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The Parable of Tribute to Caesar.

Who was asking Christ whether or not to pay taxes to Caesar? Believers or nonbelievers?  What did Christ perceive of the people who asked Christ the question about rendering unto Caesar?  To whom did Christ speak parables?   Believers or nonbelievers?

Mark 12:13-15  And they sent some of the ***Pharisees and of the Herodians*** to Him, that they might catch Him in a word. And coming, they said to Him, Teacher, we know that you are true, and there is not a care to you about anyone, for you do not look to the face of men, but teach on the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Should we give, or should we not give? But knowing their hypocrisy, He said to them, ***Why do you tempt Me?*** Bring Me a denarius that I may see.

Matthew 22: 15-18  Then going, the Pharisees took counsel so as ***they might trap Him in words.*** And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth, and it does not concern you about anyone, for you do not look to the face of men. Then tell us, what do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? ***But knowing their wickedness, Jesus said, Why do you test Me, hypocrites?***

Luke 20: 20- 23 And watching carefully, they sent spies, ***pretending themselves to be righteous, in order that they might seize upon a word of His, so as to deliver Him to the power and to the authority of the  governor.***  And they questioned Him, saying, Teacher, we know that you say and teach rightly, and do not receive a face, but you teach the way of God with truth. Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?  ***But perceiving their slyness, He said to them, Why do you tempt Me?***

Since Christ only spoke in parables to the nonbelievers the “tribute to Caesar” is a parable and not a teaching. {Matt 13:34-36; Mark 4:1-9, 33-34; Luke 10:23, 19:11-27, 24:27, 45}

Why were the Pharisees interested in keeping the funding going to an unrighteous government like Caesar's?

Luke 16:14 - And the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things; and they scoffed at him.

John 11:48  -  If we let him alone this way, all will believe into him, and the Romans will come and will take away from us both the place and the nation

How did Christ's describe the Pharisees or those who were conspiring with the Romans?  “full or robbery and wickness” (Luke 11:39); “full of extortion and self-indilgence” (Matt 23:25);  “outwardly you appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matt 23:27).

It appears that Christ made a righteous judgment (John 7:24) about the Pharisees, since there appears to be a history of conspiracy between the ruling authorites and the pastors.

Ezek 22:25 -30  There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey: they have devoured souls; they take treasure and precious things; they have made her widows many in the midst thereof. Her priests have done violence to my law, and have profaned my holy things: they have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they caused men to discern between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, that they may get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash , seeing false visions,and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, when Jehovah hath not spoken.  The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery; yea, they have vexed the poor and needy, and have oppressed the sojourner wrongfully. And I sought for a man among them, that should build up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.

Why did Christ say “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things which are God's.” instead of something like this, without the choice between God and Caesar?  

Romans 13:7 - Then give to all their dues: to the one due tax, the tax; to the one due tribute, the tribute; to the one due fear, the fear; to the one due honor, the honor.

This  is a teaching (not a parable) since Paul was speaking to the faithful in Rome - Romans 1:7; Mark 4:10-34, 9: 31-32; Luke 9:43-45, 18:31-34, John 16:1. If you read Romans 13:4 you will see that Caesar's unrighteous governments cannot do good since the flesh can do nothing pleasing in the sight of the Lord Romans 8:6-8.

Christ's translated message, from the parable, was really this:

Acts 5:29 - But Peter and the apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men.

I Kings 18:21 - And Elijah came to all the people and said, How long are you limping over two opinions? If God  is God, follow Him. But if Baal [Caesar – my editing] is God, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.

Joshua 24: 14-21 - Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.  And if it seemeth evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  And the people answered, and said, Be it far from us that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;  For the LORD our God, he [it is] that brought us, and our fathers, out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way in which we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even theAmorites who dwelt in the land: [therefore] will we also serve the LORD; for he [is] our God. And Joshua said to the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he [is] a holy God; he [is] a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions, nor your sins. If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.  And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD.

Can you serve righteness and unrighteousness at the same time?

Romans 6:16  -  Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.

Matthew 6:24  - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Luke 16:13 - No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Should we fund evil?  It depends upon whom you fear more, God or Caesar.

Matthew 10:28 - And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke 12:5 - But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
1 Cor 6:9-10 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  (See also, 1 Tim 1:9-11)

So, who is your master, God or Caesar?

Isaiah 1:3  -  The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but Israel does not know; My people do not understand.


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Posts: 196 | Posted: 9:38 PM on March 13, 2004 | IP
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Christians who agree with God and oppose the taking of innocent lives, Should they   contribute their tax dollars to support abortion?
 


Posts: 1 | Posted: 8:21 PM on April 21, 2004 | IP
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Well, where did Christ ever say to fund evil?



Where did Christ ever say you could justify evil?

http://img179.echo.cx/my.php?image=pastorclupusabortionsermon002k.jpg
Exactly where did Christ says to fund evil's battle against good?


What soldier's of Christ fights/ for or funds evil? So what would you call a "PRO-LIFE Christian" who funds the evil called abortion?














(Edited by unworthy servant 5/18/2005 at 2:44 PM).


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