Archive for May 2010

Wrapped in the Red, White and Blue

May 4, 2010

A politicized faith not only blurs our priorities, but weakens our loyalties … The language of our spiritual citizenship frequently gets wrapped in the red, white and blue. Rather than acting as resident aliens of a heavenly kingdom, too often we sound like resident apologists for a Christian America … Unless we reject the false reliance on the illusion of Christian America, [we] will continue to distort the gospel and thwart a genuine biblical identity.

John Seel (1953)
The Evangelical Pulpit (1993)
Pages 106-107

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Political Activism

May 4, 2010

We can’t protect or expand the cause of Christ by human political and social activism, no matter how great or sincere the efforts. Ours is a spiritual battle waged against worldly ideologies and dogmas arrayed against God, and we achieve victory over them only with the weapon of Scripture. The apostle Paul writes,

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:3-5).

God is not calling us to wage a culture war that would seek to transform our countries into “Christian nations.” To devote all, or even most, of our time, energy, money and strategy to putting a facade of morality on the world or over our governmental and political institutions is to badly misunderstand our roles as Christians in a spiritually lost world …

A stance that emphasizes political activism and social moralizing always diverts energy and resources … Such an antagonistic position toward the established secular culture invariably leads believers to feel hostile not only to unsaved government leaders with whom they disagree, but also antagonistic toward the unsaved residents of that culture – neighbors and fellow citizens they ought to love, pray for and share the gospel with. To me it is unthinkable that we become enemies of the very people we seek to win to Christ …

John MacArthur (1939-)
Pulpit Magazine
October 2008

Social Reform

May 4, 2010

The Body of Christ is not here to reform the world system, solve the problems facing society, inaugurate social justice, etc. While true believers can and should have a powerful impact for good wherever they are, we are not going to improve the world system about us. In fact, part of our task is to testify to the fact that the world is not going to be made acceptable to God but rather as the age progresses will grow worse, morally and spiritually, until Christ comes to put down man’s rebellion and establish His reign.

C. Richard Jordan
Can America Be Saved?
The Grace Journal (Vol. 21, No. 2)


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