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 "REPENT of POLITICAL IDOLATRY!" - by Andrew Strom

REPENT of POLITICAL IDOLATRY!
-by Andrew Strom.

Something I find a little distressing in America is that the Christians
are so often relying on POLITICS to accomplish SPIRITUAL results.
Thus they ally themselves fervently with one particular party and
treat it like "God has won" if that party wins - and "God has lost" if
it doesn't. I almost see this as a kind of BLINDNESS.

The fact is - most of America's problems today are SPIRITUAL
problems that can only be solved by a sweeping move of God's Spirit.
Yet we are relying on Politics and Politicians to accomplish many of
these things?? How bizarre!

How bizarre that we strive and strive to get the "right (worldy) guy"
elected. How bizarre that we treat the President like some kind of
mega-preacher or mega-minister. We put our "hope" in him and
his Political party for all kinds of SPIRITUAL things! What is wrong with us?

I don't know of any other country that puts such hope in worldly
political parties for things that ONLY GOD CAN DO. Is this not a kind
of IDOLATRY??

Yes - there are issues of righteousness to be concerned with - and
it is good to vote. But what is with this OBSESSION with Politics
amongst the Christians? Do we not realize it is a kind of "phony war"?
Imagine if we spent all that time PRAYING instead of STRIVING for
Political victory. We might be actually having a Revival right now!

Can Politics make America truly righteous? NO! Only GOD can do that!

I want to issue a call to all true Christians right now: "REPENT of
trusting in MAN instead of God. REPENT of trusting in Politics to do
things that only God can do. REPENT of striving and striving to get
the "right party" in power - and thinking that will solve this country's SPIRITUAL problems. REPENT of making an IDOL out of any party
or any PRESIDENT. The Presidency does NOT equal GOD's MOVE!
REPENT of putting so much energy and effort into things that WILL
NOT SOLVE the PROBLEM!

If only the Christians of this nation would PRAY instead of running to
POLITICAL ACTIVISM - everything would be different.

What if all of this is a false trust - a false hope - a false gospel? What
if our worship of Republicanism is out and out IDOLATRY??

God help us all.

-Andrew Strom.

 2006/11/8 0:37Profile
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 Re: "REPENT of POLITICAL IDOLATRY!" - by Andrew Strom

A thousand amens brother. Thank you so much for speaking out on this. I only wish more American preachers would do the same.

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Yes - there are issues of righteousness to be concerned with - and
it is good to vote. But what is with this OBSESSION with Politics
amongst the Christians? Do we not realize it is a kind of "phony war"?
Imagine if we spent all that time PRAYING instead of STRIVING for
Political victory. We might be actually having a Revival right now!



The very thing that kept me from voting was the fact that so many Christians treat the Republican Party like God's party. Exalting men like God has nothing to do with anything.


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so many Christians treat the Republican Party like God's party



Apparently we repented today. ;-)


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I'm so very relieved this divisive election is over...I thank God that Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.

Let's strive to know Jesus' love for each other and obedience to the Father more then ever brethren. Let's seek His government...

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the ,government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Good healthy word from you tonight Andrew. You are a true blessing to us here brother.

MC


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Political Question: “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6

Answer /Solution/: “…..you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” Acts 1: 8

Your sis. Mek


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What if all of this is a false trust - a false hope - a false gospel?


I think cheif amongst the problem of this situation is that Christians are not realizing their identity as spiritual people "saints". Therefore as you stated Andrew they are not "praying" instead they are following worldly ways and worldly methods to try and achieve a spiritual end.

I just wrote a article on this type of profession that makes people of such that do not pray but trust in worldly methods:

[b]WORLDLY SAINTS by Greg Gordon[/b]
https://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=13225&forum=16


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 Re: "REPENT of POLITICAL IDOLATRY!" - by Andrew Strom

America's idol #1- selfish ambition, politics is part of it. We'er (christians) called to seek a city , Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

We are to so closely identify with the Kingdom of God and its principles that the earthly fades by comparison.

Timely observation Bro. Andrew, and right on.


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Amen Andrew the battle is in the prayer closet first over our own sin and once the victory is rendered through the blood of Jesus is aptly stated in Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is [b]not[/b] against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms....

Hebrew 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

1 Peter 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

The AV uses the word pilgrim, which I prefer over the word alien but our home is not here.

Can you imagine if we invested the time and energy we devote to politics solely to Jesus?


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I want to issue a call to all true Christians right now: "REPENT of
trusting in MAN instead of God. REPENT of trusting in Politics to do
things that only God can do.



I see it also as a form of 'representative' Christianity. Elect folk to go someplace and be Christians [i]for[/i] us. No need to express our faith ourself- we'll have someone else do it. We'll leave the righteousness of the nation up to the law makers and then we won't have to be on fire for God and be lights in the world.

One word has been ringing in my ears for weeks now and it is the word 'laziness'. Spiritual laziness is killing people. Folk want someone to 'do their Christianity' for them. No need to pray or witness or get a word from God for myself- we've got people we pay to do that for us. Like were under some kind of schoolmaster or something.

Is this new? In no wise. This is what Israel had done when they wanted a King. No need to seek God on an individual level- we'll have the King be the face of our nation. And as the King went- so it seemed the people went. Why? They didn't stoke their own fire. They were just like sheep to a slaughter. No backbone. No resolve- just roll with the flow. If the King serves God we'll do that- if not we'll do what he does. Where are the people who are [i]radically saved[/i]? Those who have given their alliegance to Christ and Christ alone?


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 Re: "REPENT of POLITICAL IDOLATRY!" - by Andrew Strom

Very timely message brother.
I have been guilty of this very thing. I think it has to do with wanting the Republican party to espouse our christian interests and return us to a christian nation. That will make being a christian so much easier on us, being in the majority. What foolishness! What folly to put our trust in man!
As I said I have been guilty of this very thing and found your post very helpful in leading me to repent of my stupidity and cowardness in hiding behind a political party.

Wyatt

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