, by law, given the right to force their ideals upon another group, or demand services that would violate their faith with the full power of the state behind it. Under the current laws neither Christians nor non-Christians have that privilege. The claim, “right to discriminate,” is being batted around as fact. What makes it baseless is that the status quo found in the First Amendment is maintained. No one has power to deprive others of their right of conscience or property.
No one is making the case that Christians are persecuted on the scale witnessed in ancient Rome when Christians were fed to the lions, but we must take note that when that happened there were laws in place to authorize it. I beg the question, what good reason is there to revisit the 60’s and ancient Rome? This amendment repels unfair SOGI laws. Continue reading
Every headline regarding religious liberty legislation portrays Christians as hostile towards the gay community. These types of narratives are just as dishonest as the radicalized leftist who created them.
There is no question that eradicating Christianity out of the public square is under way, and we and our leaders have participated in that effort through our silence, and by not engaging the political arena. If the time to do something about it is not now, then no time would be right. Our backs are against the wall and the best defense is a good offense. Let’s start by showing up at Jefferson City to address your representatives on April 19 and let your presence represent the Christian voice.
Show your support for Missouri’s Religious Freedom Amendment SJR39. This amendment is designed to provide protection from the bullying of the radicalized leftist agenda. Our battle is not against the LGBT community and never has been, it’s against those who want to demonize Christians and marginalize us against the rest of society. The alleged discrimination against the LGBT community is simply the means to discriminate against Christians.
The question is what will your response be? I cannot stress how important it is to show up at the rally. Ask your pastor to announce this meeting from the pulpit and encourage the congregation to make every effort to be part of the battle for religious liberty.
This event is hosted by: Missouri Alliance For Freedom. Ryan Johnson, president. firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tuesday, April 19 (Bring umbrella; rain or shine)
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Missouri Capital Building, 201 W. Capital Ave, Jefferson City, MO.
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Luke 22:36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it , and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.
I’ve been a Christian for thirty nine years and I have never heard a sermon on this scripture. Before I get into this subject, it is very important to analyze the back drop to this scripture to understand it. Jesus and the Disciples are celebrating the Passover in the upper room and He is preparing them for His crucifixion, and speaking of a new order called the kingdom of heaven. In verses 28-30 He says, “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. “and I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Israel as a nation is about to go through some dramatic religious and governmental changes. The changes are a transfer of authority (to appoint the kingdom to His followers and their spiritual posterity, and the judgment of apostate Israel described in Matt 23). God is about to officially end one covenant and ratify a new covenant. Take notice that covenant and Jerusalem are used synonymously in Galatians 4:25, 26 and in Hebrews 12:22 where the covenant is called the heavenly Jerusalem.
The death and resurrection of Christ introduced the new covenant in seed form which is referenced numerous times as firstfruits, or a fore shadow of what’s to come of the promise. These firstfruits are the saints that lived during the times of Christ until the official end of the sacrificial system that Jesus talked about in Matt 24:2, 3. He did so by declaring that the temple would be destroyed, and the disciples responded by asking when will this happen and what will be the sign of Your coming. If we dare to value context when interpreting Matt 24 we would see clearly that Jesus is audience specific regarding who He is talking to, which are the people of that time period that are standing directly in front of Him. He is geographically specific regarding Israel and its cities. Notice that He calls the cities by name. They are not futuristic, hypothetical or symbolic cities. He is chronologically specific indicating that the destruction of the temple is the trigger mechanism for His coming and the end of the age (Note: that some translations use the word world, and world in the Greek is usually translated cosmos or aeon. In this case the word aeon is used meaning specific time period). The question is what time period is He referring to? The obvious answer should we dare to interpret scripture with scripture within the given context is the official end of the ritualistic old covenant. If there is no temple in Jerusalem then there is no method to obey the traditional ritualistic sacrificial system. Continue reading