Martin Collins warns that we have an obligation to respond to our calling, ensuring our heavenly citizenship, no longer living on a passport, but having a birth certificate in our heavenly kingdom. The church is our state, kingdom, and temple, and places us in the body of Jesus Christ's bride, citizens in God's eternal kingdom. …
The rampant disorder in America may encourage God's people to choose political sides, but doing so may place them in a position of opposing God's will.
Martin Collins teaches that called-out saints, we are no longer strangers, but are granted the privilege to be citizens of the kingdom of God. As current ambassadors of God's Kingdom, we have the responsibility to adhere to God's standard. As citizens of God's Kingdom, we must make sure that we have a birth certificate, and not …
During such times of turmoil, we need to remind ourselves that our hope and confidence were never in the capabilities of man in the first place.
When Christ returns, He will establish the Kingdom on earth and all people will be His subjects then. But what does citizenship entail now—before His return?
It would be profoundly contradictory for citizens of heaven to become involved in the politics of governments that our King will overthrow when He returns!
In America, where the political process is hailed as free and democratic, it is considered somehow "un-American" not to vote whenever the polling stations open.
While it may seem to be the height of patriotism to cast a ballot, Christians are urged to refrain from interfering in the politics of this world.
John Ritenbaugh, explaining the context in which he believes in conspiracy theories, maintains that conspiring appears a wired-in aspect of human nature. The Scriptures are replete with conspiracies, including Absalom's conspiracy against his father, the conspiracy of the religious leaders against Christ, and the construction of …
Martin Collins alludes to research which suggests that, thanks to the media and to our digital lifestyle, human attention span has attenuated to a mere two seconds—much shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Media, a major contributor to this deficit, shamelessly ruins the attention span further by running …
Most people do not consider patriotism to be a kind of faith, but it has every possibility of being or becoming one, especially to those who have become disaffected.
Because it is not directly mentioned in Scripture, people often ask if voting is biblically condoned. The real question is, would Jesus vote?
Do we have what it takes to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ? Understanding how national representatives carry out their duties helps us in our commission.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the WWJD (What Would Jesus do?) slogan used by mainline Mainline Protestants, indicated that not much can be known about what He looked like, when He was born, and how He would react because of lack of information or blatant disinformation. Today, large numbers of Christians are protesting in …
Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that biased media deluges us with lies, warns that God has not endorsed all information, whether from the left or the right, is pulling us toward carnal solutions and away from godly ones. Because the far left has traditionally embraced humanist, 'progressive,' anti-God viewpoints, church …
Mark Schindler reflects on some vituperative letters the Church received following the publication of a Berean on I Peter 2:17. The author had suggested that God's people should honor the President to the same extent that Peter apparently admonished his audience to honor the Roman Emperor Nero. To disrespect governmental leaders …
Christians have been called out of this world's politics, voting included. As ambassadors of Christ, we cannot participate in the politics of another country.
John Ritenbaugh illustrates the perplexing biblical illiteracy of the American people (even in the so-called 'Bible belt') with the news story regarding the 'clergy' who have been instrumental in the passage of 'same-sex' marriages laws in New York. One misguided Presbyterian minister ignorantly applied the passage in Acts 10:15 …
The Kingdom of God includes a King, territory, citizenry, and laws. The term kingdom (Greek basileia), has a past, present and future application.
God's people must let go of the world's solutions, involving party spirit, revolutions, and power struggles, placing their trust in the sovereignty of God.
God's people (as ambassadors and pilgrims) must pledge their hearts, minds, and allegiance to the coming Kingdom of God, which will last forever.
A former president was sexually immoral, lied with impunity, and misused his position. The same is true of the current one. Will we apply God's standard equally?
We must be willing to allow God to make changes in our thinking, even when those changes discomfort the beliefs to which we have acclimated ourselves.
Mike Ford, reflecting upon the test for which people who want to become naturalized citizens must prepare (a quiz battery of ten questions from a pool of hundred) expresses incredulity that the average teenager, trained in liberal, progressive public schools, cannot even pass these basic tests. The dumbed-down populace of modern …
Abraham Lincoln, in his 1838 Lyceum Address, warned that America's destruction could occur only from moral rot within, as exampled by the Roman Empire.
Mark Schindler, cautioning us to avoid becoming involved in politics or in any sort of agitation for governmental change, focuses on the cautionary comments of the second American President, John Adams, who warned that our Constitution would work only for a people of moral responsibility. President Adams implies that the …
Jesus came with a message of salvation, called 'the gospel of the Kingdom of God.' Here is the relationship between the gospel and Christian works.
The Bible, in both parables and prophecies, interprets itself and remains consistent in its use of symbols. We cannot arbitrarily attach meaning to symbols.
Paul enjoins God's people to enlist as soldiers of Christ, enduring hardship, keeping themselves from the world, and putting on armor for spiritual battle.
We are sojourners, pilgrims, aliens, and ambassadors, living among, yet separate from, the peoples of this present world. We must be loyal to our spiritual family.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the terrifying events at the close of the age described in Matthew 24:4-13, asks us who really deserves our loyalty ? Several years ago, the intensity of persecution started to mount against Christianity. The Coptic Christians of Egypt have been severely persecuted by the Muslim Brotherhood, with …
Because we are set apart by God, we are not to become involved in the world's political, judicial, or military systems. Our term in office has yet to begin.
Being born again signifies a new spiritual beginning at the beginning of our conversion. We are not yet complete, though; we must go on to perfection.
Christ's command to seek first the Kingdom of God is in the midst of an admonition not to worry or take anxious thought, but instead to calmly set priorities. Seeking after righteousness is not necessarily synonymous with searching, but is instead an active moving toward all possible contexts of this fulfillment, now and in the …
Unlike Europe and the United States, God ensures that all His potential citizens will conform to His culture.
The calculated Hebrew calendar reflects God's faithfulness in providing His children a reliable calendar. Concocting one's own calendar is presumptuous.
God's people living in America must prioritize God's Commandments over the U.S. Constitution and over American culture. We have a heavenly citizenship.
God's true church cannot be found without revelation nor can one join the organization; God calls and places each member in its appropriate place in the Body.
Jesus magnifies the Law in Matthew 5, moving beyond the behavior into the motivating thought behind the deed, warning that we do not retaliate in kind.
Faith permitted Enoch, Noah, and Abraham to receive God's personal calling. Like our patriarchs, we were called while we lived in the wicked world.
Our attitude toward government must be one of submission. The church cannot perform its function without the cooperation of the carnal civil governments.
The way that one lives provides testimony and witness. To witness and endure life's various trials, we must have faith in who and what we are.
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.
Paul systematically planned his travels to specific cities for specific reasons, choosing Philippi for its strategic location as the only autonomous Roman colony in the region having historical cultural, military and commercial significance. As an autonomous outpost of Roman culture, more Roman than Rome, it provides a metaphor …