Monday, May 25, 2009

What are we to do?

In this current age we live in, full of apostasy and worldly wickedness, it must be a question that many of the righteous (imparted through Christ, not self or by works Rom 3:10, 5:19.) are asking in prayer. Some may have asked a pastor or an elder in their church and most likely you’ve been led astray.

The Church today has been incorporated into the world’s wicked ways as fully as anyone not claiming membership; it’s practically another branch of government! Today’s Church is a cheerleader for the violent foreign policy and business practices of the United States. Never asking is this right? Is this of GOD? Is it right that the United States has killed between 3 to 5 MILLION PEOPLE directly in wars based on lies since the 1960s? 3 to 5 MILLION PEOPLE that never caused any harm to this country or its citizens until this country invaded and occupied those countries. Millions more have died from U.S. sponsored covert military actions across the globe. I’ve been to many churches; I’ve never heard that brought up. These numbers are staggering, almost incomprehensible, and should be likened to the Holocaust which we hear about constantly. Every American should be deeply ashamed and demand an end to the death and destruction. Churches should be removing the flag, the symbol of this world-wide carnage, from their buildings and totally divesting themselves from all relationships with the government and concentrate on their mission, which is to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, house by house, peaceably, not at the end of a gun barrel. The sermons in every Church should be denouncing the criminal and cruel policies of the government, but, again I haven’t heard that. I have heard “pray for our troops and for our president”, but never for the victims of the troops and the president.

I’ve heard pastors speaking as if they were financial advisors for their congregations. I’ve heard many sermons based on false doctrine about tithing. I’ve heard wild pie-in-the-sky apostate babble about how GOD wants us all to be rich when Jesus has clearly told us the opposite (Mat 19:23-4, Mar 10:25, Luk 6:24, Luk 16, 1 Tim 6:9, Jas 5:1). I’ve seen pastors and musical entertainers wearing $10,000 suits and bragging about their personal planes, cars and mansions. Some of the “servants of God” staying in hotel suites which run as much as ½ the yearly salary of the working poor. I have seen these frauds perpetrated as GOD’s blessing, when in reality it’s nothing but a pyramid scheme that the desperately poor or those that desperately want to be rich will fall for. I’ve heard the plain and true Gospel changed from Blessed are the poor in Spirit (Mat 5:3) … to Blessed are the rich in material wealth.

The economic system of the United States has always relied upon cheap or unpaid labor from either slavery, or legal or illegal immigrants to maximize profit for the corporation. This system is referred to as Capitalism. As time went by and labor in this country and most of the industrialized world were guaranteed better working conditions and pay the leaders of the corporations took to exporting their factories to countries where they could still get away with paying a fraction of the wages they would have to pay here. Over time the corporations and the rich who own them have subverted most of the rights of the people of this country by bribing the politicians who make the laws into a very uneven playing field. Most citizens of this country live paycheck to paycheck, beg, borrowing, and some even stealing to get by, never able to save and all the while the rich have gotten steadily richer. Today 90% of the wealth of the country is owned by 1% of the population! How did this happen? It’s complicated of course, but one way is the politicians go to Washington and make laws favorable to the rich and then after they leave they go to work for the companies that they gave favors to. It’s become a revolving door of politicians to corporations to government and back and forth and the rich get richer and the rest of us struggle to survive. It is legalized fraud and extortion and it gets worse day by day. I would expect the Church to be appalled by this obviously criminal behavior and to take a stand against it. But today’s Church instead of railing against this legalized criminality wants to get in on the action and they don’t mind twisting and perverting the Word of GOD to do it! The government has given them tax exempt status in exchange for the Church’s compliance with the provisions of the 501c3 non-profit organization. The Church’s silence is bought with their tax free filthy lucre, and in what they call the “sanctuary” most churches have the American flag flying, symbolizing the blood of millions of innocents whose deaths have made the rich richer inside of their military-industrial-congressional complex; And made murderers of the armed forces because they don’t stand up to clearly illegal and immoral orders to kill an enemy that does no harm, but merely has the misfortune to be a citizen of a country that sits on top of resources that the rich want to steal. The United States has become the most evil of empires that will fight wars to preserve or increase the profits of the corporate giants and the rich who own them. Again, I have never heard a sermon that took on this type of immoral behavior, but, I’ve heard dozens of sermons on giving money to the Church.

The modern day Church, nearly completely conformed to this world, has become another political action committee, like the Oil giants or the Insurance racket, trading votes and complicity for power, prestige and government largesse. In return the politicians pay lip service to the cherished goals of the Church such as ending abortion and banning homosexual marriages.

In this day we live in a system so evil and so perverted, we are fed lies from birth, and most people will not countenance the truth about the country they live in. The truth is too painful and the reality too much to bear. Instead they create an alternative reality, they go to apostate churches on Sundays that make them feel good about themselves and their country in exchange for their tithes, and they hear about how good America is from the corporate controlled media and they believe in the lies and do not love, or seek out the truth (2Th 2:1-12). Often times they hear that America is GOD’s shining beacon on a hill and that our founding fathers set out to make a Christian country and that if it weren’t for the liberals, the homosexuals and abortionists and the ACLU it would be, and GOD would spare us from further Katrina-type punishments.

Brethren, when you are ready to receive the truth, shortly thereafter you’ll wonder what you can do about it. What can one person do? Pray, our war is not against the people who benefit or are the victims of the crimes before mentioned, but against the enemy that is behind the evil.

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Pray and inform others of the truth, don’t hold it inside, don’t be afraid, you already know those that love the world and not GOD’s Word are not going to respond kindly when you show them the error of their ways. In fact the Gospel of Christ will do just what He said it will do, it will tear churches apart and families:

Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

You that love your apostate churches more than Him, you are not worthy; you that are ashamed to preach the true Gospel are not worthy. And those of us that won’t preach the Gospel, without compromise to our own families, according to Jesus’ own Words are not worthy of Him. Harsh words, but they are meant to show us plainly that if we receive the Gospel we can’t water it down to not offend some, we can’t twist it to justify our greed and selfishness. We can’t change it to suit others, it is what it is and it cannot be changed, nor should it be, because the Gospel is perfect and need not be changed, it is meant to change us!

So what do we do? We know that most of the Church has fallen away, it is evident in the fruit they bear, or the lack there of. We know that the country is firmly in the grip of Satan and his minions, the politicians that look out for their rich masters, the apostate Church that has conformed to the world and the military ready to do the bidding of the rich. Notice that we’re speaking of a corrupt government, an apostate church and a military component in much the same way as the book of Revelation does. In Chapter 13 the Bible speaks of the beast, and a beast system and that all that buy or sell will have to take the mark of the beast. It also says that through false signs and wonders those that are deceived will worship the beast. But, there a few, 144,000 who will not worship the beast, they won’t be deceived as the rest are, they don’t partake in the apostate church, or in the beast system and they’ll be spared GOD’s wrath. In Chapter 18 we are told to come out of Babylon so that we are not partakers with her of her sins and of the plagues she’ll receive in judgment. But what exactly is Babylon? Some believe it’s the revived Roman Empire headed by the anti-Christ, some believe its Russia, some believe it’s America! Careful reading of the scriptures leads us to believe it’s the whole system that is set up to oppress GOD’s people. In other words Babylon symbolizes the enemies of GOD, which in the end includes all the governments of the kingdoms under Satan’s control, and the Church which has lost its love for Jesus Christ and left Him for the love of the world, and the military and even Para-military forces of the evil kingdoms. An evil system that ensnares its victims with promises of wealth and salvation and rapture away from the wrath of GOD. The groundwork has been laid, the false doctrines are in nearly every church and the path is laid for the false messiahs and prophets to lead the people of GOD to their eternal damnation. There is no hope to reform the system, or that GOD may send a deliverer as many thought Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush were, in the end these were just more tools of Satan and helped to put us where we are now. We cannot take back America or the world for Christ; we can, and are commanded to come out of her:

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

This is the answer to our question “what are we to do”? We’ll come out of this evil system; we’ll not partake in the wars and endless schemes to deprive peoples and nations of that which rightfully belongs to them. We’ll band together and live as the first Christians did, joining our families and belongings together and sharing and caring and praying together. Living by Christ’s commandments we’ll leave the wickedness behind and be as self sustaining as possible. Producing our own food and clothes and whatever else is needed. The few dealings we’ll have to do with the world is preach the true Gospel to it, sowing good seed and bearing good fruit away from the entanglements of this world. Of course we can’t leave the world entirely, but if you believe we are called to come out of, rather than try to change the corrupt Babylonian world system through worldly ways than we need to gather together as soon as possible. We’ll preach the Gospel as Christ first commanded His disciples to do, house to house, church by church and as the Holy Spirit enables the hearers of the Gospel our ranks will grow and we’ll live in righteousness and peace and joy as GOD allows and we’ll be found ready when our Savior comes for us!

Pray on it,

A disciple of Christ