Intercity Church of Santa Maria

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Date : 20-02-24 09:04
Deception in the King's Palace (1) (1Pet 2:13-16)
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Remember the story of Ahab and Jezebel in the history of Israel? They ruled as King and Queen of Israel 2,800 years ago. They brought such a web of witchcraft that the whole nation became corrupt. Government officials lied about one another. People were falsely charged and sentenced. Justice was perverted. Some were executed.

Only a few men of God had the courage to speak up about government persecution of the godly. And they were living in caves, living on bread and water smuggled to them by fellow believers. Elijah, the only one to publicly challenge Ahab and Jezebel, was so discouraged he begged God to take his life. Queen Jezebel brought idolatry to Israel, leading the prestige of the palace to encourage the worship of Baal. Prostitutes were used in the bizarre, satanic rites that accompanies this complex but form of idolatry. 

Let's apply it to today's situation

When Kings practice Evils

If president of the United States practices in talking to the dead person by inviting a psychic spiritualist, or playing with a 
woman in the White House office, or associate with a fraudulent real estate deal...etc, it will be an evil practice in the king's palace like Ahab and Jezebel in the Old Testament.
As Americans, what should we do for the president? We should do three things. First, We should pray for our president, for our governor, and for our representatives. 1Tim 2:2 says, "All men pray for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity." We should pray for those who are in authority no matter who they are or what their political views may be. 

Second, We should respect those in authority over us. 1Pet 2:13-16 says, "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right...."  

Third, We have a responsibility to challenge corruption, defend the innocent, denounce witchcraft, and shine a light into the darkness of these latter days. Eph 5:11 says, "And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them." 

What Right do You have to Challenge Government Leaders?

John the Baptist boldly and publicly denounced King Herod for taking his brother's wife. It cost John's life (Mt 14). Prov 28:4 says, "Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them." There are only two positions. Either we are praising the wicked who have abandoned God's laws or we are contending with them.

God's position is clear. You are either wheat or tares, sheep or goats, light or darkness, saved or lost. King David wrote in Ps 97:10, "You who love the Lord, hate evil." Jesus said "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad" (Mt 12:30). James says, "Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" (James 4:4). 

I remind you that we are living in "days of deception." When public policy is immoral, it should be challenged, regardless of who is in office. Nowadays, the liberal media slander any who dare raise their voices, saying they practice the "politics of hatred." Compromise at the expense of principle is cowardice. Elijah boldly stood up to Ahab and Jezebel. Paul says, "Let no one deceive you with empty words...And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light." (Eph 5:6-13). 

Most of the Bible is written by Heads of State or to Heads of State

The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, was written by Moses, the leader of Israel. The books of Joshua and Judges are biographies of national leaders. Both books of Samuel, the two books of the Kings, and the two books of the Chronicles are all accounts of the public history of the Israelite nation and how God worked through the good and evil rulers of its government. Many of the Psalms were written by King David. His Son King Solomon wrote three more books of the Bible: Eccesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and Proverbs. The major and minor prophets wrote to the nation or to the leader of the nation, and their writings all involved public policy and its relationship to God's law. Revelation is written about the "judgment of the nations." Godly men and women cannot ignore the events of their nation. They will some day be held accountable for what they said or did not say in the face of evil. If godly men and women would stand up in the marketplaces and the pulpits of America and speak the truth fearlessly, exposing darkness, calling evil by its name, America would not need Rush Limbaugh. 

The Bible gives a very clear warning. 1Cor 6:9-11 says that neither the greedy, nor adulterers, nor the sexually immoral, nor swindlers will ever inherit the kingdom of God. And once more it begins its warning with those words, "Do not be deceived.“ Through the history of the world, so many leaders or kings or presidents committed evil behaviors such as Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tze-Tong of China, Gadahfi of Libya...and so many people. Even in America, Hilary and Bill Clinton were involved in greedy and insensitive to the little guy in Travelgate, and sex. Remarkable polls made public in 1996 showed that most Americans didn't trust their president and public officials and, at the same time, most Americans didn't care that they were untrustworthy.  

Jeremiah saw the same thing happen before Israel's terrible judgment at the  hands of Babylon. He wrote about the nation's "casual harlotry" (Jer 3:9). "And it came about because of the lightness of her harlotry, that she polluted the land and committed adultery with stones and tress." David wrote about a time when "the wicked prowl on every side...when vileness is exalted among the sons of men" (Ps 12:8). "The wicked strut about on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men" John in Rev 22:15, God will exclude "sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.“

When we cast our votes to choose the head of the nation, we should consider the candidate's political philosophy. In American system, we have two major political parties: Democratic and Republican. These two parties have a different platform each side. We call them, the left and the right, or the liberal and the conservative. This system has been operating more than 200 years. We know that there is no perfect system on the planet earth. There are always good things and bad things in any system. We must accept them and live in that system. For the election this year, we must consider the person who has the biblical and political view point. We must check the candidate's political view, moral view, social view for the nation's future.