A Continuation of “Food For thought — April 15, 2008″

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 17th, 2008

In reply to my recent post, Food For Thought – April 15, 2008, one of my readers, Christine, asked a very good question for which I thought I ought to publish an answer as a whole new post. Here is her question: Repentance might be heartfelt and actions might be taken in accordance to the repentance, but the consequences of sin are still strong ties that can’t be unloosed responsibly. How would you propose we start reforming our ways locally?

For sure, the strong ties of our sins must be loosed responsibly. The word responsibly is derived from the word responsible, which comes from the two words, response and able. In Christ, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit (John 14:25, Rom. 8:9, 15:13) within the regenerated believer (Titus 3:5) whose has the law of God written upon their hearts (Heb. 8:10) as new creations in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), we have been enabled by the Lord to keep His commandments (1John 5:3-4, though not perfectly 1John 1:9) as we walk after the Spirit (Rom. 8:4) in establishing the law (Rom. 3:31), that is, to make it the standard for the whole of man, for the whole of life. For Christians that are truly new creations in Christ, therefore, to responsibly loose the ties of their sins means to repent and reform their ways according to God’s law as equally yoked believers, united together as one man (Judges 20:1 & 8-11, Ezra 3:1) under the New Everlasting Covenant (Luke 22:20, Heb. 13:20-21), who repent and reform their ways together as accountable members of the one body of the local church . . . and not as atomistic individuals that happen to attend a church who rebel against the just chastisements of the Lord in autonomous independence, going their own ways out of a carnal reaction to the bad things happening around them.

Responsibly loosing our ties to sin as it applies to what is happening economically today also means that we are not to seek and protect, as though it is the highest priority, the “financial security” and monies (paper investments) we have developed in embracing our wicked economic system, as we have for so many generations. My advise is to cash out of all investments and anything comprised of fiat currency (the US dollar which is dying fast)—though the repentance price of costly penalties and taxes may really hurt—and immediately convert it into tangibles that you steward directly, such as land, animals, tools, etc. Even here, priorities must be kept right, as it is far more important to you and your family’s wellbeing that you covenant together locally in a church of likeminded believers than to acquire land and other tangibles, as important as they are. The day of lone ranger Christianity is rapidly coming to a close, as well as, the days of seeking one’s own financial and material security first over the Kingdom of God.

I’ll probably step on plenty of more toes here, but biblically lawful wealth is tangible and is to be stewarded locally according to the Lord’s commandments (Pro. 27:23-24), it is not paper (virtual) wealth that grows by means of usurious increase. Repenting economically, which is absolutely essential since American Christendom has been worshipping mammon for many generations, will mean forsaking these forms of pagan wealth and cleaving to the Lord, wholly trusting in Him to make the way to responsibly depart from evil while establishing a godly economy that uses honest weights and just measures, that is, the biblical money of gold and silver. This very difficult transition of moving into a God blessed culture will not happen overnight; it will be vigorously opposed by those who worship our debt-based economic system, both believer and unbeliever alike, so faithful patience and humble perseverance will be required for many generations to come, which is also a vital part of responsible repentance and reformation.

We must remember that the children of Israel were repeatedly judged for taking unlawful spoil or dishonest gain. When they came under the just chastisement of God for such actions and their many years of covenant breaking the people asked who will survive such fiery judgments. The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” [The answer is most interesting] He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure (Isa. 33:14-16). With our economy rapidly declining the vast majority of the pensions, 401ks, bonds, and other forms of “savings” Americans are trusting in will soon be destroyed through the loss of purchasing power (inflation) or by default (deflation). This, too, is the righteous harvest of the economic iniquity sown for the last several generations. (I am about to post an article, The USS Pagan Dominion — the Ship of Fools, which deals with our iniquitous central bank, the Federal Reserve, and the credit orgy of the last 60 years).

What I mean by LOCALLY is that repentance and reformation begins FIRST at home, locally where believers live and worship together, and not at the highest levels of a central government (unbiblical) where we try to elect people who “represent our values” to fix our myriad of problems at the national level, a futile endeavor that has no biblical precedent. No, the biblical precedent is and always has been local first, as the Lord blesses the local church and community . . . the national element will follow if His people remain faithful, as we saw with the founding of the united States. In building a genuine Christian community that will bless future generations with a tangible culture and productive land blessed of God, godly government and economics must be established locally in parallel with building the local church, which over time grows by God’s blessing, displacing wicked government and culture as it goes. The last thing to be established in a godly republic, therefore, are the national authorities. And contrary to the all-encompassing salvitic purposes and power we have given them, they are to protect our national borders under very limited power and under the close vigilance of the previously established local authorities who act as strong checks and balances as interpositionary protectors. As part of their covenant breaking, one of the chief reasons Christians today are increasingly being persecuted and shut down throughout the nation, especially the public square, is not because of increasing numbers of militant unbelievers, as they are merely a symptom of the church’s growing apostasy (Deu. 28:43-46), but because God’s people will not come together and live locally by covenant to build the local church and establish lawful local government, which is the bedrock foundation by which a godly nation is built, and in our case, rebuilt.

Sadly, mainline Christians prefer to keep their unequally yoked relationships with the heathen that surround them while participating in the polytheistic pluralism of “democracy,” all the while proclaiming “God Bless America.” “Besides, to obey God in keeping covenant with Him means certain conflict and suffering and who wants any of that in the age of grace and comfort we have today, let alone threatening the many personal financial kingdoms we have worked so hard to build?” In a world where the gates of hell proactively seeks to destroy the church building Christ’s kingdom through preaching and living out The Gospel as a city set on a hill (not as individual lamps scattered among the heathen) will always come with a price. The Puritans understood this well, “Spiritual warfare made the Puritans what they were. They accepted conflict as their calling, seeing themselves as their Lord’s soldier-pilgrims, just as in Bunyan’s allegory, and not expecting to be able to advance a single step without opposition of one sort or another. [from the] The Character of an Old English Puritane or Nonconformist (1646): His whole life he accounted a warfare, wherein Christ was his captain, his arms, prairers and tears. The Crosse his banner and his word [motto] Vincit qui patitur [he who suffers conquers].” (Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were, Zondervan Publishing House, 1986)

To reestablish godly civil authority means that believers must repent of their autonomous freelance ways where they live their lives comfortably mixed in among the heathen as a small minority while embracing their peace and prosperity in building their personal financial kingdoms together with them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. According to the testimony of the Scriptures and the Law of God, God’s people are to live in unity as a locally covenanted people under Him as their Lord (King), a biblical theocracy, wherein they are able to build local godly government FIRST that acts as an interpositionary authority in protecting those under their care, as the early Puritan colonies did. Whenever God’s people have rebelled in seeking a king (or government) like the heathen nations around them they have suffered devastating consequences (1Sam 8:3-18, 10:17-19, 12:11-12), just as we are today. The answer is always the same, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Repentance, reformation, and national restoration begins first when believers come together as covenanted members of the local church where they live in close proximity to each other (a must), working together towards becoming the majority so they can elect godly rulers from among themselves who are directly accountable to them according to God’s law (Deu 17:14-20). As these lawfully established bodies grow by employing God’s law as their standard, so the Lord has promised to bless them in increase, both materially and authoritatively, as the head, and no longer the tail of the culture (Deu 28: 1-14). — The Rural Missourian

2 Responses

  1. Christine Says:

    I didn’t realize that I’d asked such an important question that the answer merited it’s own post!! :-)

    Thank you for the answer. I am pleased to say that I’m on the right track! I am a member of a covenant local church. I live next door to my pastor although the rest of the congregation is spread out over town. I liquidated the 401K, the vested stocks etc (and felt the pain of all the fees and taxes) and I’m investing in equipment etc (don’t have enough to buy silver or gold yet :-) ) but I still haven’t quit the corporate job and paid off the mortgage (but I would love to if I could work through some issues!!).

    Our Lord is merciful, and He’ll work it out- thank goodness cause I know I couldn’t do it!!

  2. Lisa M. Says:

    In the article linked below about Hampshire village in England (164 families totaling about 400 people), this comment jumped out: “It [the community garden replacing grocery produce] is also a talking point in the village and it’s great to see people walking to the village hall on a Saturday morning talking to each other. It has created a sense of belonging.”

    “…sense of belonging…”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=559580&in_page_id=1770

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