JESUS SAID… “My kingdom is not of this world”

In early March I posted about Vice President Pence meeting with Pope Francis…

VP MIKE PENCE MEETS WITH POPE: “FELT LIKE COMING HOME”

Now we hear about President Trump’s conference call on Saturday with over 600 Roman Catholic leaders, including New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan…

“In his opening remarks, the president thanked Catholic educators for their efforts in distance learning during the pandemic, as well as the spiritual support they are providing to families. Citing his own childhood of growing up next to a Catholic parish and school in Queens, New York, the president characterized Catholic schools as ‘a source of strength, hope, opportunity for communities across the country.’” (Source cruxnow)

We look at the Democratic Party and see support for abortion, the murder of babies.

We look at the Republican Party and see praise for Roman Catholicism, the murderer of souls.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: … John 10:10

We are to pray for those in authority, but our confidence and hope is only in Jesus, remembering that Jesus said…

My kingdom is not of this world… John 18:36

This beautiful portion of Scripture comes to mind…

2 Samuel 22

1  And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2  And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

3  The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

4  I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

5  When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

6  The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

7  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

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Reflections on the Hymn Writer: Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918) who died in the 1918 Pandemic

I had been feeling pretty wretched in the last few days and of course when we display a couple of symptoms of the current virus, we think “I hope not…

Reflections on the Hymn Writer: Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918) who died in the 1918 Pandemic

Tract: How To Have “The Peace That Passes All Understanding” During Lockdown

God is our Refuge “God is our Refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and …

Tract: How To Have “The Peace That Passes All Understanding” During Lockdown

TO THE SAINTS…

Ephesians 1

1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2  Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

15  Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

16  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

THE CHURCH

Schools, restaurants, department stores etc. have closed. Sporting events and concerts have been cancelled. Large gatherings among family and friends are also discouraged, all in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. I believe the churches should not have services, not gather, for the very same reason. There is a debate going on about keeping churches open and it made me think about this post that I wrote in 2007…

CHURCH 

Strong’s Concordance

1577. ekklesia, ek-klay-see’-ah

HELPS Word-studies (source: biblehub.com)

1577 ekklēsía (from 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and 2564 /kaléō, “to call”) – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.

A building is not “the church.” Born again believers are the church.

An organization is not “the church.” Born again believers are the church.

The true church is a family, and should function similar to a family, each person having a role.

If all the buildings that we call “churches” were to close their doors, there would still be a church.

If all the organizations and institutions that are called “churches” were to fall into apostasy, the true church would still be in existence.

How? Why? Because the church is the faithful born again remnant of people who follow the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and in truth.

ASSEMBLING

If we are not gathering in Spirit and in truth our gathering is pointless. It has become nothing more than a legal formality. The Lord told us that when two or three are gathered together in His name, He would be in the midst. 

MINISTRY

There can be, and there is, ministry outside of the institution/organization called the “church.” We are to be salt and light in this world. Our whole life can be, is to be, ministry. Ministry does not have to be confined to belonging to a particular “church” and then signing up for a specific “ministry.” We can be salt and light wherever we are. There are people all around us who need to hear the Gospel. There are people all around us who need comfort and help. There are people all around us who need prayer. Whatever the Lord puts before us to do for others is ministry. I have found in my experience that it is possible for “ministry” to become nothing more than a legal formality. On the other had I have also experienced the joy of ministry that flows from the heart, and is a very real part of the world we live in.

GIVING

Giving can also become a legal formality. We can give in a compulsory manner, or give with eyes closed to serious false doctrines being propagated in our local church. We think we have done our duty, and say we are not responsible for what is done with the money once it leaves our hands. But is that really true? I don’t think so. When the institutional/organizational church has gone astray, there are many other ways we can give to further the Gospel and help the poor.  We should provide for our family also, including our parents etc. if they have need.  If we pray and seek the Lord through His Word, He will lead us in the right direction.

Before I was born again I attended the Roman Catholic church. They have what they call “holy days of obligation.” You must attend a “church” on those days or you are guilty of what they call “mortal sin.” Many Catholics attend church in legal obedience to this Roman Catholic law.  But we, as born again Christians, are to be concerned with truth, not a legal obedience void of truth. We must follow the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head. If our local congregations have fallen into apostasy, we may have no choice but to go forth and worship Him outside the camp, and by doing so we will surely bear his reproach.

Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.