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Russia… NATO… Syria… migrants… Europe… terrorism… Germany… America… UK

Paris Changes Everything!

Change can happen suddenly! This was certainly true in Paris last Friday evening. Within a very short time, over 120 people died, gunned down by merciless ISIS fanatics. Many more were injured, some seriously. People enjoying a pop concert, people enjoying a meal in a restaurant, people watching a sports event… suddenly gone!

It looks like this event is bringing about rapid, serious changes in Europe. Here are four areas to be watching!

1 - An Upsurge In War

“The Paris terror attacks are likely to galvanize a stronger global military response to Islamic State, after a US-led air war that has lasted more than a year has failed to contain a group now proving itself to be a growing worldwide threat.

The United States, long accused of taking an incremental approach to the struggle, is under growing political pressure at home and abroad to do more and is expected to examine ways to intensify the campaign, including through expanded air power. US officials say Washington will look in particular to European and Arab allies to step up their military participation in the war in Iraq and Syria.

Signs Of The Times

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:6-8)

It remains far from clear whether Paris and Washington would be willing to radically expand the scope of their current military engagement, given a deep aversion to getting dragged into a large-scale ground war in the Middle East. But President Barack Obama has been committing more to the fight in recent months, and lawmakers and counter-terrorism experts see the Paris attacks strengthening arguments for additional military might. Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks, which killed 129 people in Paris, in the worst bloodshed in France since the end of World War Two.

In the past two weeks, there have been other major Islamic State-claimed attacks. Two explosions in suicide attacks in a Shi’ite Muslim district of southern Beirut in Lebanon killed 43, and 224 died when a Russian aircraft crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.” (

Even China Wants To Join In!

China could join Russia in the fight against Islamic State after the terror group brutally murdered 129 people in Paris. President Xi Jinping vowed to step up the fight in the wake of the ‘barbaric’ attacks by militants linked to ISIS on Friday night.

He made the comments during a phone call with Francois Hollande, the French president, according to Chinese media reports. President Xi is also believed to have offered ‘deep condolences’ to Mr Hollande during their conversation yesterday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said: ‘Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity. China resolutely supports France in maintaining its national security and stability and in attacking terrorism.’ And Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, expressed ‘strong outrage and condemnation’ over the attacks.” (


America and her NATO allies want to remove President Assad… Russia and China are supporting President Assad… Russia, America and her NATO allies claim to be out to destroy ISIS.

Can they work together?

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?(Amos 3:3)

Germany And The Missing Link

The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe and the terrorist attack in Paris are linked. Germany realises that many of the people fleeing Syria and other Middle Eastern nations are doing so as a result of the ongoing ISIS problem.

“New military interventions by the German army (Bundeswehr) in Africa, the Middle East and Asia are being discussed and prepared in German defence and foreign policy think tanks, under the pretext of the ‘struggle against the causes of [refugee] flight’. The projects are so massive that even the establishment Spiegel describes them as a ‘project between despair and megalomania.’

The goal of the government is ‘to ensure that as few refugees as possible set off for Germany,’ and to ‘make large parts of the world a better place,’ the Spiegel authors write. The article quotes Federal Defence Minister Von der Leyen: ‘We need to restore state power and stability in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.’

Don’t Forget History

Back in 1936, Adolf Hitler sent powerful air and armoured units to assist General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist forces. This provided an opportunity to train men and test equipment and tactics. The Germans tried out many prototypes in Spain, and a variety of aerial tactics, from dive-bombing to large scale bombing of civilian populations. We have to ask the question, is history repeating itself?

The article leaves no doubt that this will be achieved by a massive expansion of German militarism abroad. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) had declared that Germany has to ‘lead more often and more decisively in the future’ to pursue its global interests. Specifically, he listed ‘Syria, Ukraine, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Mali, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Afghanistan, tensions in East Asia’ as part of an ‘incomplete list of hot spots in the coming year’ for German foreign policy.

This doctrine is now to be put into practice. On 18 September, at a conference of the Alfred Herrhausen Society and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Berlin, Ursula von der Leyen declared: ‘Leading from the centre is no longer a vision; it is now an actual description. It is no longer a question of whether, but of how’.(

As the article pointed out:

The Germans want to “…make large parts of the world a better place,”

The way to achieve this is to “…restore state power and stability in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.”

Germany intends to “…lead more often and more decisively in the future.”

This is how they plan to achieve these lofty goals!

The Magnitude Of The Problem Is Vast

“They arrived in an unceasing stream, 10,000 a day at the height, as many as a million migrants heading for Europe this year, pushing infants in strollers and elderly parents in wheelchairs, carrying children on their shoulders and life savings in their socks. They came in search of a new life, but in many ways they were the heralds of a new age.

There are more displaced people and refugees now than at any other time in recorded history — 60 million in all — and they are on the march in numbers not seen since World War II. They are coming not just from Syria, but from an array of countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, even Haiti, as well as any of a dozen or so nations in sub-Saharan and North Africa. They are unofficial ambassadors of failed states, unending wars, intractable conflicts.

The most striking thing about the current migration crisis, however, is how much bigger it could still get. The global north must be prepared that the global south is on the move, the entire global south. This is not just a problem for Europe but for the whole world.” (

An Upsurge In War And Revolution

The sheer size of this problem is staggering. What much of the media chooses to ignore is that around 70% of these “migrants” are young male Muslims. Muslims do not integrate – they retain their religion and their way of life – effectively becoming a State within a State. A peaceful long term solution is hard to envisage, as the following article points out:

“With millions of Muslim migrants pouring into Europe, some experts are warning the continent faces a future of revolution, civil war or surrender to Islamic rule. Author, WND columnist and anti-Shariah campaigner Pamela Geller thinks it is already too late. Asked if she thought it would come to civil war in Europe, Geller told WND, ‘Yes, I do.’

She’s not alone.

‘If the European political establishment maintains its stranglehold on power, it seems unavoidable that Islam will continue to build a political presence that will ultimately lead to Muslim uprisings and a European reaction outside of accepted political channels,’ said Stanford PhD and the author GM Davis.” (

2 - Germany And Russia

The US sanctions on Russia have caused major problems for Germany. Germany has lost billions of dollars in lost trade with Russia, and wants to change the situation. This is bound to cause a rift in US/German relations in the near future.

“Berlin has announced a ‘German-Russian Youth Year’ for 2016/2017. As former Head of the Federal Chancellery Ronald Pofalla (CDU) declared last week at the conclusion of a German-Russian Cooperation Meeting (‘Petersburg Dialogue’), cooperation between German and Russian civil societies are ‘more important than ever.’

Chancellor Merkel explained that Germany is ‘interested in a reliable partnership with Russia’.” (

Is History About To Repeat Itself?

In his Personal column in the October, 1985 edition of the Plain Truth Magazine, Mr Armstrong warned:

Before World War II, a mutual accord had been made between Germany and Russia. History often repeats itself.” (The Plain Truth – October 1985)

Are we seeing the groundwork beginning right now?

The Debate: Is NATO Fit For Purpose?

Many Europeans are questioning the value of belonging to NATO.

“The leading foreign policy journal of Germany is debating NATO’s utility. Today, the utility of the Alliance is ‘unclear,’ according to the latest edition of ‘Internationale Politik.’ Countries in Europe and North America could solve their ‘security’ problems without NATO, whereas - this should be conceded - NATO has done great damage to relations with Russia. In light of the EU’s military policy, Washington should encourage the EU to ‘defend itself,’ says the author, an expert in an influential US think tank.” (

Look at the quotes from this short article:

Countries in Europe and North America could solve their ‘security’ problems without NATO…”

NATO has done great damage to relations with Russia.”

Washington should encourage the EU to ‘defend itself’.”

America, along with her NATO allies, has put sanctions on Russia. As a result, Germany, as well as Russia, has lost billions of dollars in lost trade. Russia also wants the situation to change, as the following article points out!

“In the aftermath of the slew of horrific terror attacks in Paris last night, European nations must come to admit that, with their continuous and blind support of US foreign policy, they are sowing the seeds of their own demise. For more than a year and a half, Washington, with little concern for consequences, has used Europe as a tool in its futile attempts to batter Russia into submission. First in Ukraine, now in Syria — and each time Europe has sided with Washington against its own interests, it has suffered for it.

That US-driven rift between Europe and Russia must not be allowed to widen any further. The risks to Europe now are far too great for Paris, Brussels and Berlin to be squandering allies in favor of fickle friends — and Friday’s attacks in the French capital highlight the total absurdity of the West continuing to treat Russia as its enemy in the face of such a menacing common threat.

Of course, the roots of this go much further back than Syria. The US handed the EU the pen to sign its own death warrant when George Bush invaded Iraq and paved the way for a group as horrifically barbaric as the Islamic State to rise from the carnage and destruction. Terrorism is a global threat. The heinous attacks in Paris prove that nowhere is safe from this menace. Not a small concert venue on a Friday night. Not a friendly football game between neighboring nations. Not an inconspicuous Cambodian restaurant in a Parisian neighborhood.

Truth be told, no one knows how to deal with ISIS. Not Washington, not Paris and not Moscow. There isn’t a rulebook — but there is certainly a list of tried and tested failures that can inform our decision making. What is also clear is that this threat does demand solidarity among nations who should be able to put their minor differences aside to face a common threat.

To allow Washington to fan the flames of a useless rift between Europe and Russia is pure insanity. The longer Europe remains blind to this reality, the longer we treat Russia as an enemy rather than a partner in dealing with IS, the longer we must prepare ourselves for endless violence — in Syria and in our own front yards.” (

3 - A Strong Leader In Germany About To Appear?

In a time of crisis, nations need strong leaders. Germany is in the throes of an ever enlarging crisis. By the end of the year, it is estimated that around one million migrants will have entered Germany. While Mrs Merkel feels that Germany has to help the migrants, an ever growing number of Germans disagree. She is seen by many as being weak!

“…her days are numbered!

“Merkel’s refugee policy has really divided Europe no less her own country. This issue appears to be staged to bring about her downfall. It was 17 days ahead of the ECM turning point on September 13th when Merkel re-imposed border controls; the cornerstone of Europe was to be the freedom of movement. She has certainly divided Europe. It is starting to appear that her days are numbered.” (

Divisions grow within her government

“Angela Merkel’s political future is being questioned for the first time in Germany as divisions continue to grow in her government over her ‘open-door’ refugee policy.

Wolfgang Schäuble, the finance minister, warned that Germany was facing an ‘avalanche’ of refugees set off by a ‘careless skier’. And Thomas de Maiziere, the interior minister, twice acted unilaterally to introduce stricter controls on Syrian asylum-seekers without informing Mrs Merkel.” (

This current immigration is an invasion

“Furious Germans condemned Ms Merkel, waving German flags and chanting ‘Merkel must go’ and ‘Traitor to the people’. ‘We are demonstrating against the asylum chaos caused by Angela Merkel,’ AfD member and European Parliament deputy Beatrix von Storch said at the rally.

Tommy Robinson, the 32-year-old founder of the far-right group, (Alternative for Germany - AfD) told protesters: ‘Do not let Germany be dragged back to chaos and destruction. All of your progress is now threatened. Your current chancellor, Angela Merkel, seems to be handing out the birth right of German citizens like she is handing out candy to children.’

He continued: ‘I encourage you people to refuse the shame game. Refuse to feel guilty. Germany is not obliged to save the refugee crisis. This current immigration is an invasion. Our borders are being overrun. There is little or no control. A country that cannot control its borders will soon not be a country.” (

Can Mrs Merkel survive?

Since becoming Chancellor of Germany, Mrs Merkel has enjoyed the support of the vast majority of Germans. Suddenly, in the space of just a few months, that support is evaporating!

What happens if Germany has a serious terrorist attack?

What happens if a financial crisis hits in the near future?

What happens if the migrant invasion is not stopped?

4 - The Resurrection Of The Holy Roman Empire

Swamped by an invasion of foreign migrants, with the euro on the brink of a financial disaster and now a major city attacked by terrorists, Europe looks like it could be on the brink of splitting up – back to a collection of nation States with border controls.

Bible prophecy indicates that at the end of the age, a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire will take place. At the height of the upcoming crisis, a strong man will take control of Europe and forge a United States of Europe, combining ten nations or groups of nations in Europe - with a union of Church and State. This will be made possible by the good offices of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look.

We Were Warned!

“…and politics will enter into it and I can see where it is going to cause Europe to unite and turn against the United States. And if you want to know what will happen… read the last chapter in the book ‘United States and Britain in Prophecy.’

Now you may have read it, go home and read it again.

Brush up on it and refresh your mind on it, because we’re coming to the time when it is going to happen.” (Sermon - Prophecy Part 1)

Pastors Report - 13 Nov 2015

NOT of THIS World (continued)...

"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36)

Last Pastor's Report I pointed out that the Greek word used for "fight" in the phrase, "then would my servants fight", does not necessarily imply fighting in warfare, but rather more "to contend" as in a gymnastic or political contest. In today's world, it could well include strident postings on Twitter or Facebook, as well as taking part in organised marches, committees and demonstrations. As servants of God, we don't "fight" because, in worldly politics, it is THE SYSTEM that is wrong – a travesty "with little incompetent men vying for the coveted prize" as Mr Armstrong put it – not merely the choice of one candidate over another. And it is that system – based on CONTENTIOUS, COMPETITIVE VYING – that must ultimately be changed, and therefore avoided today by the true followers of Christ. Appearing to support THAT SYSTEM is what we can have no part in!

Last time we looked briefly at the democratic election process based on this contentious system, along with the corrupt financial policy it spawns and the military-based spirit of murder that invariably accompanies it – showing how the root of such worldly government is based on the satanically-inspired despot, Nimrod and the Babylonian system he began. As Mr Armstrong explained:

... This BABYLONISH principle of government, intertwined with economic manipulation, has ruled the world ever since. It has ruled under various forms — whether called oligarchy, monarchy, dictatorship, autocracy, democracy, communism or Naziism — but it's the same old BABYLONISH PRINCIPLE under slightly different modes of administration.

And this is the origin of what we call CIVILIZATION. Its forms of administration have undergone change, but its basic principle has remained the same — competition and strife based upon greed and vanity. ("How Would Jesus Vote for President?" – GN – Oct/Nov 1984)

This time, we will look at two more areas where we – as followers of Christ and representatives of a Kingdom that is going to be very much "NOT of THIS world" – should have no part in the struggle associated with them: the constitution, and the judiciary.

The constitution:

Unlike most modern states, Britain (one of just 3) does not have a codified constitution but an unwritten one formed of collective Acts of Parliament, court judgements and conventions down through the centuries. Although there is no written constitution as such, there are still a number of ancient documents that form the basis behind the unwritten code including: the Magna Carta (1215), the Bill of Rights (1689) and the Act of Settlement (1701). In contrast, all other modern states (except the UK, New Zealand and Israel) have adopted a more straightforward, documentary constitution of some kind, the first and most complete model being that of the United States of America in 1788.

One advantage these somewhat ancient documents hold is that they were constructed at a time when people generally had a genuine belief in and a healthy respect for God. Today that sadly is not the case. So many pieces of recent legislation appear designed to undermine and weaken the Judaeo-Christian heritage that went before, that we as church members may feel tempted to support movements that promote a return to the values of the founding fathers and the constitution they constructed. But is such a view correct? Is the constitution we support that of 1788? Or the Magna Carta of 1215?

God's constitution:

What we need to grasp is that God's constitution is in major respects the direct opposite of whatever we'll find has been put forward by mankind – both today, and even in times gone by. The very core is invariably diametrically different. What the true centre ought to be is clearly expressed by Jesus Christ when He says, "thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." (Mark 12:30) . But in the case of documents that arise from the minds of men, it is invariably mankind who holds centre stage, such as being endowed "with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" This self-centred, incoming perspective places such documents at odds with what is God's true constitution. As Mr Armstrong explains:

I was invited to visit South-West Africa and address that convention on the subject of forming a constitution for a NEW NATION! I addressed them on Monday night, March 14, 1977. Here is a brief summary of my address to this convention of nation founders:

“Immediately after the creation of the first human, God the Creator revealed to him the GOVERNMENT OF GOD and its WAY OF LIFE. The basic constitution of that GOVERNMENT OF GOD was the way of “GIVE” – meaning out-flowing love and concern for the welfare of others – as opposed to the way of “GET” – that of self-centeredness, envy, jealousy, competition, strife and violence.

But that first man, Adam, rejected the GOVERNMENT OF GOD and its basic constitutional Law of LOVE. Ever since, mankind has formed man’s own governments and a society based on the self-centered way. And man has produced a world full of evils, unsolvable problems, human injustices and agonies.

“And that,” I said to these constitution founders, “is the world in which you gentlemen are laboring here to form a NEW GOVERNMENT.” (Worldwide News – August 11, 1980)

Life Liberty and ...

The problem with the three examples of "unalienable rights" mentioned in the American constitution: life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is that all three are based on, and therefore invariably interpreted along the self-centred ways of this world. The "life" being mentioned therefore is radically different from the Life God promises amazing, outgoing life filled with God's loving character for eternity, as we can read in passages such as the following:

  • In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
  • The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
  • I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. (John 11:25-26)
  • When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)
  • For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; (I John 1:2)

The right to "life" as is set out by a humanly-devised constitution – based invariably on the self-centred ways of this world – is therefore much nearer the "pride of life" mentioned by the apostle John than anything remotely near the eternal life expressed in the above few verses:

  • Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
  • For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
  • And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (I John 2:15-17)

We find the identical problem in the case of "liberty" also. The liberty God promises is based on the outgoing obedience to His laws and the freedom to receive every blessing thereby.

  • The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (Isaiah 61:1)
  • Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ( John 8:34-36)

Contrast this with the incoming "liberty" put forward by the world – merely a "freedom" to do as we please – the licence to be licentious:

  • For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
  • While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (II Peter 2:18-19)

Reading the newspapers, watching the TV news, or just talking with neighbours, it is easy to see how the evils and heartaches we witness have been brought about by the "liberty" to live life as we please....whether it is "free sex" - leading to divorce, abortions, illegitimacy, one parent families and delinquency, or at the extreme, murder and mayhem as mankind gives "free rein" to his anger and aggression.

... the Pursuit of Happiness

And the same applies to the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" – it totally misses the spiritual point that happiness is not something we strive to get, but comes automatically by applying God's loving ways and laws of "give". This is the everlasting joy Christ was looking forward to in Hebrews 12:2...and which we too will experience as we live this way of life. This Solomon confirms by experience within the book of Ecclesiastes – a book dedicated to the futility of the pursuit of physical happiness – and Jesus Christ dynamically reinforces when He says:

  • Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)
  • I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)

What we must seek therefore is very different from the world. We can't be obsessed with building "bigger barns" in which to store our growing possessions. But instead a single-minded pursuit of God's Kingdom and His outgoing, giving character – for Christ makes it abundantly clear that we cannot be double-minded in this quest:

  • 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. (Matthew 6:24)
  • And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15)
  • And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
  • For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
  • But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  • Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
  • Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
  • For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Luke 12:29-34)

So what does God say is the constitutional document we must live by? Jesus Christ answers that question clearly – it is God's word, the Bible:

  • But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
  • And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
  • He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:47-48)
  • And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.(Revelation 20:12)
The judicial system:

Once we recognise there are fundamental flaws in the founding documents of our nations – nations very much "of THIS world", largely travelling in a self-seeking direction that is the very antithesis of a God-centred constitution of love and outgoing concern to eventually be found within the World Tomorrow – we can then begin to see the same within many of the countries' institutions also. This is particularly true of the judiciary. For how can righteous judgements be possible when the fundamental laws that define such judgements are themselves based on a worldly approach? Merely tinkering with such a worldly system cannot fix it. The very lesson of this present world – the lesson of aversion therapy – demands its complete replacement. And as representatives of that soon-coming Kingdom of God it is vital that we keep this fact firmly in mind.

As society changes and moves further and further away from the humanly God-fearing values of the founding fathers, it becomes very tempting to look at yesteryear's position as a standard to aim for and unconsciously align ourselves with those in the world who are thinking along similar lines. But our position as an observer within this present age, a stranger and a pilgrim, – an ambassador of God's soon-coming Kingdom and a representative of an everlasting government – must never be compromised. As we see more and more corruption within the judicial system we should not be surprised. It is coming from a very clear spiritual malaise – making its solution also spiritual in nature. And a world without the spiritual dimension required is inexorably going to descend into progressively greater judicial darkness. This direction – sad though it may be – is very much to be expected.

Jury service:

This clear recognition of the dramatic difference between God's standards and those found in the courts of this world, effectively mean that the true followers of Jesus Christ are unable to serve in this world's jury system. Not only did Jesus refuse to judge in the case of a worldly inheritance – setting us an example (Luke 12:14) – but among other things, the true religion of God does not separate church and state. We cannot somehow place our beliefs on a shelf somewhere and begin acting in a worldly way for the duration of the court case. We are commanded to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God 100% of the time. This would force us to make allowances for genuine repentance for example – recognising how man's punishment is normally vindictive in nature – whereas God's ultimate aim is one of forgiveness and genuinely turning from sin.

Although we don't have a standard letter as such for jury duty, may I suggest the following for any who may receive a jury summons:

The approach I use in such a case is to reply in writing, asking to be excused jury duty because my firm religious beliefs make me morally unable to judge according to man's laws, but I must always make any such judgements according to the Laws and Word of God - whatever man's laws may say. If this is made abundantly clear they will almost invariably come back and excuse you. If they don't, then attend but once again make this abundantly clear to the judge. If they accept you on this basis, they will be going against their own principles, as the very purpose of a jury is to judge based on the laws of the land, so it is technically impossible for them to insist you form part of a jury - knowing you are not going to be able to fulfil what the jury is there to perform. I have never heard of anyone who has been forced to form part of a jury when this is made abundantly clear.

When to use the legal system:

Does that mean we should never use the courts of this world? The apostle Paul castigates the early church for going before the judges of this world to solve their disagreements, yet he himself uses Roman law when dealing with those outside on occasions. How do we reconcile what appears on the surface as two divergent views?

  • ... brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
  • Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather [allow] yourselves to be defrauded?
  • Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. (I Corinthians 6:6-8)
  • And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.
  • But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
  • And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
  • And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. (Acts 16:36-39)

These two examples show a clear distinction in the use of worldly legal systems: they can certainly be used, when dealing with people in this world, but not to rectify issues within the church.

God's coming government:

The word used for "world" in the phrase "my kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36) is the Greek word kosmos which means "the order of things". And the order of things governed by the soon-coming Kingdom of God will be very different indeed! We are ambassadors of the new order of things. Yes, this world affects us and we sigh and cry for all the abominations we see around us and via the media daily but we do so in prayer to God – not to all and sundry via social media aligning ourselves with various pressure groups! And what God sees in secret, He will reward openly, and what mankind sows that he will reap. He doesn't need us to sort out the world for Him!

  • The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
  • I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
  • I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
  • And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:13-16)

The true followers of Christ cannot tinker with this present evil world. As Mr Armstrong says:

Yes, thousands call themselves Christians, think they are converted, believe in Christ, worship Him, but worship Him in vain, following the course of this world and its customs and ways, instead of the commandments of God (Mark 7:7-9)!

Jesus said for the Christian to seek first the KINGDOM OF GOD (Matthew 6:33), and He also said we cannot give allegiance to and serve two kingdoms (verse 24)....

.... What, then, would Jesus do in this time of presidential election? He would WARN true Christians, “COME OUT Of her [this world’s governments, this Babylonish system], my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4)!

The plagues of God are soon to fall upon this world and all who choose to remain part of it. Jesus CALLS YOU OUT!

What would Jesus do? HE WOULD BE TOO BUSY PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS OF HIS OWN COMING WORLD-RULING KINGDOM, and the way of salvation, to take any part whatsoever in the politics of this present evil world, or in any man-made form of government that is DOOMED very soon to be destroyed and replaced by the theocratic government of THE KINGDOM OF GOD! ("How Would Jesus Vote for President?" – GN – Oct/Nov 1984)

Our focus must remain on the future. That is our time. That is our world, our system, our order of things. Only then will the problems of this age be solved – by being totally replaced with the glorious world tomorrow:

  • Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
  • And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
  • For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
  • According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
  • So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
  • And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
  • As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. (Isaiah 59:15-21)
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