“Raised to Rule”

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So many people who say they are believers in Jesus Christ as their Master and Savior seem to be so hesitant about participating in government.  Nearly half of them are not even registered to vote!  I believe this reveals a much deeper problem than just avoiding government involvement.  It shows a lack of understanding (or you might say ignorance!) of what the Bible says of the position believers have in Christ.

While in my twenties, I was struggling with my walk with Christ.  Some days I’d be mostly obedient.  Some days I’d be mostly disobedient!  I was told by many that this was the normal Christian life; that there would always be a struggle with the flesh and only when we arrived in heaven would we ever have victory in this warfare.  But I kept coming across passages in the Bible like,

Raised to Rule“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(1 Corinthians 15:57)

And in John 10:10 Jesus said,

“I am come that you might have life…and have it more abundantly.”

And the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 2:14,

“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,”

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“The Most Important Government”

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Recently there’s been a lot of talk about government and the money it takes to operate it.  And all this has produced is just more debt, more tax, and more destruction of our nation—while the government gets larger and larger.  And if we don’t quickly return to the founding principle of America we will shortly live under a dictator.

Our Founders taught a principle to their children which summed up all the Biblical teaching about government.  It was this:

“The more internal self-government you have the less external civil government you need.  But the less internal self-government you have the more external civil government you need.”

The Most Important GovernmentAmerica was built on this principle.  The Pilgrims learned to walk in the internal self-government which the Holy Spirit produces when a life is surrendered to Christ.  This started when they received Christ as their Lord and Deliverer and, thus, were born again.  But the earliest among them had learned something about this internal self-government that would profoundly affect the birthing and the growth of America.  In the mid-1500’s they had gone to Geneva, Switzerland to learn from a scholar by the name of John Calvin.  Calvin taught a simple principle which would change the course of the Western world.  He called it “renovation”. Continue reading

“Self-government: The Only True Foundation”

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When America’s Founders wrote and approved our Declaration of Independence they understood something most of us were never taught.  That is, only a people who walk by internal self-government are qualified to maintain external civil government.  Because they had been reared in the Biblical thinking of the Great Awakening, they understood that governing one’s self by the power of the Holy Spirit within was the only foundation of good civil government.  A people who are not controlled by their own principles of morality will have to be controlled by a large civil government.  And a large civil government means less liberty for the individual, the family, the church, and society as a whole.

Self-Government- The Only True FoundationRobert Winthrop, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the mid-1800’s stated it precisely when he said,

“All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government.  The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint.

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

(Winthrop, Robert Charles. May 28, 1849, in an address, entitled “Either by the Bible or the Bayonet,” at the Annual Meeting of the Mass. Bible Society in Boston. Addresses and Speeches on Various Occasions (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1852), p. 172. Marshall Foster and Mary-Elaine Swanson, The American Covenant – The Untold Story (Roseburg, OR: Fd. for Christian Self-Government, 1981; Thousand Oaks, CA: The Mayflower Institute,  1992), p. 7.)

But how are we to develop internal self-government?  First we must receive Christ as our Master and Deliverer from the sin which would keep us from being self-governed. Continue reading