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Reverence Is Not Legalism

The British have a strange form of government. They have a queen, but she does not exercise any real power. Her authority is only ceremonial and her crown is worth nothing more than the gold and jewels that compose it. The real power was stripped away from her family by the people and one of them, the prime minister, is now the head of English government.

Modern Christianity has done much the same thing to its king, Jesus Christ. While people still recognize his crown, they do not attach much significance to his exercise of authority in all matters of faith. Hence, various denominations proudly boast doctrines and missions growing out of their own interpretation of the Bible, most generally not a literal interpretation at all.

The last will and testament of Jesus Christ contains his decrees for his brethren, the redeemed, and the conditions placed upon them should they wish to attain the inheritance he left for them, a mansion in heaven for all eternity. As the monarch of a great universal kingdom, he and his ministers, the apostles, set down the law for his subjects in the New Testament.

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The Distaff: Where Is My Reverence?

In the last job I held outside the home before becoming a mother, my coworker was Jewish.  As she explained it, she was "culturally a Jew, not religiously."  She felt a lot of resentment toward her parents because, "They never taught me what to believe about God.  They didn’t raise me to be a Jew, but they didn’t want me to be a Christian either."

It’s unfortunate that many "enlightened" parents today have the same attitude.  They think that what their children believe about God is an issue for the children to decide when they enter adulthood.  The inspired writers of the Bible knew better.  Paul told Ephesian fathers, "Do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."  And surely my Jewish coworker’s parents had read Deuteronomy 6:6-7, "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."

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