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Kingdom Voting

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November 15, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans:Not just individuals--he sees
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  • whole churchesthat have gone rogue,
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  • 'cause you see themcompromising.
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  • You see them walking awayfrom God's standing on life,
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  • God's standing on family,God's standing on justice,
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  • God's standing on government,
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  • God's standingon a whole plethora of issues.
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  • Talking about"I think," "I feel,"
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  • "I want," "my perspective is."
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  • No, no, no!
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  • Uh-uh!You are a citizen of heaven.
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  • Tony: Today, Christiansfind themselves
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  • as the visiting teamin the culture.
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  • When a pro teamis a visiting team,
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  • that means they're goingto battle in enemy territory.
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  • Not only do they havethe other team against them,
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  • but the crowd isagainst them as well.
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  • Today, largely due
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  • to the failure of Christiansand the church,
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  • we have now becomethe visiting team.
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  • We are being booedin the culture
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  • as the churchand our Christian faith,
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  • and even the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • is being marginalized,insulted, rejected,
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  • or, more often than not,simply ignored,
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  • even though God's namewill come up from time to time.
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  • But even when youare a visiting team,
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  • you're still expected to win.
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  • What we havetoday is secularism,
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  • humanism,and all forms of idolatry
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  • that have invaded our cultureand our world.
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  • And God has called his people,not to sit on the sidelines,
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  • but to get in the game.
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  • This goes beyond a candidateor a group of candidates.
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  • This has to do with the roleof Christians in the culture.
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  • No matter how you voted,
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  • whether you're happy or sad
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  • about which candidatewon or lost,
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  • God is still calling youto be Christian.
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  • I love the way
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  • Philippians chapter 3,verse 20 puts it,
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  • which says, "For our citizenshipis in heaven."
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  • So I wanna talk to you about nowbeing a kingdom citizen.
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  • Now that we can pushall of the bantering behind us,
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  • it's time for Christiansto decide
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  • that you're gonna be Christian,
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  • no matterwhether your party won,
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  • your candidate won.
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  • It's time now for thereto be kingdom citizens,
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  • for your citizenshipis in heaven.
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  • Luke 16:16, Jesus says,"My Father gave me a kingdom
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  • and I give you a kingdom,"
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  • because he calls his followersto be kingdom citizens.
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  • A kingdom citizen is a visible,verbal follower of Christ
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  • who seeks to bringthe perspective of heaven
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  • and deposit them
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  • into the concernsof the culture.
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  • You see, far too many Christiansare too earthly minded
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  • that they're no heavenly good,
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  • because they're so alignedwith the culture
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  • that they've lost sight
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  • that their citizenshipis not first here.
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  • I love the way1 Peter 2:11 says,
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  • says, "You are aliensand strangers,"
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  • that your citizenshipis not first on these shores.
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  • Now, you are a resident here,
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  • but your ultimate allegianceis to another King,
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  • another kingdomin another location.
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  • When you have a passport,
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  • it allows you to enterforeign countries,
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  • but you enter foreign countriesas a citizen of the homeland.
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  • You don't enterforeign countries
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  • as a citizen of that country
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  • unless you're trying to give up
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  • your citizenshipin the homeland.
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  • No, you are a citizen of heaven.
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  • You belong to another kingdom.
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  • He says clearly,verse 20 of Philippians 3,
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  • "For our citizenshipis in heaven."
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  • Now, Paul is writingto the city of Philippi.
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  • Philippi was located800 miles from the city of Rome.
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  • So what Paul does is he uses
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  • the principle of citizenshipof Philippi
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  • to make a principleto Christians.
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  • Philippians,even though you're located
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  • 800 miles from Rome,your citizenship is in Rome,
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  • in termsof your earthly allegiance.
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  • So they were informedby Roman customs,
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  • they were informedby Roman laws,
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  • they were informedby Roman influence,
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  • even though they were800 miles from Rome.
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  • I know we are a long wayfrom heaven,
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  • but our citizenshipis to be connected there.
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  • You and I are to be informed
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  • by heaven's customs,heaven's laws.
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  • Just like Philippiwas informed by Caesar,
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  • you and I are to be informedby the Lord.
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  • And that's why we haveno full allegiance here.
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  • You belong to another Kingand another kingdom,
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  • 'cause your citizenship,he says, is in heaven.
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  • You're supposed to be gettingyour instructions from above.
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  • When people immigrateto this country,
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  • they say, "I wanna belong here.
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  • I wanna be a citizen ofthe United States of America."
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  • They lift their handand they pledge allegiance
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  • to become a citizen of here,
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  • which means that the old homeno longer has dominant sway.
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  • Far too many Christians who namethe name of Jesus Christ
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  • are letting the old wayhave sway.
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  • That's why, when thingsdon't work out
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  • like they think theyought to work out
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  • on the earthly realm,they lose it.
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  • He says you are nowa citizen of heaven,
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  • or, as Colossians 1:13 says,
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  • "You've been transferred outof the kingdom of darkness
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  • into the kingdomof his dear Son."
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  • You're in another kingdom now.
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  • You are a resident here.
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  • This is not permanent locale.
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  • This istemporary passport location.
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  • And you ought to treat itthat way,
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  • which meansthat you're not gonna act
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  • like this is defining youanymore.
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  • You take your stand,and somebody ask you,
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  • "Are you a Democrat?"
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  • You say, "Which issueare you talking about?
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  • 'Cause I'mma take that issue,
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  • I'mma put itagainst the Word of God,
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  • and then I'll tell you whetherI'm a Democrat right now."
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  • Somebody tells youyou're a Republican--
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  • Which issue you talking about?
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  • I'mma take the Bible,
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  • look at the Biblebased on that issue,
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  • say, "Well, I'm a Republicanright now," why?
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  • 'Cause I'm a kingdomall the time.
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  • I'm 24/7 kingdom.
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  • That's why you must bea kingdom independent,
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  • and you must roll forward now,
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  • whether you arehappy or sad today.
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  • You must roll forwardas a representation of heaven.
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  • Because you and Iare the visiting team,
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  • and they're not gonna applaudyou on either side
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  • once you start disagreeing
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  • when they disagreewith your Master.
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  • That's why he saysin the previous verse--
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  • he complains about those
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  • who set their mindson earthly things.
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  • Verse 19 of Philippians 3.
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  • He says stop thinkinglike an earthling.
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  • Stop thinking like a secularist.
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  • We need some kingdom citizens.
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  • We need some citizenswho understand
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  • that theyare to think heavenly,
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  • not earthly, not man's wisdom.
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  • James 3 says there's a wisdomthat comes from above,
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  • then there's a wisdomthat comes from demons,
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  • and he calls that"earthly wisdom."
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  • He says you are nowcitizens of heaven.
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  • You are to getyour instructions--
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  • what goes into your mindand informs your decision
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  • is no longer earth.
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  • It's on earth,it relates to earth--
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  • I love John 18because in John 18,
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  • they ask Jesus a question.
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  • They ask Jesus,"Are you a king?"
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  • He says in verse 33,"Are you the king of the Jews?
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  • Okay, everybodytalking about you a king.
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  • Are you the king of the Jews?"
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  • Jesus answers in verse 36:
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  • "My kingdomis not of this world.
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  • If my kingdomwere of this world,
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  • then my servantswould be fighting."
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  • So if you out there fighting,if you out there
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  • inappropriately expressinghow you are frustrated,
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  • he said, "You not partof my kingdom,
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  • 'cause my kingdom don't--doesn't roll like that."
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  • "Or my servants would fight
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  • so that I would notbe handed over to the Jews.
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  • But as it is, my kingdomis not of this realm."
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  • Then he says in verse 37,"You say correctly I am a king.
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  • For this I have been born
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  • and for this Ihave come into the world
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  • to testify to the truth.
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  • Everyone who's of the truthhears my voice."
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  • You know why we're not hearingfrom heaven?
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  • 'Cause we don't want the truth.
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  • So your first questionas a kingdom citizen
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  • is what does God say?
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  • How does he feel?What does he think?
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  • What does he want?
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  • And if I don't know it,
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  • I'mma find somebodywho does know it,
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  • who can validate itby the Word of God.
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  • And if the Word of Godcontradicts it,
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  • then I got to reframemy thinking,
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  • because I'm no longeran earthling.
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  • God sits high, he looks low,
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  • and he calls on his peopleto follow him,
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  • to take their stand with him,and to get his perspective,
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  • because you arecitizens of heaven first.
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  • Problem today is, we've gotdouble-minded Christians.
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  • The Bible says, James 1:5,"Let not that person think
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  • they will receiveanything from the Lord."
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  • A double-minded manis unstable in all his ways.
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  • You are not a part-time citizen.
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  • You're a full-time citizen
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  • and happen to bea resident down here.
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  • So you think as a resident,you vote as a resident,
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  • you appeal to policiesas a resident,
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  • because you now area kingdom citizen.
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  • God has a problem:
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  • he's got too manyBenedict Arnolds.
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  • Yeah, he does.
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  • You know Benedict Arnoldwas a turncoat,
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  • somebody who goesto the other side,
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  • who leaves where their loyaltyought to be,
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  • and they're workingfor the wrong team.
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  • Yes, you can be a Democrat,
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  • but you can't havean allegiance there,
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  • not an ultimate allegiance.
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  • You can be with the Republicans,
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  • but you can't have an ultimateallegiance there, why?
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  • Because you belongto another king,
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  • you belong to another kingdom.
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  • And God looks at us and hesees a Benedict Arnold church,
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  • not just individuals,
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  • he sees whole churchesthat have gone rogue,
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  • 'cause you see themcompromising.
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  • You see them walking awayfrom God's standing on life,
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  • God's standing on family,God's standing on justice,
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  • God's standing on government,
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  • God's standingon a whole plethora of issues.
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  • Talking about"I think," "I feel,"
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  • "I want," "my perspective is."
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  • No, no, no!
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  • Uh-uh!You are a citizen of heaven.
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  • And until we getthat kind of radicalization
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  • among God's followers,
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  • we will not see the supernaturalenter into the natural
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  • to bring orderto a chaotic environment.
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  • And the messthat our society is in,
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  • our culture is in,our country is in,
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  • and our world is in--
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  • when we look at one problemafter another problem
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  • after another problem,
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  • we'd better getthe Lord back in this.
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  • And that's the church's job:to bring God back in it,
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  • to do it with the right spirit,with the right attitude,
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  • to do it with legitimate unity,to do it based on truth,
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  • but to do it.
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  • Until we kinda getthat kind of church,
  • 00:13:25.420 --> 00:13:28.189
  • that takes its stand
  • 00:13:28.223 --> 00:13:29.624
  • because we're citizensof heaven--
  • 00:13:29.657 --> 00:13:32.260
  • and he says if you'rea citizen of heaven,
  • 00:13:32.293 --> 00:13:33.928
  • in Philippians chapter 3,he says,
  • 00:13:33.962 --> 00:13:39.667
  • "From which we also eagerly waitfor a Savior
  • 00:13:39.701 --> 00:13:43.238
  • that is the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:13:43.271 --> 00:13:48.610
  • You hear that?
  • 00:13:48.643 --> 00:13:50.511
  • He said--look,you gonna have to get Jesus
  • 00:13:50.545 --> 00:13:52.981
  • in his proper role here.
  • 00:13:53.014 --> 00:13:55.783
  • Jesus made it plain:"All authority is given unto me,
  • 00:13:55.817 --> 00:13:58.920
  • in heaven and on earth."
  • 00:13:58.953 --> 00:14:00.255
  • Matthew chapter 28:16 to 20,he said,
  • 00:14:00.288 --> 00:14:04.659
  • "Look, I'm in chargehere now."
  • 00:14:04.692 --> 00:14:07.161
  • But Christiansdon't believe that.
  • 00:14:07.195 --> 00:14:08.663
  • We believethe world's in charge,
  • 00:14:08.696 --> 00:14:12.100
  • the president is in charge,the Congress is in charge.
  • 00:14:12.133 --> 00:14:15.103
  • No, no, no.
  • 00:14:15.136 --> 00:14:17.272
  • Jesus is in charge.
  • 00:14:17.305 --> 00:14:19.774
  • RememberGod's philosophy of history?
  • 00:14:19.807 --> 00:14:22.443
  • Ephesians chapter 1, verse 10.
  • 00:14:22.477 --> 00:14:24.846
  • God's goal isto summarize all things.
  • 00:14:24.879 --> 00:14:27.749
  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:14:27.782 --> 00:14:29.450
  • I didn't stutter,and neither did God.
  • 00:14:29.484 --> 00:14:32.153
  • "All things," he says,
  • 00:14:32.186 --> 00:14:34.155
  • "ought to be summarizedin Jesus Christ."
  • 00:14:34.188 --> 00:14:38.726
  • He concludes, verse 22 and 23of Ephesians, chapter 1.
  • 00:14:38.760 --> 00:14:43.431
  • He is the head of all things,
  • 00:14:43.464 --> 00:14:46.067
  • but he's only been givento the church,
  • 00:14:46.100 --> 00:14:48.169
  • so God is gonna decidewhat he does in this country.
  • 00:14:48.202 --> 00:14:51.372
  • He's gonna decide
  • 00:14:51.406 --> 00:14:52.707
  • what he's gonna doin any country
  • 00:14:52.740 --> 00:14:54.342
  • based on what the church does.
  • 00:14:54.375 --> 00:14:58.112
  • So as you've heard mesay many times,
  • 00:14:58.146 --> 00:15:00.114
  • if we don't fixthe church house,
  • 00:15:00.148 --> 00:15:01.749
  • we can forget the White House.
  • 00:15:01.783 --> 00:15:04.152
  • If we don't fixthe church house,
  • 00:15:04.185 --> 00:15:05.787
  • we can forgetthe House of Congress, why?
  • 00:15:05.820 --> 00:15:09.490
  • Because God worksthrough the church
  • 00:15:09.524 --> 00:15:12.827
  • to the principalitiesand the powers
  • 00:15:12.860 --> 00:15:15.330
  • and the authoritiesin the culture.
  • 00:15:15.363 --> 00:15:18.933
  • Too many have surrenderedtheir passports.
  • 00:15:18.967 --> 00:15:22.704
  • You know, Spain had
  • 00:15:22.737 --> 00:15:25.473
  • what was knownas "fifth columnists."
  • 00:15:25.506 --> 00:15:28.309
  • Let me tell youabout fifth columnists.
  • 00:15:28.343 --> 00:15:31.012
  • When they were goingto invade a country,
  • 00:15:31.045 --> 00:15:33.948
  • a year before the invasion,
  • 00:15:33.982 --> 00:15:37.085
  • they would send in peopleto become part of the culture.
  • 00:15:37.118 --> 00:15:42.190
  • So doctors would becomedoctors in the culture
  • 00:15:42.223 --> 00:15:45.360
  • that would be invadedsometime later.
  • 00:15:45.393 --> 00:15:48.129
  • Lawyers would become lawyers,teachers would become teachers.
  • 00:15:48.162 --> 00:15:51.733
  • Families would set up shopin the culture.
  • 00:15:51.766 --> 00:15:57.171
  • Businesspeople would set up shopin the culture.
  • 00:15:57.205 --> 00:16:00.808
  • See, they would set up shopin the culture.
  • 00:16:00.842 --> 00:16:05.246
  • You know what they were?They were saboteurs.
  • 00:16:05.279 --> 00:16:08.216
  • They invaded the culture,but they represented Spain.
  • 00:16:08.249 --> 00:16:11.786
  • So they were setting things upfor the big invasion.
  • 00:16:11.819 --> 00:16:16.290
  • They were calledfifth columnists
  • 00:16:16.324 --> 00:16:17.625
  • because Spain marchedin four columns,
  • 00:16:17.658 --> 00:16:20.862
  • but the fifth columnists,who were sent in early,
  • 00:16:20.895 --> 00:16:24.132
  • were to set things upfor the big invasion.
  • 00:16:24.165 --> 00:16:27.468
  • Well, there's a big invasioncoming to town,
  • 00:16:27.502 --> 00:16:29.170
  • I hope you know that.
  • 00:16:29.203 --> 00:16:30.905
  • 'Cause Jesus is coming back,that's the big invasion.
  • 00:16:30.938 --> 00:16:34.809
  • You talk about a pandemic--that's gonna be a pandemic.
  • 00:16:34.842 --> 00:16:38.713
  • When Jesus comes back,
  • 00:16:38.746 --> 00:16:40.648
  • that's--you talk aboutstuff being shook up
  • 00:16:40.681 --> 00:16:43.851
  • and tore upfrom the floor up?
  • 00:16:43.885 --> 00:16:46.521
  • That's what gonna happenwhen Jesus comes back.
  • 00:16:46.554 --> 00:16:48.723
  • But he hassome fifth columnists,
  • 00:16:48.756 --> 00:16:51.125
  • folk he's sending ahead of time.
  • 00:16:51.159 --> 00:16:53.261
  • You and me,your family and my family,
  • 00:16:53.294 --> 00:16:55.763
  • your church, my church.
  • 00:16:55.797 --> 00:16:57.465
  • He sent us in ahead of timeto set it up.
  • 00:16:57.498 --> 00:17:01.102
  • We are his fifth columnistswho've been sent in
  • 00:17:01.135 --> 00:17:04.272
  • to set things upfor the big invasion.
  • 00:17:04.305 --> 00:17:08.376
  • You know, one of the reasons
  • 00:17:08.409 --> 00:17:11.179
  • that so many Jewslost their lives under Hitler
  • 00:17:11.212 --> 00:17:15.917
  • is because the churchgot silent?
  • 00:17:15.950 --> 00:17:17.552
  • Let me tell youwhat Hitler said.
  • 00:17:17.585 --> 00:17:20.988
  • Hitler, an evil manleading an evil empire.
  • 00:17:21.022 --> 00:17:26.427
  • He wanted the "final solution"to get rid of the Jews.
  • 00:17:26.461 --> 00:17:31.466
  • So he told the pastors,he said, "Now, look,
  • 00:17:31.499 --> 00:17:34.602
  • y'all go to churchand take care of their souls.
  • 00:17:34.635 --> 00:17:37.805
  • Well, you can have their souls.
  • 00:17:37.839 --> 00:17:40.775
  • But I got everything else,so you don't touch politics,
  • 00:17:40.808 --> 00:17:44.979
  • you know, you don't touchsociety,
  • 00:17:45.012 --> 00:17:47.248
  • you don't touch nothing,you just go to church,
  • 00:17:47.281 --> 00:17:49.851
  • and I'mma leave you alonewhile you in church."
  • 00:17:49.884 --> 00:17:53.688
  • That's what he told them.
  • 00:17:53.721 --> 00:17:55.423
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer went inand said, "Oh no, oh no, oh no.
  • 00:17:55.456 --> 00:17:58.726
  • We don't roll like that.
  • 00:17:58.759 --> 00:18:00.928
  • We don't just tell peoplewhat to do in the pew
  • 00:18:00.962 --> 00:18:03.331
  • while you acting crazyin the culture,
  • 00:18:03.364 --> 00:18:05.900
  • while you passing wrong lawsin the culture.
  • 00:18:05.933 --> 00:18:08.169
  • We don't do that."
  • 00:18:08.202 --> 00:18:11.005
  • But he had gotten the churchso anesthetized, so secularized,
  • 00:18:11.038 --> 00:18:18.613
  • that as the trainwent by some churches,
  • 00:18:18.646 --> 00:18:23.584
  • with Jewish peoplecrying out for help
  • 00:18:23.618 --> 00:18:26.787
  • as they were takento the camps to be killed,
  • 00:18:26.821 --> 00:18:33.361
  • they would sing their songsfrom the hymn book.
  • 00:18:33.394 --> 00:18:37.899
  • And when one of the peoplewas asked,
  • 00:18:37.932 --> 00:18:40.368
  • "When you heard the peoplecrying and begging for help
  • 00:18:40.401 --> 00:18:43.638
  • as they passed your churches,and you were singing,
  • 00:18:43.671 --> 00:18:46.240
  • what did you do?"
  • 00:18:46.274 --> 00:18:49.243
  • The person said,"We sang louder."
  • 00:18:49.277 --> 00:18:53.214
  • We sang louder.
  • 00:18:53.247 --> 00:18:56.751
  • Too many Christians and churchesare singing louder
  • 00:18:56.784 --> 00:19:02.089
  • while lives are going into hell,
  • 00:19:02.123 --> 00:19:05.459
  • while peoples' livesare being destroyed
  • 00:19:05.493 --> 00:19:08.196
  • by unrighteousnessor by injustice.
  • 00:19:08.229 --> 00:19:13.568
  • And we sing louder,preach longer,
  • 00:19:13.601 --> 00:19:17.905
  • without becomingcitizens of heaven
  • 00:19:17.939 --> 00:19:20.708
  • invading the culturewith the worldview of the King,
  • 00:19:20.741 --> 00:19:24.712
  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:24.745 --> 00:19:27.515
  • So, what are you gonna do?
  • 00:19:27.548 --> 00:19:31.519
  • What am I gonna do?What are we gonna do?
  • 00:19:31.552 --> 00:19:34.689
  • First of all,
  • 00:19:34.722 --> 00:19:36.490
  • you gonna be publicly knownas a citizen of heaven.
  • 00:19:36.524 --> 00:19:39.227
  • You don't mind,you don't mind saying,
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:42.563
  • in the right way,with the right heart,
  • 00:19:42.597 --> 00:19:46.167
  • "My first allegiance isto the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:49.804
  • Don't even say God,'cause that's vague.
  • 00:19:49.837 --> 00:19:52.073
  • Let's get specific.
  • 00:19:52.106 --> 00:19:53.841
  • My first allegiance isto the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:19:53.874 --> 00:19:57.211
  • Now we know which Godyou talking about.
  • 00:19:57.245 --> 00:19:58.879
  • Then you'll not only gonna bea good churchgoer,
  • 00:19:58.913 --> 00:20:01.048
  • you gonna engage the culture.
  • 00:20:01.082 --> 00:20:03.985
  • You gonna bringa Christian influence
  • 00:20:04.018 --> 00:20:05.886
  • to the sphereof your influence.
  • 00:20:05.920 --> 00:20:09.290
  • You going to goto the city council meetings.
  • 00:20:09.323 --> 00:20:12.827
  • You wanna hear what's happeningin your community
  • 00:20:12.860 --> 00:20:14.795
  • and whether there areunjust practices
  • 00:20:14.829 --> 00:20:17.398
  • that are not being addressedin your community,
  • 00:20:17.431 --> 00:20:20.668
  • whether there's evil happeningsthat need to be reversed.
  • 00:20:20.701 --> 00:20:25.006
  • You wanna make surethat the police
  • 00:20:25.039 --> 00:20:27.842
  • are handling thingsin the right way,
  • 00:20:27.875 --> 00:20:29.543
  • but that the citizens
  • 00:20:29.577 --> 00:20:30.878
  • are also respondingin the right way,
  • 00:20:30.911 --> 00:20:32.947
  • because you don't playfavorites, you play kingdom.
  • 00:20:32.980 --> 00:20:36.717
  • And so you take your standas a citizen of heaven,
  • 00:20:36.751 --> 00:20:39.620
  • bringing it,drawing it down to earth.
  • 00:20:39.654 --> 00:20:42.890
  • You take your stand.
  • 00:20:42.923 --> 00:20:44.325
  • Churches, don't just preachpie-in-the-sky sermons
  • 00:20:44.358 --> 00:20:47.662
  • as though they don't haveanything to do
  • 00:20:47.695 --> 00:20:49.497
  • with the world in which we live.
  • 00:20:49.530 --> 00:20:51.532
  • You--we challenge people.
  • 00:20:51.565 --> 00:20:54.568
  • How not to be doctors,
  • 00:20:54.602 --> 00:20:55.903
  • but to be God's representativein the medical field,
  • 00:20:55.936 --> 00:20:58.172
  • so the medical field seeswhat God looks like
  • 00:20:58.205 --> 00:21:01.175
  • when God helps hurting people.
  • 00:21:01.208 --> 00:21:02.710
  • That lawyersare not just lawyers,
  • 00:21:02.743 --> 00:21:04.211
  • they're God's representativein the Bar Association
  • 00:21:04.245 --> 00:21:06.981
  • so the Bar Associationgets to see
  • 00:21:07.014 --> 00:21:08.816
  • what God looks likewhen God tries a case.
  • 00:21:08.849 --> 00:21:10.951
  • That teachersare not just teachers,
  • 00:21:10.985 --> 00:21:12.286
  • they're God's representativein the educational field
  • 00:21:12.320 --> 00:21:14.989
  • so the educational field sees
  • 00:21:15.022 --> 00:21:16.357
  • what God looks likewhen God teaches a lesson.
  • 00:21:16.390 --> 00:21:19.160
  • Where businesspeopleare not just businesspeople,
  • 00:21:19.193 --> 00:21:21.362
  • but they're God's representativein business
  • 00:21:21.395 --> 00:21:23.331
  • so that the business world sees
  • 00:21:23.364 --> 00:21:24.665
  • what God looks likewhen God cuts a deal.
  • 00:21:24.699 --> 00:21:27.401
  • When housewives and homemakersare not just homemakers,
  • 00:21:27.435 --> 00:21:30.771
  • they're God's representativein the home
  • 00:21:30.805 --> 00:21:32.640
  • to make sure that the homereflects the character of God.
  • 00:21:32.673 --> 00:21:35.843
  • Where men have definedtheir male-hood
  • 00:21:35.876 --> 00:21:38.045
  • not by the culture,
  • 00:21:38.079 --> 00:21:39.380
  • but by what God saysa man ought to be,
  • 00:21:39.413 --> 00:21:41.382
  • and the responsibility of a manspiritually,
  • 00:21:41.415 --> 00:21:43.851
  • and how he ought to leadhis family
  • 00:21:43.884 --> 00:21:45.653
  • and relate to his mateand raise his children.
  • 00:21:45.686 --> 00:21:48.222
  • We are trying to createkingdom people
  • 00:21:48.255 --> 00:21:51.125
  • who are citizens of heavenand not mimics of the culture.
  • 00:21:51.158 --> 00:21:56.297
  • When we do that,when we go that way--
  • 00:21:56.330 --> 00:22:01.836
  • let's get this straight.
  • 00:22:01.869 --> 00:22:04.071
  • There's no salvationin politics.
  • 00:22:04.105 --> 00:22:06.874
  • We've been actinglike politics is the savior.
  • 00:22:06.907 --> 00:22:10.511
  • Boy, if we getthe right person in,
  • 00:22:10.544 --> 00:22:12.079
  • we going to be saved!
  • 00:22:12.113 --> 00:22:13.547
  • You don't get it.
  • 00:22:13.581 --> 00:22:15.349
  • We don't get it.
  • 00:22:15.383 --> 00:22:17.318
  • If God is not postured properly,it doesn't matter who you elect.
  • 00:22:17.351 --> 00:22:23.624
  • It is the absence or presenceof God in an environment.
  • 00:22:23.657 --> 00:22:29.163
  • That is why the more secularyou become,
  • 00:22:29.196 --> 00:22:33.901
  • the less God you will see.
  • 00:22:33.934 --> 00:22:36.137
  • The less God you will see,
  • 00:22:36.170 --> 00:22:38.239
  • the more chaosyou will deal with.
  • 00:22:38.272 --> 00:22:40.541
  • So the church better shake up,wake up, and get up
  • 00:22:40.574 --> 00:22:47.415
  • so that we can seewhat God can do
  • 00:22:47.448 --> 00:22:50.484
  • if Christ be not come
  • 00:22:50.518 --> 00:22:52.653
  • through a churchwhere the citizens understand
  • 00:22:52.686 --> 00:22:56.190
  • where our true citizenship lies.
  • 00:22:56.223 --> 00:22:59.493
  • One day, a man was goingto the shoe shop.
  • 00:22:59.527 --> 00:23:04.698
  • The shoe shop closedat 5 o'clock.
  • 00:23:04.732 --> 00:23:10.304
  • But by the time he got throughthe traffic,
  • 00:23:10.337 --> 00:23:12.473
  • he got there at 5:01.
  • 00:23:12.506 --> 00:23:16.444
  • He was late.
  • 00:23:16.477 --> 00:23:18.546
  • But he could see in the windowthat the shoe repairman
  • 00:23:18.579 --> 00:23:21.282
  • was still there inside.
  • 00:23:21.315 --> 00:23:23.584
  • The door had been locked,so he knocked on the door.
  • 00:23:23.617 --> 00:23:27.321
  • The shoe man says, "I'm closed."
  • 00:23:27.354 --> 00:23:29.924
  • He said, "Please,please, please, please,
  • 00:23:29.957 --> 00:23:32.092
  • I didn't mean to be late.
  • 00:23:32.126 --> 00:23:34.228
  • Please, I really gotta getmy shoes."
  • 00:23:34.261 --> 00:23:37.698
  • The proprietor opened the doorand let him in.
  • 00:23:37.731 --> 00:23:41.402
  • He said, "I'm so sorry,I'm so sorry that I'm late."
  • 00:23:41.435 --> 00:23:46.674
  • But then the gentlemannoticed something.
  • 00:23:46.707 --> 00:23:50.644
  • He says, "I see the lotwhere this shoe shop is located
  • 00:23:50.678 --> 00:23:55.282
  • is all cleared,there's no cars.
  • 00:23:55.316 --> 00:24:00.321
  • Are you getting readyto go home?"
  • 00:24:00.354 --> 00:24:04.458
  • Owner says, "I'm already home."
  • 00:24:04.492 --> 00:24:06.594
  • "No, I mean, leave the shopand go home."
  • 00:24:06.627 --> 00:24:11.565
  • He said, "I'm already home."
  • 00:24:11.599 --> 00:24:14.401
  • Said, "Well, what do you mean,you're already home?"
  • 00:24:14.435 --> 00:24:16.070
  • He said, "See those stepsover there?
  • 00:24:16.103 --> 00:24:18.539
  • See those steps over therein the corner?
  • 00:24:18.572 --> 00:24:22.643
  • I'm getting readyto go upstairs.
  • 00:24:22.676 --> 00:24:26.380
  • I live up there.
  • 00:24:26.413 --> 00:24:28.616
  • I just work down here.
  • 00:24:28.649 --> 00:24:31.852
  • I live up there,but I just work down here."
  • 00:24:31.886 --> 00:24:37.591
  • If you gonna bea kingdom citizen,
  • 00:24:37.625 --> 00:24:41.428
  • whose citizenship is in heaven,
  • 00:24:41.462 --> 00:24:44.465
  • who is a visible,verbal follower of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:24:44.498 --> 00:24:48.502
  • bringing the concerns of heaven
  • 00:24:48.536 --> 00:24:50.538
  • and executing themin the culture,
  • 00:24:50.571 --> 00:24:54.308
  • you live up there,
  • 00:24:54.341 --> 00:24:57.478
  • you just work down here.
  • 00:24:57.511 --> 00:25:02.116
  • Now, if you hear my voice,
  • 00:25:02.149 --> 00:25:07.121
  • and you don't havea passport to heaven,
  • 00:25:07.154 --> 00:25:09.890
  • you need to get one.
  • 00:25:09.924 --> 00:25:12.326
  • You need to geta passport to heaven.
  • 00:25:12.359 --> 00:25:16.096
  • You can get them for free.
  • 00:25:16.130 --> 00:25:17.998
  • Doesn't cost you a thing.
  • 00:25:18.032 --> 00:25:20.200
  • Jesus Christ is giving awaypassports to heaven
  • 00:25:20.234 --> 00:25:24.138
  • to anybody who comes to himfor it.
  • 00:25:24.171 --> 00:25:28.976
  • The Bible says all have sinned
  • 00:25:29.009 --> 00:25:30.311
  • and fallen shortof the glory of God.
  • 00:25:30.344 --> 00:25:31.946
  • Everybody has failed God.
  • 00:25:31.979 --> 00:25:35.416
  • But on the cross,Jesus Christ took your sin,
  • 00:25:35.449 --> 00:25:38.619
  • your failure,
  • 00:25:38.652 --> 00:25:40.220
  • and he bore the penaltythat you and I were due
  • 00:25:40.254 --> 00:25:44.525
  • because of our own sin.
  • 00:25:44.558 --> 00:25:47.861
  • And Jesus says,"If you will come to me,
  • 00:25:47.895 --> 00:25:50.397
  • recognizing your sinfulness
  • 00:25:50.431 --> 00:25:53.500
  • and your inabilityto save yourself,
  • 00:25:53.534 --> 00:25:57.071
  • and if you will come to meto be your Savior,
  • 00:25:57.104 --> 00:26:00.774
  • I will take my goodnessand give it to you.
  • 00:26:00.808 --> 00:26:04.712
  • 'Cause I took your badness
  • 00:26:04.745 --> 00:26:06.647
  • and sufferedon the cross for it.
  • 00:26:06.680 --> 00:26:09.116
  • We will dothe great exchange.
  • 00:26:09.149 --> 00:26:11.118
  • I'll exchange your badfor my good
  • 00:26:11.151 --> 00:26:14.722
  • so that you will standbefore God
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  • as somebodywho has never sinned."
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  • And you will be givena passport to heaven.
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  • Now, I want youto live it out on earth,
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  • but your eternal destinywill be secure
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  • because I'm givingpassports away
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  • to all who come to me for it.
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  • male announcer: This isthe Tony Evans Training Center,
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  • an online platform of courses
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  • featuring compelling videoand audio teaching
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  • by Dr. Tony Evans.
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  • Each course followsa scripture-based curriculum
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  • that you will find to be timelyand challenging.
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  • Course topics range
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  • from exegetical deep divesand book studies
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  • to building a familywith a kingdom mindset.
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  • Choose the contentthat's right for you
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  • on your terms
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  • and engagein valuable discussions
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  • with other studentsvia the community dashboard.
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  • Tony: This course is
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  • for your implementation,for your church,
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  • for the well-beingof your community.
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  • announcer: Life is busy,
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  • but Bible studyis still possible.
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  • The Tony Evans Training Center,
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  • explore the kingdomanytime, anywhere.
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