Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
War not Peace
by Erik Momsen
The world is not your friend. You are not at peace with the world. This is not your home. Your treasures are not stored up or safe in this place. Your are an alien just passing through.
The way we view this planet is vital to a true Gospel vision. Few Christians in the West have a clear understanding of our relationship with this world and hence become worldly and of little good to the Kingdom and the King.
"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)
Capitalism and consumerism are a lie as much as communism is. Both are fighting over mammon. Note the absurdity of the fact that the capitalistic west is in bankruptcy to the Communist East. China owns America but cannot call up her debt. What a lying joke?
Church historians know that whenever the church gets into bed with Governments of the world, the church dies. However when the church is the church, it is persecuted and it flourishes. A modern-day example is the growth of the church in China. The converse of this is the Bush regime in the USA. The Gospel gets co-opted and used for political mileage and the end result is complete corruption. Our own liberation movement has left the church spiritually bankrupt. While the apartheid struggle continued the church was full but come “freedom” and the church lost its voice and purpose.
JESUS WAS NOT A GURU OF PEACE
Sai Baba, the Hindu Guru died in April and the latter part of his life was marked by multitudes of people sitting around with Sai being carried around and smiling and blessing people. The end of Jesus' life was marked by a fight in a garden and a handful of men running away. Yet who will know Sai in two thousand years? Please note that when Jesus returns it will also not be like Sai's departure.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:11-15)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:32-38)
A RADICAL BLATANT CONFESSION OF ONLY JESUS
THE MESSAGE OF JESUS WILL DIVIDE PEOPLE
BIBLICAL TRUTH IS TRUTH
THE WEAPON IS THE CROSS
THE CROSS SELF SACRIFICE / SACRIFICE OF “FREINDS”
Not those of George Bush or Ayatolla Khumeini. They twist the truth and use deadly force to gain power and fame. The true children of God speak and live the truth in love.
We are called to radically speak the Word of God – i.e. the Biblical text and display “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:23)
The Roman proconsul took pity on a gentle old man and urged Polycarp to proclaim, "Caesar is Lord". If only Polycarp would make this declaration and offer a small pinch of incense to Caesar's statue he would escape torture and death. To this Polycarp responded, "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Steadfast in his stand for Christ, Polycarp refused to compromise his beliefs, and thus, was burned alive at the stake.
Date Added: 2011-08-15
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