31 Mar

These are unrelated quotes taken from Jim West’s website though the first one is actually from the Bible and we exclude Mr. West’s words from that one for they are not the important ones to reflect upon.

#1. Words To Politicians & Government Leaders

Act uprightly and justly; rescue from the hands of the oppressor anyone who has been wronged, do not exploit or ill-treat the stranger, the orphan, the widow; shed no innocent blood in this place.  For if you are scrupulous in obeying this command, then kings occupying the throne of David will continue to make their entry through the gates of this palace riding in chariots or on horseback, they, their officials and their people. But if you do not listen to these words, then I swear by myself, Yahweh declares, this palace shall become a ruin!  (Jer. 22:3-5)

No one is entitled to power or a political career. That is something that is granted by God alone. What also is granted by God is the right of free choice thus those who obtain political seats or positions of government leadership can freely choose to follow God and his ways or not. As you can see, God expects those in power to stop listening to secular ideas and thought and pursue a course of action that follows his guidelines.

The idea that government, education, judicial proceedings are to be secular comes from evil not from God.No one is following God when they listen to the ideas of those who reject God and his truth. There is no separation between God and state for when God said ‘be ye holy for I am holy’ he was not excluding the politician , the court justices or even presidents. All are under the same command.

The unbelievers in each society may complain but if the leaders of a nation follow God’s ways then the secular world gets what it wants– fairness, justice, peace and much more. These are characteristics not found in the secular way of governing and the rising crime rates, the oppression of the poor, the greed of the financial institutions and so on, give testimony to this fact.

God has the right way to go, he secular world does not.

#2. Para-church Organizations

Parachurch organizations have no theological legitimacy because they have no biblical justification.  Jesus came and the Church was born; not The Gospel Coalition or Sojourners or the YMCA.

The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church; but they encompass many parachurch groups which lead people not to the community of faith, but from it.

If parachurch groups were really of God, they would insist on participation in the local Church.  The proof that they are not of God is shown in the fact that they don’t.

While we are not as harsh as Mr. West is we do feel that some para-church organizations do drain finances and workers from the church. We also believe that while God has called these men and women to these different ministries, they should be done under the authority of the church to keep them from spiritually unhealthy practices– like forcing their employees to raise their own support and bad biblical views.

God covers the funding for these special ministries through his command to bring tithes and offerings to the church but sadly , and I really mean sadly, the men and women called to these type of ministries face far too much opposition from the church and its members. If this is the case, then those called should find a true Christian church who provides the correct support–wise counsel, financial aid, comfort, encouragement and so on– instead of wasting one’s time trying to convince those who are opposed to such outreach.

Mr. West’s generalization undermines his argument against such groups for many do great work for God but have been forced into their position because the Church did not agree with their call. We need to be sensitive to those who are called of God and make sure our opposition is correct, understanding and done with proper biblical guidance but we also must remember that the people God calls may not necessarily agree with the church’s idea of an acceptable candidate.

The church cannot let its personal preferences interfere with God and his work.

#3. The Media & Christianity

Which of your religion reporters actually has a degree in biblical studies or theology?  @NPR, @CBS, @NBC, @RNS, @ABC, @Foxnews.  Do any of them?  I ask because it honestly doesn’t seem that they do.  Any of them.

I mean, it’s ok with me if they don’t.  But I think they should say right up front ‘I don’t know what I’m talking about when I offer my views on matters related to Christianity or Judaism or Islam and you should know it’.  That info needs to be in their byline.

We can agree with the gist of these words. Television reporters are not biblical experts and usually none of them have the spirit of truth guiding them to the right information. What they give is either their own personal subjective opinions, which they should not be doing, or allow their reporting to be influenced by their lack of belief or the lack of belief from their superiors.

News reporters are not experts on the Bible and their views do not come from God normally. This includes many of those t.v. specials you see from time to time especially around Easter, Christmas or some other ‘Christian’ holiday. Even many of those which are produced by people who claim to be Christian or include ‘biblical scholars’ do not teach the truth but their own personal perspectives.

The media is not the place for Christians to go for their spiritual needs and spiritual food.They need to find those godly leaders who teach the truth honestly and remain faithful to the Bible in order to become spiritually healthy. The media is only looking for ratings and those translate into dollars for their networks, their concern for honest reporting is behind those goals in priority.

Be wise and follow the Holy Spirit to the truth and what God wants you to do.


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