Accusing God of Punishing America

Those who function in the name of religious institutions have a habit of accusing God (specifically the God and Father of Jesus Christ) as the source of great evil when various calamities occur in our country. The reason given for God invoking these calamities, is the peoples general lack of adherence to some religious standard. Thus those in the pulpits of various denominational and non-denominational religious organizations declare that "God is punishing America" or "God is judging America".

These accusations are based upon gross misunderstanding and twisting of scripture. The public at large accepts such statements because of their gross ignorance of scripture and lack of a clear understanding of God.

Religion exists as a repudiation and rejection of the accomplishments of Jesus Christ and the grace of God. If the accomplishments of Jesus Christ and the grace of God were truly embraced and understood, the worthless and powerless nature of religion would be exposed; the religious organizations would wither and die. Religion embraces legalism, a legalistic relationship with God. Religious legalism incorporates "blessings from God" for legal religious behavior and "punishment from God" for illegal religious behavior. Legalistic religion causes the practitioner to be self-centered and self-absorbed. This is also known as "self-righteousness".

Examine the behavior of the apostles and believers in the book of Acts. None of them ever worked to establish any kind of religious organization. In fact, in Paul's prophecy of an attack on the believers in Ephesus, there is a description of the "fierce wolves" and some of the elders who participate in the attack. The wolves would not spare the flock. Some of the elders would arise, speaking twisted things to draw away the disciples after them. This is the beginning, the roots of the religious organizations that we see today (Acts 20:29,30).

In Acts 17:24 and 25, Paul boldly declares that God does not live in temples made by human hands. In addition, God is not served by human hands. Those two statements alone expose the ignorant, powerless and worthless practice of religion. These two statements have been ignored and disregarded for centuries!

The only genuine religious law was revealed and instituted as part of a covenant between God and the Hebrew people, also known as the children of Israel or the children of Jacob.
However, by the time of Jeremiah, the covenant between God and the Hebrews had been broken and nullified by the Hebrew people. This is declared and documented by revelation given to the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 31:31, 32.

However, Jesus Christ was sent to fulfill God's end of the covenant. In Matthew 5:17, 18, Jesus himself declares that he came to fulfill the law and the prophets. Nothing would pass away from the law until it was completely fulfilled.

Jesus Christ accomplished the fulfillment of the law. Once fulfilled, the covenant between God and the Hebrew people ceased to exist. Thus, Ephesians 2:14-16 states:

14 For he (Christ) himself is our peace, who has made us (Jew and Gentile) both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

The only genuine religious law, the mosaic law of commandments expressed in ordinances has been fulfilled by Jesus Christ!

Now think about that for a moment. If there is no genuine religious law applicable to you, then there is no way to violate that law. Additionally, all the supporting apparatus of the religious law is gone; the courts, lawyers, defense attorneys, enforcement officers, judges; even the penalties are gone!

No, the God and Father of Jesus Christ is not punishing any nation or any people. In particular He is not punishing you. It is His will that all are to be born from above and to come to a knowledge of The Truth.

There are many false prophets in the world today, claiming to speak for God, through Jesus Christ. They speak to fill people with fear and shame, to draw followers after themselves and their organizations. Don't waste your time or effort listening to them.

God is Always Good!

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Be Thankful

The religious tradition in the western culture and the Pharisaical tradition is to over analyze scripture from a physical, human and traditional religious point of view. The goal is to produce formula based rituals which will supposedly conform human behavior to the instruction of the scripture. Thus the profane, unclean flesh will be made clean by religion.

Other western traditions produce similar formula based rituals with the objective of benefiting ones self. So it is with the subject of thankfulness. It is just not enough to for the scripture to state "…be thankful".

Consider how we teach manners to children and train them to be polite. They are trained to say "please" and "thank you" to show consideration and appreciation to others. What about the child's feelings? Does it matter if they feel like saying "please" or "thank you"? No; that's not the point of manners. The child is not considered to be a hypocrite if they are polite when they don't feel like being polite. Good manners are for the consideration and benefit of others. This is the simplicity of "being thankful".

Here is a verse about thankfulness:

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Another reference is found in Philippians 4:6, 7.

Some teach these verses from the human point of view – that in order to find peace or to free yourself from anxiety you must be thankful. What some in the audience hear is that you must feel thankful. Thus a recipe to combat anxiety and become peaceful is produced. God becomes a magic vending machine; if you faithfully perform this recipe just right HE will cure your anxiety and give you peace. Otherwise, forget about being peaceful or free from anxiety.

I am very thankful that the scripture is simple; it simply says "…be thankful". It does not say "feel thankful". As it is with manners, I don't have to feel thankful to be thankful. I recognize what God has done for me and express my appreciation to Him, regardless of my emotional state at that moment in time.

As it is with manners, I'm not concerned with the benefit to myself. I'm only concerned with recognizing and expressing the impact of God in my life. Thankfulness is expressed in my relationship with my heavenly father. The significance and emphasis of thankfulness is God, not me.

To what extent can you recognize God's impact on your life in the last week, day, or hour? Take a look and thank Him; He would like to hear from you. Simply Be Thankful.

(C)2012 Keith S. Radcliffe

What am I to Do?

Once the deceptions and idolatry of organized religion has been revealed and understood, the question arises, "What am I to do?" or "What is an appropriate response?", "What is the point?" Those who have been accustomed to religious legalism are especially concerned about the "right", "correct" or "legal" course of action. What changes to ones life should be made so as to be untainted by this evil? Usually these questions are in the context of considering whether to maintain or to end ones current relationship with a religious organization.

It is not my calling or responsibility to instruct anyone to maintain or end their current religious associations. It is not my calling to tear down or to destroy the current religious institutions. It is my calling to expose the idolatry of religion and to reveal the truth which will enable those searching to throw off their shackles and begin walking by the spirit.

Therefore, remember that because of the accomplishments of Jesus Christ you are already "good enough" to serve him; you have been made whole, you have been made righteous. You have fellowship with God by way of Jesus Christ, not because of any actions on your part. Jesus Christ paid the price for your freedom. Now He is your Lord and savior, He is the head of the church. Where ever you are, whatever you are doing, follow Him. 

How do you follow the head of the church? You follow him as you walk by the gift of holy spirit that you have already received. That is the appropriate response. You are not called or obligated to establish another organization; you are not called or obligated to join or promote any other man, organization or website. Calling others to Christ does not consist of calling others to join an organization. Christ already has an organization; as you walk by the spirit, you are functioning as he needs you to function in his church.

Love God First, by worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. This is accomplished as you walk by the spirit. As you do this, you will be guided to love others as He would have them to be loved.

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