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Rocco

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Hello anybody There?
« on: August 02, 2020, 03:41:31 AM »

Rev 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Thinking seventh seal opened no one posting for days. Ran across this from one of Ray's emails. Thought it especially relevant today.

I am an "Ambassador for Christ" (I Cor 5:20). Ambassadors cannot legally take part in the politics of foreign nations.  Jesus never, ever got involved in the operations of the Roman Government over the Jews. We are never taught to "march on Washington," etc. But we are told to COME OUT OF THE WORLD and be separate. "Let the DEAD bury the dead."
God be with you,
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2020, 12:36:44 PM »

Rocco,

The framers of our constitution told us we would have the right or privilege of voting for our representatives rather than to have them appointed by our betters, the "blue bloods" of the nation. You can see where that led...it led to the people voting themselves benefits from the national treasury. It led to a "party" system wherein officials competed for our votes by promising us favor and special consideration.
This system then does not follow the principles that God favors and so I do not vote for either party and just try to live peaceably with all people and conduct myself as a respectful visitor to this nation.
In discussions of this nature I am asked "what would happen if everyone followed your example and did not vote?"
My answer has always been taken from scripture as I understand it. There is no problem with that ever happening since God is not now calling the many to be ambassadors for Christ.
Indiana Bob
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2020, 03:03:01 PM »

Good response,  Bob.

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2020, 06:23:24 PM »

I agree. I remember in the 80's we so called evangelicals were all excited and active in what was labeled the "Moral Majority" . We despised those that we considered unpatriotic, especially people like JW's who refused to pledge allegiance to the flag. Looking back I see the wisdom of God in how he has ordained the affairs of humanity also in observing his strange work in the world at this moment. I see a little bit clearer everyday why I should not judge anyone and even love my enemy even though those same people would hate me and boot me out of their churches today. I still catch myself complaining about how the government is handling this virus, but have to repent of that carnality and remember this is of God too

 Act 5:39

But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!Ē
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2020, 09:36:05 PM »

Stopped voting after reading about what Ray had to say. However for some time have been searching for answers to questions regarding my feelings of election results. If things do not go the way I think is good for all it effects me a lot. I fully understand it is Godís intention. Some on the forum have stated they care not about election outcomes. Starting to see a bit clearer now but it is a very difficult struggle to get where most here seem to be. Not even sure any progress has been made. Any help would be appreciated.

Doug

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2020, 11:00:10 PM »

Hey Doug I often feel the same way. Old habits plus non-stop news from around the world. Do you follow the news habitually? I cant seem to get enough of it TV, radio, internet podcast etc I feel I've got to know whats happening now. I've really been following the flooding in China and possible failure of the Three Gorges Dam. It's like coming across an accident on the highway its impossible not to look. I remember Ray saying he now views the scripture as one big parable and on one of his videos he mentioned how humanity has always feared god(s) but he no longer had that fear. Thats where I want to be and where I believe the Lord is taking his elect in this age. Burning out the old trees, grass,  bringing down the mountains in our life that all represent who we are in this physical world. The truth that sets us free is not found on a news sight its not geopolitical, economic, academic, medical nor anything else of this world. The Lord tells us not to worry not even in a pandemic.  Even thought its not a physical dying & burning its not fun,  I need to be careful that the cares of this world dont extinguish that fire nor resuscitate that death prematurely. Well, I can only experience this, its the Lords work and his fire and I believe it will not be quenched until it has accomplished its purpose.
Psa 2:11

Serve the LORD with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.

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Doug

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 11:43:47 PM »

Hi Rocky,
Yes, way to much news and commentary. What has been bothering me is the inability to not worry about things and to a certain level accepting Godís will. My emotions should be no different if an outcome is different than what I think is best. The only thing that matters is what a God has deemed to be. Not sure properly saying this, but feel it is to large degree lack of faith.
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« Reply #7 on: Yesterday at 02:37:26 AM »

 Doug I understand and I too feel guilty from what I believe the devil whispers in my ear that I have no faith. That's a lie, it may be little faith but its not no faith.  Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. I think sometimes that I'm not worrying  but it seems I'm just suppressing it and often get acid re-flux. I believe there is a difference between worry and concern. Paul had concern for all the churches (2 Cor 11:28) but we know he also said this:  2Ti 1:12

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

The other night I was thinking about these things and this verse hit me, I had to get out of bed and look it up.
 1 John  3:20  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

That vs brings a lot of comfort to me and hopefully you as well.

In the process and in the fire but He stands with us in the fire Dan. 3:23-25

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Rocky
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 05:28:20 PM »

Rocco:

Don't know if anyone caught the minor error from Ray with your original post on this thread: I am an "ambassador for Christ" (I Cor 5:20). First Corinthians Chapter 5 only goes up to verse 13. The ambassador verse is from 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Ray said "ambassadors cannot legally take part in the politics of foreign nations". Did you all catch Ray's use of the word "foreign" in his sentence?

The "come out from among them and be ye separate" is from 2 Corinthians 6:17, and is referring to being unequally yoked with unbelievers, Belial (worthless or wicked), infidels, and idols from the previous 3 verses of that chapter. A deeper dive into "unequally yoked" through Strong's reveals "to associate discordantly". That word "discordant" can mean not being in accord, conflicting, disagreeable. In other words, I don't try to be in disagreeable conflict with the unbelievers of the world with a "march on Washington" or getting involved with the "operations" of a government.

Here are some verses from the Bible from both Jesus and Paul; something people can consider:

"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (Matt 22:21 & Mar 12:17 & Luk 20:25) [Jesus].

Paul makes his first appeal against being scourged, identifying himself as a Roman citizen (Acts 22:25-29).

Paul makes his second appeal as a Roman citizen, unto Caesar: "I appeal unto Caesar" (Acts 25:11 & Acts 28:19).

"For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee" (Acts 27:23-24). [Jesus and Paul].

Why did Paul bother to appeal unto the ruling political power of that day? Why not just accept his sentence? Jesus also confirmed that he had to be brought before Caesar...

Dean


 
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 08:09:23 PM »

Good points Dean. The word foreign did jump out when I read Ray's email, did not catch that the verse was wrong. I see that in few places on the sight as well as crediting the wrong person with a quote.In his videos I laugh when Ray would often say Hebrews when he really meant the book of Romans. He loved the book of Romans esp. Ch. 8 Ray's insights are profound but I'm also encouraged by his humanity.

Heb 11:9

By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
 Heb 11:10

for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 09:58:40 PM »

Thanks for the reply Rocky. Always got the teaching that all was ordained by God. That part took a couple of years to really sink in. Then over time would see where folks would say they did not care have an election would turn out, Jesse had the last post stating to the effect. That started me thinking plus other post that why would we pray or desire something that was not Godís intention. So now the light bulb finally came on that this would be wrong and understand what others were now saying. Now the struggle is to let go when my desires are not aligned to Godís will. That will need to change.

Doug
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« Reply #11 on: Today at 05:48:03 AM »

I'd argue that Paul did not so much appeal to his citizenship to avoid a scourging as to keep the whole proceeding upright and to make everybody involved know what their accountability was.  There's even love for the Centurion in my reading.  Beyond that, he was astute in judging the situation.  It was the Lord Himself that soon after told Paul he must go and give witness in Rome.

So much of this account resonates with me and the "politics" I've seen in my life, both as a christian and as a believer.

For me, ceasing being involved in electoral politics has had more to do with leaving my own leanings and ideological preferences aside to stop either pride or disappointment from taking root than to doing what I'm "supposed" to do, or not do on election day.  If my guy wins, it's pride that comes first, usually followed by disappointment to one degree or another.  If my guy loses, disappointment comes early and "I told you so" pride comes later.

Rome was the whole world of Paul's day.  My turn to bring witness to the Caeser is coming, if God the Lord has spoken it, another time. In the meantime, I am what I am by the Grace of God.  It is both spiritual and practical to recognize that my "power" in voting in national elections is exceedingly tiny... especially in the US electoral system.  But I don't fault anyone for doing otherwise if they have faith or need humility.
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Heb 10:32  But you must continue to remember those earlier days, how after you were enlightened you endured a hard and painful struggle.

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« Reply #12 on: Today at 02:42:52 PM »


If my guy wins, it's pride that comes first, usually followed by disappointment to one degree or another.  If my guy loses, disappointment comes early and "I told you so" pride comes later.


This statement by Dave reminds me of a truth I've come to appreciate when it comes to voting.

Many of us may not vote "physically", but if we are still inwardly rooting for one candidate over another to win, you may as well have gone to the polls.  We can deceive ourselves and pretend, but God knows our heart and inward thoughts. 
 
As Ray has said many times, getting saved is the hardest thing we will ever experience. 
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« Reply #13 on: Today at 03:28:39 PM »

Friend Rene,
I see your point and agree.
My situation may be a little different.
I don't have a sense of duty to vote, especially in Federal elections.
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I had this feeling in part before becoming enlightened about God's plan for mankind.
I worked for the military for four years, then the US post office and next the local Police Department.
In each of these jobs I noted the partisan politics that existed and came to realize that we generally are voting for favors for ourselves or for our friends, family, political party etc.
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I don't believe that God recommends that type of attitude. I think God would rather we not regularly depend upon other people to take care of our needs, but instead learn to develop and build wealth and character for ourselves and our close family and then be willing to share our blessings with our needy neighbors IF they are also willing to take what we provide and use it properly to build their own ability to develop wealth and character. This approach begins in parent child, family relations and may hopefully expand into general society.

We may, I believe have this approach to charity without preaching a particular religion or belief system. Plus it does not matter what nation or political system we live in. Everyone benefits from learning to discipline the self and thereby mature their own self reliance.

Just my view, Indiana Bob





If my guy wins, it's pride that comes first, usually followed by disappointment to one degree or another.  If my guy loses, disappointment comes early and "I told you so" pride comes later.


This statement by Dave reminds me of a truth I've come to appreciate when it comes to voting.

Many of us may not vote "physically", but if we are still inwardly rooting for one candidate over another to win, you may as well have gone to the polls.  We can deceive ourselves and pretend, but God knows our heart and inward thoughts. 
 
As Ray has said many times, getting saved is the hardest thing we will ever experience.
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« Reply #14 on: Today at 04:31:27 PM »

In Australia you are required by law to vote failure to vote has a fine of $30 to $80. Double conflict right? How does his verse apply?
Mat 17:27

ďNevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.Ē
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