01 September, 2012

Of Voting, Government, and other Unseemly Topics, Part III by Michael Bunker

Wednesday, August 22, 2012Of Voting, Government, and other Unseemly Topics, Part III by Michael Bunker (This is Part III of my new series on Voting and Government. Make sure to read Part I, and Part II first... mb) Most humans… almost all of them… operate only according to their five senses, therefore, in the scriptures they are called “sensual” or “carnal”. There are things that they cannot see or know. Although their covetousness and rebellion is what blinds them from truth, nevertheless they are blinded. By nature, they must mind the things of the flesh, because they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh. The Prophets of the Voting Cult will always focus on the Kingdom of This World and what is happening in it, because they, 1. Do not (and cannot) believe in the sovereignty of God, 2. Do not really and actually believe in the Kingship of Christ, and 3. Can only see the carnal world. Their minds are carnal and therefore they cannot see the spiritual Kingdom (1 Cor. 2:14, John 3:3). The scriptures say that to mind the things of this world is “death”. What does this mean? What does it mean to “mind” something? We often say “Mind your business”, which means that you should only concern yourself with that which God has commanded you to be doing. God says “occupy until I come,” and some take this to mean “take over the world,” or “make the world your business”. But does that what the phrase “occupy until I come” means? The word translated as “occupy” means “stay busy”, and has a very similar connotation to the word “mind” we are discussing. The word translated as “occupy” here, has the same root as the word “affairs” in 2 Tim. 2:4, and the context of that verse will give us a huge clue as to what God means by “occupy”: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2Ti 2:3-4). Knowing this truth, can anyone seriously argue that by “occupy until I come”, that Christ meant “go get politically active and vote!”? To be carnal is to be concerned about things outside of our measure (things that are not our business, or that we cannot control), and to campaign for the things of the flesh in order serve or save the flesh. Carnality is the method and philosophy embraced by those who are heading towards the pit of destruction. Spiritually minded men and women – those who have been given true spiritual life – can see clearly that this life is a vapor, and that the Kingdom of This World and the politics of that temporal Kingdom are of interest only to those who are citizens of that Kingdom. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom 8:5-7). The Social Gospel The Universal Apostasy, as was prophesied, has been a long and broad road traveled for the professing church. From its start as an outcast and persecuted community surrounded by darkness, Christianity has had an interesting history. While the small and true Church always maintained its separate identity, the falling away gained steam and great temporal power after Constantine, and then progressed and grew mighty through the Romanist Apostasy, and up through the Middle Ages the war between worldly power and simplicity and separatism raged. The Reformation was birthed when the true believers among the Waldenses and Albigenses sent itinerant preachers around, and eventually the true message of separation, holiness, simplicity, and humility even worked into the conversion of some Papist priests and monks. The Universal Apostasy has waxed and waned, and it didn’t take long before mainstream Protestantism (the daughter) followed her mother (the Roman church) down the road to destruction. The Devil finds his way in to mainstream religion through hook or crook. From the late 18th to the 20th century, the new means of making the church more worldly and carnal minded was called The Social Gospel. True and historic Christianity taught that Christians, who were supposed to be living in separate community and serving one another, were responsible to the poor, downtrodden, and downcast amongst themselves first. After their responsibilities to the faithful of God were taken care of, then they were responsible to travelers and passersby and any neighbors who had real needs of food and raiment. Jesus had said that the poor would always be among us (John 12:8), and though we ought to do what we can to relieve those we come across in our daily duties that have urgent needs, he nowhere urged the faithful to take over the government in order to get the government to engage in social welfare or social justice. The Social Gospel erroneously taught that we were a “brotherhood of man”, and that we all have responsibilities to provide social, economic, and cultural equality among all men. The Social Gospel denied the Biblical fact that God does curse some and bless others, and that it is often difficult to tell who is cursed more – the poor or the rich. The True Gospel taught that there would be poor and rich, and wicked and evil, and servants and masters, and that this was all within the plan and scope of God. The Social Gospel taught that man ought to engage his productive behaviors in the relieving of strangers, even those who were at war with Jesus Christ, and that the church ought to be politically active so that people who didn’t agree with The Social Gospel could be forced by government to enforce equality. Remember that the early Church and even early in the Protestant Reformation, the true believers always taught that God intended Christians to be satisfied with their position, and to give Him praise in poverty or in abundance. If you are a slave, the scriptures say, then serve your master honestly and as you would serve Christ Himself. The true Church was reminded that the elect of God were selected primarily from the poor, the downcast, the ignoble, and the foolish of the world. It was ok to be a slave for 70 years if you get to be a King for eternity with Christ. The Social Gospel, thinking only of this world, disdained monarchy or any social inequity and constantly labored to make people unsatisfied with their lot. Political activism became a must, since the false prophets of the Social Gospel believed that political power was necessary to improve the lives of everyone. So, voting became one of the supreme commandments and the highest law of the church of the Social Gospel, and the prophets of voting were trained throughout their lives to never, ever miss an opportunity to gain a voter. Socialism was not brought about by professed atheists looking to throw religion out of the window. That didn’t happen until later. Initially socialism was a product of the Apostate Church pushing the Social Gospel on the world. Communism, Fascism, Democratic Socialism, etc. were all products born of The Social Gospel within the false church. Enlightenment ideas of the inherent virtue, value, and freedoms of man, though in stark contrast to the true Biblical doctrines of Original Sin and Total Depravity, adapted well to the Universal Apostasy. This is how a bunch of freedom loving anti-government rebels started a country that would become the home, prototype, and exporter of Democratic Socialism, the welfare state, and Big Brother Government. And voting is the first and greatest commandment! Ambassadors The Apostles claimed to be ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20) and not citizens of the Kingdom of This World. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary calls an Embassador a“minister of the highest rank employed by one prince or state, at the court of another, to manage the public concerns of his own prince or state, and representing the power and dignity of his sovereign.” An ambassador does not involve himself in the politics of the country to which he has been sent by his King. He does not vote in local or national elections in the country wherein he is just a visitor. When his King is at war with that country, he does not get engaged in social welfare, or trying to convince the locals of anything. The great commentator John Gill said, “Since God has made reconciliation by Christ, and the ministry of it is committed to us, we are ambassadors for him; we come with full powers from him, not to propose terms of peace, to treat with men about it, to offer it to them, but to publish and proclaim it as made by him: we represent him, and God who made it by him.” But what if there is a good, “christian” candidate? Those words are all mutually exclusive. A true Christian would have been told to “study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing” (1Th 4:11-12). Since there would be no Social Gospel and no social welfare, the true Christian ought to be going about his own business, and he would have no time or stomach for politics. Not only would it be impossible to find a qualified candidate, since no true Christian should pursue office or accept it if it were offered, the very act of finding a qualified candidate means making an official declaration that you are one with this people and in unity with them and that you are a citizen of the Kingdom of this World and not an ambassador of Christ. Now, if that's what you want to do, then have at it. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. It is not surprising at all that modern professing christians cannot tell the difference between the true Church and the world, and the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of This World. Worldling professors have been taught that the "church" is the religious arm of the kingdom. They’ve been taught that there is just one Kingdom, and that is this current world, and that the job of the christian is to go “win it for Christ.” In reality, there are two Kingdoms that are evident. There is the Kingdom of This World, which has a lot of religions, but one of the largest religions in this Apostate Kingdom is called “christianity”. The christianity of the Kingdom of This World is carnal, political, and shares its culture, economy, and social construct with the Kingdom of which it is a part. That false church exists on every street corner in America and around the world. Anyone with any spiritual life can see that there is another Christianity, which is true Christianity. It is a very small flock, and is called the Elect, and Christ’s Body. There are two groups calling themselves “Christianity”, one is large and is on the wide road that leadeth to destruction. The other is small, and is on the straight and narrow road that leadeth to salvation and eternal life. The Proverbs, and all the prophecies, teach that there are two women in the scripture (as typology). The false "church" is worldly, political, a harlot, and practices syncretism with the world. The true Church is a good woman (Proverbs 31), who is separate from the world and holy unto Christ. The false church is ubiquitous (everywhere), and sends out prophets to make sure everyone votes. Men, ignorant of the truth, are slain by her. Voting is one of the harlot’s ways of slaying the ignorant. Your church, and the prostitutes she sends out to corrupt men, says "Go vote! Jesus wants you to!” They will tell you that one devil is better than another, and that, even though any deadly amount of deadly poison is deadly, they will say that some deadly amount of deadly poison is better than a lot of deadly poison. They have rationalizations that will encourage you to vote even for Christ’s enemies, and they will promise you that things will be much worse if the other devil is elected. They will guilt you and shame you and insult you if you tell them they are wrong. They will tell you that “no candidate is perfect”. They will tell you how it is best to vote “scripturewise”, and to use “Biblical precepts” in voting. They say "We can vote according to biblical principles" which is no different than saying "we can rape according to biblical principles" or "we can sin according to biblical principles." As bad as the modern bibles are, I don't think you can even find political voting in one of them... but then, I haven't read all of the worst ones. They will not tell you that it is absolutely deceptive and devilish to teach anyone that there is political voting in the Bible among God’s people. They cannot show you anywhere where God validated or sanctified political voting. There are no democracies, no republics, no voting in God’s Word among God’s true people. They will not tell you that voting is a declaration of unity with the system, and with the state and nature of the system. Voting is complicity. Voting gives the system credence, and is a declaration to the God of Heaven that you are in the Kingdom of This World and not in the Kingdom of God. By definition. I still have one more part for you, if the Lord wills it. I remain your servant in Christ Jesus, Michael Bunker

No comments: