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Is It Ever Okay to Disobey?

Posted on May 11, 2014 in Culture, Politics | 0 comments

by Ron J. Bigalke – Participation of Christians in civil disobedience will customarily involve unlawful activity. Therefore, it will involve disobedience to civil law or a recognized authority. Response to this issue is important since the growth of government should be a concern to all Christians. For example, the past century alone provides astonishing evidence of democide. Rudolph J. Rummel (1932-2014) was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii; he documented such facts in his book Death by Government (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1994). Death by government was a great wickedness of the twentieth century, but history demonstrates it cannot be regarded as new phenomenon. For example, 1 Samuel 8 records republican Israel’s growth of government and accurately describes the relationship that would develop between the people and governmental bureaucracy.   First Samuel 8 is...

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The Separation of Church and State, Part 1

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in History, Politics | 0 comments

by Andy Woods – Recently, a high school principal and athletic director were exonerated from criminal contempt charges for offering a public prayer over a meal at an athletic banquet.1 Yet, how could such a seemingly harmless activity ever rise to the level of a potential crime in the United States of America? The answer: a distorted reading of the Constitution that supposedly erects a high and impregnable wall between church and state. It is because of this lie, which was first introduced into the fabric of our culture through errant Supreme Court decisions of the early 1960’s, that city councils are sued for placing manger scenes on the steps of city hall, public schools are prohibited from teaching scientific creationism alongside evolution, copies of the Ten Commandments are stricken from government walls, teacher-led prayer and Bible reading is prohibited...

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Christianity in Colonial American Government Documents

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 in History, Politics | 0 comments

by Keith Sherlin – 1. The Christian based colony of Jamestown Virginia in 1606-1607 functioned underneath  Christian Based Charter One of the earliest efforts to colonize and begin the development of the New World, which would later become the United States of America, began in Jamestown Virginia. Financed by the London Company, the first permanent English colony in Jamestown defined its purpose through the governing charter. This charter unequivocally established a Christian basis and purpose for the colony. The charter stated their task as governed by the “providence of Almighty God, . . . to the glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of the Christian religion to such people, as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.” These early colonists suffered severe hardship in the rough and rugged land. A little more than half died...

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Is Jesus a Socialist?

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 in Economy and Work, Philosophy, Politics | 0 comments

by Thomas Ice – When the question is posed: “Is Jesus a socialist?” The clear answer is “Of course not!” The claim that Jesus was a socialist was recently posed by Gregory Paul in The Washington Post who tries to argue for a biblically mandated socialism from the early chapters of Acts.[1] Paul’s claims are nothing new and have likely arisen out of the overall debate our nation is involved in concerning socialism vs. free markets. President Obama and his crowd want socialism, while the rest of the nation wants to move away from government control of the economy. What is Socialism? We must first start this examination with an accurate definition of socialism. The Oxford English Dictionary defines socialism as: a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange...

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Reconstructionism, Theonomy, and Dominion Theology

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Politics, Worldview | 3 comments

by Gary Gilley – There is a movement about that is casting a long shadow for its size. It is known by different handles such as reconstructionism, kingdom theology, theonomy, and dominion theology, and it is a curious blend of Reformed/Calvinist theology and Charismatic influence. While there are relatively few who would call themselves reconstructionists, a number of the movement’s ideas have infiltrated the thinking and actions of many believers, often without them knowing it. The movement is led by such theologians as Rousas J. Rusdoony; Gary North; Ray Sutton; Greg Bahnsen; David Chilton, and by Charismatic leaders such as Earl Paulk. But their ideas are often reflected by non-reconstructionists such as Pat Robertson, John Whitehead, Franky Schaeffer, and even the late Jerry Falwell. A DEFINITION Dominion theology (the belief-system behind the reconstructionist movement) teaches that through the coming...

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What To Do When the Government Says Do Wrong

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 in Ethics, Politics | 0 comments

by Don Trest – The stories of men and women recorded in the Bible give true insight into the ways of God in the world of man.  Three Hebrew men of biblical integrity, with the courage of conviction, are the subject of a story of  civil disobedience in Daniel 3.  They lived in ‘the worst of times’ under anti-God regimes and show where and how to ‘draw the line’ when the government goes too far….The Problem The people of God lived under the rule of the Ten Commandments. The devout among them were obliged, as a matter of principle and biblical conviction, to keep the commandments of God. In order to comply with the edict of Nebuchadnezzar, the people of God would need to break three of those commandments. The Babylonian legislation stipulated penalties for non-compliance, in this case...

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