THE PURPOSE OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
The purpose of civil government is to enforce God’s
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament
Greek defines the word ‘church’ (Greek ekklesia) as a group of men who meet to discuss the affairs of
state. If your church is
separated from state, then you do not have a church.
Perhaps your nation has been taken captive by brutal pagan occupation
forces. Let’s take a closer
Dictionary entry for CHURCH:
“A body or
community of Christians, united under one form of government by the
profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and
UNITED UNDER ONE FORM OF GOVERNMENT.
Do you still think church and state are separate?
Let’s take a closer look.
Why does government exist?
The Declaration of Independence claims “... that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights,...” Then the very next sentence states “That to
secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men...”
This is the ONLY reason given for the existence of the
US government. Does this sound
like separation of church from state? Then
We the People did “... ordain and established this Constitution for the
United States of America.” The
word ordain is a religious term.
God established His law to last forever (Psalm
119:152). God alone gives man authority to rule over other men (Gen
9:6, Dan 2:20-22, Dan 4:32, Psalm 47:9, John 19:11). Jeremiah 22:3 summarizes Gods delegation of authority:
Do what is just and right.
Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has
Do no wrong or violence to the weak and powerless.
Do not shed innocent blood.
If that doesn’t sound like your government, then
perhaps your government has been overthrown.
The Bible has plenty of history to show that when
righteous people turn from God they are taken captive, often by very brutal
tyrants. Even on an individual
level, if you cannot govern yourself, others will govern you.
Christ has been given all authority in heaven and on
earth. He is the sovereign to
whom you owe allegiance. When
the Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God, it is referring to God's government
here on earth. Not, as a
self-called "Christian Lawyer" would tell you, some spiritual
notion of an afterlife. People,
pay attention. Here is proof of
your Christian citizenship, here on earth:
(NIV) Our citizenship is in heaven.
and 10:7 The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at
hand" [This was
at the first coming of Christ. How
can you ignore this verse?]
"The law and the prophets reigned until the time of John: and since
that time, the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man striveth to
Acts 17:7 (NIV) "...
They are all defying Caesar's decrees, saying that there is another
king, one called Jesus." [How
can you claim that the early Christians obeyed civil authority?]
Matt 11:12 (NIV)
The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay
hold of it.
Luke 22 at the Last Supper. Christ
confirmed in Verse 29 - "I bestow upon you a kingdom..."
Christ handed over to His disciples the keys to his kingdom.
The disciples then argued among themselves who would have the
greatest authority as successors to Christ's government.
John, while suffering tribulation, said in Rev.1:9
that he was "in the Kingdom of Christ".
He failed to mention that it was a vision of a postponed Kingdom.
Matt 6:10 The Lord's prayer, acknowledges a Kingdom come, Thy will be
done in earth...
Matthew 16:28 and
Mark 9:1 and Luke 9:27: I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will
not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his
kingdom." [Did Christ
Colossians 1:12-13: Giving thanks to the Father...
who has brought us [past tense] into the kingdom of his dear Son
Ephesians 2:19 ye are fellow citizens with the saints
Jesus promised to be with us until the end of the
world. Matt 28:20
Jesus in Matthew 16:19: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
Hebrews 11:14 &
16 People who say such
things show that they are looking for a country of their own.... they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one...
Matt 23:13: Woe
unto you ... for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye
neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering
to go in.
Acts 14:22 (KJV): “we must go through much tribulation to enter
into the Kingdom of God.”
: You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to
serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
Christ is currently at the right hand of God (Acts
2:33, Acts 7:55 & 56, Romans 8:34, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 10:12,
and 1st Peter 3:22).
Martin Luther: "And if thou not be of the
Kingdom of Christ, it is certain that thou belong to the kingdom of
Satan, which is this evil world."
John the Baptist, as the High Priest, was baptizing
people into the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Jesus was a man of authority. Equal in authority to the Roman government.
Jesus had authority and he delegated that authority just like any
other government leader. He
was King, and his kingdom was “at hand” and it was on this earth.
(He said in John 18:36 that his kingdom is not of this world, but he used a term that
refers to an organized system, jurisdictional or “constitutional
order”). It was Rome that
Jesus was not a part of. “And
I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.”
Luke 22:29. Did Jesus lie?
Jesus, as the lawgiver, appointed us a kingdom.
This is our constitutional mandate.
He told us that we were not to be like the governments of the
“And he said
unto them, the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they
that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be
as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.”
There is nothing contradictory among the following
scriptures, because there is no middle ground.
You are either for Christ, or you are against Him.:
Nowhere in the Bible does God give mankind the
authority to legislate. In fact
it is prohibited for mankind to legislate, Deuteronomy 4:2.
The only legitimate government among mankind, is the government that
enforces Biblical law. Even
Jesus corrected the apostles about Moses' law by stating that it was not so,
even from the beginning.
There is no power but of God, as Paul wrote in Romans
13. This is NOT a command to obey counterfeit government.
The (legitimate) powers that be are ordained of God.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (as contrasted with
While keeping in mind that mankind was never given the
authority to legislate, let's examine a few scriptures requiring a
government to administer the Lord's will:
In the next three chapters, I'll prove that the
Judicial power of your state is empowered to enforce God's law, not man's
All nations are required to obey His law, Psalm
, Ezekiel 14:12-23
, Obadiah 1:15
Saul was elected as King, This was evil in the eyes
of the Lord, I Sam 12:17b.
Leviticus 24:22 (NIV): You
are to have the same law for the alien and the native-born. I am the
LORD your God."
Deuteronomy 1:17 (KJV): Ye
shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as
well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the
judgment is God's: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto
me, and I will hear it.
Numbers 15:16 (NIV): The
same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the alien living
them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties
they are to perform. But select capable men from all the people--men who
fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain--and appoint them as
officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.
Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have
them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide
themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it
with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand
the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied."