If we govern ourselves, God will take care of us. Government of any kind will not work unless people govern their own nature. Self-control enables us to show love.
The New Covenant, wherein God writes His law on the heart and gives His Spirit, empowers God's people to obey without the need for external control.
We need free moral agency to be transformed into God's image. Unless one has God's Spirit, he cannot exercise the internal control to be subject to the way of God.
Regardless of whether one submits to God, government, or community, self-government is the best means to having a safe, smooth course toward an objective.
We dare not allow anybody to come between God's direct governance and ourselves. Even God's government will not work unless we voluntarily govern ourselves.
John Ritenbaugh, in a basic Bible Study on self-government, focusing on Romans 13:1-7, maintains that submitting to a human government is a "work" which requires self-control, self-discipline, and self-government. The apostle Paul thoroughly disciplined his body as he followed the example of our Elder Brother Jesus …
Jacob's Trouble, or the Great Tribulation, comes about because people are not meeting their God-given responsibilities: keeping His Commandments.
Our experiences prepare us to be a better judge or king. Though we may exercise righteous judgment, we dare not pass judgment nor justify sin in ourselves.
As a fruit of God's Spirit, self control may be the single hardest to master over the course of a lifetime, yet we need it to do our parts in God's Kingdom.
John Ritenbaugh, citing Abraham Lincoln's statement that the true test of man's character is his responsibility to govern or administrate, asserts that a man's way of governing is determined through his world view. Man should aspire to live as God lives, as demonstrated through Jesus Christ's example rather than human nature's …
Has anyone, other than Jesus Christ, really exhibited self-control? In the end, however, this is the ultimate aim of growing in the character of God.
A lack of self-control, as well as the cultivation of self-indulgent perversions, will characterize large segments of our society living at the end times.
Only by using God's Spirit can we gain the self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control to put to death the carnal pulls, giving us freedom from sin.
Paradoxically, when we yield to God's sovereignty, He wants to cede control over to us, teaching us to develop self-control as an ingrained habit.
For us to take on the glory of God, we must have the same kind of access to the Father as Christ did, taking on the responsibility of behaving like His sons.
Self-control is the ability to focus our attention so that our decisions will not be directed by wrong thoughts. If we change our thoughts, we change our behavior.
The ministry's authority consists of teaching, edifying, and equipping the members for sainthood, but not to wield dictatorial power over their lives.
The Founders were optimists. The weakness of a constitutional republic is that people did not, and do not, have the heart to govern themselves.
God is establishing a spiritual kingdom, with Christ as King, installed at the seventh trump when He will unleash the power of His Kingdom against the world.
The authority in the ministry is a 'staff position,' given by God, as a gift for equipping the saints for service and for edifying the body of Christ.
The problem of Nannyism does not lie only with those in authority; the actions of the people may invite the government to assume the people's responsibility.
If a people turn from righteousness, a natural consequence is greater human oversight in one form or another. This is seen in the world and the church.
While our independence means that we are self-directed and can make our own decisions, we are still members of a society and must conduct ourselves accordingly.
Jesus does not want 'serving' through iron-fisted control and ruling by fear, nor does He mean 'benevolently' doing for them what they can do for themselves.
Proverbs 25:16 stresses that moderation is the best policy. Of all the fruits of God's Holy Spirit, self-control is the most difficult to attain.
This nation was developed by self-reliant, self-motivated people. Yet today, many people seem frozen in place, waiting for the government to do something for them.
Each individual settler in the New World had not only to protect and provide for himself, but also to sacrifice for the community's sake.
Our responsibility is to yield to God's sovereignty. Nevertheless, God has enabled us to freely sin, but holds us responsible for governing ourselves.
John Ritenbaugh, citing Abraham Lincoln's intention, as well as the Preamble of the Constitution stating that the people should govern the United States, suggests that the original intent has been turned on its head, and unscrupulous elite has taken up the reigns of rulership. Every democracy that has ever existed, according to …
John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that Mitt Romney will be the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, suggests that Romney, of all the candidates, is perhaps closer to the current President's views than any of the others. Nevertheless, the leftist Democrat propaganda machine, headed by militant feminist Hillary Rosen, has …
John Ritenbaugh, describing the deceptive religion of humanism, suggests that although the adherents appear to be charming people, they have intense antipathy toward God. President Obama is a perfect example of a secular humanist, using Jeremiah Wright's liberation theology as a convenient stepping stone into politics. …
Government may be the most important subject in the Bible because it touches on how Christians are to govern themselves under the sovereignty of God.
We are obligated to dress and keep what is placed in our care, improving what He has given to us. We dare not stand still, but must make effort to grow.
When pastors abandon their responsibility to uphold God's Law, government steps in to fill the gap, basing its decisions on humanism rather than true morality.
Protestantism unthinkingly presents grace as "free." However, Scripture shows that God expects a great deal of effort from us once we receive it—it is costly.
John Ritenbaugh, affirming that our future involves immersion in both religion and government, suggests that the church may be the most important teaching vehicle for getting us ready for leadership in God's Kingdom. All the sermons, commentaries, and Bible studies have been crafted to assist us in preparing for these leadership …
America has never embraced true Christianity as its dominant faith, nor has it ever really followed Christ, but has instead embraced a counterfeit.
Mainstream Christianity espouses the pernicious doctrine of, 'Let go and let God,'" which releases us from any obligation to overcome and build character.