Tuesday, 11 November 2008

The madness of the false prophet

I predicted that as a result of Obama being elected president of the US, there would be a prophetic frenzy. Well, I did not have to wait long for Don. Billingsley to twist the Scriptures to try and prove that the American people made a mistake in electing Obama as their 44th president. Billingsley cited a passage from Deuteronomy to try and prove his contention. The passage, which was not fully quoted, runs as follows: "When you come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shall possess it, and shall dwell therein, and shall say, I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are about me; Thou shall in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shall thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother"(Duet.17:14-15).

Firstly, this was a prophecy, which was fulfilled during the leadership of Samuel. The elders of Israel came to Samuel and requested a king thus: "Behold thou are old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations"(1 Sam. 8:5). And as a consequence, God appointed Saul the first king of Israel.

Secondly, the command to Israel not set a stanger over them as a leader was only applicable under the old covenant, and while the nation was established in the promise land. After both Israel and Judah were taken captive and scattered among many nations, God allowed many Gentile kings to rule over them.

Thirdly, after the death and resurrection of Christ, the old covenant was abolished. "The Israel of God" is now the church, where there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but a new spiritual creation in Christ. So God can appoint anyone he chooses to be an elder in his church, whether the person is white or black.

Fourthly, the people of the US voted, but God decided who would win the election, as all power is of God, and the powers that be are ordained of God. So is Billingsley saying that he disagree with God's decision?

Fifthly, the bible teaches that Christ is not divided, yet Billingsley left WCG, and contrary to the clear teachings of the bible, went off and set up his own church "to draw away disciple after him." Funny how Billingsley can find a text that supposedly says Obama was wrongly elected, but can't find any that says he is a hireling and a heretic!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Obama and The Prophetic Frenzy

The election of Obama as president of the US is, with out doubt, an epoch making event. Of course, all power is of God: "The powers that be, are ordained of God." So even though some in the US and around the world may believe that Obama's election to the highest office in the land is a testimony to the social progress the US has made, those who are much wiser, will see the hand of God guiding events in the fulfillment of prophecy. So where Obama's presidency will lead is yet to become clear, but the omens are not good!

However, expect the false prophets in cog-land to be transported into a frenzy of speculations and predictions. Every familiar biblical text will be poured over and reinterpreted to explained why God has allowed a half Israelite to become the head of his people, and why this is bound to be a disaster.

Still, genuine Christians neither vote nor support anyone running for elected office, as Christ is their Lord and soon coming king. But we are commanded to watch world events, and to be like men that wait for their Lord.