Community Bible Church at Integrity Hills - Our Statements of Faith

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The Bible
We believe the Bible is the infallible word of God written by men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). It is truth (John 17:17), shows the way to salvation, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3: 15-16). It will never pass away (Isaiah 40:8, I Peter 1:25). It is the very word of God, which is flawless, and nothing is to be added to it nor taken away from what it says (Proverbs 30:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:2). The Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of this Church (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
I agree with this section

The Bible is the Word of God

  1. The Bible is Our Starting Point - Directory
  2. Why I Worship the Bible
  3. The Bible is an Infallible Textbook on Economics and Biology
  4. The Modern World and the Bible
  5. The Catholic Worker and the Bible

Westminster Standards

Bereans "search the Scriptures daily" to see if the teachings of church leaders are really true.

The Godhead
We believe God is the eternal creator of the heavens and the earth (Deuteronomy 33:27, Genesis 1:1). He exists as one entity (Deuteronomy 6:4) in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) (John 10:30, John 4:24, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14) He, being the creator and sovereign ruler of everything (Psalms 103:19), and is not contained by things made by human means (Acts 17:24). 
I agree with this section.

I am a six-day Creationist.

I am a three-point Trinitarian

I am a five-point Calvinist, and a double predestinarian.

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD:
TOTAL Predestination!

Micah's prophecy begins, "It shall come to pass." How does Micah know this?

One of the reasons some people hate the Bible is because the God of the Bible is a Sovereign, Predestinating God, who has more power than man the would-be god, and is far better able to bring us "national security" than the big-wigs in the Pentagon. But to those who are willing to say "God is God, I am not" the Gospel ("Good News") is that a loving personal God is indeed sovereign.

Man
We believe man was created in the image of God, male and female (Genesis 1:27). He was created to bring God glory, enjoy fellowship with Him, and rule the earth (Isaiah 43:7, Genesis 1:28). Man was created without sin and to live forever, but Adam sinned and through him all mankind was cursed, now fallen, and destined to die (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12-14). Because of this, all men are dead in their sins and cannot help themselves (Romans 6:23, 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9).
I agree with this section.
Jesus Christ
We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory
I agree with everything up to this point.
 and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14,15;Titus 2:13)

I believe the Bible says that Christ inaugurated His Kingdom at His first Advent ("Christmas"). His Ascension was His Enthronement. He came again in AD 70 to judge His executioners, destroy the temple-world of the Old Covenant, and inaugurate a New Heavens and New Earth. There is no prophecy in the Bible that He will come to earth again thousands of years after His incarnation and judgment in the first century of the New Covenant, to set up an earthly kingdom.

Kingdom Now
The Present Presence of Christ's Kingdom The Enthronement of Christ | Westminster in 180 Days
Growth and Progress No Kingdom handed to us on a silver plate. We work, it grows.
We work to create heaven on earth We pray "Thy will be done on earth" Ora et Labora
Should We Try to "Bring in the Kingdom?" Or is it sinful to try?
Government: The Central Theme of the Bible  
Political Method and Scriptural Hermeneutics  
What is the "Kingdom of Heaven"  
The Nature of Christ's Kingdom  
Premillennialism's Faith in A Police State On the one hand, premillennialists long for a millennial socialist one-world government bureaucracy - very political
Kingdom as Government/Empire/NewWorldOrder On the other hand, they deny the political character of the Kingdom of God in this age - very apolitical and "spiritual"

Do We Deny the "Second Coming?" | Yes. But no. Believe in a future "second coming" if you want to, but it's not in the Bible, and the idea shouldn't influence your life.

What follows are the verses cited by the Integrity Hills Statement to support the idea of a future coming of Christ:

Matthew 1:22-23

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing  made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

John 14:10-30

10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me
This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

Hebrews 4:14-15

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

Romans 1:3-4

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
This passage concerns Christ's first coming, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

Acts 1:9-11

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
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1 Timothy 6:14-15

14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
This passage concerns Christ's coming in judgment against His executioners and persecutors of His disciples, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future.

101 "Any Moment" Verses

2 Thess. 1:6-7
"It is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire."
2 Timothy 4:1
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Matthew 16:27-28, etc.
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom with power. When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:
... when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel, even they which have pierced Him, and all the tribes of the land shall wail because of Him.

Titus 2:13

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

This passage concerns Christ's coming against Israel in the first century, and does not predict another coming two thousand or more years in the future. Paul and Titus properly expected this "glorious appearing" of Christ in their lifetimes.
Salvation
We believe sin separates mankind from God, and to be reconciled to God, mankind needs salvation (Romans 3:23). Salvation is given to those men chosen by God and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit.  Christ’s death on the cross set men free, and sin no longer has master over those who accept Him as Lord (Romans 8:2-5, John 3:16). Man must confess and believe the Jesus is Lord and salvation will be granted, not by what he does but by what has been done for him (Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9). When man is saved he is marked/sealed by the Holy Spirit guaranteeing his inheritance in the kingdom to live eternally, no longer destined to die and be separated for God eternally (Ephesians 1:13-14, I John 5:11-13, Hebrews 9:15).
I agree with this section.

Justification

I would call this section "Justification" rather than "salvation." I agree with everything in this section. As a "Calvinist," I deny Arminianism. But I also affirm "Justification by Allegiance" rather than "justification by mere belief."

Salvation

The New Testament promises that believers would be saved from Christ's judgment against "this generation" in AD 70. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for "salvation" means to be set in a wide open place, and is also translated "deliverance," "aid," "victory," "prosperity," "health," "help (-ing)," "welfare," and contains the thought of "security," "wholeness," and laissez-faire capitalism. Today, the government is our messianic savior, promising us salvation in this holistic Biblical sense, with a Department of Welfare, a Department of Security, and a Department of Health. In short, a Department of Salvation. Belief in messianic state socialism and salvation-by-government is idolatry.

The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
I agree with this section, although I'm not entirely certain what is meant by "a spiritual gift."
The Christian Life
We believe Christians, those who follow Jesus Christ as Lord, are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. This service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. All believers are promised rewards in heaven for their faithfulness in service. (I Peter 1:15, 16; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 3:12-17; John 14:1-3) 
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However, this section and the one that precedes it are ambiguous concerning three very important issues in our day: Theonomy (Theocracy), Pacifism, and Anarchism.

Theonomy

When someone claims to be "led by the Spirit," can we objectively evaluate his actions? Or are we left silent in the face of his claim to be "spirit-filled?"

All actions and claims must be judged by the Bible. The Bible is the Word of a Sovereign God. The Sovereign commands His vassals. God's Word is Law. This is called "Theonomy." God's Law is the blueprint for all human action in every area of life

God's Law is also the blueprint for human social organization. This is "Theocracy." It is not the same thing as "ecclesiocracy" (government by clergy).

Pacifism

God's Law prohibits theft and violence. God's Law also prohibits vengeance against those who steal from us or injure us. Most people call this "pacifism." In the last 20 years, the federal government has killed millions of innocent non-combatant civilians, and stolen trillions of dollars. Christians say nothing. The federal government prohibits local public schools from teaching students that God says not to kill, and that God says not to steal. We live in a very violent Godless culture, where human beings are killed routinely by our "representatives."

Anarchism

If you oppose theft, then you oppose taxation. If you oppose taxation then you oppose any institution which raises money by initiating force against others and threatening violence for non-compliance. If you are a true follower of Christ, then you are not an archist.

The 20th century was the first universally secular century in the Christian era, and hundreds of millions of human beings were murdered, and trillions of dollars violently confiscated. Most Christians claim to be too "spiritual" to be concerned about all this. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty," but too often, where there are "spirit-led" Christians, there is tyranny.

Christians must work to rid the world of organized criminal syndicates like the Mafia and "the State." The whole concept of "the State" is unBiblical and evil. It is a massive engine of atheism, crime and immorality. This issue is HUGE. Most traditional interpretations rely almost entirely on Romans 13, which actually speaks of the empire in demonic terms. The text is reduced to a bumper sticker, a soundbite. We urgently need a Berean study of violence and institutions which rely upon and promote it.

Before the first Christmas, human society was dominated by Empires and their Emperors, who claimed to be semi-divine mediators between men and gods. After Christ's Advent, we have seen human society move toward greater liberty as society becomes Christianized. Human beings were far more likely to die violent deaths in the centuries before Christ than since the first Christmas. We need to de-legitimize the entire concept of "the State" so that human society can be fully Christianized.

The Church
We believe the church is composed of all believers. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church is an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness to its head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations.
I agree with this section up to this point.
At the Rapture of the church, it will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up His Kingdom.
I don't believe in a future "rapture."
The "Rapture" and Other Theological Terms

Previously on the Kingdom:

Kingdom Now
 
The Present Presence of Christ's Kingdom The Enthronement of Christ | Westminster in 180 Days
Growth and Progress No Kingdom handed to us on a silver plate. We work, it grows.
We work to create heaven on earth We pray "Thy will be done on earth" Ora et Labora
Should We Try to "Bring in the Kingdom?" Or is it sinful to try?
Government: The Central Theme of the Bible  
Political Method and Scriptural Hermeneutics  
What is the "Kingdom of Heaven"  
The Nature of Christ's Kingdom  
Premillennialism's Faith in A Police State On the one hand, premillennialists long for a millennial socialist one-world government bureaucracy - very political
Kingdom as Government/Empire/NewWorldOrder On the other hand, they deny the political character of the Kingdom of God in this age - very apolitical and "spiritual"
The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ through an aggressive effort to disciple others by the preaching of the gospel, and the exercise of spiritual gifts. (Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:24-30; I Corinthians 12:4-13,27) This describes a "Bible Study" or a "fellowship." I can agree with this, but there's usually a whole lot more to a "local church" than just this, which is why this webpage was created. When a Bible Study/Fellowship starts calling itself a "church," there is something quite different operating. Something dangerous, I believe.

Why I Do Not "Attend Church"

Ordinances
We believe the Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return.
I don't believe in any "ordinances" or "sacraments."

Thesis 74: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: “The Lord’s Table”

“The Lord’s Supper,” the sacramental neomorphosis of Passover[1] in the “last days” of the Old Covenant[2] was properly celebrated in a home.[3] Jesus commanded this Passover to continue to be observed[4] until the world of the old sacral order came to a complete end[5] at His coming in A.D. 70.[6]

Notes
1. Mark 14:12; Matthew 26:2,17-19; Luke 22:15
2. #92; John 18:28 + #73
3. #32; Acts 2:42-46; 20:7-8; cf. 1 Timothy 5:13; #72
4. cf. Acts 18:18; 21:24-26
5. Hebrews 6:2,8; 8:13; 9:10; 2 Peter 3:12; cf. 1 Corinthians 5:7
6. 1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 16:27-28; Luke 22:16,18 + Mark 14:62; Hebrews 8:13 + Matthew 26:29

References
All the references contained in previous Theses on the sacraments should be consulted:

Thesis 25: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Circumcision

Thesis 32: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Passover

Thesis 72: Patriarchy and the House-Church

Thesis 73: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: Baptism

Two verses encapsulate this Thesis:

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Matthew 16:27-28
For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

After that (A.D. 70), no more Passover.


Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. Immersion is the ideal means set forth in Scripture. (Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

Baptism

Thesis 73: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: Baptism

In the “last days” of the Old Covenant (#92), the “sacraments” were properly administered by Families, as throughout the Old Covenant, most notably under the Patriarchs.

Baptism, as with circumcision,[1] was appropriately administered by the family head (#25). This symbolic washing ritual of the Old Covenant[2] was a sign[3] appropriate for the “terminal generation”[4] and expired with that generation[5] and the end of the Old Covenant in A.D. 70.[6]

Notes
1. Colossians 2:11-12
2. Hebrews 9:10; Exodus 40:32; Numbers 8:7; John 3:25
3. Acts 19:3-6; 1 Corinthians 14:21-22
4. Matthew 3:7; 11:16; 12:34,38-45; 16:4; 17:7; 23:33-36; 24:34; Mark 8:38 - 9:1,19; Luke 7:31-35; 11:29-32,50-51; 17:25; 21:32; Acts 2:40; Philippians 2:15; #92
5. Acts 21:25 (KJV)
6. Hebrews 5:12 - 6:8; #83


References

Are We in "The Last Days?"

Thesis 25: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Circumcision

The Terminal Generation

"Ultra-dispensationalists" have also arrived at the conclusion that Baptism is not for the post-temple era of today, but for very different reasons than we have. Their reasons have a respectable Scriptural basis, even if their dispensationalism does not.  

Baptism and Statism

  I have periodically attended Bible Studies with Aaron Boldman for over ten years. I would hate for our friendship to come to an end because that Bible Study became "a local church."


Vine & Fig Tree


Supporting: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, sobriety
Opposing: Secularism, Humanism, Anti-Family Sex, Hedonism, Autonomy, Totalitarianism, and Mass Death

The name "Vine & Fig Tree" comes from the fourth chapter of the prophet Micah, and is set forth here. You've probably heard Micah's words before -- we beat our "swords into plowshares" and everyone dwells safely under their own "Vine & Fig Tree.

America's Founding Fathers were familiar with this vision: "Vine & Fig Tree" is the worldview that made America "the greatest nation on God's green earth."

George Washington's Diaries are available online at the Library of Congress. That website introduces those writings with these words:
No theme appears more frequently in the writings of Washington than his love for his land. The diaries are a monument to that concern. In his letters he referred often, as an expression of this devotion and its resulting contentment, to an Old Testament passage. After the Revolution, when he had returned to Mount Vernon, he wrote the Marquis de Lafayette on Feb. 1, 1784: "At length my Dear Marquis I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig-tree." This phrase occurs at least 11 times in Washington's letters. "And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree" (2 Kings 18:31).

"Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art, Virginia Historical Society
Under My Own Vine and Fig Tree, 1798
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
Virginia Historical Society
Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art

Many other American Founders wrote of this ideal. "Vine & Fig Tree" is the original "American Dream."

The phrase occurs a number of times in Scripture. These references are visual reminders of the Hebrew word for salvation, which means
• peace,
• wholeness,
• health,
• welfare, and
• private property free from pirates and princes.
When today's Americans hear the word "salvation," they usually think about going to heaven when they die. When the writers of the Bible used the word "salvation," they wanted you to be thinking about dwelling safely under your own Vine & Fig Tree during this life -- much more often than they wanted you to be thinking about what you'll be doing in the afterlife.

The best place to see the Vine & Fig Tree ideal is in the book of Micah.

 Let's look at Micah's prophecy (on the left) and ask a few questions (on the right):
And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
  Are we in the "last days?"

When did this establishment take place?

And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
Is Christianity doomed to minority status throughout history? Hasn't Christianity been growing since the first century?
That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
  What should be the Christian's attitude toward the Law? Isn't every Word of a "Lord" "Law?"
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
Are we commanded to beat our swords into plowshares today? Or do we wait for the Second Coming?

Are Christians "pacifists?"
And each of them will sit under his   What about private property?
Vine and under his  fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
What about technology? What about the military? What is it that really brings "security?"
Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
  What if all the politicians, university professors, TV commentators, newspaper editors, rock stars, CEO's, athletes, authors, and think-tanks repudiate the Vine & Fig Tree vision and tell you not to believe it?
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
Should we strive to be on top, or to help those on the bottom? Is God on the side of those who have accomplished much by their own power and initiative, or is He on the side of those who are willing to be used by God to accomplish much to His Glory?

Seven Themes in Micah's Vine & Fig Tree Prophecy

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  Micah's Prophecy (Micah 4:1-7)
audio
Archetypes Controversy Comfort
1 And it will come about in the last days
[For the LORD of hosts has spoken.]
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills

Audio

Predestination
vs. "Free Will"
Chose birth?
• Nobody used "free will" to come into existence
• Real issue: The nature of the Creator | Person or Mud
Calvinism
"Free Will" = imago dei | Image of God
 • reason
 • planning for future
 • symphonies
Providence
Protection is an act of love
Prayer  = anti-deism
      "Last Days"

V&FT "impossible even for God."

Predestinated tribulation?
No. Vine & Fig Tree
2 And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,

Audio

Conversion of the Gentiles

One religion is superior to the others

One has caught our attention: jihadism

blow-up vs. convert

Peace is possible
Peace is inevitable
3 That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.

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• The God who gave you life deserves your respect
Every Word this God speaks deserves your attention/obedience
• Bible is not just for "private" religion, "down in your heart"
• Also for public policy
Textbook for every area
When Americans learned the Bible
in public schools
(and public schools
were Bible schools
), America was the
most prosperous, most admired nation on earth.    Now U.S. exports weapons and pornography.

Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.

"judgmental" vs. Hitler

4 [And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his fig tree,]

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Male + Female
Father + mother

Family = "undemocratic"

When families are functional, the State is unnecessary;
Archism is suppressed

Adams: mothers:
religion + morality

5 Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.

 

Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not steal

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Pacifism = "criminals will take over"
 
really? More people will die under pacifism than under archism?
More money will be confiscated under pacifism than under archists?

Slavery is an inescapable concept.

Myth:
  • OT = violence, slavery
  • Jesus = irrelevant utopian hippie; not
    "practical" or "realistic."

Fact:

6 And each of them will sit under his
Vine and under his Fig Tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.

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Agrarianism vs. technology

Environmentalism

Garden of Eden / City of God

Wilderness vs. Garden

"False weights and Measures."

7 Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD
       will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.

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social darwinism

immigration vs. "enumerated powers."

works of mercy vs. focus on "winners," celebrities, power-brokers
  "Iron Sharpens Iron"

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Purpose is not to have a fight or
shout-over like Fox News
 
Don't sign up if you just want to tell us we're wrong.

Bereans, search scriptures

"I'll have to think about this"

"This is what I've always been looking for"


How a  Vine & Fig Tree World "Really" Works

Most people will describe the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision as "impractical," "utopian" and "unrealistic." Probably everyone in 2015 would describe those on board the Mayflower, leaving the Netherlands in 1620 in a rickety old boat (by today's standards) headed across the angry Atlantic Ocean for "the New World" as nut-case religious "extremists." But their "City upon a Hill" eventually worked. Better than anything in human history.

In the last 50 years, however, the United States government has killed, crippled, or made homeless tens of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians in an attempt to impose "secular" (atheistic) "democracy" (corporate fascism) on the world. During the last 100 years, "secular" governments have killed an average of 10,000 born people each and every single day of the century. (The figure does not include "legal" killings of unborn people, which now take place 135,000 times a day around the world.)

But government-approved, university-trained, media-whitewashed mass death is "responsible," "respectable," "practical," and "realistic,"

On this page is described how the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision could actually be implemented in "the real world." [note] Here is an excerpt:


Q.4: What are you promoting in place of "archism?"

A: Liberty Under God.


Liberty Under God
vs.
“Security”
Under Archists


A Christian worldview:
  1. zero-aggression policy
    rely on persuasion, not force, coercion, and threats of violence
    [learn more]
The Archist:
  1. initiates force against others
  1. "turn the other cheek,"
    not vengeance; (1 Corinthians 6:7)
    I'd rather be a martyr than a revolutionary
    [more]
  1. engages in punitive retaliatory vengeance
  1. respects private property,  no theft
    [more]
  1. does not respect others' rights to private property
  1. "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40)
    Free Market Institutions of Systematic Reconciliation/Restitution
    [more]
  1. creates disorder, chaos, instability, riots -- violent overthrow of competing archists;
  1. The peaceful "Vine & Fig Tree" society
    "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God"
    [more]
  1. promotes the religion of Secular Humanism: "every man his own god."
    monarchy, oligarchy, socialism, fascism, "the dictatorship of the proletariat," "crony capitalism," democracy, republicanism, etc.
    "The State is god walking on the earth" --
    Georg W.F. Hegel

In a nutshell:

Liberty Under God

Liberty Under God is the philosophy that made America
the most prosperous and most admired nation in history.
America is now bankrupt and despised even by former admirers
because we have abandoned Liberty Under God
in favor of "Security Under Man"

By "LibertyI mean
Freedom from Archists  (burglars, "the Red Coats," etc.)
By "Under God" I do not mean
the god of Osama bin Ladin.

Q.5: "Wait a minute . . . you're a political candidate. Aren't you illegally mixing politics and religion?"

Kevin Craig opposes the modern myth of "separation of church and state." The real meaning of the modern phrase is "the separation of God and State." It no longer refers to "churches," or as Madison often called them, "ecclesiastical bodies." Any government that will not acknowledge itself to be under God is a government that believes it is God.

False Religions

The modern idea of "Separation of Church and State" is an evil lie. While the modern Supreme Court declares that America is a "secular" nation, for the first 100 years after the Constitution was ratified, the Supreme Court frequently acknowledged that America was a Christian nation. And the more consistently America was Christian, the less archist America was.

On May 2, 1778, George Washington ordered the troops:

The commander-in-chief directs that divine service be performed every Sunday at eleven o'clock in those brigades [in] which there are chaplains; those which have none [are] to attend the places of worship nearest to them. It is expected that officers of all ranks will by their attendance set an example to their men. While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian. The signal instances of providential goodness which we have experienced, and which have now almost crowned our labors with complete success, demand from us in a peculiar manner the warmest returns of gratitude and piety to the Supreme Author of all good.
— George Washington, General Orders, May 2, 1778 The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol. XI:342-343.

The Delaware Indian Chiefs came to Washington inquiring how they could leave their world of superstition and poverty, and become more like the Americans. On May 12, 1779, George Washington coached them:

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention.
The Writings of George Washington, JC Fitzpatrick, ed., Wash. DC: US Gov't Printing Office, 1932, Vol 15, p.55.

George Washington to New Hampshire Founding Father Meshech Weare, June 8, 1783:

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
 a Circular Letter of Farewell to the Continental Army, containing "my final blessing to that Country, in whose service I have spent the prime of my life."
Inscribed on a bronze tablet adjoining the Washington pew in St. Paul's chapel in New York City.

Can we know for sure who is the Divine Author of our blessed Religion? Could it have been Muhammad? On July 9, 1812, President James Madison proclaimed a day of prayer,

to be set apart for the devout purposes of rendering the Sovereign of the Universe and the Benefactor of Mankind the public homage due to His holy attributes; of acknowledging the transgressions which might justly provoke the manifestations of His divine displeasure; of seeking His merciful forgiveness and His assistance in the great duties of repentance and amendment, that He would inspire all nations with a love of justice and of concord and with a reverence for the unerring precept of our holy religion to do to others as they would require that others should do to them.

"Our religion" is Christianity.

If elected I will follow James Madison's advice to vote against any bill which does not promote Christianity, the "true religion." In one of his most famous speeches, Madison, the "father of the Constitution," gave his reasons for opposing proposed legislation:

Because, the policy of the bill is adverse to the diffusion of the light of Christianity. The first wish of those who enjoy this precious gift, ought to be that it may be imparted to the whole race of mankind. Compare the number of those who have as yet received it with the number still remaining under the dominion of false Religions; and how small is the former! Does the policy of the Bill tend to lessen the disproportion? No; it at once discourages those who are strangers to the light of (revelation) from coming into the Region of it; and countenances, by example the nations who continue in darkness, in shutting out those who might convey it to them. Instead of levelling as far as possible, every obstacle to the victorious progress of truth, the Bill with an ignoble and unchristian timidity would circumscribe it, with a wall of defence, against the encroachments of error.

The Disciples were given a "Great Commission":

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and make every nation a Christian nation,
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
Matthew 28:18-20

During the first 100 years after the Constitution was ratified, courts -- including the Supreme Court of the United States -- repeated on numerous occasions that America was a Christian nation, including the notable 1892 case of Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States. Only someone ignorant of the facts or with a secularist agenda would ever say that America was not originally a Christian nation.

But Washington D.C. does not always act consistently with "the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion" -- to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and to not be like "the kings of the Gentiles." America has never been 100% consistent with "the religion of Jesus Christ." Of all the political parties, I think the precepts of the True Religion are best reflected by the Pledge required of all members of the Libertarian Party:

#1
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  1. I do not believe in or advocate
    the initiation of force
    as a means of achieving political or social goals.

Beyond the initiation of force, the religion of Jesus Christ prohibits the return of force:

#2
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  1. I do not believe in the return of force -- no retaliatory, punitive vengeance

#3
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  1. Private Property - Individualism, not collectivism

#4
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  1. Order, not chaos/disorder

#5
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  1. God's Law, not Man's Law
We have been trained to think of "anarchy" as a situation where every man is his own god. But if Jesus is Lord, then we ought to obey His command not to be "archists." A world without archists is a world of peace, cooperation, harmony, and Free Markets, with everyone dwelling safely under his own "Vine & Fig Tree."


"Spiritual Exercises"

This is not an easy website. Not only are there more than 1,000 webpages, some of them are very controversial. They really make you think. It's like being on an athletic team and the coach ordering you to do 1,000 push-ups. It's not like the coach thinks that at the big game this weekend the teams are going to decide the championship by seeing who can do the most push-ups. The coach just knows that it will be easier to hit a ball over the wall in deep centerfield if you do your exercises before the big game.

You don't have to agree with everything on this website to benefit from it. Check everything you read here by the Scriptures; test the spirits (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1). But if you stretch your spiritual muscles it will be easier to carry the Cross Christ asks you to carry. There's a lot of spiritual muscle-building here, and it's more entertaining than a Jane Fonda workout video.

Examples:

Although millions of Americans go to church every Sunday, more and more Christians are disenchanted with the liturgies and rituals of only-on-Sunday religion. If you fall in love with Micah's Vine & Fig Tree vision you may be tempted to pull up stakes and leave your church. That may not be the best idea. On the other hand, if you feel that you're entitled to go to heaven just because you planted yourself in a pew every Sunday, you may be in need of some spiritual exercises:
Justification by Allegiance
Should A Christian "Attend Church"?
The Home-Church Debate
Every Christian is a priest, every Christian a pastor
A World Without Priests
 
Most Americans believe that living in America is better than living in any communist dictatorship, and most Americans believe that capitalism is better than socialism, but few can explain why. As a result, America is becoming more socialist. The Vine & Fig Tree defense of laissez-faire capitalism will make it easier for you defend the American idea of "limited government," even if you choose not to go as far as we do. Ready for some push-ups?
Laissez-faire Capitalism
Anarcho-Capitalism
A World without "The State"
The Christian Anarchist Homepage
How to Become a Christian Anarchist.
 
America is the land of "Liberty Under God." Our official national motto is "In God We Trust." But a vocal minority of atheists have convinced the Supreme Court that America's Founding Fathers intended to create a secular nation with a wall of separation between God and Government. Anyone who says religion should be accommodated by the government is accused of trying to "impose a theocracy." You're looking kinda flabby -- time for some exercises:
America was a Theocracy
America should be a Theocracy Again
Atheists should not be allowed to hold political office
America's Laws were Based on the Ten Commandments
Court Decisions Banning the Ten Commandments Should be Resisted
 
But should we resist the increasingly anti-Christian federal government with guns and bombs? If you even thought that for a second, you need to do some spiritual sit-ups.
Would Jesus Celebrate Memorial Day?
Christians should be Pacifists
America's War for Independence (1776) was unBiblical
 
Deciding how "realistic" or "practical" the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision is depends on how big your God is. Many Christians pay lip-service to the idea of God being "sovereign," but their God just isn't powerful enough to bring about Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" vision without coming back to earth, destroying everything and starting over. Besides, the ACLU might be offended if God started fulfilling prophecies like Micah's. How sovereign is your God? Is there a wall of separation between God and society called "free will?" Is Man able to tell God to back off and leave us alone? Push-ups, push-ups, push-ups!!
God Interferes in Human History
God has predestined every molecule in the universe, including the electrical impulses in your brain that you call "thoughts." I dare you to use your "free will" to click here.
 
But even if God is sovereign, hasn't He predestined everything to get worse and worse before the Second Coming of Christ? If we work for the Christian Reconstruction of society, won't that just delay the Second Coming? Wouldn't it be sinful, in fact, to try to "bring in the Kingdom" by our own works?
This is going to take a lot of push-ups. Check with your Physician. Don't try all these exercises alone all at once. Please go through them in order.
The Second Coming has already taken place.
We are already in The Kingdom.
In fact, we're already in heaven.

Again, you don't have to agree that we're already in heaven, but if you work through those exercises, you'll find it a lot easier to believe what the Bible says, and you'll agree that after doing these exercises, you'll be strong enough to believe a lot more of what the Bible says than you could before.

And isn't it your goal to believe as much of the Bible as you possibly can? That's our goal as well.



 


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