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The New Georgia Encyclopedia explained the situation at Andersonville: "Camp inmates often preyed upon each other. Gambling tents and "stores," operated mainly by prisoners from Union general William T. Sherman's western troops, fleeced new arrivals. Roving gangs of raiders, chiefly from eastern regiments, robbed fellow inmates, despite efforts by guards to stop them. The prisoners hanged six of the raider leaders on July 11, 1864. After that, a new police force made up of prisoners sought to impose discipline on their fellow inmates. They tried to enforce sanitation practices, curtail robberies, and force captive officers to take care of the men under them."
Do you get the scene? The prisoners literally fought a war where two sides were pitted in a battle to the death. On one side were predators who had created a government force with no regard for the rights of each person but a regard only for the rights of the people in the predator force. From within the Andersonville population another force emerged to establish a law and order that was not a predation but a servant of the rights of all the prisoners in Andersonville. The two forces fought a war within Andersonville using rocks and sticks and tooth and nail. And law and order was established when the outlaws were vanquished and their leaders hung by the prisoners themselves, the prisoners inside Andersonville.
The point of 1 Timothy 1:8-11--the point of the Andersonville story--is to define the actions of the people who will be treated as unrighteous outlaws by the God I serve. Just as in Andersonville, those who do not enforce the law defined in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 will be treated as outlaws by default if they do not enforce the law defined there. That's the meaning of the number 1 OR ELSE.
Outline Point #2 OR ELSE: Just as in Andersonville, so it is true throughout the world that every person can be described as either outlaws or law-abiding, righteous and unrighteous. But the point of 1 Timothy 1:8-11 is God Himself, the God served by the Apostle Paul, defined THE LAW that itself defined the two classes of people on the earth. Anyone who does not enforce the law as defined in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 not only makes them self an outlaw but disrupts and destroys the message that God is the LawGiver. To be specific, by refusing to cooperate with the law defined in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 the person so refusing makes it look like the One who sent that Law is not out there.
Nothing can be more confusing on earth than to give anyone the impression that the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is not only not the LawGiver in the United States of America, but is not even out there at all.
Just as in Andersonville, things come down to an either/or scenario: either the prisoners were on the side of the union officers who created the law, or the prisoners were on the side of the outlaws who preyed on everyone. So, too, does the reality of God come down to an either/or scenario. Either He is out there or not.
People on earth prove what they believe about God by whether they accept His Law or not. That is what Paul is trying to teach people in 1 Timothy 1:8-11. Either we accept God's Law defined there OR ELSE we act like the God Paul served is not out there.
The confusion comes when people who call themselves Christians refuse to enforce 1 Timothy 1:8-11 as is being done in the USA today. Nobody is confused when godless people refuse to obey God's Law. Everybody knows that is what is to be expected from godless people. But when Christians refuse to enforce God's law, world-changing confusion is created.
Today in the USA Christians have allowed two of the laws defined in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 to be legalized in this nation thereby contradicting 1 Timothy 1:8-11. Christians cannot do this without confusing the world about what the Apostles taught about this most important subject (Remember Andersonville?).
What two laws are Christians allowing to be legalized that contradict 1 Timothy 1:8-11? If I have to answer that question for Christians in this nation, it proves that those Christians literally are trying to ignore reality rather than understand it. How can I expect such Christians to listen to me when I define the two activities defined in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 that have been legalized by government of the USA? Those people who call themselves Christians are not trying to understand what I am trying to teach. In fact, the only reason such Christians would have read this far into this essay is to try to find ways to attack me and put me in jail like Sir Sodomite did...or worse.
Outline Point #3 OR ELSE. This point only carries logical force for people who see credibility in my explanation of the first two OR ELSE's. If there is a God like the one the Apostle Paul defined out there, that God is honor bound to treat outlaws like outlaws, unrighteous people like unrighteous people. By refusing to enforce 1 Timothy 1:8-11 we literally DARE GOD to prove that He is powerful enough to enforce His Law against us. But the Bible teaches that God will not necessarily punish outlaws by restoring righteousness, by restoring His Law. The Bible teaches that God in the past allows the most evil people to rule over less evil people who had access to His Law but refused to ENFORCE IT. If anyone will take the time to study the Old Testament, they will see that the way God dealt with rebellion against His Law among Israel, His chosen people, was to allow nations without His Law to rule over them, thereby bringing them into captivity to even greater evil than they had brought on themselves by ignoring His Law.
Now the point I am trying to make is this process was not eliminated in the New Testament. In fact, the Apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 was defining that portion of the Old Testament Law that was to be in effect in the New Testament Kingdom of God.
Christians who do not follow God's instructions delivered through the Apostle Paul make themselves ministers of confusion rather than ministers of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, we either enforce 1 Timothy 1:8-11 OR ELSE we confuse people about God and Jesus Christ and the Church and the Law and everything having to do with the God revealed in Holy Scripture PLUS we dare God to destroy us by bringing us into captivity to our enemies.
Outline Point #4 OR ELSE. This point is also logically sensible only if there is a God out there who has the power to create life after death. For people who believe in such a God, it will be logically obvious that God will not allow the most confusing thing that can be done against Him and His Honor and His Sovereignty to go unpunished. Such a God would be a patsy, a pushover, an effeminate model of a masculine god, not a God with the power of Life and Death...for eternity.
The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 1:8-11, as in every word he ever wrote, predicated his point of view on the Presence of a God who controls eternity. Paul was in it for the long run. He was trying to tell others who wanted eternal life how to find it and how to keep it once they had found it. Paul realized that what he told us in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 would give us the way to know the righteous from the unrighteous, the law-abiding from the outlaws. Read the litany of crimes defined by the Apostle Paul and if you live in a nation that claims to derive its authority to make laws from your consent, understand that you either enforce 1 Timothy 1:8-11 OR ELSE God will know that you personally are an unrighteous outlaw, no matter what other people believe about you.
That's what my campaign sign is trying to say, and that's why I'm running for Governor of Georgia to give you somebody you can vote for who will enforce 1 Timothy 1:8-11 or die trying. I know this might be hard to believe but in spite of the way people treat me I still love them to the marrow of my bones. I confess though if I was not in Christ Jesus, I'm sure I wouldn't.