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The Everlasting Gospel vs Political Causes and Movements [podcast]

“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

Jesus told us that Satan is the liar, the murderer, and the thief (John 8:44; 10:10, etc.). He has no end to the ways he seduces and steals resources away from the glorifying God. He has no end to the ways he seduces and steals resources away from the glorification of God. Are sin and Satan robbing you and robbing Christ’s body and His Gospel mission through you?

When we are not wholly submitted to the LORD, Satan is stealing, robbing from us and from God’s kingdom.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

It’s only in submitting to God afresh, in true repentance, that Satan is put away from us – he ceases having legal right to steal, to kill, and to destroy.

Monthly, millions of dollars pour into those types of conservative groups…. And much of that money is coming from professing Christians. It’s befuddling how anyone naming the name of Christ can support such temporal, non-eternal focused political groups and causes and not support the eternal, “the everlasting Gospel” of Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:6). The LORD is not going to reward anyone for giving to a political cause. No, He’s going to hold us accountable for not laying up treasure in Heaven by supporting HIS unchanging Gospel truth – for the teaching and preaching of it! (Matthew 6:19-21; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20, etc.). The eternal souls of men are at stake and God has called all who name the name of Jesus to support the preaching of His true Gospel, to do it! Ever heard of the Great Commission command of Christ, at the end of each of the four Gospels? Where is your heart? “For WHERE your treasure is, THERE will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

So, when one gives to a political cause, WHERE does his heart go? – It goes to the temporal fight for freedom, etc…. instead of his heart being vested into our LORD’s eternal Gospel.

REMEMBER, the conservative pundits who’ve been pumping people with such positivity and promises…. they also have created a gig to draw people to follow and support them. So, they have to keep the circus wheels rolling. But are they misleading their audience? The Gospel is the only thing that is eternal. Let’s support God’s Word, the preaching of the Gospel saints. “WE are labourers TOGETHER with God.” (1 Corinthians 3:9)

Jesus commands His Gospel workers to:

1) Feed and equip His sheep “for the work of the ministry” (John 21:15-17; Ephesians 4:11-12, etc.), and

2) To “preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, etc.).

There are so many who spend more time, money, and energy on political causes than they do on the eternal Gospel, the eternal souls of men!

How can we possibly neglect ministering to Christ’s body, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”? (1 Peter 2:9)

The way we spend our money is a direct reflection of the priorities of our heart! (Matthew 6:21) It reveals much.

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Revelation 2:4-5

Jesus died for people, not politics or pets! If your love for people has waxed cold, it’s because your love for Christ has waxed cold (Matthew 24:10-13; John 13:35; 1 John 4:14-15; 5:1, etc.).

The cold in heart turn a deaf ear and the blind eye to the needs of others because they’re consumed with the love of self (Proverbs 24:10-12).

Do They Matter to You? Do the saints and lost sinners matter?

(God) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:4-6

The remnant of Christ’s elect are known in that they are testifying of Him! They are declaring “the word of their testimony” of how Jesus has forgiven, washed, and saved them into His eternal family (Revelation 12:11). They are actively saying “Come”

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:10-14

If you are a born again believer, you have been made by the LORD a “new creature.”

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

The remnant saints of Christ are revealed in that they are doing His bidding, His Gospel work – and no other! They are not drawn away to waste their time and resources on temporal causes. Beware.

Gospel outposts don’t receive support to push a political agenda or secure liberty for a temporal nation. No, they are the very “labourers” Jesus told us to pray to the Father to send forth and they are about the “Father’s business” of feeding and equipping His sheep and winning the lost to His kingdom (Matthew 9:35-38; Luke 2:49). It is our opportunity and privilege to pour into Christ, to His eternal work in the hearts and lives of men. He puts these ministries right under our noses for an opportunity to lay up treasure in heaven and not waste our resources (2 Corinthians 9:6-11). He’s watching you. He knows exactly, to the penny, every bit of earthly wealth you temporarily possess and will judge you accordingly (Mark 12:41-44).

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. 11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; 12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” Proverbs 24:10-12

“Let the Dead Bury their Dead”

“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” John 17:9

The earliest believers gave nothing to the world (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35, etc.). Our priorities are to be Jesus and His people.

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

Let me say this on a personal level: Millions of people give to the political causes you may be involved with. Very few give to the work of Christ. People have no idea how scat the war chest is when you are doing Christ’s Gospel work. It’s astounding actually. The world doesn’t lack people who give or mountains of money. No, instead they just keep on creating more things to use that money on, including giving their CEO and others huge salary increases.

If God’s people were stewarding HIS resources correctly, as He instructed, would His work be so pitifully underfunded?

They gave to the body of Christ and the workers, the labourers of the LORD Jesus instructed us to pray the Father would send forth (Matthew 9:35-38).

Many who claim to be following Christ are more than willing to fight for their temporal freedom in their temporal country and yet have for years done little or nothing to “fight the good fight of faith” for their own relationship with Christ and for others to be saved, forgiven, and made free by the Savior (1 Timothy 6:12).

They speak of freedom for their country more than Christ. True freedom and forgiveness of sin come from Christ alone. Also liberty in His Holy Spirit are the gift of God who gave His only begotten Son on the cross for our sins (Matthew 26:28; Luke 4:18; John 8:31-32, 36; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 John 4:4; Revelation 1:5, etc.).

Many claiming to be saved participate in political movements more than the Great Commission mandate Jesus gave His body. They will travel many miles and freely give their life, time, and treasure for a political cause and yet won’t even ask God to use them to lead their next-door neighbor to Jesus or support His work. Bad fruit. This is the sin of idolatry, spiritual adultery. There’s no true freedom in that which truly matters outside of our Maker, Jesus Christ (John 8:36). And anyone who doesn’t know Him (isn’t born again) does not have a clear conscience, and therefore will forfeit all that is good, all pleasure, all delight, all bliss, and everything good for all eternity.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:  1 Timothy 1:5

The body of Christ is here on earth to preach Christ’s kingdom which is the only eternal kingdom. “Let the dead bury the dead” Jesus says (Luke 9:60). Meditate upon and perhaps study that truth.

“And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:59-62

Let the world do the world’s work. Let those living in the flesh do that which is of the flesh. Read Romans 8 and Galatians 5.

Jesus is saying to us to let the wicked do the work of this temporal, fallen, fleeting world.  Let them donate their time and money. But “I want you to go do my work, to go preach Christ’s Gospel or you will clearly prove you are of the world and not of Christ. The way we spend our time and money, our resources, is a direct reflection of the priorities of our heart (Matthew 6:19-21).

“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. 16 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. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:15-17

Our LORD Jesus gave us His Great Commission and He is holding us accountable and expects us to participate in fulfilling it, as we are crucified with Christ and raised up in the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I come to You in Jesus name, and in repentance. I have clearly sinned against You. I have loved myself and therefore this fleeting world more than You. I here and now ask You to forgive my evil heart, my sinful rebellion, and my utter disobedience to what You told me to do in Your Word. Please break and cleanse me dear LORD. From this moment forward, I am all Your LORD Jesus. Please use me mightily for Your eternal glory. In the name of Jesus, amen.

“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

Gospel laborers are the most important workers in the earth – and the least rewarded (for now) and most despised. They do the only eternal work – feeding His sheep and carrying the message of Christ’s Gospel to the lost. Jesus instructed us to ask the Father to send forth His laborers into His harvest, right? Yes (Matthew 9:35-38). Are you praying for Gospel laborers and supporting them in HIS work for the feeding of His beloved sheep and winning the eternal souls of men to Him?

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