The other day I woke up with one thought in my mind, “if everybody is doing it is probably wrong”. I use the word probably, but in reality, if everybody in the world is running to do one thing, it is for sure wrong. Behind the motives of the secular world there will always be something evil. After all, the god of this world is the adversary (2 Corinthians 4:4). On this little article I will address two institutions that have a lot of power over our lives: One is the government and the other is the Man-Made Church.
Let’s start with the government. First Samuel 8:5 the elders of Israel told Samuel “…Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.” (ESV) This request was wrong in so many ways. Let us remember that all the known nations of the world betrayed and abandoned God back in Genesis 11 with the Tower of Babel’s event.
In Genesis 12 God raised Abraham and, all the nations of the world were to be bless through Israel; so why is Israel imitating anything that came out of the world? This request for a king was a total rejection of God’s government on this earth; a government where God was the King and he appointed judges to judge over the people. Prophets were key on God’s government as they heard from Him. As a matter of fact, Samuel was not only a judge, but also a prophet.
Whatever form of government we are adapting as a nation, including ours in the USA, is not the government approved by God. In First Samuel 8:7-8 we read God’s direct response on this matter,
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.” I Samuel 8:7-9 (ESV)
The secular world is still doing these two things today: 1) They are rejecting God as King and 2) They are serving other gods. This fascination to be like the world and be accepted by the world has also, deeply affected the church’s modus operandi.
The church looks more like a business or a club than it does what was intended to be in the Bible; then we wonder why people are not changing. Honestly, if you decide to start a church and strictly follow Scripture, where do you find anything remotely close to our current modus operandi?
I believe that at one point in history the church had their own way of rejecting God and, their own way of going after manmade versions of religion. Somewhere in history we started following doctrines of demons that contribute to the water down of the gospel, the lack of true fellowship amongst believers and, the lack of manifestation of God’s power. We got comfortable and sophisticated as we threw the Holy Ghost out and, adapted an intellectual approach the Gospel.
Both government and the church have something in common; they both moved away from the ways of God. We can’t expect much from the government and we can’t expect revivals if we continue to do things our way and don’t let God be. Secular government has no hope; they will grow more and more wicked (Democrats, Republicans, socialist, communist, etc.). The church, however, will be glorious and will overcome its secularization and institutionalization. The church will return to the ways of the primitive church… the way intended by the Lord.
Is it not an accident that Government and Church are so influential in our lives and, it is no accident that they both have been so corrupted. The Millennium reign of Jesus will be the restoration of God’s government on earth (Revelation 20:4) and get ready, we will rule and reign with Christ. Oh!!!! and In Revelation 21 we see the glorification of the Bride, the Church, the Body of Christ. Get ready, get ready, get ready!