Church of God, New World Ministries

Quarterly Letter - February 2017

February 2017
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
On the 20th day of January 2017, the United States will swear in a new president. It seems that all we have been hearing for the past two years has been political speeches, character assassinations, lies, hypocrisy, and promises. What does all this mean to the true Christian, those who truly want to follow in Jesus Christ’s footsteps (I Peter 2:21)?
 
Let’s take a brief look into God’s instruction manual to see what approach we should have toward all this. Christ himself said, when he was asked by Pilate if he was a king, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence (at this time)” (John 18:36). Christ said His kingdom was yet to come—in the future!
 
The Jewish people of Christ’s time were under the thumb of the Roman government—one of the most oppressive governments to ever exist. And yet, Christ, his apostles, his disciples, his family, the Church, and the Jewish people had to live under this oppressive regime.
 
In fact, except for the time when God ruled over the nation of Israel himself and through the kings he selected, there has not been a righteous king, president, dictator or ruler of any sort ruling over any nation. And yet, Christ said, in spite of the wickedness of the world we live in, he would build his church and the gates of hell (death) would not prevail against it (Mat. 16:18).
 
In Revelation 18:4 John wrote, “...Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” John further wrote in I John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust of it; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
 
It is clear that we should not partake of worldly things but resist them. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ…” Ambassadors live in a foreign country, they obey the laws of that country, but their allegiance is to the country they represent. “Our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). Our first allegiance is to Christ. “Obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). However, we must obey the laws of the land in which we live, unless they conflict with the laws of God.
 
Paul wrote a whole chapter in the Bible explaining this to the Church in Rome. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God (Rom. 13:1). Daniel wrote, ”the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will,” (Dan. 4:17). Rom. 13:2, “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” God expects us to be good citizens of the nation in which we live.
 
Peter wrote, “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully”. ( I Peter 2:17-19).
 
There is not one of man’s governments on this earth that is righteous. All seek their own. However, Paul wrote that we, should “make supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. (I Tim. 2:1-2). We should pray for those in office.
 
Though we live in a wicked, evil world Paul said we should live a godly and honest life. Prior to Christ’s departure to heaven he commissioned His Church to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them ln the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Spirit): Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (age), Amen (Mat. 28:18-20).
 
The Church of God New World Ministries is committed to this commission. Though we live in an evil world; we continue to thank God for The United States of America. The only country on the face of this earth in which religious freedom affords the opportunity to preach the gospel of the soon coming kingdom of God to this earth. Regardless of who the human leader is; God is still in charge. We will continue to do God’s Work until the time comes for God to stop it (Amos 8:11). Our kingdom is not of this world, either. Remember Matthew 6:33!
 
Additionally, we will continue to adhere to Peter’s admonishment to, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (I Peter 5:2-3).
 
We are a “little flock” (Luke 12:32); but through the means of modern technology we have reached millions with the “good news of the kingdom of God”. Let us pray that the next administration’s policies and procedures will afford God’s True church the opportunity to reach many millions more with the awesome truth of God’s soon coming kingdom. As ambassadors for Christ, we should do no less.
 
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And, as always, thanks to all of you who support this work through prayer, tithes and offerings.
 
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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