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Of all the spiritual errors of our time, the one that towers most ominously over us is the joining together of the religious and political institutions. The apostle John envisioned the coming union of church and state as a great prostitute riding on a hideous seven-headed beast. This reveals the sordid reality behind Christian politics. Though their motives seem most commendable — world peace, preservation of the family, upholding moral values in the media — they cannot help but reproduce the same militant intolerance that must always accompany religious leaders who gain control of government.
It may start when eloquent men and women with stylish but carefully-conservative hairstyle and clothing make their well-thought-out appeals to the country. They will condemn the conditions that we all hate and fear, yet feel powerless to remedy. They will present themselves as those who are bringing about the kingdom of God on the earth. They will gain all the power they need to put us under a moral tyranny, supposedly “for our own good.” Never mind that many of them will secretly practice the things they condemn. Never mind that the rich and powerful will always be able to buy exemptions. Never mind that the poor and weak, least able to withstand the inevi-
table public penalties, will suffer the greatest oppression. Never mind that these Christian Crusaders will label as “cult” any group that lives outside the boundaries of their self-proclaimed righteousness.
How far will they go? From what is written, it would seem that a great deal of human blood will be shed for the sake of this unnatural union.1 What will be called freedom, we will feel as bondage. This is nothing new. During the Middle Ages and the Reformation, human beings were arrested, brutalized, and executed in the name of the Son of God. The men who framed our Constitution precisely intended to prevent this sort of tyranny from ever taking root in the United States. The Christian apologists will tell it all differently; they will say that the United States has always been a Christian nation. They will say these horrors of religious violence in the name of Christ were aberrations. They’ll say that it can never happen again. They’ll say anything to gain the confidence of the many. But what they say is wrong. In every age, voices have been raised against this madness, just as we raise our warning now...
The Christian Dissenter is hosted by a community of believers. While we believe in Jesus Christ, we dissent from much of what is being taught by those who claim to be His followers. Unlike others you may have met, there is a full-time life of love and unity behind the scenes of this meetup, and we invite you to come and get to know us. You are welcome to come any time! We would love to meet or hear from you. And please feel free to send your comments about this meetup, whether positive or negative.
We'll talk about "the Heathen", what does God think about those who have never heard about God, Jesus, or the Bible... Does the Bible actually refer to these people?
Who are "the Nations" of Revelation 21:24-26, that the "Overcomers" will rule over in Revelation 2:26-27?
Also, What is the "Dwelling Place of God" that dwells among the "Men" of Revelation 21:3-4? Is it the same Dwelling Place as Eph 2:19-22?
We'll discuss the "NightFall" that Jesus spoke of in John 9:4, what are/were the "Dark Ages" when no one could do the works of God...
We'll talk about what the church is... We'll read Acts, Revelation, etc... To find out what it means to "become perfectly one as the Father and the Son".