Posted by: sean | July 26, 2007

Should Christians Pledge Allegiance to the Flag?

In order to answer this question, I would like to first quote the American pledge of allegiance and then give a brief history before answering the question from a biblical standpoint

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Before we go to the Scriptures on this subject, some facts about the pledge of allegiance should be noted. First of all, the pledge was not handed down by the framers of the constitution or anyone who was involved in the independence movement. The pledge was not composed until 1892 and it was created in order to sell flags to public schools by socialist author and Baptist minister Francis Bellamy on behalf of the magazine Youth’s Companion.

The original form of the pledge was as follows:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

Notice that two modern day elements are missing. (1) the phrase “of the United States of America” are missing as well as (2) the phrase “under God.” The first phrase was added to the modern day pledge in 1924 by the National Flag Conference so that immigrants would know to which flag they were pledging allegiance. The next phrase, “under God” was not added until 1954 when Rev. Docherty of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church preached a sermon which convinced President Dwight Eisenhower to add it.

I was honestly shocked when I found out about this evolution of the pledge. I was always led to the impression that the pledge was part of the constitution or perhaps it was agreed upon immediately following the Declaration of Independence. The way various “Christian” radio programs that banter about the slogan, “take America back for God” always seem to imply (at least) that the pledge was established by the framers and that to remove “under God” was tantamount to betrayal. Now that we have a bit of the history under our belts, let’s evaluate the act of pledging allegiance to America (or any nation) in light of the Scriptures. First we must define the words, “pledge” and, “allegiance.”

pledge: To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise: pledge loyalty to a nation.

allegiance: [1] the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign. [2] loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.

Now let’s take a look at the words of Jesus on this subject:

Mat 5.33-37 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ {or} ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”

This is taken from the famous first section of the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus says “you have heard…” and then quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Law of Moses, and then says “but I say unto you….” Jesus in this short paragraph overturns the common practice found throughout biblical times of making vows. He says specifically make no oath at all. This is completely unambiguous. This is a direct command, not a suggestion. If we follow Jesus then we do not make oaths. He then goes on to enumerate all the different types of oaths that should not be made (by the throne of God, by earth, etc.). Then he says, let your yes be yes or no, no. Anything beyond these is of evil. James the Apostle and brother of our Lord reiterates this Christian instruction:

James 5.12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.

It is interesting to note that he prefaces this simple command by saying “but above all…do not swear.” To pledge is to swear which is also the same as making an oath. Allegiance is to give loyalty to a government. Thus to pledge allegiance is to make an oath of loyalty to a government. This is strictly forbidden by Scripture. Furthermore, there is only one government we can give allegiance to–the kingdom of God. The coming theocratic kingdom will be on earth and we are citizens of it now.

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  1. This is truly a blessing, I realized by the grace of God that all of my young life in school and even now as an adult, we have been taught the pledge of allegiance, but since it has God’s name in it, we think that we are doing good by saying the statement. But I realize now you are pleding to a flag anyway….”I pledge allegiance to the flag”
    and now I even realize even more not to do this anymore so that I will not be under God’s judgement. Thank You for helping people understand this Truth. May The God of Our Lord Jesus Christ Bless You.

    • where do you see Gods name in the pledge of allegience? I dont see it. I see the word God but I dont see his name. Isnt his name Yahweh or Jehovah?

  2. i love this. when i was younger i had thoughts that it was perhaps not right to pledge allegiance to a country, or symbol of that country, in God’s eyes.

    and yes thanks fer the history lesson! i definaltly thought the pledge was written with the Constitution!

  3. Your article shows a lack of understanding of scripture. For your interpretation to be correct, you would need to be able to refute the arguments found at:
    http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Sermon/sermon_15.htm
    If you cannot refute it, there is no reason a Christian should not state the pledge of allegiance. After all, the pledge states that the nation is “under” God. That means it is in submission to God, and not above Him. It is also a nation we protect since in it we are free to worship and share the gospel with others.

    • No, she’s pretty much right in her explanation, although maybe a few things different. The pledge of allegiance is pledging to a flag, a thing, an object. Why would one pledge allegiance to an object to begin with? I won’t, plus I won’t bow to any image of anything. Pledging to your country is different because you are showing your allegiance to its principles, hopefully great principles that are scriptural, which are not objects. For example, one does not want to be a traitor of their country, right? I don’t. And I hear people saying, oh, we don’t give our allegiance to a flag, but isn’t that what it’s saying?

      Then the words “under God,” that would be a no-no to me because I only pray to father Yahweh and him alone as Yahushua (aka Jesus) the messiah has stated.

      The vowing part reads a bit different in the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, which pretty much agrees with the OT. In Matt. 5:33, it states:

      “Again, you have heard what was said to those of long ago: You shall not swear my name falsely, but you shall return to Yahweh your oath.
      Then v. 34 states:

      But I say to you not to SWEAR IN VAIN in any matter, neither by heaven because it is the throne of elohim (meaning Yahweh).

      v. 35, nor by earth because it is the footstool of his feet, nor by (Jerusalem) because it is the city of elohim (meaning Yahweh).”

      So it’s more about swearing falsely in taking an oath, which an oath is only to be taken in the sacred name Yahweh (and only his name). And it’s ALWAYS better to take no oath if you can’t keep it. Once you take that oath, you are bound to it in heaven and the earth, period. It’s not a light matter to take an oath. But if you uphold the oath that you take in the sacred name Yahweh, it will work for you.

      Next, I am totally against people being forced to say the pledge of allegiance. That’s like Nazi Germany forcing people’s allegiance. Or it’s like one would be forcing you to pray to Allah.

      • Actually KitKat, though I disagree with Amber, it not only pledges allegiance to a flag, it also pledges allegiance “to the Republic”, which is the nation that is supposedly “under God”.

        But we can see quite plainly today that the United States has no intention of being “under God”. As believers we know, however, that all things are “under God”. You cannot be above Him. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. Question is, will you be doing that in fear and regret? Or in rejoicing?!

    • You are assuming that are country serves God…but what i see is that our country serves mammon. Patriotism is a form of idolatry. The jews proved this by saying we have no king but ceasar. Do you not think the german christians thought they were doing there patriotic duty by following the nazi’s agenda, in submiting to athorities. No, you are not to pledge an allegiance to a flag, it does not matter that the word God, appears in the pledge. Jesus clearly states we are not to make oaths of any kind…this also goes for the swearing on the bible in court cases…Patriotism = idolatry…you cannot serve two masters

  4. Actually for my interpretation to be correct it needs to agree with Jesus, not some man-made article. Be that as it may, I find myself continually disturbed by articles and argumentation which result in advising disobedience to Jesus. At the end of the day Jesus is my Lord and so I want to do what he said (Luke 6.46). He said not to make oaths! Furthermore, the US is not “under” God, whatever that means. The US acts in its (not God’s) interests. I admit some times these interests are aligned and there are certainly a great deal of good that the US does (i.e. take care of its own poor, respond to disasters in the world, etc.) but there is a also an incredible amount of bad it does (destroy the environment, invade countries without provocation, use deceit and torture, etc.). Furthermore, Christians are called to give our allegiance to the kingdom of God which, when it arrives, will crush the US and all other kingdoms of this world (Rev. 11.15; Daniel 2). Besides Christianity just doesn’t make sense as a nationalistic religion. From its early years, or at least ever since Philip preached to the Ethiopian, Christianity has not been attached to a specific nation. I agree that Christians should pray to be able to live a quiet and peaceable life, but this is different than carrying the sword for US interests abroad.

    • Interesting..

    • Thank you for your post. I was about to write on the same thing, and found your post right on target.

  5. Grace and peace to you

    Three years ago we (my wife and children) moved from Germany to the United States of America (KY).

    We still feel like sojourners, aliens, exiles and strangers to this world (1Peter1:17b; 2:11-12), and the fact that we moved to the so called Bible belt (KY) did not change that New Testament fact.

    My wife teaches in a private Christian school where the pledge to the North American flag is an everyday routine. My wife (she is American) and our son (American/German) are not being forced to participate in the ritual.

    As a foreigner from Germany, I was ignorant to the evolutionary process and originally thought that the pledge to the North American flag/nation was part of the constitution etc. (Thank you for the historical information) Biblically speaking, I already knew that this kind of North American-theocratic (postmillennialism) allegiance goes indeed “beyond what is written” (1Cor4:6). I also agree with your statement in regard to the so called “Christian” radio programs. I stopped listening to them since most of the patriotic brainwashing had not much to do with true kingdom living. Sadly, those patriotic Christians ignore that even the United States of America (like every other nation) is included in the group of nations talked about in Revelation 18:23; 20:8 etc.

    We all should remember Jesus’ words in John18:36; Mark10:42-45; Luke6:27-36 when we hear some Christians promote patriotism (Dominionism) in connection with God’s visible rule (building God’s kingdom here on earth) through a nation (or nations) similar to the theocratic system found in the old testament (Old Covenant) before Jesus Christ established (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Luk22:20; 2Cor3:6; Heb8:8-12) the New Covenant dispensation (age) for His church (spiritual Israel).

    Yes, the future realized kingdom will be on earth (Rev20) and in a spiritual sense we are already citizens of it now, but nevertheless (John18:36; Rom14:17; Phil3:20: Eph1:2; Col1:13 etc.) there will come a time when all the nations of this present dispensation (age) will (by God’s sovereign will) hand over their royal power to the final Antichrist to carry out God’s purpose (Revelation 17:17).

    And later in Revelation 18:4 we receive the warning to:

    “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues”

    So, how can a true Christian in good conscience pledge his allegiance to any worldly institution (Psalm2; Psalm14; Jeremiah17:9; Romans3:10-18 etc.)?

    As Christians we are under Christ’s law (1Cor9:21). He called and purchased us (1Pet1:14-19). He is LORD (Rev1:8) and remember, not everyone who says to him, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but … (Matt7:21-29).

    So biblically speaking, the answer should be obvious and we must choose (Josh24:14-15) where our personal allegiance lies (1Cor6:9-11 etc.)!

    The time is near and the global super state (new world order) with its absolute control over the world monetary system (Revelation 13:17) will come – and remember, “You cannot serve two masters” (Luke16:13)!

    Shalom to you with – Gal. 6:14-16

    “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world [all nations] has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.”

    Semper Reformanda,

    dirk

  6. I agree, Sean. My comments on the subject can be found at kingdomofgodflag.info.

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  9. While pledging allegiance this evening at my daughters school I was feeling convicted about doing it like I was being disloyal to God. I came home and searched the internet to see if others felt this way and I found your article. Thank you for writing this! If it’s okay, I would like to publish this on my blog tomorrow giving you full credit and I will send you a trackback.

  10. Lunice,

    Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to use this article as you like.

  11. I concur with your assertions. For many years, I have been preaching similar assertions.
    By the way, the USA willl cease to be part of our world’s geopolitical reality several years before the Son returns to establish his kingdom. That is, God has judged her. She will soon meet her doom. In her 237th year, she will suffer a fatal wound. Whether she dies immediately or ingers for a hle, I cannot say for certain. But from what God has shown to me, I would be tempted to bet hat she fall disintegrate quickly once her enemies wound her. The fate that stalks her will not come from Muslim extremists b ut from Russia and China–and Ameria’s own foolishness and arrogance. Russia and China pretend to be America’s friends. But they are her biggest and most determined enemies. The Son has told me that they will figure out how to use America’s technological advantages against her. In doing so, the shall wipe out he navy and airforce rather quickly after World War III begins. Then they will use their missiles to kill her. Many other nations will also be destroyed, during the conflict in question. Over four billion people will also perish. But China will survie and recover fairly quickly. She will then serve as a counterbalance to the poer wielded by the empire of the Antichrist and Flase Pophet. The Son will return in time to prevent China and that abomination from colliding. He will then crush them and all other nations and establish his kingdom. Amen!

  12. This is an edited version of the comment:
    I concur with your assertions. For many years, I have been preaching similar assertions.
    By the way, the USA will cease to be part of our world’s geopolitical reality several years before the Son returns to establish his kingdom. That is, God has judged her. She will soon meet her doom. In her 237th year, she will suffer a fatal wound. Whether she dies immediately or lingers for a while, I cannot say for certain. But from what God has shown to me, I would be tempted to bet that she fall disintegrate quickly once her enemies wound her. The fate that stalks her will not come from Muslim extremists but from Russia and China–and America’s own foolishness and arrogance. Russia and China pretend to be America’s friends. But they are her biggest and most determined enemies. The Son has told me that they will figure out how to use America’s technological advantages against her. In doing so, they shall wipe out her navy and air force rather quickly after World War III begins. Then they will use their missiles to kill her. Many other nations will also be destroyed, during the conflict in question. Over four billion people will also perish. But China will survive and recover fairly quickly. She will then serve as a counterbalance to the power wielded by the empire of the Antichrist and Flase Pophet. The Son will return in time to prevent China and that abomination from colliding. He will then crush them and all other nations and establish his kingdom. Amen!

  13. I think we need to define what “allegience” means. The best definition probably is “loyalty”. What if our country does things that violate Gods laws, are we still to be loyal or pledge our allegience to it. I think not! Didnt Germany make that mistake with their “heil hitler”. The whole issue of our worship is declaring the sovereignty of God, and his right to rule, not man or satan, who is now ruling.

  14. As Christians, I think it is clear that our loyalty is not to any nation. It is to God. Also, if your nation said that you should wage war against other Christians, would you? The Scriptures are clear about how we are to interact with others. The statement “Jesus is Lord” was very political in its day. It meant that Caesar wasn’t your lord, but Jesus was. In the same way, Jesus is our flag. Jesus and His body are our country. How can we pledge loyalty to any other?

    Thanks so much for this article.

  15. A “pledge” is a “promise.” Making a promise and swearing are two different things. When I got married, I promised my wife that I would be faithful to her until death separates us. I did not swear or made an oath when I pledged my loyalty to her.

    • But did you make a promise to your RINGS? The ring symbolizes your marriage as the flag symbolizes the country, but we don’t make promises to the rings themselves, so why make a pledge to a flag?

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  17. So, everyone here agrees that Believers have no reason to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
    There will come a time, very soon that you will be persecuted for not saying it. Most likely from religious organizations.

    Remeber the early church, the biggest persecutors were the religious of that day.

  18. I was asked by my sons headstart teacher could my son learn the POA I told her absolutly Not !!I told her it was against my Religion.

    • Tina,

      I am just now facing this issue as well with my own son who just started kindergarten. To think that they require children who barely know what a country is to swear loyalty to it is really unfathomable. I suppose such measures are necessary combined with nationalistic holidays spread throughout the years to effectively market patriotism to the masses.

      • How have you dealt with his kindergarten class? Its a shame that people force this on children, then when good parents don’t want it on their children, the teachers make the children suffer embarrassment. I am interested in how you handled the situation.

  19. “Marketing patriotism to the masses” is a good way to put it. I love freedom and try my best to love my neighbor, but a blind oath, said from an early age, is just indoctrination.

  20. I also feel uncomfortable with the indoctrination of blind patriotism. I don’t think that I’d prefer to move to any other country, but the U.S. is far from Holy. The worst part is that, statistically, the most blindly patriotic group are Christians.

    Regarding “under God”, Wikipedia has a good history. An interesting tidbit from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance

    “In 2004, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg criticized the addition of “under God” for a different reason. The original supporters of the addition thought that they were simply quoting Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. However, Nunberg said that to Lincoln and his contemporaries, “under God” meant “God willing” and they would have found its use in the Pledge of Allegiance grammatically incorrect.”

  21. A friend of mine recently brought my attention to this article. And, I have to say, I’m stunned by the irony of it all.

    Firstly, when it comes down to pledging allegiance to the country you live in, arguing semantics over something that has been turned into a pledge that we, as Christians, should be happy to obey also puts you at odds with what the Bible urges us to do. Mark 12:13-17, Matthew 22:15-22, Titus 3, these all specifically point out two things that you should note:

    First, that it is our duty as Christians following God to obey the laws of the land as a show of our discipline and faith in God and that someone who refuses to do so without thorough probable cause is rebellious. Not against their country, but against God.

    And second, that arguing points of the code of law (reciting the pledge) is something we shouldn’t waste our time on because it gets us nowhere. The Pharisees were the ones testing Jesus over whether or not there should be any form of allegiance, specifically financial, to Caesar and I can’t help but see the correlation here. So, I’ll say to you exactly the same thing he said to the group of legalists that attempted to trap him and his followers in their words: Give to America what is America’s, and God what is God’s. Pay your taxes, say the pledge, obey the law, and support your country. Doing so is not against God, but a show of how deeply you adhere to His rule over the countries and principalities of the world.

    And, finally, you struck the worst nerve you could with your out-of-context use of Scripture. This is where the irony comes in: in both Matthew and James, Jesus is talking about not making unnecessary oaths or false promises, not avoiding them wholly. Things such as adding “I swear to God!” when you could let your yes be yes, your no be no, so your language cannot be used against you. It urges you to hold yourself to your word and not make false promises that you don’t mean or intend to keep. Bringing in God to justify not saying a pledge that you don’t agree with is a poor way to make your point. If anything, you committed a hypocrisy, for yourself and everyone else who you’ve led to your side with this article, by attempting to justify your disloyalty to your country’s laws by suggesting something as simple as an oath to serve it as a loyal citizen makes you disloyal to God. You used a passage that says not to make oaths to others by dragging in greater powers: it says nothing about making oaths *to* those powers. Otherwise, you’re suggesting that we shouldn’t make a pledge of allegiance to God.

    Saying the pledge doesn’t bring you out of line with God. Saying the pledge when you clearly don’t agree with it — and are therefore making a false promise — and then creating a stumbling block for other people of faith *does* bring you out of line with God. Get yourself right with God on this, but do so without twisting Scripture and using only the pieces you find convenient, or bringing others down with you.

    For all of you who read this article in the future, I hope you see this: Pledge to your country when asked, if you mean it; pledge to God above all others, as He is the ultimate ruler of this country and all others; and do so in truth… or not at all.

    • Ward,
      I appreciate your taking the time to read and respond as you did. I dont see it beneficial to argue amongst believers. So, instead I just want to clarify what I read in this article and make a few comments. I did not read anything about breaking laws, living rebelliously, or anything like that. Instead this article merely shows that the pledge is rather a new thing that was drawn up out of a marketing plan, and not so much out of true patriotism when you consider the founding fathers reasons for drawing up the documents they did. I assume you are coming at this from a “patriotic” disagreement, more than a biblical one. The author is basically stating that he can pledge no oath to an object, or worldly nation. But rather only to his God and Saviour.
      If you would read further in Titus 3, as you mentioned, the author is living out verses 5-7, where he has recognized that he has been washed clean, an heir of God, which makes him a citizen of another kingdom. He lives peaceably in the country God has placed him, as a pilgrim in a strange land, following the laws as far as his faith in Christ would allow.
      Not saying the pledge is a far cry from law breaking. I find it unsettling that someone, a professing believer even, would jump to that conclusion.
      Remember that it WAS the law for Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednego to give honor and worship a graven image that symbolized being “patriotic” to that nation. They disobeyed peaceably.
      Daniel also broke the law, where he wasn’t to pray to anyone but the King. He did so peaceably and God protected him also.
      Chanting the Pledge of Allegiance is no law in this land. So I wonder why it would make a professed believer so upset to see other believers not following the masses in doing so?
      Rob

    • Excellent, Ward. Rob’s response of seeing no benefit in arguing with believers is a cop-out (and then he proceeded to do so), and it reveals his true intent of telling us all to just obey his interpretation, and then we will be righteous in the eyes of God. It’s the same legalism he thinks he is judging in others.

  22. Good thinking Sean, logical and clear. May be a little correction in relation to James the half brother of Jesus. He was a disciple (prominent for sure) but not an apostle. James the son of Zebedee was one as well as James (James the Less) the son of Alphaeus or Clopas was another.

  23. Thank you for this page. Yesterday (Memorial Day) my 8-year-old daughter posed the question, “Is the Pledge of Allegiance idolatry?” I did not know how to answer her. I told her I would research it and we could pray about it. Thank you.

  24. Sean,

    I would be interested in your thoughts on the military oath of enlistment. I’m thinking that the same reasoning you expressed in this blog would apply in this situation as well, perhaps even more strongly. If this is the case, wouldn’t this unquestionably preclude Christians from serving in the military?

    Thanks for your wisdom and insight.

    • Having seen the swearing in ceremony in person, I can definitely say it contradicts Scripture, both concerning the commandment not to make oaths and not serving two masters. However, many times people become Christians after they are already in the military. When this happens they can file for conscientious objector status. A fascinating read on this can be found in A Change of Allegiance by Dean Taylor

      • I read that book as well. Excellent read!

    • Excellent point! One of the main reasons I did not re-enlist.

      • Hey Schwarz,

        What’s your story? How did you come to the conclusion that serving Christ and the military were incompatible?

      • Sean,
        It’s a long story. I cover a lot of it in my blog http://www.dailyhike.wordpress.com
        If you have any other questions, I’d love to discuss them with you.

  25. This teaching, the SOTM, is primarily for when Jesus’ sets up his 1000 year-Millennial- kingdom on earth. Until then we follow the teachings of Paul and Peter and obey authority. See Romans 13:1, 1 Peter 2:13-15

  26. On our money it says “IN GOD WE TRUST”. That is what one might expect from a GOD fearing people. The pledge is somewhat of our government writing our prayers for us and choosing what prayers we say and the term “UNDER GOD” has more of a “we are GOD’s representatives and approves of us” feel. 9-11 is the result of people who feel they are GOD’s representatives. Jesus has a reason to tell everyone not to take oaths, so as to not to assign the attributes of GOD to other individuals or organizations.

  27. What about it being like pledging your allegiance to another god besides our Heavenly Father? I see it also as kneeling/bowing (putting your hand over your heart) and then pledging your allegiance to another god (the flag). You are worshiping an object besides praying for the country and worshiping God.

  28. Jesus said, no one can serve two masters Matthew 6:24…Some Christians are trying to serve two masters, because they don’t understand the scriptures…Jesus said, love your enemies…And the devil comes and says, if you kill your enemy in self defense, or in war, Jesus will understand why you killed your enemy? For it is written; the authority that exists, it exists, because of God Romans chapters13,14…Jesus said, he who is without sin, cast the first stone…No one was able to cast the first stone, because no one was with out sin…If you are without sin, you can cast the first stone…If you kill your enemy, or put him in jail, you do not love your enemy…You can do what the Lord Jesus said, and love your enemies, or you can do what the devil said, and hate your enemies…You can either listen to God or you can listen to the devil…The founding fathers of the U.S. made carved images of the stars in the likeness of heaven above, and set the carved images of the stars in the flag to serve them…And the flag is high and lifted up on a flag pole…The founding fathers made a carved image of an eagle in the likeness of the earth below, and set the carved image of the eagle on all governmental personnel to serve it…When you pledge your allegiance to the flag or to the eagle, and you put your right hand to your heart or to your forehead, and you serve the carved images of the flag or the carved image of the eagle, you are idol worshipping the stars of heaven and the winged bird of the earth Exodus chapter20, and Deuteromony 4;15-19…The mark of the beast in the right hand stands for the heart and the mark of the beast on the forehead stands for the mind…Those who receive the mark of the beast in the heart or in the mind, will worship the beast, because they do not believe in the true God…Those who receive the seal (mark) of God on the forehead (mind), will not worship the beast, because they keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ…The false prophet and the beast are doing the dirty work for satan…The beast will be sitting in the throne of Jerusalem as God…And the false prophet is making fire come down from heaven in the sight of onlookers…And the devil is making war with the saints of God…We can avoid serving the carved images, the god of this world(satan), and the beast, by keeping the commandments of God and by having the testimony of Jesus Christ…If we love God, we will keep His words, but if we don’t love God, we wont keep His words…This is why it is written; He who is of God, hears the words of God, and he is not of God hears not…Jesus said, my sheep hear my voce, and follow me…And this is why Jesus said, many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesied in your name, didn’t we cast out demons in your name, didn’t we do wonderful works in your name? And I will declare to them, I never knew you, depart from me, you workers of iniquity.


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