Noncomformists In Politics
The National Council of Evangelical Free Churches in Great Britain, at their meeting last March, carried
a resolution affirming the necessity for its churches to engage continually in polities. Now they are forming an anti-Socialistic association, for the purpose, of combating Socialism among their members, according to a London cable of 3rd April. This move is certain to be taken by the Socialists as another indication of the truth of what they have often said, that the churches are opposed to progress and to the efforts of Socialism to improve the condition of the people. The workingmen members of these churches are likely to think thoughts about this, also, for the leaven of Socialism has influenced many.
The formation of this association will probably alienate a portion of the membership.
The right attitude for the footstep followers of Jesus to adopt towards politics is that adopted by our
Lord when he said,
“My kingdom is not of this world,”
and when he taught the disciples to pray,
“Thy Kingdom come.” (John 18: 36; Matt. 6: 10.)
Here we are pilgrims and strangers, subject to the powers that be (Rom. 13: 1), but looking for that new
order of things according to the divine promise —
“a city which hath foundations, whoso builder and maker is God.” — Heb. 11: 10; 2 Peter 3: 13.
The consecrated child of God should stand related to the politics of “this world” as an alien and a
stranger. Realising that there is to be no patching of the old garment, or patting of new wine into the old wineskins, and that a new order of things is promised, he should not attempt to reform the present order, but should leave it to its divinely predicted fate (2 Peter 3: 7, 10-12), waiting patiently for the new order and the kingdom which has long been prayed for. The kingdom of God will not be established in the earth by the power of men, whether opposed to Socialism or favourable to it, but by the power of God. (Dan. 2: 44.) In the meantime, the discipline of patient waiting, and learning obedience to God’s will, is preparing the consecrated one for the promised inheritance in glory, and for the regal and priestly honour he is to have as joint heir with the Redeemer, Who is Jehovah’s appointed King on Zion’s hill. — Matt. 10: 27, 28; Rev. 20: 4; Psalm 2: 1-6.
The New Covenant Advocate May, 1909
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- 2 Chronicles 20 (God’s promise to Abraham and his offspring)
- One for the Money, Two for the Show, Three to get Ready, and Four to Go!
- An Inheritance
- Does God have a plan for salvation?
- Adopted: Heir of the King
- Heritage of redemption
- Proverbs 19:13-14
- Revelation 21:7 The Greatest Inheritance
- The wonder has a name: Faith.
- It is the coming, it is the having come, it is both held in tension and coexisting in harmony
- the sheath