Church & State
We also believe in the importance of religion in society.
According to Scripture, the Christian religion, in its legitimate sphere, and civil government in its legitimate sphere, are both of divine origin. Christ's church was founded for the benefit of man's spiritual welfare, and civil government was ordained by divine authority to protect all humankind in the exercise of their natural God-given rights.
But while we believe that both religion and the state on this planet are ordained by God for man's ultimate good, they both were to operate in distinct spheres. In other words, one is in no sense the sphere of the other. They are entirely different and separate. This is a Biblical principle.
Believing this principle, we are vigorously opposed to a union of church and state, or as some refer—a union of religion and state—a union of any one church, or any combination of churches with the state.
The historian Dr. Philip Schaff well says:
"The church, as such, has nothing to do with the state except to obey its laws* and to strengthen its moral foundations; the state has nothing to do with the church except to protect her in her property and liberty; and the state must be equally just to all forms of belief and unbelief which do not endanger the public safety."—Church and State, p. 10
Today, there are significant and dangerous movements trending toward an unholy alliance—a confederacy encroaching upon the sacred rights of the individual conscience, the result of which will be an unholy marriage between unevenly yoked partners. Yes, there are danger signs ahead, and they are becoming more frequent.
One such 20th century American "reform" leader prophesied candidly:
"The church is going into politics, and it is going there to stay. Furthermore, the church is to become a powerful political factor, and will act as a unit on all great moral questions. I do not take it that the churches are to form a separate political party; on the contrary, they will stand outside all parties, but they will co-operate, and as one prodigious organization, make their demands upon existing parties, and have their wishes fulfilled."1
The direct aim of the federated churches of today are to operate upon the political institutions of America especially. These ecumenists (see definitions below) have for years labored under the false assumption that that the kingdom of God is to be set up on earth through human instrumentalities, by means of legislative acts and through the processes of social and political reforms and evolution. We see more frequently, utterances of men and women who believe and expect that the united churches will ultimately dominate the whole world—the state in its policies, and the church "in faith and order"—happily married.
Not long ago was heard again the battle cry:
"We are here on a mission to save America. We need to bring the spiritual and legislative together and swell the Christian ranks in our government. We need to take back our country and get prayer back in our schools.... America's greatest security lies in returning to the godly values on which the nation was founded."2
And still another:
"As Christians we are to work to have, not just a prosperous nation, but a Godly nation. I have heard that church and state should be separated. That's a deception from Satan!!... Though people are working to Get God out of our nation...we're not going to let them get rid of God!! Change won't take place just because you show up to church.... We need the righteous to stand up for America!! We see wrong and say, 'I certainly hope they do something about it." Well, wake up people,...you are they!!! We must sop getting in our little denominational corners and come together to take action for God. There was a time when the church would not stand for immorality. We must get back to that mindset.... Thank God for a Godly president. God put him sovereignty and supernaturally in the White House and under his leadership things can change—things will change."3
"2016, the year we take America back!" So cries the chants of today's supporters of Donald Trump, a presidential candidate who promises to give Christians in America a more dominate role in government. He promised at one of his rallies:
"'We are going to unite the Evangelical movement under our banner… When the whole evangelical sector gets together no one can beat them,' the Republican candidate said. Trump has been publicly endorsed by Jerry Falwell, Jr., head of Liberty University in the US state of Virginia and one of the most influential Protestant Evangelical leaders in the United States."4
We have no controversy with well-meaning men and women who are blind to the dangers ahead. Our quarrel is with institutions and policy makers who are intentionally trampling upon the civil rights of humanity—who have this policy hidden within in their own dogmas, doctrines, dictates, or ideologies. To these we stand uncompromisingly opposed.
Carefully browsing the contents of these articles below, will hopefully convince the honest reader that our fears are not groundless, and that still "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."
*As long as civil laws are not contrary to the laws of God.
1 Dr. Scudder, First Congregational Church of Jeresy City, N.J., (Quoted in Liberty, Vol IV, No. 3, 1903)
2 Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition, at a rally.
3 Joyce Meyers, a powerful speaker of Joyce Meyers Ministries, a co-sponsor of the Christian Coalition rally.
1. A movement promoting unity among Christian churches or denominations.
2. A movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding.
Separation of Religion and State—Part 1
The separation of religion and the State is one of the most important questions that any people can ever be called upon to consider, as the union of religion and the State has caused more misery than any other thing in history. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 1”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 2
It is certain that if these two commandments had always been observed by all men, there never could have been a state on the earth. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 2”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 3
Abraham, representing at that time the church of Christ, being thus totally separated by the Lord from every State and country on the earth, there is thus shown to all people, as an original truth of the Gospel of Christ, that there should be total separation of Church and State, and that the church of Christ can never have any country in the world. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 3”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 4
God’s people must be called out of Egypt, in order that they and all the nations might be instructed in the great principles of the Gospel, of supreme allegiance to God, of the separation of religion and the State, of church and country. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 4”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 5
Their government was to be a theocracy pure and simple—God their only King, their only Ruler, their only Lawgiver. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 5”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 6
God had said of Israel, “Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 6”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 7
Nebuchadnezzar’s offense was in setting up his own idea and forming it into a decree and then enforcing it as the law. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 7”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 8
But the lessons in the book of Daniel teach to all people that no religious or ecclesiastical institution or rite has any right to any place in the law. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 8”…
Separation of Religion and State—Part 9
Accordingly, Jesus said to His disciples forever, “Ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Part 9”…
Separation of Religion and State—Final
The observance of a day, the duty to esteem one day above another, is due solely to God. Read More about “Separation of Religion and State—Final”…