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The Moral Argument for God’s Existence.

  An atheist might say you can be good without believing in God. However the question isn’t can you be good without believing in God but can you be good without God? Here’s the problem if there’s no God. What basis remains for objective good or bad, right or wrong? If God does not exist objective moral values do not exist. Here’s why. Without some objective reference point we    really have no way of saying something is up or down. Gods nature however provides an objective reference point for moral values. It’s the standard which all action and thoughts are measured. However, if there is no God then there is no objective reference point. All we are left with is one persons view point as opposed to some other persons view point. This makes morality subjective not objective.  It’s like a preference for vanilla ice cream. The preference is in the subject not the object. Therefore it doesn’t apply to other people. In the same way subjective morality applies only to the subject. It’s not va

America's Christian Churches and the Governments of Man (Unequally Yoked)

[14] Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? [15] What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? [16] What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” [17] “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” [18] “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” - 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NIV)

The other day I attended a local church Town hall meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the membership of the status of the church. One of the topics was the local churches Constitution and the changes they were being made it in order to keep it updated. One of the updates was the name of the church. Since the name changed the constitution need to reflect the churches new name. Then another change was going to be introduced into this churches constitution and it had to do with the local board of elders and who on this board had voting rights. In the present constitution the elected elders and the senior pastor were the only voting members. An assistant pastor, though on staff and a part of the board, did not have the right to vote. The change to the constitution was to allow the assistant pastor a vote within the board. The reason that was given for this change to be made to the local churches constitution was that the state passed a new law that required ex-officio members of the local church boards, if they are considered assistant pastor they are ex-officio members and therefore allowed a vote on church matters. In other words, the state is dictating how a local church is to structure their boards and conduct their business.

When I read the NT I find no instruction for the church, local or universal, to create a constitution and rules for membership. I can't find any place where an extra set of rules are needed, other than what we already have in the NT alone, to govern a body of believers. It is as if the NT is not enough. The scripture are somehow not sufficient. When we add to the scriptures new guidelines on how we are to live as believers within the body of Christ we start creating man-made religion. We invite the world to be an influence when Jesus calls us to come out and be separate and be apart of His kingdom.

The reason why the state has the right to do this is because local churches want to take advantage of the 501 C 3 status the government gives to non-profit organizations. Which the government permits churches to do since they can qualify as non-profit organization. Which a church can enter into. They don’t have to claim 501 C 3 status if they don’t want too. The main reason why churches claim this 501 C 3 status is to avoid paying taxes. The result of this is obvious. The body of Christ (which represents the kingdom of God), being led by “men of God”, has crawled into bed with the kingdoms of man for money. Now the kingdoms of man, whose ruler is the adversary of the Christ and His people, has a foothold is the kingdom of God in American Churches here on earth.

[19]We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.  - 1 John 5:19 (NIV)
[6] And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. - Luke 4:6 (NIV)

Paul, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells the church to “come out from them and be separated”. We are not to be yoked with the unbelievers especially for the sake of money. Jesus said, “… What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.” (Luke 16:15 NIV)

Someone might say aren't we supposed to be good stewards? Yes, but not at the expanse of the word of God and His kingdom. Jesus told us to get rid of the things that would cause us to allow the kingdoms of man to influence the body of Christ’s purposes here on this earth until He returns again.

[4] You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. [5] Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? - James 4:4-5 (NIV)

By yoking ourselves as the body of Christ to the kingdoms of Man we now serve two masters all for the sake of money. Jesus said give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and the God what is God’s. We should just pay our taxes. And if we, as a body of believers can’t afford to pay the taxes. Then get rid of those things that keep us from obeying Jesus. As Jesus said, If you love me you’ll obey me. Or are we going to walk away from Jesus admonishing like the rich young rule because we like our money to much as local churches.

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. - Matthew 6:24 (NIV)

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 (NIV)

There are two kingdoms. The kingdoms of man and the Kingdom of God. We cannot live for both. We need to chose one or the other. Or we can continue to just give lip serves to this truth as a body of believers.


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