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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
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Does the New Testament Allow Believers to Defend Themselves Against Murder, Land-grabbing, and other crimes?
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Global war, poverty, political and religious deception, land-grabbing, oppression, starvation, torture, murder, and destruction of wildlife, forests, natural resources… Where do Jesus’ believers stand under such circumstances? As happened globally in all Third World Countries, when murderous, destructive, and thieving gangs descend upon ordinary citizens, does Scripture tell law-abiding citizens to be jellyfish or defend themselves?
Jesus’ New Covenant is neither militant nor pacifist. Let us not make the following into terrorism, murderous riots, the stealthy torture and brutal murder, and the dispossession of innocent civilians, which we were indoctrinated to see as enemies because of the colour of their skin. Our God-given responsibilities are always according to His Moral Law of Truth and righteousness, because without Godly truth and righteousness, ‘love’ is a deadly lie.
The Spiritual Kingdom of Jesus is vastly different from the physical Hebrew kingdom of Old Israel, as described in the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled the entire Dual Law (ceremonial or ritual and the moral law,) and did away with the physical Old Testament covenant in its entirety, (Heb. 8:13.) Jesus commanded only one inward ‘heart’ law of human conscience that must guide New Covenant believers: all the precepts of the Moral Law, as found in both the Old and New Testament covenants, (Jn. 13:34.) This is why James commanded, “Be doers of the [Moral Law] and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, [he is a forgetful man.] But he who looks into the perfect [Moral Law] of liberty [in Christ] continues in it… [and will be] blessed in what he does,” (Jam. 2:21-25.)
Living in the truth of Jesus and knowing and doing His will, versus militant Kingdom-Now insurrection and humanitarian violence, are two completely different ways, which lead to very different kingdoms and gods. Of course these terrible things must compel all people to fall to their knees, surrender themselves and everything else to God, and call out to God! Christ Jesus is our only Hope, Comfort, Protector, and Provider. However, we must be certain that we are surrendering and calling to the True God of the Bible, and that we understand the truth of His Word to follow what He has warned us against, and instructed us to do during these utterly dark and dangerous times. Of course we must “pray without ceasing,” but we must not pray our personal desires for this earth, our country, or ourselves. We must seek God's face about everything and pray in the will of God. God will not be moved by humanism and sinful desires that motivate sinful prayer, but by obedience to Him above all else, in sober understanding of the Truth of His Word. So, the first, continual prayer on the lips of believers must be for God to “deliver us from evil” on all levels of life, “and to let His Spirit guide, and His angels guard us in all our ways,” (Jn. 16:13; Ps. 91:11.)
Our first defence against all evil descends from God’s Eternal, Righteous throne in heaven. But does this mean we must be jellyfish, throwing our lives and everyone and everything else overboard as a sacrifice to the devil; thinking it is Gods will for us to either surrender or flee without resisting evil? It is good to flee from evil if it is possible, (surrender to evil is not an option,) but if it is impossible to flee, we have only one other choice: resist the evil.
Jesus’ Kingdom is Spiritual, but He never made us into pacifists who only pray but never resist evil. God always does the impossible, but we must be vigilant to do whatever is possible. This is why “we can do all things through Christ Jesus Who strengthens us,” (Phil. 4:13.) God will not do for us what He has instructed us to do for ourselves and others on a physical level.
Jam. 2:14-26, “What does it profit if someone says he has faith but does not [practically obey the Moral Law of Love and Righteousness by not showing his faith through God-led] works? God’s Moral Law throughout the whole Bible is His practical handbook for this life, which we must live in His will (the truth of His Word) because it leads us to eternal life in heaven. One cannot separate faith and obedience to the Moral Law from one another. That’s why jellyfish believers can never enter into the Spiritual Kingdom of Jesus either here on earth or in heaven – especially those who multiply jellyfish in the false kingdoms they build for their unscriptural christs, (Jn. 21:14-16; 8:31; 15:15, 23; 1 Jn. 2:4.)
Jesus’ true Gospel calls for spiritual and emotional “death” to our sinful self and all our lusts, (Gal. 2:20-21.) We must “crucify” every enticement and sin that can prey on our eternal lives in heaven. However, this does not mean we are “dead” to our Godly responsibilities in this world. We do not ascend physically into heaven when we are born again through faith in Christ. Thus, we must actually be “alive unto Christ,” and “the life we now live in the flesh [is not for jellyfish but for His decisive, strong, fully committed disciples,] who live by faith in [Moral Law obedience to] the Son of God…” A double-minded person cannot be Jesus’ disciple, because he is “unstable in all his ways,” (Jam. 1:8.)
How do we know what to pray, to be in God’s Scriptural will? James 1:5 explained, “Where do wars and fights come from among [believers and in the world?] From your desires for pleasure, [wealth, position, dominance, and control.] You lust and do not have; murder and covet and cannot [ever] obtain [enough to satisfy your lusts.] You fight and war, yet you do not have (and do not receive) because you… [ask amiss.]” It is an immovable fact that God will not change the truth of His Word for anyone – neither will He go against what He commanded and really prophesied in the full context of His Word. We cannot make up a list of lusts and pray that God will put His stamp of approval on it, like the churches taught us to do. We must bow before His throne; submit ourselves and everything else to Him above all else, and ask Him to “let His will be done, so that His Name is glorified, and His [Spiritual] Kingdom can come in and through us, (Jam. 4:7-8.)
While false preachers in mega churches and sports arenas preach the Kingdom Now Theology and prophesy falsely, “God is restoring His kingdom in Jerusalem, America, Europe, South Africa..) and everyone on earth will be saved – even without knowing the Name of Jesus,” like Billy Graham and all other Universalists taught and still teaches, the history of the 20th and 21st century in particular, and the escalating chaos and danger to ordinary citizens globally, show a completely different picture from what they are saying. False preachers who give people false hope for a “peaceful, prosperous, restored, new world,” preach New Ageism, not the truth of the Bible. God will not be swayed by false teaching and prophecy. Every prophesy in New Testament context must be fulfilled.
Jesus Himself warned His believers against these false prophets in Mt. 24:1-51. He said, “Take heed [watch out, be careful,] that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the [religious and political] christ,’ [who will restore the world,] and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars… See that you are not troubled, [but stay level-headed in the inward peace of God,] for all these things must come to pass, [it’s no use to pray for peace when we are in the end of the end times that must be fulfilled so Jesus can return,] but the end is not [right away.] For nation [rises globally] against nation… and there [are already worldwide] famines, pestilences, [look at the pestilences in processed meat in South Africa; in the poultry industry, in the harvests… incurable tuberculosis, aids…] and earthquakes in various places… Because [utter] lawlessness will abound, the love of many [believers] will grow cold [as the promises and prophesies of false teachers, which is hatred not love, fail.] But he who endures [in My Truth and Scriptural will] to the end, shall be saved. And this Gospel [of Truth]… will be preached in all the world, [until now only false and twisted doctrine permeated the earth...] and then the [final] end will come.”
This world, riddled with growing sin and lawlessness like never before, will never change. God is not into ‘changing’ people or anything else, but into total renewal through the blood of Jesus. This is why people must not be ‘conformed’ to church doctrine and so-called ‘saving’ sacraments; they must be personally born again through faith in Jesus, and their minds must be “renewed” or ‘born again’ through progressively understanding the truth of His Word, so they can be able to do His “perfect” will, (Jn. 1:2-13; 3:3-5; Rom. 12:1-2.)
Therefore this earth is destined for the fire, not for “restoration.” 2 Pt. 3:10-15, “The Day [singular,] of the Lord’s return will come [as unexpectedly not secretly] as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up…” In That One Day of Jesus’ return for His children and His judgment on the entire disobedient world, “when the seventh angel sounds the [last] trumpet, [1 Ths. 4:16; Rev. 11:15; 2 Ths. 1:7-11; 2:1-11;] there will be loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have [now] become the kingdoms of our Lord… [Jesus has finally taken control of everything in this physical dimension,] and He shall reign forever and ever! [All war and lawlessness will be destroyed forever.]” (Rev. 10:11.)
It is easy to preach a gospel that makes people drunk on false hope, but we are living in the time where everyone must repent from National or political worship and the false dogmas of churches, to build a personal relationship with God through the truth of His Word, so we are not swayed by the terrible false teaching that have descended upon the earth; taking full responsibility to seek and find the truth about all things to live in Jesus’ pure, contextual, “sober-minded” Word.
This is why Jude verse 16-25 commands, “[While the whole world follows false teachers because they are mesmerized by them,] you, beloved, [must] build yourselves up on your most holy faith, [continually] praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love [which is the truth] of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction [not to throw your precious pearls before swine or to give what is holy to dogs, Mt. 7:6,] but others save with fear [preaching God’s eternal hell-fire to unrepentant sinners,] pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment defiled by the [sinful, unrepentant] flesh, [because only Jesus Himself through the truth of His Word] is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory…”
So, practically, while knowing that our salvation – and safety and provision are safely in the hands of Jesus if we stay “sober-minded,” at His feet in Scriptural obedience to His Moral law, (Jn. 13:34,) must believers remain completely passive and let everyone grab their goods and murder them, their families, and some of their loyal workers, as they choose? Certainly not. God’s original commandment in Genesis to “tend, keep,”(work and guard) everyone and everything God had entrusted to us, pertain to our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives here on earth. These personal responsibilities toward us and everyone and everything else, are God’s unchangeable creation principles, (Gen. 2:15.) God made both male and female humanity responsible, “joint- managers” or joint-custodians of His whole creation, “to be fruitful [in every sphere of life, and] have [the responsibility to take care of everyone (Phil. 2:4) and everything on earth, (Gen. 1:26-28.) This is obedience to God’s eternal Moral Law of Love, which still governs New Covenant believers and also every other person, (Jn. 13:34; Rom. 2:14-16.)
Thus, if one “does not [want] to work, one should not eat,” (2 Ths. 3:10.) It is therefore against the Moral Law of Love to give money to drug addicts, loafers and thieves to help them continue in sin – and to allow them to manipulate and steal our good name, hard-earned money and property without taking moral and if necessary, legal action against them as far as possible, (Jam. 5:16-18.)
If we neglect, abuse, throw away, and passively allow our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives to be destroyed, we are unfaithful stewards. Everything we think we ‘have,’ was merely committed to us to glorify God in everything we say and do. As Jesus illustrated in the parable of the talents, He will require of us to account for everything He had entrusted to us, (Mt. 25:14-30.)
This brings us to the burning question of the day. Must born again believers be passive or must they protest abuse, murder, rape, abortion, corruption, torture, the destruction of animal and plant life, and the theft of their taxes and land? Because God’s Moral Law is entrenched in both the Old and New Covenants, we must heed God’s prohibition on “circulating a false report [as propaganda to justify gross sins like murder, slander, land grabbing, etcetera.] Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness, [do not believe and spread false propaganda.] You shall not follow a crowd to do evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute to turn aside after many to pervert justice…” (Ex. 23:102.)
This is not a prohibition on lawful protests that are necessary to make known and plead the cause of those who are murdered, raped, tortured, and illegally dispossessed. Neither is it a call to sincere disciples of Christ to take militant action, but to follow all possible means to resolve such oppression. As spiritual ‘custodians’ of everything, no true believer can turn a blind eye to lawlessness and crime without violating God's Moral law. As far as possible, true believers must withstand such crimes spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This is the reason why I speak out and expose the theft of Jesus’ blood-bought souls through false teachers and masonic infiltrators, and write about abortion, abuse, Christian and pagan crusades, slavery, and other atrocities through religion and politics.
In conclusion we may ask, Is it really written in the Moral Law of God that true believers must defend their lives, loved ones, the innocent, animals, nature in general, and their private property? Certainly, but battles in the Kingdom of Jesus are always defensive, not militant. We must realize that passivity against evil, either on a spiritual, emotional or physical level, is an invitation to Satan to advance his onslaughts against us, (Jam. 4:7.) While God’s Holy-Spirit truth and leading, and His holy angels, are our most reliable and important defence against all danger, it is our personal responsibility to always be alert, sober-minded, and ready to defend ourselves, and everyone and everything God had entrusted to us, (1 Pt. 5:8.)
Paul spoke against believers suing one another before a pagan court, reviling the Name of Jesus. This does not pertain to rape, slander, and other soul, life, and property threatening crimes, either among believers or in the world. Jesus commanded us not leave abuse (among believers) undisciplined, (Mt. 18:15-20.) Jesus also commanded us not to react violently and thus sinfully against minor assaults such as an insult (slap on the cheek,) and theft that does not really harm us, (taking our garment,) which do not pertain to life threatening violence, continuous theft, slander, dispossession, rape, torture and murder.
However, “You shall not murder,” in the context of Scripture, does not mean you shall not defend yourself against the onslaughts of murderers. Those who come to torture innocent citizens and their families to death in the most horrendous ways must not see their victims as jellyfish or sitting ducks. God commanded in Ex. 22:2, (this passage on the precepts of God’s Moral Law centers on our responsibility for life and property,) “If the thief is found breaking in [during the night to attack sleeping people, verse 3-4,] and he is struck so that he dies [through his victims defending them, not in vengeance or in torture,] there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed [because this is self-defence.”]
It is not unlawful or immoral to lock our doors, guard our gates, and bring lawlessness before a judicial court, so how can it be unlawful or immoral to defend our lives and the lives of our families on a physical level if the need arises? The government is there to protect all its citizens against lawlessness and danger to person and property. In their failure to do so, we still have the reality of God’s Moral Law to stand on, and, where possible, to insist that our governments stand on these precepts too. Rom. 13:4-5, “For [the government must be] God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil [in the sight of God’s Scriptural truth,] be afraid; for he does not bear the sword [of righteous judgment] in vain, for he [must be] God’s minister, a [moral law enforcing] avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”
So, when governments turn against their law abiding citizens, violating the constitution which they themselves have made to protect all their citizens, citizens must not keep quiet, but keep, as far as possible, to every Moral, Godly resolve to withstand the lawless rape, dispossession, and brutal torture and murder of innocent citizens.
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