Religion, Politics, and the Legal System
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No man that warreth [serves] entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. – II Timothy 2: 4
The number three (3), in the Bible, represents completeness. The above three subjects SHOULD BE AVOIDED by a dedicated believer at all costs, whenever possible. Why? Because, if you are to do the work that God has called you to do, you must not let the affairs of this life distract you from that goal.
You may never realize just how important this principle is in your life. The enemy will do anything in his power to stop you from learning God’s Word. If I may use a strange cliché, the above areas are very ‘sticky’. If you let yourself get involved, it is very difficult to get away and this also tempts believers who are weak in the Scriptures. I will give you examples in each area that should convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that these entanglements are not God’s Will for you. We will begin with religion, which is MAN’S INTERPRETATION OF WHAT HE BELIEVES THE BIBLE SAYS. Religion is based on private interpretation, which is guesswork. That’s why there are so many different religions.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [one’s own] interpretation. – II Peter 1: 20
The Greek word for ‘private’ is “one’s own”. The Bible interprets itself right in the verse, in the context, and where it was used before. Man has no right to guess at what the Word of God says. And because man does this most of the time, you have:
Christianity is not a religion; it’s the only one that isn’t. Religion is man-made. Christianity is what God wrought in Christ Jesus. Christianity is what the Word of God says it is and that is a way of a Father with His family. God is our Father and we are His children. We are members of His household when we rightly divide His Word and apply it accordingly. And that is the key – to rightly divide the Word and not guess at it.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. -- II Timothy 2: 15
God has prepared a tremendous home called the third heaven and earth where His family will be together for all eternity. The world has prepared nothing but empty promises. If you remember what it was like before you were born again, then you can completely understand that statement.
Christianity is also not a science . . . just like your earthly family is not a science. There may be a lot of scientific facts pertaining to God’s family and your earthly family, but families are not a science. Religion analyzes the Bible as if it were a science. You can only ascertain what God tells you – you cannot analyze it.
But the natural man [the man not born again – many religious people] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. – I Corinthians 2: 14
Christianity is also not philosophy. It is a divine-human relationship. Philosophy is man's wisdom, as religion is man’s wisdom. The German word for philosophy is Weltwissenschaft. Welt is “world”; wissenschaft is “wisdom.” “World wisdom” is philosophy. That’s why the highest academic degree in the senses realm is “world wisdom” Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy). [***piled high and deep]
Christianity is not a religion, nor is Christianity theology. Ology always means science; theo means God. Theology is the science of God, like bi/ology or anthrop/ology. CHRISTIANITY IS NOT THEOLOGY NOR IS IT RELIGION. It is union with God in the family of God – those who are born again of God’s Spirit. This is the purpose, among others, for Absolute Bible Study – to teach you this simple but dynamically important truth. The Father and His family are two of the greatest truths in the Word of God. God’s complete plan of redemption revolves around these two great truths – the Father and His family. However, most of these truths have been clouded and distorted by theologians (religious fanatics) with a lot of verbal garbage and theological speculation.
Christianity is a way of God with His children – His family. Religion is man’s private interpretation (guesswork) of what he or she thinks the Bible says. Getting involved in religious dogma and the people who practice it is one of the greatest traps a man can fall into. The less you know about God’s Word UPON INTRODUCTION, the better off you are. It is only then that you will not have preconceived religious ideas which will only steal your thoughts and destroy your mind. Read and study the Word and nothing but the Word and Jesus Christ says:
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8: 32
Christianity is truth – religion is a counterfeit.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places [from on high]. – Ephesians 6: 12
This statement may shock you, but you compete against people influenced by devil spirits. It’s always a spiritual competition.
Politics is the manipulation and control of others by means of worldly power due to status or position. When you are under the influence of any type of politics, even office politics, you are being controlled – you actually have no freedom of will or free will. Have you ever heard of a “Yes” person? How often have you seen a person politically controlled, outright WORSHIP another person? Here’s what the Word of God says about that.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. – James 2: 1
We are never to be a respecter of persons. We are never to esteem another person more highly than anyone else. It does not matter if a person has a ton of money or power -- we are all equal in God’s eyes and we are to imitate God. You either believe what God says and reap the benefits or you believe what man says and pay the price. It’s up to you. It is completely up to you. God gave every man and woman free will.
Let’s talk on a simple level. I worked at a State Hospital for the mentally challenged. Who was mentally challenged? Actually, it was most of the staff that were mentally ill. I am serious.
A woman who would stab you in your back at a moment used to go home and bake all these cakes and pastries. Then she would bring them in all neatly wrapped and make a trip down to the supervisor’s office and present them to that person. No one else got any cake (probably half poison anyway). This person was obsessed with getting on the good side of the boss. You see, she was obsessed – out of control, and actually worshipped the supervisor. Do you know any people like that? I left the job not much later and soon afterwards, they shut the complete hospital down. What happened to the baker? She was eventually out of a job and all the politics she played was all in vain. What does the god of this world do?
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: -- John 10: 10a
Get involved in politics and the enemy will steal your life from you, destroy your life or he will actually try to kill you and sometimes succeeds. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. Death is an enemy. God never kills anybody or anything.
What is referred to as professional politics is, of course, just as bad. All types of politics lead to entanglement that will pull you away from God’s Word. Some people in professional politics actually become possessed and they worship political candidates. This is clearly stated in the Bible as IDOLATRY which is putting anything before the true God Almighty.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. – I John 5: 21
You may not agree with me, but the legal system is a total mess. It moves at a snail’s pace and often does not bring true justice into fruition. It appears to me that you are better off handling situations yourself by going to God than through the legal system. Policemen seem to be less and less interested in helping innocent victims in time of need. Many of them have an apathetic attitude and appear lazy to say the least. God warns us in the Bible not to turn to the arm of man, but to the arm of God. When I was taught this type of teaching, I was told to avoid only Religion and Politics. However, as a result of my own experiences (one in particular), I decided that the Legal System definitely should be included in this teaching due to its severe worldly entanglements. What is an example of a worldly entanglement as a result of the present legal system? This is a personal story that I will share with you. It was one of the most difficult and unfair traps I ever fell into in my life. Please learn from it.
I can do all things through Christ which [who] strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4: 13
That Scripture got me through the following mess:
I was a person who always enjoyed working on my cars outdoors in my driveway. I bothered no one. An alcoholic lived near me and I was very wary of him all the time – but not wary enough. His wife divorced him and he shortly married someone else.
His new wife would ride by and give me this great big smile. It had dangerous implications – if you know what I mean. I am a happily married Christian with a virtuous woman as my wife.
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. -- Proverbs 31: 10
To not drag out the story, I will get right to the point. Many times, a woman who is making sexual advances towards a man will absolutely become furious and enraged when those advances are rejected. This is especially true in the case of a person who is mentally unstable and based on my experience in a State Hospital, this woman was a danger to herself and to others ....... and still is. You have got to understand that you cannot be afraid of the adversary or he will control you. The Spirit of God in Christ in you is GREATER.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. – I John 4: 4
As things worsened, it became difficult for me to leave my house without some type of reaction from this woman who was truly stalking me. Near the final days, she began to make a last ditch attempt to make a connection with me. Please keep in mind that I did not even know this person’s name! AND I had never spoken to this woman even once!!
I happened to own a very fast classic car at the time this was taking place and here’s what happened. No matter how cautious I was to keep away from this woman, I wasn’t cautious enough.
One morning, I was backing out of my driveway and this woman, who was apparently watching my house, was also walking down her driveway at the very same time. Since I live at the end of a cul-de-sac, I had to pass her house every time. I tried my best to ignore her and not look in her direction. I believe she was in an insane state of mind at this point. She was enraged and furious by this time – becoming angry with me. I was soon to learn just how angry she was. But this almost shocked me even though the adversary, the devil, is capable of almost anything if he can find someone to possess and work in. I am obviously on his hit list, but what he has to seriously worry about is that HE IS ON MY HIT LIST -- # 1.
Guess what happened the next day?! I was backing out of my driveway and there she was in almost the exact same place on her driveway – timing her every move so that she could confront me. Remember, I didn’t even know this person’s name and never once spoke to her. I was really fed up at this time so I stayed in reverse and half gassed it all the way down the road in reverse! That way I could keep looking to my right and not look at her. Yes, it was awkward. The situation was getting out of hand by now.
Now comes the LEGAL SYSTEM implications. It was hard for me to believe what took place next. I was in a state of semi-shock. For once the adversary caught me almost completely off-guard and he took advantage of every moment. You may find this next part hard to believe. But remember, when you stand for the true God, there is nothing you cannot overcome. BUT REMEMBER, try to avoid at all costs what I am about to tell you that happened to me.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4: 7
Do you see the way that Scripture is worded? FIRST you submit yourself to God. THEN you resist the devil and he will flee from you.
That evening late, I received a knock at my door. It was a police officer!!!! He told me that this woman complained that I was harassing her. Can you believe it? She constantly lied and made up stories out of the clear blue and told them to the police officer. He was young and very inexperienced and I could tell that he mostly believed what she was telling him. I remember feeling dazed at this point. I denied everything but the policeman seemed to be swayed by this woman – who was clearly possessed by Satan. I was taken by such surprise, I honestly was not sure what to do. I was warned to keep away from her. And yet I never once went near her (still didn’t know her name). What happened next still amazes me to this day. The legal system and its representatives are completely and totally incompetent. Now I’m going to share something with you, and if you are not spiritually sharp enough, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU. The entanglement was just beginning.
The next morning, after being told that a complaint was made about my driving, I took my 6 cylinder and headed to Wal-Mart to go to the MAC machine. Upon passing this woman’s house, I drove very slowly – too slow apparently. When I returned, I saw a police car in front of her house. This was apparently a different policeman than the night before as I found out later. Get this – remember it – and don’t ever forget it.
At about 8 o’clock that evening, I received a phone call from the first officer and he told me something, that to this day, I find hard, very hard to believe. Are you ready for this? The officer who was there in the morning NEVER ONCE SPOKE TO ME which is very poor police procedure - actually it’s not legal. I could have sued the Township and the police department, but for some reason, God told me not to do that. Why? The ENTANGLEMENT. It would have pulled me from this web sight and nothing does that.
Well, back to that late evening phone call. The police officer said I did not listen to him AND THAT I PULLED MY CAR IN FRONT OF THIS WOMAN’S DRIVEWAY AND WOULD NOT ALLOW HER TO GO TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was good practice for me to learn just how far Satan would go to cause problems for a believer.
I told the police officer that what he said was absolutely ridiculous and yes, I did have an angry tone in my voice. I told him that I did no such thing and that everything he said to me was hearsay. To my complete and utter amazement, he told me I was to receive a citation for harassment. You see, this woman surely flirted with the police officers and they were too weak not to fall for it. And let me say that many times police will do whatever they can to get away from a situation. They’re lazy, incompetent and apathetic – basically I am speaking about local police departments. I pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set. This was truly the beginning of the actual legal entanglement that lasted about three (3) months! (I still didn’t know this woman’s name).
To everyone’s surprise, I hired a lawyer. That was the beginning of the end for the police and the psycho woman. At the trial, the magistrate threw out the case in about 8 seconds or less. However, there is a real nice entanglement today that they call “Mediation” which I was now required to attend.
This is a meeting where there are two people present to preside over the meeting. They are usually lawyers. The courts force you to meet in a room with the people who filed charges against you. If you come to some type of written agreement, the charges are dropped against the accused.
I had to sit there and watch these people lie and not say a word. It was the ONLY WAY OUT OF THE ENTANGLEMENT. As it says in the gospels:
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. – Matthew 5: 25
What a mess this was. The people presiding over the meeting did not even know anything about what happened – nothing! Can you believe it? The alcoholic was trying to get out of there as fast as possible because I knew he needed a drink. But the meeting dragged on and NOTHING about the charges or why we were there was ever brought up. These people just continued to attack my character and I sat back and held my peace.
Now remember, I never spoke to this woman, but at this meeting I did finally get to know her name. Try to believe what you are about to hear next. The alcoholic says to the mediators that it was on record with the police that I threatened his wife’s life. You see, I knew they would lie and attack me as much as possible. They kept ACCUSING and that is one of the names for the devil – ‘the accuser’. I had to say something and I implied that they were completely insane. I actually laughed and they began to squirm. They sensed that the mediators knew they were lying continuously. The mediators did their best to deal with the situation and actually did a good job overall. God was helping me. An agreement was drawn up and one part said that either party could no longer pursue any legal action against the other person. I was to slow down my driving, etc., etc.
Since the magistrate abhorred this alcoholic, he was glad not to have to go back to his courtroom. He signed the agreement and we were able to leave.
In conclusion, ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED against me. But guess what? No one told us. So when the hearing date came up, we were all ready to go. I called the magistrate and was told in a most rude manner that that hearing was cancelled and this was over with. She was angry with me BECAUSE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT DID NOT TELL ANYONE THAT THE CHARGES WERE DISMISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s not over yet. I was near the magistrate’s office waiting outside for a store to open at a mall. Guess who drove by and wanted to talk to me? YOU GUESSED IT. The woman who filed the false charges against me. She said to me that “I won”. I tried everything I could to get away from her and finally she left. My attorney told me to keep away for good and to never go near that woman and her husband again. Good advice. I have not to this day – about 8 years later. Victory, victory, victory – God answered my prayers. I am not rejoicing in iniquiity No one messes with God’s kids. Stand… and you’ll see. By the way, this woman also took a major stroke. I saw her limp a few times ------ with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth!! Yes, it’s insanity.
This incident cost me three months of my life, much anxiety to say the least and $1,000 for an attorney who actually stole this money from me. He did practically NOTHING throughout the whole proceeding. I tried to fire him but he would disconnect his FAX machine so no one could reach him. He surprisingly showed up at the hearing and did not even know what I looked like. I had mailed him a $500 retainer. He charged me $90 for one phone call because they kept him on hold. We had a practice session set up for the mediation hearing and he never showed up. He was not at the mediation hearing. The final bill included charges for the use of his FAX machine and even any photocopies. I was seriously going to try and have him disbarred but again, the entanglement would have pulled me away from teaching God’s Word. I let it go and paid his bill. (Initially, my intention was to hire his brother – a great attorney, but he had moved to a different law office and location.)
People, you have got to learn to keep your head into the Word and avoid situations like the one I just described. The enemy wants to steal your time and your life away from you. Getting involved with politics, religion or the legal system will allow him to do just that. I pray to God, in the name of Jesus Christ, that you follow the advice in this teaching. I shared my heart with you and told you what happened to me. Overall, I came away very much on top of the situation. It’s always best to expose the adversary because God Almighty will stand up for you and will slice the adversary into pieces right before your very eyes. I am free now and at peace because the enemy cannot hide anymore. Remember that light always makes manifest darkness.
And the God of peace shall bruise [crush] Satan under your feet shortly [quickly]. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. -- Romans 16: 20