Believer’s Position in Christ – “To Obey or not to Obey” – David L Lamon – ldlamon@consolidated.net
 
Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye,” Acts 4:19. Acts 4:20 for we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.
 
Christians are told to submit to the governing authorities because they are appointed by God and they serve a purpose in His plan (Romans 13:1), There are many positions described in the word of God as they relate to the Christian and his/her walk with God but there seems to be some confusion about obedience concerning where it all starts and ends. If a leader has been appointed over us decides it is the right thing to do for us to follow him over the cliff to our death, do we do it? Sometimes God allows men to obtain positions of authority to judge the people or to prepare a nation for judgment, which I believe, is the case for America and sometimes to get people’s attention or test them to see how they respond to leadership that moves away from God’s righteousness.   Sometimes it is to give them what they desire regardless of the consequences like he did Israel when they demanded to have a king even though he warned them against it but the people of Israel insisted so he let them have a king and as Paul Harvey would say you know the rest of the story. In the bible we have examples of men God appointed that started out fulfilling the will of God and became powerful to the point of allowing their pride to take over and moved the nation away from God. In other words from God’s perspective the times of the Gentiles are about fulfilled. I could be wrong but I personally believe America is about to or is experiencing the judgment of God because of how she apparently has moved away from God and his righteousness and have taken up the banner of Sodom and Gomorrah and as it was in the days of Noah, plus how fast the prophecies for the end time are coming together and God is about to turn back to the Jew. Some believe there will be a great revival in America before that happens but I wouldn’t count on it because for over 200 years we have had the freedom to live for God and have been blessed beyond measure as compared to the rest of the world and for that matter any time in recorded history. God has been pleading with America for many years now using blessing, natural disasters and economic ruin to get us to repent and turn back to him but we seem hell bent to go in the other direction and my bible reveals since God will not force himself on us he will allow us to proceed to the end of the slippery slope into oblivion. We have to use the examples given us by the bible and this is what has happened repeatedly to nations that have rejected God. In other words for our time, the church’s business is about finished and is going to be taken out of here any time since he didn’t appoint the church to experience his wrath. After Revelation 4:1-4 the church isn’t mentioned again until they are seen coming back with the Savior to set up his earthly kingdom at the end of the seven year tribulation period but are seen in heaven as it references the elders. Prior to this event (rapture) no man has ascended into heaven and that includes Elijah. Now to not be misunderstood I didn’t say the church of Jesus Christ wouldn’t do exploits in the last days because they will but most of the results of the exploits will be a revival of them that have already been filled with the spirit of God. The word itself Revival means to re-establish, renewal, stimulate, a recovery, resumption, reinvigorate or revive something that has already been there and done that or had the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and may be in a weakened condition to include backsliders. There will also be some new converts to Christianity but not on a wholesale scale as we think of nationwide revivals. The scripture says just before the anti-Christ is revealed there will be a falling away or leaving the faith. This should be obvious to all it is happening now when we see the stats on religious decline in America. When we see the exponential growth of such religions as the New Age Movement and Oprah’s new belief system we who closely follow the teachings of the word of God know most assuredly these religions are straight out of hell itself yet many are blindly jumping on board. It is almost like the game of Jeopardy or Monopoly we are playing with our souls because we don’t humbly along with sincere fervent prayer approach the throne of God for his truths and leadership. The really sad part is all he requires is that if we will knock with sincerity it will be opened to us. As a matter of fact he is standing at the door in anticipation, waiting for someone to knock. However, he won’t force himself on us, it is up to us. In the end if we continue down the board we will reach the point where we can’t pass go, collect our heavenly reward and pay a stiff eternal penalty. Sadly, most of these are our youth because we aren’t doing our jobs in pointing them in the right direction. Fact is, many of us are questioning our own belief in Jesus Christ as the only one true God and Savior, which reveals how carnal a state of mind we are currently in.
 
It is a biblical fact government derives their authority from God and we are bound to obey them unless, of course, they order us to do something in contradiction to God’s law. A very important and telling thing for the child of God to keep afresh in his/her mind is if the state’s rulers are God’s ministers (servants), they should remember that they serve the people, and they are not gods unlike what we are witnessing with the current administration. For example in the first two months this administration has been moving speedily to undo many things they know the majority of Americans have voiced opposition to such as immigration law enforcement, abortion on demand, hate crimes legislation, government takeover of private enterprise, Defense of Marriage Act, and second amendment rights to name just a few. We as Christians however, must constantly refresh ourselves to the fact that obedience to the state is never blind – it obeys with the eyes of conscience wide open. Regardless of the circumstance as to how leadership evolves it is important to know God’s word, His commands and precepts so you won’t be deceived into participating in things that are contrary to the will of God. This is what happened to the followers of cult leaders Jim Jones and David Karesh types if you will recall. First and foremost as it is with understanding the Godhead these two words spirit and flesh have application in other areas as it concerns obedience. 
 
 
When judging for yourself whether to obey or not to obey those appointed over you keep these two words in mind and I believe it will serve to help keep you on the straight and narrow. There are physical and spiritual consequences for all that we do because there is a spirit behind everything that is done. Nothing has ever been done beginning with the creation that was not spiritually begun or done in the spiritual before the physical. In the bold verse below notice it says according to the flesh. This means obey those that have rule over you as long as what they command you don’t go against the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and his word. Quite simply, the only way you can make right judgments is to know what thus sayeth the word of God and that requires sincere fervent prayer and study for God’s understanding and not our own. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Unfortunately, this is what I believe to be the most horrible testimony against the Christian, which is not 2nd Timothy 2:15studying to show thyself approved a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth because in the end, Romans 14:12 every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Philippians 2:3-5 let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.   And with this in mind all else should be viewed by the Christian as vanity in comparison. When there is a conflict of interest always stay on the side of God and stand up publically even at the risk of losing tax exempt status if necessary to uphold the righteousness of God.   We are instructed in the bible to Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Hebrews 13:17 obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Does this apply to rulers that support abortion on demand or homosexual marriage? Does God expect us to go along with something he condemns and refers to as an abomination? Of course not, but this is the mainstream message from the pulpits of America in our day and time because the state of the most of the churches in America is “apostate” meaning in the Laodicea state of affairs. We must obey regardless of whether we agree or not with the exception of these leaders commanding we do things contrary to the word of God. As for the church our pulpits in America today are littered as Elmer would say with these pesky wascals.   Isaiah 56:10-12 his watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.  
 
Condition of the End Time Church
 
This is so important to this article we must examine what this means because I believe if you’re honest you would have to agree, this describes the church in our time with few exceptions and it will serve us well to understand the condition of the churches in America. Jesus did say where two or three are gathered together in my name he would be in the midst of them so the few mentioned here have great power if they know how to use it. When Jesus refers to the Church of Laodicea as being lukewarm he’s not saying they’ve almost made it to where He expects them to be. Jesus’ reference to hot means to be on fire for Him and cold is compared to being refreshed with a cold drink of water on a hot parched day. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16. Lukewarm being so distasteful to the Lord Jesus that He cannot even swallow it, all He can do is spit it back out of His mouth. My fellow saints, you don’t want to be in that lukewarm state of affairs when Jesus raptures His Church. What Jesus is telling this Church is that they are spiritually naked, basically dead. The Church of Laodicea is not currently Heaven bound. The worst part is they don’t realize how utterly distasteful they are to God. They truly believe they’re in great shape and in line with what God expects of them. That’s what makes it difficult to witness to these folks. In their minds their relationship to God is faultless. But take another look at what God says about them. They are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. In the mind of God there’s no difference between the folks of the Laodicean church, as described above, and those who are perishing through unbelief. As a matter of fact it is better for those that never heard the word than for those that have once tasted the heavenly gift and turned away. Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. However, while there is time God in his longsuffering mercy is calling out to us, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. The Laodicean Church has shut Christ out, yet He still wants to come in. He is standing on the outside knocking, and even if one man will open the door for Him, He’ll come in and sup (join in spiritual union) with that individual. Sadly though, the door of that Laodicean Church remains closed to their true Messiah. America is replete with Laodicean Christians, and these folks will follow anyone who tickles their ears with soft, persuasive, and appealing words. Jesus Christ is not the foundation in those Churches. Heaven forbid that Christians should look to Christ as the author and finisher of their faith and place Him in the middle of every aspect of their lives. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. As followers of Jesus Christ no matter where we are, at Church, home, work or play our faith is paramount and Jesus is always the center of our lives.
 
A major factor at play with this end time apostate Church is their undying support of what the Bible plainly refers to as abominations. They’re upside down, as these folks now call evil good and good evil. The reasons I know the Laodicea Church is alive and well is folks are complaining about their Church leaders who’ve capitulated to Obama’s socialistic agendas. It’s staggering when I realize that professing Christians can be so completely deceived as to follow such blatant evil. One of these days in the not so distant future, our government will be fully entrenched in interfering with even the content of the Gospel message. An example of this is the government of the United States currently interferes with our Christian churches by demanding our pastors refrain from endorsing a political candidate when addressing their congregations as the bible teaches us Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump or give them an inch they will take a mile until we are totally consumed in sin. This is just the beginning of their interference. We only need to look to China to see where America’s Christian churches are headed. China fully regulates the content of sermons preached in their government supervised Christian churches. America’s not quite there yet, but we’re getting close. As I’ve said before, the only church remaining in the last days unimpeded will be the apostate Church, from which a socialist government will have nothing to fear. We have New Age churches, which in essence says everybody is their own god and a doctrine called Replacement Theology that says God replaced Israel with the church and all prophecy ceased in A.D. 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem. As an intended result churches in America have turned against Israel and blaming them for all the world’s problems, which plays right into the hands of Satan. The hate crimes laws congress is pushing sets precedents and penalties for anyone they perceive that would even think a bad thing about a homosexual much less than speaking out against the sin or their hideously abominable sexual lifestyle. They can be jailed and fined heavily for standing on the word of God as it relates to this abomination as the Lord calls it. It comes down what the bible said because eternity hangs in the balance of what we say and do because   2 Timothy 3:1-5 this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 1 Peter 4:17 for the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins with us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
 
Basic Common Sense
 
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Does this mean if a parent tells their child to poke out the eyes of another child shoot another child, the child must do it to be in obedience to the parent and there will be no consequence upon the child that does this evil thing or should the child refuse to do this? At the very least although he/she could be forgiven, but the fact remains this child will have to mentally deal with this the rest of their natural lives. We know God does not encourage this type of aggression so the answer is no. See what I mean by using everyday old common horse sense using the scripture as a guide as in thou shalt not kill, steal, bear false witness etcetera.  
 
What not to be
 
Titus 1:15-16 unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. 
 
Why or how can this be? Romans 10:3 for they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 
 
Warning: Beware of these leaders
 
Matthew 15:7-9 ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
 
 
The Main Point and Conclusion Spiritually Speaking
 
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. So there you have it in a nutshell, obey those appointed over you disobey them when they demand you deny Jesus. Any time you don’t stand up for the righteousness of God you have denied the faith and Jesus. Matthew 10:33 but whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 2 Timothy 2:12 if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us. 
 
What the Christian Must Do
 
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
2 Timothy 4:1-2 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Does this verse sound like we are to totally be submissive to the wiles of the devil? I don’t think so! Since salvation is of the Lord, as it concerns obedience we should never put our salvation in the hands of any man.
 
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