This is the last part of a series of posts on the sin of Assimilation. Click here to see the entire series.
Judgment Proves Assimilation
In all ten of the attributes described above it was the case that the only reasonable conclusion that could be made was that the Church is under the judgment of God. We have seen that the Church has adopted the morality of the State with respect to which behaviors are considered to be sinful. We have seen that the Church has ignored its responsibility to call the State to repentance, despite the fact that the State continually breaks all of the Commandments of God. We have seen that the Church has fully adopted the spirit of patriotism with respect to the State and has, as a result, become fully assimilated to the ways of the State. We have also seen that this assimilation has been so complete that most Christians are unable to even conceive of the possibility that the Church has apostatized and come to play the role of the false prophet in support and defense of an immoral State.
What has the Church succeeded in doing? In 1990 the Gallup organization conducted a poll in order to determine the beliefs of citizens of the United States about heaven and hell. According to Gallup, a majority of citizens believe in the reality of hell. However, only 4% of the citizens of the United States believed that it would even be possible that they could go to hell! If this statistic is true, then 96% of the citizens of the United States believe that they are going to heaven! Where did they get this idea?
I would suggest that they got this idea from the preaching and teaching of the apostate Church. By focusing exclusively upon the message of the love of God, by seeing itself as a public service organization designed to minister spiritual happiness to the citizens of the land, and by making the conscious decision to preach a false gospel, the Church has managed to fully assume the role of the false prophet. The Church has become fully assimilated to the world in the United States.
What is a Christian to Do?
What did Ezra do when he encountered a church that was fully assimilated to the culture in which he lived? He called the true believers out. His message was a simple one. In times of assimilation the only response of the true believer is to separate from the society in which he lives, no matter what the consequences. That means that many will have to make tremendous sacrifices of State power and privilege in order to live consistently with the Word of God. There is no way for the Christian to make a compromise with the State. There is no way to try and reform the State from within by becoming a part of it. The only option is to immediately vacate the apostate organization of the State. Ezra did not care about the consequences of his separation. In his mind there was no other option.
Separation from the apostate State is not the only thing a Christian is to do. In II Corinthians 10: 3-5 Paul lays out the war plan for the Church in the presence of wanton worldliness:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
I would suggest the following activities as a minimum in order to wage our warfare:
- Christians must immediately resign any position that they hold in which they have been required to swear an oath of allegiance to the government of the United States.
- Christians must realize that we are at war with the State.
- The Church must preach the Gospel, the whole counsel of God found in both the Old and New Testaments.
- Christians must immediately cease invoking the blessing of God upon this country in any way.
- Christian leaders must assume their responsibility to declare the rules of form and function to the State (taken exclusively from the Bible).
- If the State refuses to repent and recognize the Crown rights of Jesus, it is the duty of the Church to pray the imprecatory prayers against the apostate State.
I have no hope that any of these things will happen in my lifetime. Nevertheless, that reality does not excuse any Christian from the responsibility of doing what is right, no matter what the consequences.