Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How To Live In A Pagan World

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How To Live In A Pagan World

John 15:19 “19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

What does this mean?

In our current political climate, many Christians are more familiar with the Republican Party’s message then that of the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

God’s people live in a world and age that is a sea of pagan and humanistic values. There has been erosion over the years to take God out and look what we see today -- A country hating Christians today! It is not popular professing as a Conservative in which the world relates Conservatives as Christians. How do we live? Let’s look at the Book of Daniel.

It is no different today, the ways of God and the ways of the world are in opposition to one another. During Jesus time, they were under the rule of Rome waiting for the Messiah to take over government. Isn’t that kinda how the church is today. They were caught up in the world.

Another Scripture I want to share: 1 John 2:15-16 says

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Are you caught up in the flesh wanting riches and comfort? Do we hear prosperity messages? Has the church really made a difference in our society today reaching the lost and being the real church or has it been caught up in prosperity and measuring their Christian Faith in money?

Like I said earlier, throughout the bible, the saints have had to deal with these issues. Let’s look at Daniel and the other men’s life in the book of Daniel.

America / Israel
First, want to touch on how Daniel ended up in Exile in a pagan country. One, Israel set itself up for failure when it tried to be like the rest of the world by having kings instead of God in place. Isn’t that what is happening today? Isn’t America trying to be like everyone else by becoming socialism vs. capitalism! What is socialism?

Socialism what is it?

Socialism is the social, economic, political, and spiritual system of Secular Humanism, and it was founded in the Garden of Eden. The founder, Satan, wrote their constitution when he said, For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof (of the forbidden fruit), then you eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Rev. 3:5)
Secular Humanists believe they are their own god's, and they have decided for themselves what is good and what is evil. As the Bible says, they call good evil and evil good.

In short, Liberals are Socialists, and Socialists are Secular Humanists, and Secular Humanism is an antichrist system. Socialists are always for big government and higher taxes, and they are pro abortion, and pro euthanasia. Look at the majority of the European nations today!
Taken one step further, Socialism is by nature Anti-Christ and Anti-American. Therefore, we Christians must teach the truth about the enemy of the faith, and counter their lies. Every country that has socialism, does not have freedom of worship of God.

Liberals will often sling mud at Conservatives and Evangelical Christians, comparing us to Hitler and the Nazi party. Yet, the truth is, Hitler and Mussolini and Stalin were all Socialists. The word Nazi is an acronym for "National Socialist Party," and Fascist is an acronym for "Federal Socialist Party," and the USSR stood for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics." Talk about being mean spirited, it is the very nature of Socialist states to oppress the masses.

Why are we moving in this direction? If the antichrist is to come on the earth, then the world has to be a socialistic body. Don’t you think?

Some of you are asking if there is anything you can do? My answer to you is no, the book has been written and God is allowing this to happen. Remember Jesus wins in the end. Plus, he is coming soon to get his bride.

Book of Daniel

In 1 Peter 2:11-12 it says:

"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."

Lets look at 4 men in the bible who lived in a socialistic pagan culture as our example of living. These four men are in the book of Daniel.

These four men, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, are examples of people submitting to the laws of the foreign government unless it requires disobedience to God. Daniel did not try to form a large group of politically active captives, refusing to eat the king’s food. Daniel worked with the governing authorities not against them. He did not choose between two seemingly conflicting absolutes. Daniel did not stop trying after the first failed attempt.

These four men also provide examples where obedience to God may cause disobedience to government. When Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah refused to worship an idol, it was obedience to God not to government. When Daniel refused to stop worshipping God for one month, his concern was God not the government. Both situations contain the issue of obedience to God over that of government. They did not rebel due to their rights or honor but God’s. They accepted the punishment due them for their disobedience to the governing authorities. They did not fight the consequences but willingly submitted to the government, even when the government was requesting disobedience to God.

Daniel continued to work with the authorities to secure a peaceful solution that pleased both God and the king. Daniel trusted God to work out the conclusion. His focus was neither on the government nor its laws, but on obedience to God. However, later in the book of Daniel we see that they were willing to obey God no matter the cost.

Shouldn’t that be our attitude today? Is it worth getting upset what is happening? Was capitalism God’s perfect government? No, not at all.
In Philippians 3:20 it says

By: Traci Morin Ordained Min­is­ter, Writer, Pub­lic Speaker

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