By Jim Josephsen
Among the many lessons history has taught us, one that stands out is – human
governments, devised by mortal men, have never solved mankind’s problems. Yet
without government, societies and nations would collapse into anarchy. Man’s
existence would be characterized as “solitary, nasty, poor, brutish and short.”
A human being’s self-inherent desire to preserve and satiate the self at the
cost of others, if left unchecked, would not only destroy the individual but
society. Without the practice of self-governance, at the least or structural
government at best, mankind would ultimately eradicate itself.
The nature of government, its principle purpose has been ordained by God. In
telling Adam and Eve, this you can do and that you shall not do, God introduced
the nature of governance. Role and responsibility, respect for authority and the
need for submission were all revealed to mankind.
In creating authority, God made available to man the benefits of obedience. What
God speaks, what He teaches, what He provides is always and only for the benefit
and the good of mankind. Everything God created, He declared as good. And so
government is good when executed and maintained under God’s inspired guidance
and laws, and with His blessing.
|Among the many
lessons history has taught us, one that stands out is –
human governments, devised by mortal men, have never
solved mankind’s problems.
The Apostle Paul, taught the Church of God at Rome stating, let everyone be
subject to the governing authorities [higher powers –
KJV], for there is no authority except that which God has established
In theory, we can understand how this idea could apply to the realm of national
governments and political bodies. However it is clear Paul was actually speaking
about those authorities [e.g. Police or civil, legal
authorities] who have the responsibility to ensure civility and
maintain compliance to prescribed social behavior and laws. Those powers, the
authorities that be, are not a threat to good works, good social behavior; they
do not punish obedient citizens. Rather these authorities bear the sword and
execute punishment on evil, inappropriate, lawless behaviors.
Paul proceeded to say do what is right and you shall be praised; you’ll have
nothing to worry about. Therefore submit to these authorities not just to avoid
punishment, but because it is the right thing to do. Obey the laws of the land.
Is not the concept of obedience and respect of law required of anyone who calls
him or herself a follower of Jesus Christ? Consider Titus 3:1-2, put them in
mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be
ready to every good work.
Clearly Paul was not telling the 1st Century Church of God that brutal, despotic
governments of his day [nor in our day] were
established by God. God established the concept of good and proper government
and righteous authority at creation. All that God taught is good, right and
wholesome. God created man upright. But man has sought out his own ways without
direction from God. Man has attempted to develop governments apart from God.
Man’s carnal mind, without God’s spirit is hostile toward God, it is neither
subject to God nor His laws. Man has experimented with government rather than
seeking God’s guidance.
It is man and not God who devises man-made government. Whether the form of
government be a monarchy, an
an autocracy, a
communism, or a
democracy; all of these
forms of government ultimately are foreign to what God established as being a
proper and righteous form of government. Even at their best, none measure up to
what God declares as right, appropriate and beneficial. All these forms of
government clearly corroborate the proverb, there is a way that seems right unto
a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.
Although most governments were successful to meet the needs of the moment, all
have inherent weaknesses, if not outright defects which ultimately lead to
failure. No government has survived in its original form. Governments rise and
fall. The history of human government is like a bell curve. It rises to its
pinnacle of success, only to decay, diminish ultimately to its demise. Not one
government on the face of this earth, since the recording of time, has escaped
this cycle, this reality.
Human governments do not last forever and all fall short of their intended
purpose, if they are not guided, or sanctioned by God. Man apart from God is
incomplete and estranged. Man’s political attempts are fleeting, momentary,
inadequate. Study the history of government and this fact is clear.
|Much of what is
allowed by the founding documents is rejected by the
Supreme Judge of the World.
And so it can be stated of modern-day democracies. Considered man’s greatest
hope for justice and proper governance, the democratic system of politics has
its inherent weaknesses, its fatal flaws. Democracy will collapse under the
weight of its own rules. What it legislates, it must allow; by ideology, it must
protect obvious evils and clearly defined sins. Within democracies is the
potential for civil strife that can ultimately explode to civil disobedience.
What of the
United States of America, the last great bastion of democratic order?
Clearly we are witnessing its slide downward on the bell curve. Without doubt,
this nation was founded on principles and philosophical humanistic concepts
which were unique.
Ironically, the leaders of the
the founding fathers of this country, rebelled against the higher powers of
their day. The divine right of the king was unacceptable to men like
John Adams, to name a few.
This new American colony would not be subjected to nor submit to the
governmental abuses the
England [George III] perpetrated against
The American experiment and formation of a new democratic government on this
continent was allowed by God, in order to bring about His Plan, fulfilling His
promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The
of Independence and the
newly devised documents which together contained the necessary elements to
provide personal liberty, property rights, national security, prestige and
success in this land of promise. A new form of government, a representative
democratic republic was formed and success of this new government demanded
personal obedience and individual responsibility.
American democracy is the allowance of behavior which
will lead to the eventual failure of its government.
Yet this new government, like all others has the inherent possibility of
producing abuse, corruption and failure. Concepts such as freedom of speech and
freedom of assembly, the separation of “church and state” for example provide
opportunity for individual expression, protected religious practices and
personal liberties. Yet the door of exploitation and abuse is left wide open.
Actions and behavior, free assemblies, individual life styles and personal
freedom of speech which today are protected under the law, by the U.S.
Constitution are in reality diametrically contrary to the laws of God.
Much of what is allowed by the founding documents is rejected by the Supreme
Judge of the World. Inherent in American democracy is the allowance of behavior
which will lead to the eventual failure of its government. The Scriptures reveal
that democracy was not the form of government God introduced at creation, nor is
it what He gave to the children of Israel. For all of its successes, there are
equally evident failures; all of which we will witness in our time.
The Word of God predicts a time of moral, spiritual and national collapse to
occur to the end time children of Israel. The Bible reveals the inappropriate
behavior which the political leaders of Israel practiced. Notice what God spoke
regarding this behavior and compare them with the behavior of our national and
local elected officials today.
Woe to the shepherds that feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the
flock? You eat the fat and you clothe yourself with wool and you slaughter the
choice meat, but you feed not, you don’t take care of the flock. The diseased
you have not strengthened, neither have you healed the sick, neither have you
bound up that which was broken, neither have you brought back that which was
driven away, but with force and with cruelty, harshly and without compassion you
have ruled them (cf. Ezekiel 34:2-4).
On September 19th of this year, the people of
God will observe a Holy Day, called the Feast of
Trumpets. Known also as the Jewish High Holy Day,
Rosh Hashanah, this day
pictures the reality, when Jesus Christ will actually return to the earth to put
to rest all of man’s failed attempts at government. Christ will establish a
world-ruling righteous government, the Kingdom of God on earth. When the seventh
angel sounded; there was a great voice in heaven saying, the kingdoms [governments]
of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ and He shall
reign for ever and ever (Revelation 11:15).
|Jesus Christ will
establish all the elements which all the governments of
mankind could never produce.
Jesus Christ will establish all the elements which all the governments of
mankind could never produce. From the most brutal dictatorships to the most
none has ever brought about lasting peace, security, righteous human behavior.
None eliminated human suffering, misery and inequality. None solved the problems
of mankind; none honored nor were faithful to the one true God. When Jesus
Christ returns, on the day pictured by one of God’s Holy Days, the Feast of
Trumpets, Jesus Christ will establish the only right and honorable government.
There will be no others. The Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day
there shall be one LORD and His name one (Zechariah 14:9).
When Jesus Christ returns, His government will be established and all people
will abide by it. All nations will desire to be taught by Him and learn of His
ways. Nations will no longer learn or practice war, animosity and distrust
against one another (cf. Isaiah 2:1-4 and Micah 4:1-4). In the Kingdom of God,
the government established by God every man shall sit under his own vine and
under his own fig tree and none shall make him afraid.
God is the author of government and government is necessary for the existence of
man. However, most of man’s attempts at government have been established without
honor and respect for God; without God’s direction. Those few which saw God’s
hand of involvement still failed and are failing because the leaders and the
people rejected God then and are still rejecting God today. Perhaps having a
form of worship, still they reject His laws.
It is obvious why every attempt at man-made government has and will fail,
without exception. Unless God establishes His government on earth mankind is
doomed. The Feast of Trumpets declares the day when Jesus Christ will intervene
to save mankind from its miserable attempts at governing itself. Government
intervention will happen.
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Inspired Documents - trampled by mortal man
–by Mark Armstrong
“A New World Order is emerging…” –by
Has the West Capitulated? –by Mark Armstrong
Can DEMOCRACY Solve the World's Problems? –by Mark
Would GOD Fight Our Battles? –by Garner Ted Armstrong
The United Nations, ...A Colossal Failure! –by Garner
"Mankind's LAST HOPE FOR PEACE?" –by Garner Ted
Quotes by Garner Ted Armstrong:
|"One thing is sure. IF WE WERE A
COMMANDMENT-KEEPING PEOPLE, God would both hear
our prayers, and HE WOULD ACT! He would bring us
SWIFT VICTORY over our enemies"
|"Imagine the scene if a leading member of the US
Senate should address the assembled Congress, and
tell them we should fall to our knees, repent before
God; proclaim a national day of fasting, mourning
and prayer, and depend entirely on God for victory!
"The security guards would have him gagged, hauled
off, and arrested, so business as usual could
|"Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." -Ronald
|"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite
at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." -Ronald
|"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have
looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress."
|"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can
only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves
largesse (generous gifts) from the
public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the
candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with
the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which
is) always followed by a dictatorship." -Professor
|"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been two
hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From
bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from
courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to
complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from
dependence back into bondage." -Professor
Good News [what it
will be like when Christ Returns]
Declaration of Independence
Constitution of the United States
Bill of Rights of the
Photo: Presenting of the Declaration of
Independence at the 2nd Continental Congress in the US.
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