Systems of Man

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Re: Systems of Man

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Should Christians Hate the State?

Derek Dobalian – 5/21/2020
First, let’s address the question of whether Christians ought to ever “hate.” The basic definition for hate is an “intense and extreme dislike.” Scripture clearly conveys to us that God does, in fact, “hate.” Proverbs 6:16 lists “things the Lord hates” and finds “detestable.” Not only does the Bible tell us that God hates sin, but also that “those who love the Lord” ought to “hate evil” (Psalm 97:10). Thus, we are instructed by Scripture to hate evil and wickedness. Why? “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate…wrongdoing” (Isaiah 61:8). Our Lord is a God of justice and therefore, One who hates injustice.

Now we must address the question of whether our hate ought to be directed toward the State. In order to do this, we must examine the nature of the State. In order for the State to exist, it must “tax” its citizens, which means it must take their money by force. Since this is not voluntary, it is by definition theft. In fact, since it involves the threat of the use of force, it qualifies as robbery. What does Scripture say about robbery? In Isaiah 61:8, the Lord declares “I hate robbery.” Thus, this means that the only way for the State to even exist is by committing acts that God hates. But this is certainly not the only act the State commits that our Lord detests. Psalm 5:6 says that the Lord detests “the bloodthirsty and deceitful” and it is undeniable that the State consistently lies and commits mass murder. In fact, the Bible says that the Lord “hates with a passion” “those who love violence” (Psalm 11:5). There is no organization in history that can compare to the State in terms of initiating violence so consistently and on such a massive scale. Essentially, then, the government is a collection of people committing these acts and, in Psalm 26:5, the Lord has declared “I abhor the assembly of evildoers.” Thus, we need not enter the discussion of whether or not God hates any individual, as we are told emphatically that He hates the assembly of wicked people who commit detestable acts.

In conclusion, Christians certainly ought to hate the State because our Lord hated it first.
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The Unseen War

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As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Prov. 23:7)

Men and women need to protect their thoughts and ideas as if they are property. The systems of man are desperately trying (and more often than not, succeeding) to capture our minds in order to control our actions. Ben Williams discusses our need to stop having faith in and worshipping systems of man.
Another year is history. 2020 was a year we won’t soon forget. Sadly, the trials of 2020 are lingering with us. 2021 will see more of the same. These are pivotal days of testing. God is shaking the land (Heb. 12:26). Hopefully the ordeal is shaking people awake to see what they have brought upon themselves by putting their faith in man's system.

The people are being made to face some uncomfortable facts. They are learning that the enemy is among us and has been for a long time. It's not another country, or even COVID. No, our real adversaries are inside the gate. They don't threaten us with bullets and bombs. Their weapons of war go unseen. They are thoughts - ideas.

They are like thieves in the night. Our enemies have been waging war from the shadows. They’ve been attacking our minds, biding their time while their ideas have their affect. But sadly people are not paying attention. Americans, and most of the world, have passively tolerated their enemies, befriending them while they planned war.
Read the rest of Ben Williams’ Jan-Feb 2021 Straight Talk newsletter here:
https://www.benwilliamslibrary.com/pdfs/st21-1&2.pdf
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