COMMANDMENTS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP OF
BELIEVERS TO THE WORLD

The following commandments from the Holy Bible describe the relationship that God requires believers to have in relation to those who are not believers.

"Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend [“citizen”, “resident”, “taxpayer”, “inhabitant”, or "subject" under a king or political ruler] of the world [or any man-made kingdom other than God's Kingdom] makes himself an enemy of God. "
[James 4:4, Bible, NKJV]

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You shall make no covenant [contract or franchise] with them [foreigners, pagans], nor with their [pagan government] gods [laws or judges]. They shall not dwell in your land [and you shall not dwell in theirs by becoming a “resident” in the process of contracting with them], lest they make you sin against Me [God].   For if you serve their gods [under contract or agreement or franchise], it will surely be a snare to you.”
[Exodus 23:32-33, Bible, NKJV]

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"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world [the obligations and concerns of the world]. "
[James 1:27, Bible, NKJV]

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"You shall have no other gods [including political rulers, governments, or Earthly laws] before Me [or My commandments]."
[Exodus 20:3, Bible, NKJV]

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“Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel [the priest in a Theocracy] at Ramah, and said to him, ‘Look, you [the priest within a theocracy] are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways.  Now make us a king [or political ruler] to judge us like all the nations [and be OVER them]’.

“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king [or political ruler] to judge us.’ So Samuel prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have rejected Me [God], that I should not reign over them.  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me [God as their ONLY KIng, Lawgiver, and Judge] and served other gods—so they are doing to you also [government or political rulers becoming the object of idolatry].”
[1 Sam. 8:4-8, Bible, NKJV]

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"Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers [the heathens], nor observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their [pagan government] idols. I am the LORD your God: Walk in My statutes, keep My judgments, and do them; hallow My Sabbaths, and they will be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God."
[Ezekial 20:10-20, Bible, NKJV]

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"Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,
As in obeying the voice of the LORD?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,
And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because you have rejected the Word [and Law] of the LORD,
He also has rejected you from being king [and sovereign over your government and your public servants]."

[1 Sam. 15:22-23, Bible, NKJV]

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“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
[Heb. 8:10, Bible, NKJV]

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Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law [man's law] through the body of Christ [by shifting your legal domicile to the God's Kingdom], that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit [as agents, fiduciaries, and trustees] to God. For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death. But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit [and newness of the law, God’s law] and not in the oldness of the letter.”
[Rom. 7:4-6, Bible, NKJV]

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“The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations [and peoples] that forget [or disobey] God [or His commandments].”
[Psalm 9:17, Bible, NKJV]

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"Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven [INSTEAD of citizens of earth.  You can only be a citizen of ONE place at a time because you can only have a domicile in one place at a time], conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News."
[Philippians 1:27, Bible, NLT]

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“And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king. [. . .]

And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king [or political ruler above us] for ourselves.”
[1 Sam. 12:12, 19, Bible, NKJV]

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“For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
[Jesus, in Mark 3:35, NKJV]

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"And have no fellowship [or association] with the unfruitful works of [government] darkness, but rather reprove [rebuke and expose] them." 
[Eph. 5:11, Bible, NKJV]

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“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law [man's law].” 
[Gal. 5:18, Bible, NKJV]

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Shall the throne of iniquity [the U.S. Congress and the federal judiciary], which devises evil by [obfuscating the] law [to expand their jurisdiction and consolidate all economic power in their hands by taking it away from the states], have fellowship with You?  They gather together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood [of "nontaxpayers" and persons outside their jurisdiction, which is an act of extortion and racketeering].  But the Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge.  He has brought on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; the Lord our God [and those who obey Him and His word] shall cut them off [from power and from receiving illegal bribes cleverly disguised by an obfuscated law as legitimate "taxes"].” 
[Psalm 94:20-23, Bible, NKJV.  QUESTION FOR DOUBTERS:  Who else BUT Congress and the judiciary can devise "evil by law"?]

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"Come out from among them [the unbelievers and government idolaters]
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch [or contract with] what is unclean
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And I will receive you.
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be my sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty." 
[2 Corinthians 6:17-18, Bible, NKJV]

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"Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from [not associate with or subsidize] wickedness [wherever it is found, and especially in government].' " 
[2 Tim. 2:19, Bible, NKJV]

If you would like an exhaustive description of requirements that God places upon Christians in relating to the world, see:

  1. About Us Page, Section 10: Relationship to Government
  2. PDF Laws of the Bible, Form #13.001
  3. PDF Delegation of Authority Order from God to Christians, Form #13.007
  4. PDF Policy Document:  Corruption Within Modern Christianity, Form #08.012
  5. PDF Why Domicile and Becoming a "Taxpayer" Require Your Consent, Form #05.002
  6. We Are the Church (OFFSITE LINK)
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