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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 6) - We Are Not a Righteous Nation

77:11 minutes (15.95 MB)

I. We are not a righteous nation. What business do we then have to try to force our immorality on others?
1. Wicked nations are characterized by:
A. Pride (Eze 16:49).
i. America is a proud nation; just look at the "American Pride" bumper stickers.
ii. God hates pride (Pro 8:13; Pro 16:5).
B. Fullness of bread (affluence) and an abundance of idleness (Eze 16:49).
i. America is an affluent bread and circus society.
ii. The chickens are beginning to come home of roost and we are losing our high standard of living.

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 5) - The Just War Theory and the Founding Fathers on War

76:29 minutes (15.77 MB)

7. The Just War Theory. (This is not Bible, but is a theory which has it roots in Christian philosophy). The following was taken from Wikipedia.
A. Jus ad bellum (the right to go to war).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 4) - The Principles of Non-intervention and Non-aggression

73:50 minutes (15.25 MB)

4. Nonintervention is not isolationism.
A. Isolationism - 1. The policy of seeking (political or national) isolation: with special reference to the U.S.A.
B. Isolation - 1. a. The action of isolating; the fact or condition of being isolated or standing alone; separation from other things or persons; solitariness.
C. Isolate v. - 1. trans. To place or set apart or alone; to cause to stand alone, detached, separate, or unconnected with other things or persons; to insulate.

When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

71:35 minutes (14.79 MB)

When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

I. When should we not resist evil?
1. It is acceptable with God when we suffer for doing well (1Pe 2:20).
2. We are called to suffer for righteousness as Christ did, whose example we are to follow (1Pe 2:21).
3. Jesus did not resist the government when they came to arrest Him (Joh 18:1-9).
A. They came for him with weapons (Joh 18:3).
B. Jesus had easy access to a weapon with which to defend Himself (Luk 22:38; Joh 18:10).
C. Jesus could have destroyed them (Mat 26:53).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 3) - The Right to Self Defense

67:16 minutes (13.89 MB)

VI. We have discarded and forgotten the biblical position of nonintervention and nonaggression.
1. Proponents of an interventionist and imperialist foreign policy will cite O.T. examples of where God commanded Israel to utterly destroy wicked nations and possess them (Jos 6:17-21; 1Sa 15:2-3).
A. They will say that God hasn't changed (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8) and therefore a Christian nation such as the USA still has such a mandate.
B. While God hasn't changed, His law has (Heb 7:12; Heb 8:13; 2Co 3:6-13).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 2) - Why We Shouldn't Support Israel Politically or Militarily

66:55 minutes (13.8 MB)

V. The false burden which is placed on us to support the nation of Israel.
1. Misguided people who don't understand who the real Israel is misuse Old Testament verses to convince people that we must support and defend the modern-day nation of Israel.
2. They cite verses that say that God will bless them that bless Israel and curse them that curse Israel such as (Gen 12:3; 27:29; Num 24:9).
A. This promise was made to Abraham and his seed (Gen 12:3 c/w Gen 22:17-18 c/w Gen 26:4 c/w Gen 28:14).
B. Jesus Christ was the seed to whom the promise was made (Gal 3:16).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 1) - A Wrong Understanding of Who the Real Israel Is

83:09 minutes (17.14 MB)

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical?

I. The stated and commonly believed pillars of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
1. We are fighting terrorists on their own soil so they don't come here.
2. We are a righteous nation and we need rid the world of evil.
3. We are spreading freedom and democracy to the oppressed peoples abroad.
4. We must stand for and defend Israel.
II. Why US foreign policy in the Middle East is largely flawed and wrong from a biblical perspective.
1. Christians have a faulty understanding of who the real Israel is.

Divide and Conquer (Part 2)

62:35 minutes (12.95 MB)

VI. Strategy #3: Divide and conquer; using your enemies' weakness against them.
1. Paul was brought before the council and once again tried to reason with them (Act 23:1).
A. He declared to them that he had lived in good conscience all his life.
a. Paul stated this fact more than once in his defense and in his letter to Timothy (Act 24:16; 2Ti 1:3).
b. Paul also impressed upon Timothy, the young preacher whom he had trained and ordained, the importance of maintaining a good conscience (1Ti 1:5,19).

Divide and Conquer (Part 1)

64:52 minutes (13.44 MB)

Divide and Conquer (Act 23:6-10)

I. This study should teach us:
1. to be wise unto the way this world works, but not to be of it.
2. how to use strategy when dealing with enemies.
3. how to use our opponents weakness against them.
4. how to use the mechanisms of this world to save us from the wicked intentions of the men of this world.
II. As Christians we should be wise unto that which is good, but simple concerning evil (Rom 16:19).
1. This doesn't mean that we should be ignorant of how the world works and should not use wisdom and strategy to get through this world.

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