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Christ vs. War

September 4, 2016

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Christ says, “Love your enemies”;
War says, “Hate them.”

Christ says, “Bless them who curse you”;
War says, “Curse them that curse you.”

Christ says, “Do good to them”;
War says, “Do them harm.”

Christ says, “Pray for them”;
War says, “Slay them.”

Christ says, “I am not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them”;
War says, “I am come to destroy men’s lives.”

Paul says, “Overcome evil with good”;
War says, “Overcome evil with evil.”

Paul says, “If your enemy hungers, feed him”;
War says, “Starve him.”

Paul says, “If he thirsts, give him drink”;
War says, “Destroy his wells.”

Paul says, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood”;
War says, “We do wrestle against flesh and blood.”

Daniel Vaniman (1835-1903)
Christ and War
Brethren Publishing House (1900)
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4250 - World AffairsWorld Affairs and National Politics:
And the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus
by Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

When did nationalism begin? What is God’s purpose for nationalism? Is the United States a Christian nation? Does any government have Favored Nation Status with God today? Should believers support Israel? What did Paul have to say about our citizenship? What is our role in relation to nations? Is our job to rid the world of evil? What should the believer’s attitude be toward earthly authority? Should all obedience to earthly magistrates be absolute? Are believers to pay their taxes? Where does voting and jury duty fit in? Why was the apostle Paul executed? These and many other questions are addressed in this groundbreaking work!

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All Forms of Government Are Bad

August 30, 2016

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What kind of government is the best? In school the children are taught that the form of government they are under is the best. … All of the different forms of government, from anarchy to absolute despotism, are according to the purpose of God. They are all bad insofar as they are not subject to God … [However] God does not make all authority bad now. He gives good rulers once in a while by way of change, because we need the contrasts … [But] It is their failure that fulfills God’s purpose.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 36, 1945
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Involvement in Political Matters

August 13, 2016

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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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Friendly Aliens in a Foreign Land

July 4, 2016

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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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4250 - World AffairsWorld Affairs and National Politics:And the High Calling of God in Christ Jesus

by — Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

When did nationalism begin? What is God’s purpose for nationalism? Is the United States a Christian nation? Does any government have Favored Nation Status with God today? Should believers support Israel? What did Paul have to say about our citizenship? What is our role in relation to nations? Is our job to rid the world of evil? What should the believer’s attitude be toward earthly authority? Should all obedience to earthly magistrates be absolute? Are believers to pay their taxes? Where does voting and jury duty fit in? Why was the apostle Paul executed? These and many other questions are addressed in this groundbreaking work!
(#4250) ISBN: 9781934251911 – 258 pages, PB.  $14.95

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PO Box 265
Windber, PA  15963

The Most Oppressive Tyranny

September 29, 2014

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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, The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

CSLewisC.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment (June, 1953)
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Resident Aliens

August 9, 2014

Whatever country we may naturally belong to, Paul says, we are to remember always that our real citizenship is in heaven (cf. Philippians 3:20). Whatever opinions we have about how to solve society’s problems, we are to remember always that we cannot serve two masters (Luke 16:13).

Our allegiance, therefore, can never be to any version of the kingdom-of-the-world, however much better we may think it is than other versions of the kingdom-of-the-world. Our allegiance is to our heavenly Father, whose country we belong to and into whose family we’ve been adopted (Romans 8:29; Galatians 1:2; 6:10; Ephesians 1:4-5). We are to see ourselves as “alien residents.”

gregory-boydGregory A. Boyd
The Myth of a Christian Nation (2005) Page 70, 71

Worries Concerning 2012

April 2, 2012

Many are anxious about this year. Some, because of the ancient Mayan calendar, are concerned that the last day of history will be December 21, 2012. This doomsday “end” has no merit, as God did not vest the details of His plans with the Mayans but in the Scriptures alone.

That the last month of this year is the “end,” could not be further from the truth. God has much left in His plans for the earth. Place no merit in archeology coming from heathen societies.

Another reason that many are anxious this year is that it is a U.S. Presidential election year. Those of us who know and realize that Father is in charge of all who rule can trust Him in such a restless year.

We must never forget that “the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will” (Daniel 4:17, 25), and that “He does according to His will … among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can restrain His hand” (Daniel 4:35). It is God Who rules “over all the kingdoms of the heathen” (II Chronicles 20:6).

We know that “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will” (Proverbs 21:1); and that, in fact, “He is a great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2).

God rules over all nations, establishing their times and boundaries. The who, how, when and where are all determined by Him for His Own purposes.

[God] has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation (Act 17:26).

Relax, Father has everything under control.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


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