Outside Babylon

Leaving EVERYTHING to follow Jesus

There are only two types of authority, legitimate and illegitimate. Authority, legitimate or otherwise, requires the submission of those the authority has power over. An established authority cannot tolerate an opposing or counter authority. To tolerate this usurpation of power would be an abdication of authority. Subjects of authority that decline to obey an authority are said to be insubordinate. Those that question or reject the legitimacy of an authority are considered rebels, outlaws, or in these times, terrorists.

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“SOMEBODY MUST DO SOMETHING!” In some fashion or form we are hearing, and ourselves saying, that somebody has to do something. What is something? Just fill in the blank with your favorite cause, your most troubling fears or your most threatened desires.

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There are many examples that prove much of what calls itself “Christian” is no longer walking on the straight and narrow path, but is instead, like the rest of the world, in darkness looking for the narrow gate. One of the more egregious is the debate over how and when believer’s leave mortal life at the coming of Jesus Christ.

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Donald Trump, former president of the United States of America, to others, still president. To nearly half of the USA he is nearly the Antichrist himself, while the other half sees him, just as nearly, the Messiah.

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This world is toast! What a downer statement coming from a Christian, right? After all, aren’t we Christians supposed to be all shallow, feel-good, Jesus is our warm and fuzzy teddy-bear-friend? At least that is what the world tells us we are supposed to be like, and unfortunately, what so many believers have been taken in by, and now emulate.

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Nowhere in the Holy Bible does it call Christians, or Jews, to be “world changers”. Yes, it can be argued that it is implied via selected scripture in the gospels, such as making disciples of all nations. In the desire to fulfill that motivation is precisely where Judaism and Christianity have taken a wrong turn.

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Christians live a life, if walked as Jesus walked, that is generally always under attack. Let’s face it, if you live serving a master who generally requires us to live opposite of what the world desires you are going to have quite a bit of friction.

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There are only three choices before us regarding the world of our time. You can only choose one, but you WILL decide which path your life will take, these times will force the decision on all of us.

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Our lives are extremely simple regarding the demands placed on us, at least as compared to life in the world system. We pay only one monthly bill, and we only have that solitary bill so that I may share these blogs in hope of helping others as we see the Day approaching.

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Things are only going to get worse and worse until Christ comes to reign over the world. We too will undergo trials, we expect them, but we see them as purification, and as an expansion of our understanding, and as opportunity to deepen our faith in preparation for our Savior’s return.

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