Masses and God-Kings

They asked for high taxes when they waged war like the heathen and demanded welfare programmes run by the magistrates. And so they abandoned the true work of deacons and diversified themselves into the proliferation of seeker-oriented programmes designed to draw people in and elicit conversion decisions, and even the mercy ministries that remained were perverted into gimmicks to attract the poor. They also decided to worship mammon and popularity, and in return they received death and woe.

And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and YHWH will not hear you in that day.

When the mortal king takes a tithe, or more than a tithe, he is unjust. My dad was right when he expressed that the civil government should take no more than God himself commands for his ordained ministry. So what if the magistrates say taxes are for social welfare programmes? If the Lord assigns something to church officers, they have no right to release the duty to the civil magistrates, who have God-given duties of their own.

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