Believers are no longer citizens of this nation nor this world. We have now become foreigners, pilgrims and strangers to this nation and this world.
Under the Mosaic Law, participation in government was encouraged and in many cases, required. Remember, this Law functioned to address the needs of national Israel and their physical kingdom. The New Testament Church is distinct from Old Testament Israel in that it’s a spiritual Kingdom governed by spiritual principles looking PAST this physical world. As such, its recourse is neither physical nor political.
There are several reasons for this:
In the Old Testament God had a physical Kingdom and He used this physical Kingdom for His Glory.
In the New Testament God has no physical Kingdom on earth but a Spiritual one. God is no longer raising and lowering kings or kingdoms. He has no physical, earthly interest in the Kingdoms and affairs on earth during our Age. Of course He knows exactly what will happen throughout the Church age but He influences NONE of it. Consider for a moment why God in the New Testament tells us to pray for those in human government authority? There is no command in the Old Testament similar to that. It is because He did not install them and He has no influence over any of them by His own Choice and His Own Righteous Principals. Our effectual and fervent prayers for these worldly leaders are to be Spiritual only in nature for their salvation. In the last age or generation, God works ONLY THROUGH INDIVIDUALS, not governments or populations. Governments have been given over BY GOD to satan and satan has full control over them as the "god" of this world.
World Governments are Beast Systems:
World governments and political establishments are under the temporal power and authority of the “god of this world”. They are blind to God’s principles and refuse to answer to His authority (regardless of any of their claims):
Matthew 4: 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Corthinians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Please consider Romans 13: 1-2. Our Lord instituted government authority and His Command refers to the offices (institutions) and never specific people. Compared to those Old Testament instances our Lord raised or lowered kings by name. No instance of that occurs in the New Testament including Revelation for a clear reason. Which is very relevant since Daniel's visions describe the last several kingdoms on earth prior to our Lord's Return in Flaming Fire as beasts.
In the book of Daniel, God shows him a vision in which four beasts rise out of the sea (Daniel 7:1-26). These “beasts” correspond to world governments or empires. After them, Daniel sees a man, described as the “Ancient of Days”, setting up an everlasting government that eclipses all the ones prior.
How interesting that the final government is symbolized by Jesus Christ—while all the preceding ones are depicted as “beasts”. Daniel’s vision is just more evidence of an important lesson. In this church age (the last time) and until Christ’s Kingdom arrives to replace the ruler ship of "beasts", we exist in a world governed by satan.
Our Lord raises no kings, kingdoms or nations in this age nor does He put them down. It is an obvious and logical conclusion that HE is no longer vested in the human governments of the world because He no longer maintains a physical NATION ON EARTH during the New Testament church age. Along with the fact that God gave satan full control of the earth as the god of this world's socioeconomic systems, the evidence is indisputable.
A basic understanding of the difference between the OLD Testament way God deals with man and the NEW Testament way are the polar opposites. Faith came by sight in the OT and Faith comes without sight in the New Testament.
Now if all governments are typified by beasts, headed up by the “god of this world” (Satan), why would we cast our vote for any of them? Why would we serve them militarily in order to advance their “beastly” agendas?
INTERESTING CORRELATION EXPLAINING WHY GOD REFERS TO THE LAST RULER OF THE WORLD SYSTEM AS "THE BEAST"!
Why would we want to fill the role of political leader or enforce government justice when we understand these positions to be corrupted by Satan’s control? The answer is clear, we don’t! As Christians, we have our own priorities to mind, and we should let the world mind theirs.
WE ARE TO LIVE ONLY FOR CHRIST’S SPIRITUAL KINGDOM NOW AND HIS PHYSICAL KINGDOM TO COME. NOT THIS TEMPORARY BEAST SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY SATAN.
CRUCIFY OUR LIFE HERE AND FOLLOW HIM PREACHING HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND MERCY. WE ARE NOT PART OF THE BEAST’S SYSTEM ANYMORE. WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN and no longer citizens of the World.
This is what the BEASTS world system (government) did to our Lord and His followers:
Our Lord: reviled, hated, penniless, homeless, spoken evil against falsely, falsely accused, arrested, tortured and crucified.
Apostles/disciples-first century recorded in Scripture: Shamed, spoken evil of falsely, beaten, imprisoned, tortured, penniless, stripes upon stripes, homeless, shipwrecked, laid wait upon, murdered for Christ.
John 15: 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
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.
When individuals TRUST ON CHRIST a change of allegiance takes place. Such become members of a spiritual Kingdom and are called to mind the affairs that forward God’s agenda, not man’s:
WE LOOK FORWARD TO CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUS KINGDOM WHERE ONLY TRUE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT WILL OCCUR AND ENFORCED BY US. GOVERNMENT WILL NOT BE ACCORDING TO THE SINFUL AGENDAS OF THE PEOPLE IN POWER IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM.
IT WILL BE CORRUPTION FREE AND TRULY JUST!
We become Spiritual Soldiers for Christ with weapons of Spiritual warfare and not physical warfare.
2Timothy 2:4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Ephesians 6:  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
BEFORE WE BELIEVED WE WERE “strangers and foreigners” TO God’s Kingdom BUT FULLY INVESTED CITIZENS OF THE U.S. AND THE WORLD AND WHAT HAPPENED IN THE WORLD WAS OUR PRIORITY.
When we believed however, A reverse action TOOK PLACE. We thus become “strangers and pilgrims” in the world, and terminate our former way of life. For this reason, Jesus made it clear that while His followers were in the world, they were not to be part of the world system and its principles.
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Once regenerated by the Holy Spirit we realize it by our new desire to change our citizenship from the world to Heaven.
Phil 3: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, (RAPTURE) according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
I Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.
I Peter 2: 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
The political world is openly antagonistic to Christian principles and is riddled with humanist thinking.
There are no Scriptures to indicate that the Christian should attempt to influence things for good through political processes and activities. The world and its system is a LOST CAUSE and will not be changed and the LORD DOES NOT WANT US TO WASTE A SINGLE SECOND ON THE TEMPORARY WORLD SYSTEM WHICH HE WILL SOON DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING.
Our place, out interests, our energy, our treasure, our wealth, our time should ONLY be our real future with Christ. We have nothing to do with this fake world system ran by Satan.
The New Testament does not advocate engagement in politics, social movements or schemes for reform, even though the conditions at the time were generally appalling. The early church concerned itself
with the inward change which only the gospel could produce, and with teaching and encouraging Spiritual growth of the believers.
We are not called to “improve” the governments of the lost of the world. We are called to come out of it and proclaim salvation OUT OF THE WORLD, NOT INTO IT
Slavery was a scourge in New Testament times but none of the believers were instructed to campaign against it or try to remove it. We know it was and is sinful but this is all included in the reprobate world. God never commanded His followers to change the black hearts of 99.9% of the world.
Certain Scriptures give us a powerful reason not to engage in politics.
Philippians 3.20 states, "For our citizenship (politics, enfranchisement, voting rights, etc) is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ".
The Scripture tells us we are ambassadors in this world. Ambassadors do not interfere in the politics of the country in which he is only a temporary resident. As "ambassadors for Christ" WE ARE NOT TO INTERFERE IN THE GOVERNMENT OR POLITICS OF THIS LOST, DYING WORLD RULED BY SATAN.
The main tenet of modern political systems is the democratic principle. The essence of democracy is rejection of any notion of absolute truth or higher authority and rejection of absolute moral values through acceptance of the rightness of whatever the majority think. This is anti-scriptural, Anti-Christ and evil.
America is a 400 year old experiment and the first nation to vote for their rulers.
Voting was not part of Christ’s day nor the first centuries so voting in itself is ABSENT from Scripture.
Paul claimed the legal protection of his Roman citizenship but never participated politically nor taught Christians to do so (Acts 22.25-29).
The Lord’s words in John 18.36 state clearly the need for a separation from political actions and processes.
The Lord abstained from political activity. When He was here He was aware of society’s injustices and of the corrupted governments in authority (Mt 22.16-21).
The example which the Lord set His disciples was one of meekness, humility and obedience to the powers that be.
Christians are not directed to improve the world but to proclaim the gospel that condemns it and offers salvation from it.
Financial contributions to political parties, participation in election campaigns, running for political office and voting are all activities which constitute an unequal yoke with unbelievers.
To act differently from the world is a testimony against the world.
It is a statement that we are separate from a world system which is opposed to God. Our chief influence in the world is to be through prayer, not the ballot box.
We are called to Represent God’s Mercy in His New Testament and NOT HIS JUSTICE as in the Old Testament.
The nations are lost, God’s judges EVERY INDIVIDUAL.
In all of His time on earth, Jesus never taught about the rule of justice, but taught His disciples to be merciful and forgiving.
Conversely, officers of the law are employed by government to guard and protect civilians and represent the justice of the law. They punish evildoers and lawbreakers and maintain order in society. Romans 13 describes their ministry as one of justice and retribution. We will use this chapter to contrast between their ministry and that of the Saints. What we may discover is that while God uses the government to minister justice, He calls upon the Saints to minister pardon, forgiveness, and mercy, so that all sinners may be reconciled unto Him:
Government WAS ESTABLISHED BY GOD TO MAINTAIN ORDER OUT OF HUMAN CHAOS ONLY:
Rom.13:  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Saints DO NOT DELIVER GOD’S JUSTICE OR HIS WRATH, TRUE BELIEVERS DELIVER THE MERCY OF GOD THROUGH HIS GOSPEL:
James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance
Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy
… having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing
As silly as this may sound, the majority of Believers today are persuaded they can serve government in the capacity of “justice keepers” and also pursue a full time ministry toward sinners. But I believe this type of political involvement is wrong and goes entirely contrary to the ministry of Christ, as one who came to save the sinners, not prosecute them to the full letter of the law.
The same could be said of those who believe in fighting for their country in order to forward a secular government’s agenda. God clearly told us through Paul that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood”
Governments can only deal with the physical character of sin. It tackles the visible ailments of a fallen human race. Jesus came to deal with the spiritual nature of sin, that which is invisible and hides itself well from the naked eye. His sole ministry was to expose the root cause of sin, thereby eliminating it.
The establishment of the Church as a spiritual Kingdom was so that it could function on the basis of these very principles and act to counterbalance the government system.
MOST “CHRISTIANS” SAY VOTE: BUT GOD SAYS PAY YOUR TAXES AND OBEY THE HUMAN GOVERNMENT OVER YOU. NOT AS PART OF IT BUT AS A TESTIMONY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RIOTING AND DISOBEDIENCE ARE ALL OF SATAN AND NOT OF GOD.
The only VOTE our Lord wants us to make is the VOTE FOR HIM through His Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He does not want us involved in the world system and ALL POLITICS IS OF THE WORLD SYSTEM.
The only VOTE we are to proclaim to the lost and dying world is the VOTE for Jesus. To obey and accept His Gospel, LEAVING THIS WORLD BEHIND AND FOLLOWING HIM.
The works of God HAVE ZERO TO DO WITH THE PHYSICAL AND WHO THE WORLD AND ITS CONDEMNED CITIZENS HAVE AS LEADERS.
GOD DOES NOT WANT US TO FIGHT AGAINST SATAN’S WORLD SYSTEM, HE WANTS US TO SHOW HIS MERCY AND FORGIVENESS IN OUR ACTIONS AND WORDS.
HE DOESN’T WANT US TO FIGHT SODOMY OR ABORTION OR CHILD RAPE, HE WANTS US TO SHOW THEM HIM AND HIS MERCY.
Satan has destroyed America and will remove her as a world power and voice to make way for the beast and his world system.
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