The Great Commission Part 2
From Your servant, Dan L Baxley
Before we begin this article I would like the reader to know that I am not opposed to anyone sharing their faith with others, in fact, that is part of living this life, perhaps, however, not as you have been taught – we are not taught nor instructed to hassle our neighbor, or torment people of the world with our brand of religion. Not by any Apostle of YaHshua and certainly not YaHshua Himself. We are told the Gospel will be preached in all the world, and at one point, "published" -- and then the end will come.
This is the Gospel message, The Mystery about the Good News:
(1Ti 3:15-16) But if I tarry long, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the House of God, which is the church (ecclesia = congregation or assembly) of the living God, the pillar (support) and ground (base or foundation) of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
That all happened way back then, by our time, but in Heavenly time, a year as a 1,000 years, by comparison, as revealed in 2 Pet 3:8-9 & Ps 90:4, and this, of course, is for comparison only, we, then, are still in day number 6 of a 7 day week. Many a professing prophet has made a lot of hay out of this comparative revelation, but it is only a comparison, at this point, to make a point. Historical time for mankind may seem like long and off in a distant past or future, but from a Heavenly point of view it is not the same and what seems like thousands of years to us, is, in reality only days, by comparison to Heavenly time, or even to the time in all the Universe. Another small observation, on a much more personal level -- our physical reality -- that time begins and ends with our individual birth and death, and rarely exceeds 100 years. Our individual time is not eternity, not yet, anyway, but only to the end of our physical decay or death -- the decaying process of our physical being starts with the moment we are born and from that point to a gradual break down. I mention all of this to Just put things into prespective -- humanity lives with an attitude of immortality, but people like us are dying every day, some sooner than others.
Under the cry to carry out the “Great Commission, huge buildings of stone have been raised, television and satellite works beam around the world. But what if the message they carry is not the Message our Savior delivered? What if all of these grand works of men is not the message about our Savior but of another? What if these resources are all channelled toward another Savior, a different God from what the Apostles taught? What if all of these great works of stone and blood are preaching under a different Name, declaring a message under a false Name? I’m asking the questions I feel we all need to ask. We should not be afraid to question anyone claiming to preach the Gospel – claiming to be exercising the commanded “Great Commission”.
There is nothing more boring than someone pushing their religion or politics on you as an individual. Some excited Christian converts want to share their experience and after discovering others do not see it the way they do usually join a group with a mission. By proxy many believers step out with their wallets and bank accounts to help accomplish the “Great Commission”. There is nothing wrong with this, not at all, but to say the “church”, meaning the body of the Christ on Earth, is to force feed the world, whether they want to hear it or not, is a duty, and obligation, of the followers. Usually this leads to financial demands, on the lay members, beyond local support and need, requiring millions upon millions of dollars.
This study will be questioning the wisdom of the “Great Commission” and just what it means and how it has been used by power hungry men to abuse others. This teaching of forced baptism and the command to convert all nations -- was it meant for the church?
It is not to question the honesty of honest men, and of those that have furthered the Message of Salvation by the one and only Savior and the revealing of our Heavenly Father. Great men have lived and died for the Faith once delivered, beginning with the Apostles. It is by their calling for they have no choice, just like those called today, but not all callings are the same. The vast majority is not called to preach, to mission to the world, and most of all, not to force conversion on the unwilling, or anyone not agreeing with your church leaders.
Now you know where I stand and I hope you will take the time to read the rest of this article and take another look, with me, at this idea of the Great Commission –
Go you into the world – Proclaim the Gospel – Teach all Nations – Baptizing
Is the church really commanded to convert the world, to baptize all nations in His Name? Is the Great Commission of the Church a commandment from our Savior? Is there a commanded Great Commission to preach the Gospel and save the world? Does the New Testament, the New Covenant made with all people, contain this Great Commission? No, it does not and if you think it does then where is that command? Where does it say, or is it recorded that the church is to carry out a nation by nation conversion? It doesn’t but this is taught and the verses, recording the words of our Savior, in certain places does seem to say so, on the surface that is, but under close examination – well, you be the judge.
(Mat 28:19-20) Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (MKJV)
And then we have Mark’s account:
(Mark 16:15-16) And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. (MKJV)
First we can discount the account found in the Mark Gospel. Why? As it turns out, this verse is not found in any reliable MSS before 1100 AD. In fact, not one of the copies or fragments contains verses 9-20 before that date (apparently some are scratching to make these verse legit, claiming to have found a MS around 400 AD with these verses -- they are really speaking about writings of other professing Christians after Constantine proclaimed Christianity as the State Religion of the Empire -- the timing makes such information suspect). See any note in virtually any modern translation Study Bible, and if you do not believe them then do a little more research and after you prove this then use a little common sense too. I will save some the trouble and quote from my own NIV concerning Mark 16:9-20 --
Note From NIV Study Bible, 1985 Edition: "Serious doubt exists as to whether these verses belong to the Gospel of Mark. They are absent from important early manuscripts and display certain perculiarities of vocabulary, style and theological content that are unlike the rest of Mark. His Gospel probably ended at 16:8, or to original ending has been lost".
This is a verse the Christian Church, as a physical body, wants to keep, giving certain professing Christians the "command" to preach the "pearls of God" before the "swine" (being sarcastic - Mat 7:6)). After all, these verses contain the order for the Great Commission – but wait – they ignore the command found in these verses to prove your faith by handling deadly snakes and testing God by drinking poison (Ex 17:12, Mat 4:7). When you read some of the commentaries on this verse they will mention the suspicious source or appearance of these verses but are inclined to agree with it, partially, selectively, that is -- would our Lord really command his followers, disciples, the Apostles, to “…take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them…”?
Now, using the brain and a little bitty bit of our Savior’s Spirit I will tell you what I think -- I think someone added to the Gospel of Mark, perhaps -- in an effort to get rid of as many believers as possible? Really, why would anyone tell their followers to play with deadly snakes and be tempted to drink poisons to prove they are full of faith, if they were not trying to destroy them? I would suggest those claiming these verses as their authority to cram the prize of the Gospel down the throats of everyone, and even, by some, resorting to forced baptizim to play with deadly snakes and to drink the poision first.
Of those jumping on the support wagon for the first part, “Go into all the world…” and quoting this as a command of our Lord, well, they need to reexamine their motives. The context needs to be remembered, if these words be true, then these words were directed specifically to the 11 disciples, soon to be Apostles of YaHshua, and no one else – not even to the Apostle Paul, would this, supposed, command apply. Of course, if you insist these words are true because they are in the Bible, so God put them there -- they are still not words for you but for the original 11. If that is the case, and it is, then, where is the apostolic example of the Apostles taking up serpents? Don’t bother pointing out how the Apostle Paul was bit by a deadly insect, or snake, he was not part of the original 11 to whom this command was supposedly given, remember (Mark 16:14)? Other than this account in Mark there are no other examples of believers testing our Creator in this way. We can discount this part of Mark as a corruption of the Mark Gospel, and most likely for devious purpose.
Matthew’s Record – What about Matthew’s Account?
Once we clear away the bogus verses added to the Gospel of Mark we still have Matthew’s account. His seems much more palatable and may be an original record but there is a lot wrong with it. When we read the verses surrounding Matthew something is just not quite right. Let’s have a look at it, verse by verse –
(Mat 28:16) And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
In earlier verse of this same chapter we are told the two Mary’s were instructed to tell the 11 disciples to go to Galilee and the disciples did as they were told by these women. That is the first suspicious accounting. This account does not agree with any other of the Gospel accounts as to what happened right after YaHshua was resurrected.
(Mat 28:17) And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him. But some doubted.
Some doubted? This would seem highly unlikely at this time. After all, by the other accounts there has already been the meeting in the upper room and it was Thomas that doubted, and his doubting was put to rest at that time, so this part of Matthew makes no sense at all. If there were still “some that doubted” wouldn’t He have corrected them right then and there, as He did with Thomas? After all, he is sending them out to preach the Gospel, right? And notice, He did not scold those who doubted – none of this makes any sense. We have already seen how past scribes and copiers of copies of the Gospels had added verses and we may be seeing a similar things here. It is not unheard of, and is admitted by Biblical scholars that many times “margin notes” of copiers ended up in the text, sometimes on purpose, as in Mark, and other times accidently from copier to copier, to copy. Some may doubt scribes would do such a thing, but and easy example is to look at the KJV and everywhere you see words in italics the translators, doing the copying from other MSS, admit these are added words not found in the Greek or the Hebrew – they add these words attempting to make the scripture more readable in the English.
(Mat 28:18-19) And YaHshua came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth. Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
The Command is given -- baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. They, the Father and the Son, either have the same name or there are three different names. We know the Savior’s name and can determine the Father’s name but what about the Holy Spirit’s name? This is a verse supporting and used to support the false, pagan teaching of the Trinity, a doctrine the Protestant Church’s used to deny as a doctrine of the corrupt Roman Church, but in the past generation more and more of the rebellious Protestant daughters of Rome have been teaching this doctrine, contrary to their original position when breaking from the Roman Church. This should bring this verse under suspicion for anyone realizing the son has a name, the Father has a name, but we find no Name for the Holy Spirit. For me, the Father is HOLY, above all, and He is the HOLY Spirit – this is why YaHshua said all sins would be forgiven except for blaspheme of the Holy Spirit, that would be the SPIRIT of our Heavenly Father (Mat 12:18 ). This is not to say the verses in Matthew 28, verses 16-20, do not contain a germ of truth but as far as being a true command from our Lord for each of us to convert the world, to baptize the world as a direct command from our Savior, YaHshua, is suspect, and cannot be supported by verses that seem out of place or not in the proper order, still, it is not all a lie, just a misdirecting, possibly, by a well intentioned scribe, or a translator in his enthusiasm to help explain what he thinks is meant by adding marginal comments into the text.
(Mat 28:20) teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world. Amen.
The same is true in Matthew’s account commanding His disciples to preach to all the world. Technically this command was directed at the 11 disciples not to anyone else (Mat 28:16). Look at how some religious works, not all, but some, some of great power and authority over rulers, having taken these verses and used them as permission to force others to convert, on penalty of death. Millions have died at the hands of those evil workers forcing people of the world into unwanted and forced conversion – many a Jew of the historical past was given the opportunity to “convert or die”. This forced conversion extended around the modern world as savage nations were brought into the Roman Catholic fold, mass baptisms, with the sprinkling of water. The fate of those on the European continent as well as the states of South America and other primitive countries was sealed at the command of the Pope in carrying out the Great Commission.
For centuries the ‘ecclesia’ (church) has taken the words written in the New Testament as a command to do the work of God – baptizing the whole world in the name of IESUS. Certainly there are those called to do a work they cannot refuse, such as the Apostles of the first century, but is this something we are all called to? Are we to chase after the unconverted and pester them until they repent? Or maybe we are to work at taking control of these earthly governments and make everyone a Christian?
This has happened in the past, hasn’t it? Religious leaders torturing and killing people, forcing repentance and murder in the name of God – is that our work, like the Roman Catholic Church of the past, or the religion of Islam today? Who can argue against the evangelism of the past? Is that, or was that, the “great commission”, to force conversion on pain of death? After all, according to some suspicious verses, our Savior supposedly commanded us to do just that.
Maybe we should investigate what the work of God is, what is your responsibility? Should you preach your faith to your relatives? Should you preach Christ to your coworkers at every opportunity? Should you be silent?
When we are called we have this desire to share what we see so clearly as the answer to all of man’s problems. We feel, literally, the guilt of our fleshly lives lifted and call out to the Savior of the Bible – the feeling and change of mind is astounding and miraculous and the desire to want to share this treasure with others is nearly impossible to keep in check. But, as many of you have found out, it is not long before you see your coworkers heading in the other direction when they see you coming and your relatives tolerate you only because they have to. Then there are the “lord” lovers and these it seems you must tolerate, or join as brothers and sisters of the faith. Soon when you look back you may wonder what happened to that childlike believer, so excited about seeing the answer to the world’s problems.
Your calling may have come at a meeting of preaching and you, cut to the heart, go forward to confess your sin and accept the Christ. No one forced you, you stepped forward voluntarily. Then, what then? For some the answer is to join those you heard and to add to the work they are doing, physically or financially. Is this wrong? Absolutely not as many a work for our Savior is working in this world and there is nothing wrong with giving your support. But, for a work to say they are obeying His command in the Great Commission is not correct. A believer does not need this command, remember, your desire to share the truth? That did not take some kind of permission, did it? No, the desire is there and needs not command. But we are not all called to the same calling, we are not all called to be ministers, preachers, or teachers. Some are called to live as witnesses, not meaning to confess the Christ to everyone but of watching, studying, seeing, as a witness might observe an accident, or a great performance as the days draw near and one day will be here, we then will be able to witness to the fact that His Prophetic words are correct and true.
The most powerful tool a believer has is “prayer” coupled with “faith” which is the undying belief in the truth of His Words and His Word. When we experience answered prayer the joy is true and at times tearful. As newbies in the Messiah our answered prayers are powerful and necessary. Our God proves Himself and proves our calling by these answered prayers and it is in this way our faith is strengthened and why not, we are at the height of our faith, our emotional excitement in belief. Our prayer to our Heavenly Father is conversation with the Sustainer of all things, the One giving YaHshua power over everything. He listens to us and many times, I am convinced, our prayers are answered when we do not see them. When we pray for the brethren in other parts of the world we do not witness the answer, perhaps, but we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters unseen, with confidence He hears and He answers. He wants us to make request for their safety and good health and growth in the truth. He also wants to hear about our personal problems, not that He doesn’t know but because in our requests we can see the answer to our prayer, sometimes no, sometimes positive, but always for our own good and when we see this, or witness His active actions in lives our faith is strengthened, and in unanswered prayer (yes, I said unanswered) our inner spirit is tested and strengthened. You work In our Lord and Savior may be to be one of the silent few, a witness, being prepared to answer the hope that is found in us, to share His words at the right time – when another is being called to the Faith with you as the tool revealing His mercy.
It is my hope to put a balance back into the natural desire to do a great work, or to be a part of some great work, preaching or teaching or sharing what we so plainly see. Many of us want our loved ones to see the truth, to accept and see YaHshua the way we do and it is discouraging when they don’t. Contrary to popular belief it is not our duty to save the world, He is coming to do that, to restore all things, our patience is to wait on Him.
So, What Must We Do?
We are told to do certain things while having one foot in this world and another in the Kingdom. We are called to be citizens, not of this earth, but of Heaven, and to act appropriately.
(Php 3:20) But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord YaHshua the Christ, (My paraphrase)
(Eph 2:19-20) So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints (Israelites) and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Christ, YaHshua himself being the cornerstone, (ESV)
As citizen in Heaven are we to become involved in the works of men? No, we need to be concerned with the works of God not of men. But, we do have a dual citizenship, so long as we continue in the flesh, for we have only a deposit of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 5:5), and YaHshua has not come yet but when He does He will be bringing our Heavenly citizenship with Him as He establishes the Kingdom of God on Earth with the Law going out from Jerusalem (YaHushalem) (Mic 4:1-2).
But, what is the work of God? Where is the authority for the ‘Great Commission’ found? We have seen the Great Commission, as a command, even in those verses that are of suspicious origin, is directed at the 11 disciples not the body of the Messiah in general. So, does man really need to help God? No, He does not, He is fully capable of saving the world and keeping Satan in check. It is our very existence that defeats Satan, not a Christian Crusade of any kind. When YaHshua returns He will find those that have remained true to Him and have defeated Satan’s assaults from the very beginning.
The work of saving the world is not our job. There are those building great works and building empires to the honor of the Christ – or are they? Many of these works, of men, do not ask you personally to do anything other than support them financially as they work and dedicated their lives to the ‘great commission’. All they want from you is your support, that is, money, money to build more and greater works of their own hands (Rev 9:20 and Rev 16:9).
What is the Work of God, then? Isn’t there something we can do?
(John 6:29) YaHshua answered them, "This is the work of God -- that you believe in him whom he has sent."
Wow, believe in Him, who He has sent, what a concept. This, however, is harder than it seems, or so it seems. Look at the world, look at the Christians, a lot of well-meaning and sincere people. Many, I am sure, will make it into the Kingdom, but look around, how many do this Work? How know the “him” we are to believe in and how many know the “He” that sent “him”? Not many as I can testify to that, having sent out many an email to leaders of various religious organizations, and individuals, only to discover almost no one knows the Father’s identity. Some have the correct identity of “him” we are to believe in but fall short of knowing who the Father is – they are only doing half the work of God. Most, however, professing Christian works do not have a clue and while preaching and teaching all sorts of laws, rules, traditions, customs, etc., they teach a false Messiah, in a false identity, ignoring the Birth Name of our Savior and ignoring scripture like – “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Act 4:12) This verse need no interpretations and reads the same in various translations. There is no other Name given to men – which is to say, there is a name found among men, a name under heaven, not in heaven by which our Savior was and is Named, and that Name is YaHshua (Joshua, in Old English). This Name declares the Name of our Heavenly Father also, and has been a name found among men for thousands of years. It is like hiding in plain sight and that is some kind of miracle in itself. Oh, and how hard men to struggle to ignore and replace this Name pointing at our Savior and Creator of all things.
There is nothing wrong with you supporting financially or physically a work or an organization you believe in. There are many works in this world that are worthy of our support, and do need our financial aid, especially those that care for, and give aid to those that cannot care for themselves. Paying our taxes is one method by which we, as a people, help to care for the less fortunate, as well as cover the costs of things we tend to take for granted, even our Messiah paid His taxes (Mat 22:18-21 and Mat 17:24-27). Concerning the payment of taxes, or tribute, as it was called then, YaHshua asked Peter a question about whom the Kings take taxes, not their own children, but from strangers. From this this YaHshua makes it plain we are free, even from this, but we are obligated so as not to offend those requiring taxes or the payment of tribute. So, while we are citizens of the coming Kingdom we are obliged to pay what the State or Nation requires as strangers on this earth. In some ways you could look at paying taxes as a form of tithe, by which we receive benefit to our own well being as will as support for the poor. When you look at the tithing law of the Nation Israel, under the Old Covenant, was, basically a tax to support the priesthood and meet the needs of the nation and a welfare program. Today, this tithe would have been called a federal tax – too many, especially the TORAH teachers, place too great an importance on the tithe -- true, it is an ordinance with a promise and what a promise it is, indeed, but to the Christian this is not a requirement. In fact a Christian is not limited by a tithe (10% giving). Too often this part of the Torah for Israel is used to claim Levitical support, a priestly religious order that has been abolished since the destruction of the Second Temple. It is an ordinance, also, supporting animal sacrifice. Yes, tithing existed before Israel, Abraham gave a tenth to the King Priest Melchizedek – this demonstrates a principle, not a Law.
It is my contention that this work of believing in Him the Father has sent, is the duty of and the “job” of the believer. Paying taxes, and being a law abiding citizen within the country you live, living at peace with the system, come under the ‘second great commandment’, and that is to love your neighbor as yourself, no matter where you live. We show respect for our fellow man if for no other reason than mankind is made in the image of the Creator God and this should be remembered every time we look harshly on another human being.
If you want to support a work that is in agreement with you and what you feel is correct in actions, attitudes, and methods, then go right ahead – your resources and your talents are placed within your control. There are plenty of worthy causes to donate your money and time to if so moved. So long as you have determined there is nothing wrong with them or your participation in their programs. You do have a certain responsibility in seeing that your money is being used responsibly, as good stewards of things and fortunes He has blessed you with. Money, all money, belongs to the Creator, you possess it on loan. Certainly it is yours to do with as you please, while it is in your possession, but the real wealth belongs to the Creator God and this should be considered before you pass it on.
What has this to do with the great commission? This perceived command from the gospel of Mark and Matthew is too often used by some works to solicit money and this becomes a central theme of these works – raising money. Giving to a charitable work is one thing, giving to a work that claims it is fulfilling the ‘Great Commission’ is another. Mission works are another thing, these I would classify, for the most part as charitable activities. Mission works establish schools and orphanages and are the unsung heroes of the faith in these modern times. Too many false works concerned being skinned by calls to save the world, or take over political systems and miracle works that really benefit no one. Harsh? Maybe but it is true, the Evangelicals are so full of pagan spiritualism they are blind to the truth and have turned religion into entertainment. That’s my opinion and may mean nothing but then this was about the Great Commission, and much of what these modern preaching’s and teachings in put together in the mega gatherings, stadium filling fests, are not accomplishing anything near what the Apostles were doing. For the most part they are putting on shows for the choir, preaching to the choir, Christians stroking Christians. How do you convert the converted? How do you baptize the baptized? This is the kind of thing Paul meant when he said he was glad he had not baptized anyone, save maybe for three people (1Cor 1:14-17).
Whose Commission is it anyway?
In the New Testament, the book of Luke, we read –
“And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen. (Luke 24:46-53)
Interesting, no mention of going to Galilee, and in the previous verses, before those quoted, YaHshua removes all “doubt” by letting the doubters handle Him and then He demonstrates He is not a ghost but eating some meat. In the first verses of Luke’s account we are told he gain his information from eye witnesses (Luke 1:2). The commission belongs to YaHshua; it is His inspiration and the aided by the Holy Spirit of our Heavenly Father, inspiring the Apostles forward in preaching the Gospel to the world. You will not find many, if any, works like that of the Apostles, as they traversed around the Empire and beyond with little more than the clothes on their backs.
(Gal 1:1) Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
(Mat 24:14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
So, what is the hold up? Certainly the whole world has heard about the Christ and the promised coming of the Kingdom? China, one of the last holdouts in allowing Christianity to exist within its borders, has gone to not only allowing Christians to live in relative peace but many of the bible translations are being printed in China. This is a huge turn around in Chinese culture, and atheist nation.
(Act 13:46-47) Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: "We had to speak the word of God to you first (the Jews). Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: " 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.' " NIV
(Act 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." NIV
It would seem to me that these verses indicate the Commission to get the Gospel to the world, to the very ends of the earth was to be accomplished by the Apostles. How do we reconcile, “…and then the end shall come…” (Mat 24:14)? Open your Bible, who wrote the New Testament, look at the names of the books, and letters to the believers and to the world. When a preacher preaches from this collection of writings he is taking the message of the Apostles to his listeners.
(Gal 1:1) Paul, an apostle--sent not from men nor by man, but by YaHshua the Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
(Gal 1:8-9) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
It is the Gospel they preached, about the Messiah they preached and God the Father they preached. A stern warning here and you can see the importance of what is being said when you see our Savior’s Name, the Name under which the Apostles preached, the Name of the Messiah they said makes possible our Salvation is YaHshua and not under the name “Jesus”, the false name used to replace the Name of our Savior, the Name and identity of the Good News message. By preaching in another name, other than the birth Name of our Savior, the one sent to us by our Heavenly Father, they are preaching another gospel; it cannot possibly be the same.
What is our obligation when it comes to governmental processes within the country, State, county, or city that we live in? On the surface it seems that we should become involved, that we should vote, and even, as some suggest, take an active roll in trying to get a Believers in office even if it means running for political office yourself. A few years ago a famous evangelist, Pat Robertson, ran for the highest office in the land. What if he had succeeded? For me that is a pretty scary thought, when considering what has happened historically when a religion manages to get control of the political system.
Satan once offered a man the kingdoms of the world. Fortunately for us this man turned this offer down, and in so doing sealed His fate as the Son of the Living God, destined for the cross as our sacrifice and Savior, blotting out our sinfulness, and giving us the promise of eternal life. He, later, made it plain to His disciples, the Apostles, that His kingdom, their Kingdom, our Kingdom is not of this world. We, like the Apostles, and fellow Believers of that time, and down through the ages, are strangers of this world, waiting for our Kingdom, our Government to come (Heb 11:13; 13:14, John 15:19, Php 3:20, Eph 2:19, 1 Pet 1:17). Our King, our President, our Prime Minister is on His way, and with Him he brings many offices to be filled by those who have held fast to their belief in Him and what He and the Father offer us. You want to run for office? Then study your Bible, the word of the Living God and His Son – begin your training now if you already haven’t. Ask in prayer requests that His words may be written on your heart, in your mind, that when you think you think in terms relevant to the word of the Living God, that His Spirit live in you (Eph 2:22). There is a battle, of course, within your own flesh to do what is right and just and it is by the Word and with the guidance of His Spirit that you can know and act in living a righteous life, honor Him. The flesh says let’s do one thing but the spirit says no, do this, and we know the spirit speaks true by the words of the Bible, our guide and training book.
A time is coming when the people of the Living God will be taught a new, clean, and pure language (Zeph 3:9). This language will be spoken within this Kingdom to come, this new government to be centered out of Jerusalem. During this time, as this government develops under the authority of the Living Christ, men will cease to teach other men about the true God, for accurate knowledge of Him, of the Savior, of the Father, will be common as all within that government will the same, intimate knowledge (Jer 31:34).
Satan is the god of this world (2Cor 4:4). Men have long ago ceased to ask the Creator who He thinks should be our leaders. No, we select who we think is the best choice -- that is if you live in a free country. For those that live under a Dictatorship things are quite different, but the principle of being a stranger on this earth and awaiting a promised kingdom, or government headed by the Creator Himself, back by the Father of all there is, is what we are to be focusing on.
Should Christians be trying to take over Communist China? How about Russia, or Japan? North Korea could use some good Christian guidance. How about Iran, Syria and even Modern Israel? Can we trust men, no matter what faith, to rule, or have absolute power? Ask yourself, which type of government, on the face of this earth, do you think Christians ought to be infiltrating? A ridiculous question, isn’t it? Let’s go a step further, just to make a point; why not infiltrate the Roman Catholic Church, why not?
Many, if not all, Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Baptist Churches as well as some others, believe the Roman Church is the Seat of Satan, the Babylonian Mystery religion, the Daughter of the original Babylonian religion, get into their political system and turn them into real Christians. Now there is a governmental body that needs saving. If it is true that the Roman Church is a Pagan religion dating back to Nimrod, why not convert and baptize Catholics. Do you see the point? If Christian can teach a concept of, “Taking Back the Government”, (USA movement) and of returning the government to Judah/Christian values, why stop there. That did happen once, and it did not turn out so well in the end. The Roman Empire accepted Christianity as its official religion – with a few changes and additions, becoming a government approved authority and eventually this led to persecutions of other religions and the purging of other Christians and the bloody inquisitions of the 15 and 16th centuries. If anyone was on board with the perceived, Great Commission, it was the Roman Catholic Church. They alone have managed to turn nearly one and a half billion people into Roman Catholic Christians. Only one other religion compares to that and that is Islam. Both have a militant side and a bloody history. YaHshua said –
(John 18:36) YaHshua said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
Remember, we are citizens of that Kingdom, as we read earlier, and stranger living as Abraham did. Did Abraham is called the father of the faithful and in a spiritual sense we are the seed of Abraham, if by no other way than through our Savior, YaHshua. Fight, war, take up arms to control people and governments. Take back a government of this world? Some teach that the Kingdom has already come, that it is here now and it is our duty to take control, to save the world. This is the same message of the Islamic religion, to take by force, or political means.
Again using the Roman Church as a historical example we see an organization, a government, and it is indeed recognized as a separate governing state by other European nations that long ago fought with the political systems of its time, over several hundred years, and won. A king could not be crowned king without the leader of this religious group, the Pope’s approval. She is the undisputed Mother of the Protestant movement. Like rebellious teenagers, ran from her to do their own thing, keeping much of her teaching while rebelling at other teaching. The Mother tried to bring these rebels back into the fold by murdering as many as possible – it’s in the History books, it is not hidden. For fear her misguided children straight to hell she resorted to torture as a method of getting those unruly, deceived children to recant of their sinful and unlawful interpretations of the Holy Book, and of their brazen accusations thrown at the Mother Church, and the Pope, under control. Today she is limited to around 100 acres of earth and recognized a as separate, independent country. In the late 1980s the USA began political relations with her, opening an embassy office within her domain. Many have forgotten, and, or it is not taught in the schools anymore, how the founding of the USA was a way of escape for thousands to get away from the oppressive and murderous Roman Church. Make no mistake, the Church of Rome, for a time, was literally held captive for her sins, and relegated to this 100 acres of earth on the brink of near collapse by 1929, she survives. She has come back, however, and is gaining in strength every year. She has once again begun exercising her political will and influences the world over. Since Ronald Regan there has not been a President that has not sought out the advice, aid, and help of the Vatican, the Pope in many matters of the world. President Bush (the Younger) even threw a birthday party for the Pope in the White House Gardens. I wonder what our Founding Fathers would have thought of that? (Ouch)
The Roman Church is a prime example of the evils men do and how a religious organization coming to full power can be the most evil of all. It can, and has been worse than a democracy run by devils and demons, or at least comparable. I do not believer any Believer of the Word wants this to happen again. And brings us to the next point, to the biblical teaching of the coming Beast government where the two, the religious and the secular are joined as a united force.
One World Government One World Religion?
Should a Christian become involved in politics? I personally do not think so, but if you are called, and you are in a political office then you should remain in that office so long as you can maintain you Christian conscience and morals. You can, as a believer, have a positive influence. Working for the betterment of your community is a great way to let your light shine. Being a government worker or state employee is not the question nor is it the answer. You do your job as if working for the Lord and others will see how you are different, you don’t lie, cheat, gossip, take advantage or talk badly about your bosses. You set the example of what it is to be a Christian, not by the hammering of your coworkers with being saved, or going to hell, etc. Remember, Cornelius was a Roman officer in the military and Peter was directed to give Him and his household the Gospel and to baptize them all into the Name of YaHshua (Acts 10:25-48). If you have not read this account it is worth reading, and if you have read it, read it again you may be surprised how much is said. Certainly the Holy Spirit is not withheld even from the military and if not from these warriors then not from Politian’s either. Perhaps voting for your best choice of an office to serve the people is perfectly all right but you must allow for other influences in this world to control the end outcome until our Lord returns. It is not the individual you know to be of pure motive that you vote for, it is the idea of a political movement taking over a government. This happened in Germany, a perfect example of a political machine given too much power. The example of the Religious Machine is. Of course the Roman Church and the every growing menace of the Muslim religion of Islam.
Any Christian in their right mind should question any religious group or groups, no matter how righteous they might appear, that encourage joining the governments of this worlds in a political way. I tremble at the thought of any religious order, be it Christian, Moslem, Hindu, or Buddha having full political power over anyone.
You don’t have to go that far back in history to see the example of the Roman Church: The Mother Church was still involved in burning, what they deemed to be heretic Christians, as they saw it, at the stake in into the late 1800 AD. By 1813 AD, however, Spain had had enough of the Roman Inquisitions and basically put a halt to the Church Fathers murderous authority in 1813 AD. I you want to read a scary, eye opening book, read Fox’s Christian Martyrs of the World.
Not that long ago in the history of the world. I remember my grand mother saying that a Catholic would never become president of these United States. This opinion expressed the events still fresh in the memories of the descendants of these persecutions by the Mother Church on the heads of anyone not agree with her. Today this is all but forgotten. We have come a long way in a short time. The Protestant daughters once rejected the doctrine of the Trinity, today most of them embrace it. How things change in such a short time. Still, they reject the supremacy of the Pope.
A segment of the Christian populations, various groups outside of the Church at Rome, are calling for more involvement in the governing body of our society, attempting to influence the government and its rule. It is this group that has been on a march to change the world by joining together in attempts at forcing the Christian opinion on any they choose. This seems to be a very righteous activity but, in my opinion is not. There is good reason the Founding Fathers of the USA were reluctant to allow any religious authority to sit in the chambers of law governing the people – past experience told them not to let this happen. No Pope presiding over the Congress, or sitting next to the President. This group is mainly operating under the banner of the Evangelical Christian. This is a broad term, as it includes a broad spectrum of religious organizations, that while separate, share the same ambition of world domination through preaching a gospel that is becoming ever more popular. This gospel allows differences of opinions, even doctrine, so long as all agree “Jesus” is lord – ignoring the Savior’s true birth Name. In reality, they preach the same Messiah as the Roman Church, they preach the same JESUS. There is more to it than that, of course. Another doctrinal issue, once rejected by the Protestant daughters, for the most part, but now being embraced due to the efforts of Evangelical preachers is the false teaching known as the “Rapture” doctrine. This doctrine puts forward the “pie in the sky” attitude of escapism, of believers escaping to Heaven to sit out the end days to come. This false idea, taught as a true doctrine of salvation giving a sense of false hope in escaping what is to come as true Christians are going to be snatched off of this earth, escaping the Tribulation period.
Hopefully the believer and confessors of YaHshua as Savior see through this false doctrine and recognize the damaging influence this doctrine can and does have on the biblically illiterate believer. First, a sense of pride creeps in that the believer is hardly aware of. Once this doctrine is accepted a feeling of safety, when there is no safety, at least not for the flesh. This is what it is all about, trying to save the flesh. This brings to mind the words about “he that would seek to save his or her life will lose it” (Luke 17:33, John 12:25). I pray for the Kingdom to come, but not at the hand of man, that has been tried and is being tried, witness the religion of Islam, world domination is their agenda as was, and perhaps still is, the agenda of the once all powerful Roman Church.
I pray for the Kingdom to come in the power and fullness of our Father in Heaven, delivered to us and the world by YaHshua, our Savior and King, as we wait patiently His return to restore what has been lost.
For me, I do not see any sin in voting for your guy, but in the end it should be YaHshua, already the winner of the race in your heart and your spirit. His Spirit and your Spirit witnessing to the Fact that YaHshua is coming to be King of Kings, President of Presidents and not by popular vote. What I would avoid is religion as an organization attempting to take over any government. Avoid those religions set on becoming masters of the World by force – that will be YaHshua’s job, not ours, not at this time.
In conclusion I believe there is no Great Commission to anyone but the original Disciples and they accomplished their mission, and we have evidence of that very thing in the form of a book, a book we call the Holy Bible, which includes the Hebrew Scriptures from which they taught. These bestselling writings continue to spread around the world carrying the message of the Gospel and anyone reading them, whether to others or to themselves are hearing from the men of our Creator, the Gospel of YaHshua and how things are going to eventually be. The hope we have for the world and its deliverance form utter chaos and eventual destruction is found in the coming or our Lord YaHshua. Without Him we are all doomed to death and annihilation, our only hope is in Him. Science tells us in no uncertain terms, the sun is burning out, it is only a matter of time before the killer asteroid clobbers us – forget about a possible nuclear holocaust, or perhaps an alien plague wiping everything out, delivered by a comet with some strange virus (recent scientific speculations suggest just such a thing). Without the coming of the Christ, YaHshua no flesh would be saved – science and His words agree (Mark 13:20, Matt 24:29-31).