Omnipotent Moral Busybodies

Posted August 16, 2016 by SandreS
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“Theocracy” is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant, a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep … but the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely, because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations. And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

CSLewisC.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Of Other Worlds (page 81)
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment (June 1953)
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Involvement in Political Matters

Posted August 13, 2016 by SandreS
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Insofar as we become involved in the matters of the kingdoms of this world, we lose our magnetic vocation, and we shall involve ourselves in chaos from which it will take a very great deal to extricate us.

That has been the historic tragedy of Christendom: it has in various ways become linked up with the kingdoms and interests of this world, and that is the secret of its spiritual ineffectiveness. The Body of Christ is a heavenly thing since Christ, its Head, has ascended, and all that comes down into and through His Body is heavenly in source and nature. This is utterly different from the things of earth.

Moreover, we’re not here to establish or extend the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth. We are here to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ, to establish a testimony in the nations. The Kingdom of Heaven is for a later time.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, July 1927
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The Curse of Present-Day Israel

Posted July 22, 2016 by SandreS
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The Jews want to be a nation at a time when God does not want them to be one. … A great deal of the trouble of today is due to the fact that this nation which God does not want to have power, is trying to get it. … It is not in accordance with the mind of God. God’s time is future, but they have underground methods. I do not blame them in a way. If we had the background that they have, of being the nation that God has chosen, we would probably do likewise. … When any body of people tries to do something contrary to God’s plans, instead of being a blessing they will be a curse.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945
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Temporal Powers

Posted July 20, 2016 by SandreS
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Since Constantine, the “Church” has taken part in earth’s politics, with very evil results, and now Protestantism, like Catholicism, threatens to take a large hand in controlling the “temporal powers,” in order to make a new world.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 38, pages 8-9
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Friendly Aliens in a Foreign Land

Posted July 4, 2016 by SandreS
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We are called to be a pilgrim and a stranger. We must suffer quietly the present discomforts and risks of being out of gear with the world’s mighty machinery, national and international. Christ’s follower is to “set” his “affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

No one can be both a pilgrim passing through a given country and a citizen of it. In relation to this present world system we cheerfully adopt the former status. To the end of his sojourn the right-minded alien, wherever he may be, will do his utmost to benefit those about him; but his activities must be conducted by his alienship.

The heart of an alien should be set on the things of his fatherland, where are his sovereign, his home, and his permanent estates, and should not be “set” on the land where he is only a stranger and sojourner. Now an ambassador is never a citizen of any state save that which sends him.

G H LangG.H. Lang (1874-1958)
A Friendly Alien
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Man Can’t Rule Apart from God

Posted June 12, 2016 by SandreS
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It is not God’s object to fill the world with peace at the present time. It will help us in the terrible time we are going through to realize this. God wants to teach man that he cannot rule apart from Him. Man is made to rule and he is going to rule, but he is not able apart from the Deity.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945
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God’s Demonstrations in Government

Posted June 2, 2016 by SandreS
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God is “trying” a great number – I should not say of experiments – but a vast variety of demonstrations to shut man’s mouth; so that he cannot say that he has not had a fair opportunity to prove that he can govern apart from God. … Apart from all being subject to God there cannot be and should not be a perfect government.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 38, 1947
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