“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, November 10, 2008

This world is not our home

True Believers Will Not Enter Into Political Strife.--We are not to come down from our position of ever remaining a people distinct and peculiar from the world. Our vocation is high, holy, and elevated. Our faith, if appreciated, will keep all true believers from political strife. . . .
The fires of the last day will consume many souls who might have been saved if the church had but comprehended her sacred responsibilities.-- Manuscript 139, 1897, pp. 7, 10. (“The Work Before God’s People,” no date.)
Some Will Change Leaders.--Those who claim to believe the truth, and yet spend their time in making political speeches, are changing leaders. They cannot claim the privilege of being subjects of the heavenly kingdom.-- Manuscript 177, 1899, p. 8. (“The Medical Missionary Work,” May 10, 1899.)
“Come Out From Among Them.”--Christ is the Saviour of the body as verily as He is the Saviour of the soul. His first sermon at Nazareth shows this. . . .
This command [2 Corinthians 6:17] is just as valid today as when God gave it to Moses to give to the children of Israel. The sins against which ancient Israel were warned have led modern Israel into byways and forbidden paths. The professed people of God have made those who are trampling under foot His commandments their counselors.
They have weakened their hold on God by uniting in politics with unbelievers. By parading their political belief before the world, just as worldlings do, they have created division, strife, and jealousy among themselves. The influence of this course of action is a great offense to God, and He cannot and will not prosper those who follow it. . . .
We are to work distinctly in God’s lines, refusing to follow worldly practices. The exhibitions made in Battle Creek regarding political questions have not raised any soul who has acted a part in them in God’s estimation. Thus God’s people have given evidence to the world that they had not the love of God in their hearts, whatever might be their profession. Those who have distinguished themselves in politics, who have paraded their political differences, were looked upon, not only by human spectators but by the Lord Jesus, who gave His life to save a perishing world. The heavenly universe watched their course with disapproval, and Satan and his synagogue watched also. They were a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.
By this course of action, you have convinced many that you are not what you claim to be. In spirit and action you are no more true to God than are those watching you. The spirit which has led you to link up with the world in political matters, has so dimmed your spiritual discernment, that you would lay yourselves open to the world as some of you have done, hiding the fact that you have God as a leader and guide. You have carried to worldlings matters which concern only our own people, called out from the world to be a peculiar people, who are to look for guidance and direction to heavenly agencies. Of those who have acted thus, after having great light and great opportunities, God says, “Ye know not what spirit ye are of.” . . .
As the sons and daughters of God, we are to have nothing to do with political strife. Those who engage in these contests make Satan glad, for he knows that they will exhibit the natural attributes of unregenerate hearts.--Manuscript 75, 1898, pp. 1, 3,4,9. (“Come Out From Among Them, and Be Ye Separate,” June 6, 1898.)

White Estate Washington, D. C. March 19, 1979.
--9th Manuscript Releases, p. 129-131.

We have one business to tend to—our Father’s business. We have one faith, one doctrine—the 3rd angel’s message, encapsulated in the gospel of Righteousness by Faith. There is no time to involve in a political party.

Yes, a party takes sides on issues that may sound moral. Yes, voting will put a man in the White House or Congress. But will he obey the dictates of the Holy Spirit? Will he have a sanctified conscience? Or will he make many promises, but once in office change his mind about those promises?

At major junctures in American history we’ve had honest men as Presidents of the United States. God had a purpose for this nation, to be an asylum for so many true worshipers who were being hunted down in other countries. In order to keep America strong until He could raise up His last movement to prepare the world for His coming, His providence led key men to fill the Oval Office, George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln, men who saw their place in heaven’s plans and who acted humbly to cooperate with that plan.

But, the United States is far removed from the principles that governed it when it was but a youth. Like ancient Israel it can be said of modern America, “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.” (Deut. 32:15).

We have turned away from the innocent charters we were given by heaven—Republicanism and Protestantism. America, which was born out of Protestantism, had already fallen far away from its Reformation roots when it was born a nation. Self-government, the deepest fundamental principle from the Reformation, supplied the foundation for the United States—self-government of the people, for the people and by the people, and self-government in heavenly things, that robe of righteousness from Christ, without wrinkle or spot. But who seeks that robe among the millions of Protestants, today? The original purpose of our nation has mutated.

The pursuit of happiness could have resulted in the prize of joy. Instead it has transformed into the pursuit of idolatry. Liberty could have become freedom in God, but never attained to that height, and all our liberties are soon to be revoked. Life has become existence as so many work longer hours trying to maintain their standard of living. It speaks of slavery; and slavery is not life.

Today, the wealthy rule this land, not the populace. Big business controls small businesses. Inequity abounds. But worse is on the horizon. Soon to be, and even it is in the making, powerful religion will make a comeback.

Big religion failed to produce a man for the White House this election. That victory will be short-lived. Soon, the American democratic governing format will end, even though it will retain the name and appearance. Powerful religion will force their expectations and seize what they demand.

So, to involve ourselves in political excitements and issues is asking for the temptation to fall in with the multitudes who believe that this world will be here forever and that nothing really needs to be changed, that a sinful world is as good as it gets and there is no need to yearn for anything better. A great revival promised by God, the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit, is not in their scope of the future. They fall away from the Biblical example:

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.” (Heb. 11:13-16).

They don’t take part in the Early Rain of the Spirit that is now on the move and will come up unprepared for the Latter Rain. They condemn themselves to be of the five virgins who woke up and found out that they were foolish, missing the great event they had waited for and left in the dark.

I'm but a stranger here,
Heaven is my home.
Earth is a desert drear,
Heaven is my home.
Danger and sorrow stand
’Round me on every hand.
Heaven is my fatherland,
Heaven is my home.


Blogger Roseuvsharon said...

Oh how I detest politics! I don't have a problem with leadership and responsibility, but I can dispense with all the other junk.

Glad it is over and that I can rest in the assurance that God is as always in charge and on the throne.

11/11/2008 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear David,
I have appreciated your current post about policts. we christians have very little to change in affairs of the world and the working of the beast. Therefore and strongly we need to disist from it. I have liked counsels you quoted from sister White's writings. I have seen families torn apart and friends parting because of presidential poll and politics. We cannot be winners here but home at last when the overcomers will be winners. Thank you again it has been a good post and very timely. Thanks to God for giving that inspirational to write those words good in season. how I wish many people the world over read it.

Daniel Nsubuga

11/12/2008 3:52 AM  
Blogger David said...

Thank you both. Daniel, my faithful friend, and Roseovsharon, whom I haven't read from in many moons!
The Lord bless you both, especially this Sabbath.

11/14/2008 11:48 AM  

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