The Bible, Politics and Christianity

For almost 2,000 years there has been a group called Christians, in the same period Political change has occurred moving to accountable governance and the Bible included the books of the New Testament – or Christian Greek Scriptures.

So from history we know the Apostles and disciples wrote to the early Christians to build their faith because they were persecuted. The title Christian was used to describe the followers of Jesus the Nazarene. This group were hated, persecuted particularly by Rome, Judaism and society.

Set Apart

When Jehovah created a covenant or contract with the nation of Israel he made it clear that they were to separate, their religious activities and Government from all the other nations around. This isolationist or separatist policy was designed to demonstrate they had dedicated themselves to God and recognised his right to rule.

Jesus made a new covenant with the Spiritual Israel of God and he again separated them, this meant that they were identified as different – they were Christians!

The Impact

The Governments stood up against the Christians, persecution followed, men like Peter, Paul, James the Apostle, Stephen and so many others were cruelly treated. Why?

Three Reasons:

Jesus was hated by the Jews and Rome

Jesus told the Apostles they would be hated because they followed him

Christians promote an alternate government God’s Kingdom that will destroy human rulership

John 15: 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you

John 17: 14 I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.

Matthew 6: 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.

For at least 250 years Christians continued to be persecuted. So the Political Governmental Power decided to “accept” Christianity but it required those leaders to compromise, which many refused to do.

The bright sparks in Government suddenly thought, “lets establish a Universal form of Christianity” locate it in Rome and encourage people to adopt it by linking festivals and services with the pagan religions. That way they exercise control of society.

So in the 4th Century Modern Christianity was established. Jesus had described this as weeds being sown amongst the wheat. So Original Christianity and Modern Christianity would exist alongside each other.

Note what happens to those who are deceived by the propaganda Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.22 Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’

Pseudo-Christians are left at the time of inspection thinking they had followed Christ but he will not recognise them, why? verse 24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does them will be like a discreet man who built his house on the rock.” Hears and does.

Original Christians Today

The scrutiny of the Bible in the last 500 years has impressed on some of the those deceived ones a need to return to the saying of Jesus Christ.

This has made them unpopular with Governments and Modern Christianity, for example Tyndale translating the Bible into English, Wycliffe and so many others who were persecuted, murdered by the state for their honest desire to get the Bible into the hands of the common person.

Society changed Modern Christianity fragmented to accommodate the differing needs of those who started to study the Bible. Morality changed and people accepted standards and practices that fly in the face of the Bible. Religion, especially Christianity is truly universal all are welcome, with or without a faith in God. Sounds odd but it is true.

Who Are Identified as Different

Globally the Bible Education Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses is unparalleled in scale and impact, the common unity that they support God’s Kingdom and obey God as ruler, following closely the steps of Jesus Christ. You may know them for the medical stance, or that they won’t join the military, you will never be fighting against a practicing Jehovah’s Witness on the frontline. For example, Russia and Ukraine have no Witnesses in their fighting or Government Forces.

This is religious group that seems to get a “Marmite” reaction. Love them or hate them their stand for God’s Kingdom in Jesus Christ’s hands as the only solution sets them apart, just like the Original Christians.

Check out what they teach, what the Bible teaches and what the Original Christians accepted in the first and second centuries.

What happens when someone practices sins that are contrary to the Bible standards the congregation follow the bible direction.

Persecuted for not supporting the state, labelled as extremist although not a threat to the Government. In the UK the Government’s own review of extremism identified Jehovah’s Witnesses as a pacifist group that hold extremist standards, the same label is attached to them in Russia and in European countries and the threat is they undermine the nationalistic spirit that enables the countries to go to war, invest in weapons and exploit people.

So Governments cry and security when they invest in war, they persecute those who have found the Original Christian way and follow it.

If this has raised questions or you are interested in finding out more please visit www.jw.org

This not an official voice for Jehovah’s Witnesses but to be persecuted for the same reasons as the Original Christians is something all Modern Christians should be interested in because if it is easy to be a Christian today we need to ask Am I following Christ or Modern Christianity?

Who are domestic terrorists?

Not so many years ago terrorism was seen as one ideology trying to push a message through the ultimate sacrifice of lives on both sides. Now we have the label “domestic terrorist” and the majority of countries already have legislation that can suppress messages that criticise or contradict the ruling state.

Anti-terror legislation appears as Patriotic, or civil order but who is affected or can be affected by the label?

Those with a Faith?

Notice the popular meaning of sedition

“conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.” In Russia and recently in France religious people have been labelled as seditionaries. Why? because they advocate God’s Kingdom, demonstrate a reluctance to engage with the state.

Here are couple of things that are seditionary:

  • Praying and living in harmony to the expression “Let Your Kingdom Come”
  • Following the bible tenet “We obey God as Ruler rather than men”
  • Remaining neutral – so not voting, enlisting in the military and working towards supporting Theocrasy

What are the seditionaries guilty of:

  • They pay taxes,
  • Few commit crimes
  • Support for neighbours
  • Seek peace and promote the love of the Christ

These peace-loving Christian groups are described as “passive terrorists” these present no threat of violence. They are the core of law-abiding societies.

The Example

Pilate announced to the religious and political leaders gathered to call for the life of a man 2,000 years: “I find no crime in this man.” the response from those in control responded in Matthew 27: “22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.”

Another example who copied Jesus is recorded in Acts 7 and how did the rulers respond in verse “57 At this they cried out at the top of their voices and put their hands over their ears and rushed at him all together.

Should we be surpised?

Jesus words quoted in Luke 21: 12 “But before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name.13 It will result in your giving a witness.”

This is an expression used in the words that prophised the last days and what it is like to live through the most challenging and exciting time in our history. Luke 21: 16 “Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death,17 and you will be hated by all people because of my name.

Thousands over the years have sacrificed their lives for the reality of the Kingdom Christians pray for – God’s Kingdom the only hope of restoration. Do we need to take up arms against a government or authorities? – NEVER!!!

Human governments will take a stand against the greatest government as stated in Psalm and when they do it will be quick and effective as Daniel saw in his vision recorded at Daniel 2: 44.

The question really is where are we in this battle of words now? and what are we prepared to sacrifice when the rhetoric ends and religious organisations have no place, are we going to be in the silent majority or are we already showing that we advocate God’s Kingdom, Jesus Rulership and the restoration of Theocrasy?

In the words of Joshua the judge in Israel Joshua 24: 14 “Therefore, fear Jehovah and serve him with integrity and faithfulness, and remove the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt, and serve Jehovah.15 Now if it seems bad to you to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether the gods that your forefathers served on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amʹor·ites in whose land you are dwelling. But as for me and my household, we will serve Jehovah.”

Remember when Jesus stood before the people and Pilate offered to release him the people chose a known seditionary and murderer so do not be surprised by the reaction of those around you and those who hold power now when they perceive they are performing good work.

Only be courageous and very strong, stand still and see the salvation of God through Jesus Christ because the battle is not ours we do not need to fight governments have chosen to wage war with God.

So being labelled as a seditionary for Christian values is to follow in the steps of the Master Jesus Christ.

Find out more about God’s Kingdom and study the bible it remains truly relevant today.