Brought before Kings

I believe that we are where we are and associated with those around us specifically to be used by God to affect His will and message to them. We are to give testimony of Christ and be ready to give the Gospel message to all. This message is so radical and exclusive that the world hates it. Any who claim to be adherents of it, but suppress its message are false. Bob DeWaay has written this piece that compares the authentic disciple of Christ with the example of Rick Warren. Prayfully read it and I pray that God will move in your heart to show you the truth. – Mike Ratliff

10 thoughts on “Brought before Kings

  1. An excellent piece. This is the poisonous fruit that comes from the church being involved in poilitics at any level and trying to affect change by legislating morality or earthly diplomacy. I personally believe that America is an enemy of the Lord Jesus and I would recommend everyone pray about abstaining from participating in the anti-christ system.

    Our mission is not of this world and Rick Warren is just acting out what most churches believe. I believe it is an abomination to have the American flag in the room that should be sanctified exclusively for worshiping the Lord God Almighty.

    I better quit before I am burned at the stake by my own brothers and sisters. Christ – All in All!!

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  2. What can I say Rick? Our allegiance must be to God and His Kingdom first. Beyond that we are not to break any laws that don’t conflict with the will of God. On the other hand, we must do all we can to not obey anyone in authority who is commanding what is contrary to will of God. It is a difficult proposition to find truly Christian oriented “anything” in the secular. In fact, we only find forms and shadows of religion and a social gospel that pretends to be Christian, but is only a facade built around patriotism.

    What are we to do?

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  3. Hi Mike,
    Good piece. I am very weary when someone, mostly a pastor uses the word “I” so much and I find Mr. Warren uses it quite a lot. He seems to point more to himself then he does to the Lord.

    Cristina

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  4. Cristina,

    The reason we are so aware now of R.W.’s apostasy is the fruit. Jesus said that we can know false shepherds by their fruit. His fruit are all of these seeker sensitive pastors all over the world seeking to emulate His success. Their flocks are scattered and masses of false converts believe they are genuine. It is tragic.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  5. I find that post to be very accurate. What I do find disturbing is the huge acceptance that Rick and Obama are getting from the “Christian” community! I do believe that if Rick can persuade them to vote for Obama then he will win the presidency…then what will we have?…the Anti-Christ and his prophet. I’m betting on two more years of freedom and then it’s down hill from then. We are so going to have to get more serious in our relationship with God.

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  6. Sarah,

    Yes, I had similar thoughts as I read Bob’s piece, however, I hadn’t taken it that far. Your last statement is something we must grasp and do. If we do that then even if everything happens like that, we will be able to do the Lord’s will. What else can we ask for?

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  7. Mike,
    we can’t ask for anything more than God and His will even now, you’re so right! I will not fret because they cannot do anything outside his will. We should really be in our prayer closets though. I know I need to be in there a lot more.

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  8. “The Washington Post reporter got the message that Obama and Warren are both ‘retailing hope’ in their own ways. But is either proclaiming the hope of eternal life for those who have had their sins washed away by the blood of Jesus? Certainly not before kings.”
    Rick Warren retails hope in himself, his problem solving plans, his ability to unify groups of people around a common cause, his resources, his leadership, and so on.
    True hope is in God Himself, His Sovereignty, His Plans, His Resources, His Righteousness, His Holiness, His Immutability, and resting in Him.

    It is known only to those whom He regenerates and in whom His Holy Spirit takes up residence. And because of His work in them, He causes to have a broken and contrite heart, and tremble at His Word. He saves and sanctifies. His children He causes to rest in Him. His Holy Spirit in them increasingly conforms them to be more and more a reflection of Himself- to take on the family likeness.

    And when these, His blood washed regenerate children, are brought before authorities it is to answer for their faith. And they, by Him working in them and causing them to rest in Him, give an answer that is all about Him, His glory, His majesty, His works, His holiness. O they may stumble (in fear), but the Holy Spirit does His work in His own for His glory.

    Help us, O Lord, to know our hope that is in You more and more and to rest in You alone for the sake of Your glory.

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