"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
This month marks 45 years in which the murder of unborn children by abortion has been legal in America. Not that our Congress, the voice of the people, ever legalized it! It was the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 that illegally declared abortion legal. Because we, in the church, sat by and griped — instead of getting involved in the voting process and attending law-making sessions, so as to identify the law makers who supported such a hideous crime—and replace them with our votes — now some 60 million of our own children have been murdered. And that in the place that should be the safest on earth; their mother’s womb. The God Who made us and to Whom we will give a full account of our earthly deeds, is not blind to these hideous rippings apart of babies’ bodies in their mother’s womb!
Concerning Civil Government, God says in Romans 13:1,
“…there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Thus, we see that God is the One Who created the realm of authority known as civil government, just as He created the realms of authority known as the home and the church. And from the Garden of Eden to the time of Noah, God exercised the authority of civil government by punishing crime Himself. He set up the angel with the flaming sword to guard the Tree of Life, and keep man from eating of it after man had sinned. It was God, Himself, who pronounced the sentence on Cain for murdering his brother, Abel. It was God who sent the great Flood and punished the people of Noah’s day for their crimes of immorality and violence. So early in human history God took responsibility for enforcing His statutes of civil law onto man.
But after the Flood, God transferred to man the responsibility for operating civil government. He said to Noah Continue reading →
Sam Adams, the Father of the American Revolution, which secured our liberty in America, stated:
“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, the rights of the Colonists as Christians may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are…clearly written…in the New Testament.”
(Adams, Samuel. November 20, 1772, in his pamphlet entitled, The Rights of the Colonists, in section: “The Rights of the Colonist as Christians.” The Rights of the Colonists (Boston: Old South Leaflets), Volume VII, 1772 | John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution – The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, A Mott Media Book, 1987; 6th printing, 1993), p. 254.)
Sam Adams believed that our liberty was rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was simply the extension of the internal liberty Christ brings into our spirit and soul when we submit to Him as our Master and Deliverer.
“A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35)
How we think inside produces our actions outside. Jesus is pointing out to us that the mind will determine what we choose, and thus, how we act. So what we put into the mind will determine the way we act.
So what should we put into our mind? What are the most basic truths we need to know in order to function as God intended us to function? What truths will Continue reading →
In this world, we live in a constant warfare: Personal, for our Families, for God’s Church, for our Civil governments. Everything is easily understood when we know and accept this fact. If we don’t know it, or refuse to accept it, then we put ourselves under the warning in the Scripture:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6)
We are seeing this battle in the Civil realm reveal itself in Judge Roy Moore’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama. Judge Moore has stood for the Ten Commandments as the Moral Foundation for our civil law. For his stand he was Continue reading →
After Jesus was raised from the dead, the Bible records that,
“…He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3, emphasis added)
The fact that Jesus talked with His followers concerning the “kingdom of God” means (among other things) that He was revealing to them the warfare between the two kingdoms in this world: That God is the rightful owner of this earth, and thus, the rightful ruler of this earth. But there is one who has set himself against that Kingdom belonging to God, and tried to usurp its power. That one is satan, called in the Bible, the adversary of God. Thus, Jesus was equipping His followers with the understanding that we walk in a constant warfare in this earth. This warfare engulfs everything in this world from: Whether a person will come to Christ by surrendering his will and receiving Him as Master; to whether God or satan will control civil government—the greatest natural power on earth.
We’re seeing this warfare over who will rule in civil government happen in a big way right now in Alabama. The race for U.S. Senate between Judge Roy Moore and Doug Jones is Continue reading →
In 1623 the Pilgrims celebrated a time of Thanksgiving with their Indian friends, Chief Massasoit and his Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims were grateful to God for their Indian friends. The peace treaty into which they had entered helped both peoples to go on with their daily lives in an ordered manner. This is, of course, the purpose of civil law; to protect the God-given rights of life, liberty, and property. When this is done, the resulting order allows society’s institutions to function without the interruption of chaos. The Pilgrims’ Pastor, John Robinson, had taught them that this order flowed from Biblically based civil government, and thus, the first thing they did when they arrived was to write the Mayflower Compact; which instituted this type of government. I believe their new civil government was one of the things they were most thankful for on those first Thanksgiving Days.
And the Pilgrims’ new civil government was working. Their original economic system failed because it was Continue reading →
When discussing civil government, people have a lot of different ideas as to what is needed to fix our broken governments. But actually, the fix is quite simple. We need to recognize that government is God’s institution, and that it takes statesmen to operate it the way God intended it to work.
When statesmen, not politicians, are in office, deeds consistent with the Word of God are the normal thing. Now it’s true, we haven’t seen very many of those people in office for a very long time—nearly a hundred years now. So where do we go for a comparison? How can we know if someone is a statesman, instead of a politician? Let me first describe the difference.
A politician is one who is skilled in how to get things done in government. This oftentimes takes the shape of manipulation or bribery. A statesman is one who stands in the gatherings of government and states the truth about issues. He stands for the truth no matter what the cost to him or his position. Because his great desire is Continue reading →
Good and Bad has happened in the political realm in America recently. Judge Roy Moore won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate special election to be held in December. Since the 1990s, Judge Moore has stood for truth like no other politician in this nation. I believe God has honored Himself by justifying His own statesman in this race. This is the good news for America.
The bad news is Bernie Sanders is spearheading a plan to put every American under the national government concerning medical care. And I do mean “under”! It would give the national government complete control of every area of our lives by the mandate it would set up. This is not surprising, since Bernie Sanders classifies himself as a socialist. This is what socialism does. It enthrones a few government officers at the top of an all-powerful national government and enslaves every other citizen in a nation. It completely takes away the choice of the citizen to control their life, as God planned it. It is the ultimate fruit of the idea that we own these lives instead of God; and that “some are made to rule, others are made to be ruled”, as Aristotle taught. We were made by God to serve Him. We will do that, or ultimately we will become enslaved to a man (a dictator), and serve him. The Bible teaches it…and history proves it! The Scripture says,
“He that soweth to the flesh will, of the flesh, reap corruption…” (Galatians 6:7)
With more disrespect being shown to our flag, even within our own borders, it would do us well to revisit our heritage! Fort McHenry (where in 1812 a battle raged which inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner) was named after a man who served as a medical soldier in George Washington’s army, and later signed the U.S. Constitution. His name was James McHenry. While unknown to us today, James McHenry was one of those men who laid such a firm foundation for America that during the 1800s it would grow to become the greatest nation on earth. James McHenry got his foundation from the Bible. In addition to his achievements just mentioned, he also served as a member of the Continental Congress, his state legislature, and the U.S. Secretary of War—and President of the Baltimore Bible Society! He had this to say about the Bible:
“…public [usefulness] pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise…can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness.
“In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments.”