NEWS UPDATE - 5th January 2023

When Jesus was brought before the Roman govenor Pilate to be judged, with the Jews crying out for Jesus to be crucified, Pilate asked ... "shall I crucify your King?" (John 19:15). The response of the chief priests was ... "we have no king but Caesar." The Jewish leaders had united themselves with the state power, and as we can see from the crucifixion of Christ, they not only relied upon the state power, making it their 'king', the Jews were also able to influence the state to do their bidding. Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, but it was the influence of the Jews (God's professed people) upon the state power that brought about the crucifixion of God's dear Son.

The very same is taking place today between the churches and the state power!

By their actions, the various churches of today are committing the same sin as the Jews of old and are declaring "we have no king but Caesar!" Let me remind you of what the churches did during the so called 'Covid pandemic.' The church leaders united with the state powers and declared 'we must close our churches.' The church leaders united with the state powers in declaring 'we must take the vaccine and wear face masks and keep apart from each other.' Do we not worship JEHOVAH, the Great Creator and healer and sustainer of all things? Can a 'virus' survive in the presence of our Almighty God? Instead, what did the church leaders proclaim? "We have no king but Caesar!"

Let me give you another example of this. Most churches today have united with the government in obtaining 'tax exempt' status and also receive what is known as 'gift aid.' So the churches RECEIVE AID from the GOVERNMENT. Just think about that for a moment. We are supposed to rely upon God for all things, just as the following Bible verses confirm:

Isaiah 41:13 ...'For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.'

Proverbs 3:5-6 ...'Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.'

Psalm 118:8-9 ...'It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.'

Psalm 121:1-2 ...'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.'

"Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us that we know nothing about." (The Signs of the Times, Jan.7, 1886, pgr.9)

This tax exemption scheme and gift aid from the government is nothing more than another scheme to unite the churches with the government, in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Our Adventist pioneers rejected this scheme in obedience and faith to God, as you can see from the following quote:

"March 5, 1893, the following resolutions were adopted by their General Conference held at Battle Creek, Mich.:- WHEREAS, In view of the separation which we believe should exist between the Church and the State, it is inconsistent for the Church to receive from the State pecuniary gifts, favors, or exemptions, therefore, Resolved, That we repudiate the doctrine that church or other ecclesiastical property should be exempt from taxation, and further, Resolved, That we decidedly protest against any such exemption, and favor the repeal of such legislation as grants this exemption ... Resolved, That we ought not as a denomination either to seek or accept from any civil government, supreme, local, or otherwise, any gift, or grant either of land, money, or other thing of value. It is evident from this that Seventh-day Adventists are sincere in their belief in the complete separation of Church and State." (American Sentinel, March 14, 1895, p.82)

Sadly, the churches today have become 'fallen Babylon' as Revelation 14, 17 and 18 prophesied by rejecting God's truth, 'fornicating with the kings of the earth' and deceiving the earth with the 'wine of her fornication' (Rev.17:2; Rev.18:1-4). While the church leaders may proclaim with their mouths that Jesus is their king, by their actions they proclaim that they have 'no king but Caesar,' just like the Jews of old.

We did a news update recently showing that American Christians are more concerned with politics than with the faith of Jesus (SEE HERE). And what will this result in? Well, what did the Jewish leaders do? They influenced the state to crucify Jesus Christ, because He spoke the truth. What did the Roman Catholic Church do during the dark ages? She united with and influenced the state powers to persecute and kill God's TRUE people who stood for the truth of God's Word. Revelation 13 tells us that the second beast (America) is going to make an 'image' to the first beast (Papal Rome), through a church-state union, and the church leaders will influence the state to enforce the Sunday rest law and persecute God's true people who 'keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus' (Rev.12:17, Rev.14:12). HISTORY IS GOING TO REPEAT ITSELF!

Thus the call from God is ... "Come OUT of her [Babylon] my people." Come out of the fallen churches, lest you share of her sins and plagues (Rev.18:1-4). Will you heed the call?