Archive for April 2009

Keeping Up on the Bad News

April 22, 2009

People say I have to know what’s going on in the world. I say, “Show me the verse.” It’s fascinating, but no one has yet shown me the verse. If there was such a verse, I am convinced I would have been shown it by now …

Martin Zender
Clanging Gong News, Vol. 1, No. 10
Bad News Blues

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Cleaning the Wrong House

April 22, 2009

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence (John 18:36).

The Lord’s kingdom was not of this world then, and neither is it now. When Peter picked up the sword in Gethsemane, Jesus rebuked him. Jesus would have rebuked any man then who would have fought to rescue Him. Such fighters would have sadly mistaken this present world system as the field of His reign. In spite of overwhelming scriptural testimony, many today still think that His kingdom is of this world. Instead of trying to rescue Him from the Jews, they are trying to rescue Him from errant political forces. They are striving to make sure that He has a clean world system in which to establish His government. But He is not going to use this world system to establish His government. Again, His government is not of this world.

Political Christianity is doubly ignorant. Not only is it like the housewife who hurries to clean the house before the maid comes (why does she think the maid is coming?), but it is cleaning the wrong house.

Martin Zender
Clanging Gong News, Vol. 1, No. 10
Cleaning the Wrong House

A Political Savior

April 22, 2009

The era of the Gentiles has a purpose which is the opposite of that of the Kingdom of God. Then, God will display what He can do, through His own Anointed. Now, however, it is necessary to expose the futility and the incapacity and the failure of human government apart from the direct supervision of the Deity. Even men with the noblest motives, with extraordinary capacity and possessing brilliant minds, are hampered and frustrated in their attempts to give the people the plenty and the peace for which these men strive, for their efforts are out of season.

Great as are the hardships and the calamities which come to earth’s inhabitants because of the shortcomings of man’s rule over man, it would be an infinitely greater calamity if men could succeed in ruling perfectly apart from God. That would make them independent, self-centered, self-sufficient, so that God would become nothing to them, rather than their All. Just as it is necessary for a sinner to realize his need of a personal Savior, so it is essential that the nations learn their need of a political Savior.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Studies in the Book of Daniel


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