Practical Christionics
Slamming the door in the Harlot's face.

Last discussion we explored how the Harlot comes knocking at your door (government taking care of you). Apparently, in the endtimes, the sensuous life, as our key verses show, is provided by governments. It is the Harlot's snare: "Come live with me, and I will provide you good times." Governments will, in return, take contol of your life. The truth is that you have placed your faith and trust in the government rather than Jesus Christ. The rest of chapter 18 indicates this governmental security is very fleeting and disappears within one hour (Revelation 18:10). Furthermore, persons opting for the Harlot's fickle life will give up their eternal life. Living with government control and authority, the Harlot called Babylon, is NOT the way a true believer should live.

So, how does a 'true believer' survive or live during the endtimes? The early collection of believers implemented a communal form of living (Acts 2:43-47). Earthly possessions were shared with all, as anyone might have need. The interesting dilemma this presents is how can true believers determine who "might have need". Present-day governments are providing nearly all the needs (and even a lot of the "wants") of their populace. So-called Christians appear to not have any needs (Psalm 23) BUT upon closer examination, the needs have been supplied by the government and not the Good Shepherd. "The government is my Provider, I shall not want."

Jesus gives us several hints how true believers should view the relationship between themselves and their government.
  1. We are to return to government that which the government has coined/printed (image and inscription on currency as Matthew 22:15-22 declare). Most often, this scripture is interpreted as "taxes", but note Jesus' words are broader than taxes.
  2. The 'barter system' should be source of sustenance. That is, if you grow a garden, and another raises cattle, you should trade some vegetables for a nice cut of meat. The reader can identify many other trades not involving currency to effect this form of economy. This also is the most difficult form of economy to implement given how dependent we have become upon the government. The great deceiver uses the threat of you-cannot-survive-without-me mentality to snare so-called Christians (Revelation 13:17). True believers continue on in TOTAL FAITH in their Lord and Savior.
  3. There is genuine caring, for example, like the "Good Samaritan" in (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus, himself, makes a list. It includes the hungry, naked, thirsty, stranger, sick person, or person in prison (Matthew 25:31-46). The true believer will care for as many on the list as they possibly can as God provides them 'talents' (Matthew 25:14-30).

As you consider this form of economy, next discussion will explore the politics of this form of government.