Lesson Thirteen

Christians in the World

How Should I View the World?

A.     You are a pilgrim in a strange land (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11).
B.     Your home is in Heaven (Ephesians 2:6; Philippians 3:20).
C.     This world is a "mission field" to reach the lost for Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20).

What Are My Responsibilities to My Government?

A.     Government is one of three institutions ordained by God, the other two being the Family and the Church. All governments are controlled by Satan (Luke 4:5-6) and, therefore, are essentially against God. However, you are still to submit to the ordinance of God (Romans 13:1-2).
B.     If you do what is right, you have no reason to fear. God will honor you for doing right (Romans 13:3-5).
C.     Render to the government what is due by law (Romans 13:6-7; Matthew 17:24; 22:15-22).
D.     Submit to their ordinances (1 Peter 2:13-15).
E.     Honor those in authority, even the wicked, without partaking of their wickedness. Commit any adverse situations to God and let Him handle them (1 Peter 2:17-23 - When Peter wrote those words. Nero was king, perhaps the most wicked king Rome ever had).
F.     Realize that you cannot legislate morals or change mankind through political action. Man is by nature fallen and sinful and must be changed individually, from the inside out, through a personal saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (Titus 2:14).

Key Memory Verses

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12).

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (1 John 2:15-16).

"But if any man love God, the same is known of him" (1 Corinthians 8:3).

Additional Thoughts

Some popular attitudes among Christians are:

1.     Christians are to be totally separate from unsaved people.
2.     I should do anything to keep people from being upset with me.
3.     The best way to fight opposition is with an aggressive approach.

From the Bible principles taught in this lesson, you should understand that these teachings are false, and why.

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