What Is Theocracy?

Theocracy means literally ‘the rule of God’ and the term was invented by Josephus (ad 38-c. 100) to describe the ancient Hebrew constitution and the role of Mosaic law. However, if you do not literally believe that the law has been handed down by God on tablets of stone, it may be difficult to accept theocracies on their own terms.

- Lincoln Allison

I make this small post to introduce an idea. Allow me to introduce you to a word which has greatly captivated my imagination of late, THEOCRACY.

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For or Against

Aaron Ireland

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Matthew 12:30

Recently, an agnostic friend of mine drew my attention to an image on Facebook, comparing Jesus with Anakin Skywalker (aka, Darth Vader, a character in the Star Wars movies). The two stated anyone who is not with them, is against them. In the third episode of the Star Wars movies, Anakin says this to his mentor Obi Wan Kenobi, who replies, “Only a Sith (the evil counterpart to a Jedi Knight) deals in absolutes”. The caption read “Sith Lords. Jesus was one”.

While this was obviously intended as a humorous mockery of Christianity, my goal here is explore this “for/against” concept, by comparing Jesus words, and intentions, with those of Skywalker. Unfortunately both the statements are being expressed in one of the worst human languages, when it comes to conveying an idea without being misconstrued (English), and so contextual clarification is necessary. After all, if we are prepared to take someone out of context, we can make them say whatever we want them to mean. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>

True God, True Gospel

What kind of God do we present and what kind of gospel do we preach to a lost world ? Most Christians today answer in terms of God’s love, yet there are surprisingly few references to this in the Bible By contrast, Scripture concentrates on divine goodness and righteousness. One day, God will put right everything that has gone wrong in His good world, punishing and banishing evil and making a brand new earth and heaven But can we be a part of this? The good news is that, through the Cross and Resurrection, God offers His own righreousness to us. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>

But I Don’t Need Saving….

Aaron Ireland

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he the doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God
John 3:18-21

It is an offense to the carnal mind that a sacrifice is required for God would consider him to be righteous. There is a tendency to compare ourselves to others, in hope that we can find more people who are “worse” than us, than those that are “better” than us. Call it insecurity, call it what you will, but there is something in our make up that recoils at the thought of not being good enough. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>

Wretchedness

Watchman Nee

“O wretched man that I am!” cried Paul, “who shall deliver me from this body of death?” There is nothing more musical in the ears of the Lord. This cry is the most spiritual and the most scriptural cry aman can utter. He only utters it when he knows he can do nothing, and gives upmaking any further resolutions. At last he discovers there is no use in his making up his mind any more. READ THE FULL ARTICLE >>

Having Begun in the Spirit 1 – Repentance: A Change of Direction

Ron Bailey

Delivered at a conference in Devon UK. Session 1 examines the nature of genuine repentance by demonstrating its essential God-consciousness. It distinguishes between a genuine sorrow which leads to genuine repentance, and the world’s sorrow which leads to death.

The Line 3 – The Soft Still Voice vs The Roaring Lion

Dan Stone

Our natural tendency is to think that God will only speak of pleasant things, and Satan only of unpleasant things, but that is to live from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Line 2 – Freedom From the Burden of Trying to Become

Dan Stone

Rather than trying to become more like Christ, we are to let Christ live his life through us, as us.

The Line 1 – Introduction

Dan Stone

To the degree that we understand eternal realm, we are freed from the temporary realm. This constitutes the Something More of Christianity.

The Wagon Train – an Allegory

Edgar Parkyns

Foreward By Aaron Ireland

Many years have passed since I first heard this allegory. I don’t know if I would classify myself as a “historicist“, per se, but this made so much sense to me at the time. Although the idea of a pretribulation rapture can be quite a soothing one, at the same time, it feels awfully neglectful. Those who have read my article The Cleansing of the Sanctuary, have already been influenced, in some measure, to my eschatological views. Here is presented a logical allegory to contradict the popular pretribulational rapture theory, while even presenting a commentary on the reason for its very existence.

Enjoy.

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Beyond Categories

Arthur Katz

Some reflections on the controversial Tent of Shem message and Israel’s final destiny.  A transcription of a spoken message by the same title.

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb (Revelation 14:4 KJV).

The Lord is looking for a virginal first-fruits company that will follow the Lamb withersoever He goes, and in these last days, this ‘withersoever’ is going to bring us to places we never could have imagined and where we ourselves would balk, like Peter when he said, “Let this be far from You, Lord.”  This is a statement of such remarkable generosity and breadth of the spirit of compassion for his Master that it would have obtained for Peter the ‘Man of the Year’ award; yet, it would have impeded the Cross.  John the Baptist, of whom Jesus said, “There is no greater,” and, “I have need to be baptized of You,” had to be persuaded to demonstrate the “withersoever” of Jesus, by baptizing the One who patently had no need of repentance, that they might fulfill all righteousness.

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