Which Kingdom are you a citizen of?
I recently had a guy state that the Bible was only used to control the masses and justify slavery.
To which I replied...
Indeed, Catholicism did use the Word of God to control the masses as did the Pharisees the Jews when they falsely taught their traditions as though they were the word of God, which they were not and of whom Jesus said...
But in vain they do worship me, teaching their man-made traditions as though they were the commands of God.
But although the Protestant Reformation didn’t stop individuals twisting the Word of God to their own destruction, it certainly stopped the Vatican hold sway over the nations which retreating behinds its mighty walls still hankers for world dominion today.
But for those who interpret them correctly, they know that Jesus never commanded us to rule this age either by force or political intrigue but rather said....
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 here.
Which is why we pray...
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Satan is currently ‘the god of this age’ and his subjects squabble over control of it, such as empires, religious groups and powrful men.
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
But those Christians who have been translated from that Kingdom to the coming Kingdom of God’s dear Son...
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son...
...seek only to warn the citizens of Satan’s kingdom that it is about to come to its end, and that they should denounce that citizenship and become citizens of the Kingdom of God that shall be established at the return of its King, even Christ Jesus.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
What citizenship will you hold at His return? For understand this, The King of the Kingdom that is to come will not accept dual citizenship.
With hindsight I should have added....
31 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 - And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 - They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 - Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 - And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
For the real slave master is Satan, from whom Christ has delivered us.