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Empires, World Kingdoms
Religion Becomes a Worldly Empire
when asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom
of God was coming, answered, “The kingdom
of God is not coming with things that can be
observed; (21) nor will they say; Look, here
it is! orThere it is!; For, in fact, the kingdom
of God is among you.; Luke 17:20 - Luke 17:21
(churches)' are the best known expressions
of Christian religious institutions. Why were
holy wars or religious wars fought? Why did
reformations and counter reformations occur?
Why were nations pitted against nation, and
men and women pronounced heretic to be imprisoned
in chains, and executed by fire or by sword?
Worldly power and dominion were absolutely
NOT what Jesus planned to actualize his kingdom.
The Kingdom of God is in no way comparable
to earthly rule and authority. Jesus clearly
declared to Pilate the Roman governor, hours
before he was to die on the cross, that "my
kingdom is not of this world, if it were my
followers would fight." A time
is coming when the perfect will
manifest. In that day the perfect will include
the personal physical rule of Christ over an
earthly kingdom. Jesus reiterated to Pilate,
"Now, my kingdom is Not Of This World!"
Yet, earthly kingdoms have usurped the purposes
and desires of the Lord. The growth of institutional
Christianity as a political, economic and social
power began quickly after the earliest years
of the faith. The life of God, along with truth
and simplicity of the Gospel began to dissolve.
Individual centers of fellowship were once
Spirit led and non formalistic. The immediacy
of first hand Holy Spirit revelation and Spiritual
fellowship gave way to religious structure
and formalism. The form and power of the Book
of Acts church faded from existence. When religion
has no spiritual understanding and becomes
empowered as a political force, it does its
ugliest and most evil work. That house became
divided and rages against itself. "The
Spirit of Truth is exchanged for a lie."
The right Spirit is exchanged for the spirit
of domination, vengeance, retribution and the
spirit of murder.
Satan, humanity's spiritual foe, seeks every
opportunity to usurp rulership through religion.
Demonically inspired doctrines that creep in
have one agenda and that is to lead us away
from the light and truth of Christ's gospel
of Grace. These apostasies speak to man's fallen
nature. The flesh wars against the spirit and
religion serves to accomodate a form of godliness.
The house is divided, the house of God becomes
polluted with the house of the demonic. Vanity
reigns in gaudy splendor. Individuals rule
and lord over the common believer. Religious
empires are defended one against others, maybe
their own brothers, to destroy one another
in the name of truth, in the name of God.
Where was the wisdom and counsel of God's Word
when men and nations began to create worldly
kingdoms and called them God's kingdom? The
Kingdom of God and Truth was exchanged for
something else. "My kingdom is not of
this world, if it were of this world my people
would fight. But now it is not of this world."
Denominationalism continues to build its own
worldly kingdoms. They foster their own "princes
and nobles" and rulers of states. They
have multitudes of lesser nobles and greater
multitudes of serfs who continue to serve the
fiefdoms, while receiving nothing more than
spiritual gruel that can neither nourish the
"inner man" nor set him free. Among
the manifold religious traditions that we are
so familiar, there are too many departures
from understanding of truth. These produce
detriments to human spiritual life, liberty,
power, and fruitfulness.
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