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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 • Gary Fox • Marxism
Scriptures: Ezekiel 33:6

Full blown and open Marxism is rising at (what should be) an alarming rate in America, yet churches are hesitating to sound the alarm...

The rise of Marxism in the United States is breathtaking, really. No longer is it in the fringes of the radical left, it's gone mainstream in a big time way and seems to be at least somewhat appealing if not attractive to about half of this country (this is particularly true with young people). The philosophy and worldview of Marx is shouted from nearly every university rooftop in this country, echoed throughout the mainstream media and now we even have it being promoted by leading and prominent elected officials in our federal government. And all of this is bolstered by a strong, passionate and very aggressive grassroots network of pawns activists more than willing to protest the National Anthem, hit the streets with profanity fueled harassment of political enemies, block traffic, interrupt speeches, riot, send terroristic threats and one left wing activist even shot real bullets at Congressmen!

The Marxist playbook is always the same and is no different today, it starts with hyper-division. No nation divided can stand so their first step is to work tirelessly at creating deep, bitter divisions within the nation. You do that by making those with a differing perspective into rivals, and then turning those rivals into monsters. From there it's just a small half step to go from dealing with monsters to dealing with full blown enemies. Pick any nation which has fallen to the Marxists throughout history and you will see that exact same pattern played out. The Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela…it's always the same.

And it always ends the same way...dystopia.

That is why it is so important churches and church leaders in America wake up and begin to use their prophetic voices to speak out against this incoming tsunami. It seems like Christians in the pews are far more tuned-in to what is happening and the dire consequences which await the nation if this threat is not beaten back than church leaders are (this is especially true in larger churches and influential church networks which insist churches need to stay out of politics no matter what is going on) …and that's not good. God calls leaders in the church to stand as alert watchmen and to serve and protect the sheep both from doctrinal heresy but also from the consequences of avoidable atrocities.

Ezekiel 33:6 ESV

If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.

Marxism isn't a game, it's not cute and rebuking it over and over and over is not "preaching politics" or "getting political". This isn't about politics, this is about the sanctity of life and the perseverance of human dignity. Marxism is, by far, the most damnable heresy to ever hit the world and heresy it is. It is based in doctrine, philosophy and a certain worldview…and all of it is contradictory to what God has revealed in the Bible. Marxism is another gospel, it is accursed. And any nation which operates according to it is accursed as well.

I am going to avoid the temptation to really dive deep into the history and philosophical underpinnings of process philosophy and later what we now call Marxism, but I do not want to leave those of you with a desire to take that deep dive without direction. I can't recommend the book "Prevailing Worldviews Of Western Society Since 1500" by Glenn R. Martin more strongly to you. Buy it and read it.

But for now, I'll try to boil it down to the big, overarching doctrine of Marxism which contradicts the message of the Bible: The Marxist worldview sees the struggle, peril and suffering of man as being rooted in the economic exploitation of the capitalist class (aka owners of the means of production) over the laborer class, rather than it being the consequence of human sinfulness (i.e. sinners hurting themselves and hurting other sinners). The "savior" in the Marxist worldview is the government who alone can set things straight rather than Jesus Christ and the "Promised Land" is a Communist Utopia rather than Heaven.

The crucial need to understand this fundamental worldview difference simply cannot be overstated…the need is URGENT…because the resulting dead body count from misunderstanding it is right at around 100 million and still counting. Just to give you some perspective on that number, the combined death toll of WWI and WWII was about 103 million…the numbers are mind boggling. And all of it is the direct result of the Marxist worldview taking root in the minds and hearts of countless credulous, susceptible and gullible people. It can hardly be questioned that the pervasive appeal of Marxism despite its dreadful, atrocious history and unswerving end result wherever tried does nothing but prove the depraved blindness of man and the demonic origin and influence of the doctrine.

Radicals in power such as Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are the very reason why we have a 2nd Amendment. They and their ilk are a far greater threat to our lives and liberty than Osama Bin Laden could have ever dreamed to have been. Pastor, do you understand that? Do you understand how serious it is to have government officials in prominent positions of authority who are full blown Marxists? Do you understand how ungodly that is? Are your people aware of just how ungodly that is and how dangerous that is? Long before this government is completely overthrown by Marxists, forcing the people to take up arms to resist it and protect themselves, Christians ought to be calling it out. Preachers ought to be warning the people of the evil that is wrapping its tentacles around their throats. Marxism is a lethal cancer; a poisonous heresy and it must not be treated with kid gloves. Now is the time to sound the alarm, preacher. If these emerging Marxists coming to power are not stopped, they will disarm the people. They will drive Biblical churches underground. They will starve millions. They will arrest pastors. They will operate firing squads. They are Marxists and this is what Marxists do.

Satan is behind this movement, and churches ought to preach against it…if we can't speak out against this what good are we?

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Friday, March 29, 2019 • Gary Fox • Social Media
Scriptures: Psalms 106:3

They Can't Have Their Cake and Eat It Too...

Social Media Bias and How To Fix It

I'm not going to take time linking to stories proving the overt bias in social media and the way in which Christians/conservatives/libertarians/nationalists are shadow banned, censored and often times outright banned over expressing their right-wing moral and political views. It's so rampant that there's just no doubt that it is happening. It's blatant, constant and undeniable.

It's a big time issue and would take you no more than 2 minutes to verify.

Social media at one point was what the internet was supposed to be about. It connects people and keeps them in touch unlike anything in human history. Think about that. Part of "connecting" of course is "sharing". Sharing pictures, mile markers, hurts, victories and big announcements are all part of it. So is sharing thoughts, opinions, ideas, philosophies, morality, religious worldviews and political positions. This was the beauty and genius of social media. Having the ability to connect with others by expressing ourselves intellectually and emotionally in a way that we may not be comfortable doing in immediate social settings is just fantastic. This openness allows you to get to know what make me tick a bit more clearly, and I can get a track on you and your thinking as well simply by observing how you post. Social media has the amazing potential to help people better "connect" with others by making them more comfortable to "share".

I love the idea, count me in! I think it's cool.

Big tech no longer wants us to connect. Understand that. They want us to go back to yesteryear when openly sharing thoughts about religion and politics in public was frowned upon and considered impolite. "Connecting" is still the buzzword they use, but they don't want us to really connect anymore. They want us to censor ourselves and if we won't censor ourselves, they'll just censor us themselves. This is especially true for conservative Christians; they don't want non-Christian, non-traditional and/or liberal people "connecting" with us. I can't say for sure why that is, but I certainly suspect they don't like our uncanny ability to convert openminded people. Whatever the reason, they want to stifle that potential for "connection".

Let's get this straight before we proceed…Private companies have the right to determine the way they operate; they have the right to set the rules and nobody has the right to hijack the sites these companies have created. Take for example our Christ Is King Ministries website. This website is ours. We paid for the domain. We paid for the development. We pay for the hosting. It's not yours, it's ours. We own it. You don't have the right to publish on the site and if we do give access to someone in order for them to publish an article, we maintain the right to take it down if we don't like it. This site is ours; we own it. Facebook has the right to censor their site, as does Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, LinkedIN…whoever! The same goes for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, tv networks and radio stations as well. Companies have the right to tailor their sites any way they wish. This is America and private ownership of property ought to still be sacrosanct.

So that's it? Social media companies have own their sites which they own, therefore have the right to censor them as they wish, and conservatives and Christians can just go pound sand if they don't like it?

Not so fast.

The "free market" response would be totally fine IF social media operated within a free market…but they don't. The Congress has carved out a very special exemption for them that no other publisher in this country enjoys. It's Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Internet companies, blogs and outfits which have become known as "social media" are not treated as "publishers" by law. Instead, the law has a new category referred to as "public forums" or "platforms". All that means is that while they do contain content, they are not content creators OR editors. They are simply providing a "public forum and public platform" for others to "publish" their content on. As "platforms" they are not overseeing the content or making any editorial oversight other than ensuring crimes are not being committed on their "public forums" or "platforms".

That designation and resulting legal protection changes things when it comes to thinking about how "free market" dynamics should apply here. Up until the last two years or so, social media and other online platforms have abided by this agreement. They prohibited illegal activity from being conducted using their services. Eventually they began expanding those narrow parameters and started to include otherwise lawful expressions of racism. Stuff like that began to be referred to as "hate speech". And since so few Americans are racists, few minded. But even that was a breach of their designation as "platforms". Once they waded into those waters, they suddenly began to assume content publishing responsibilities. And of course, the umbrella of what they consider "hate speech" has expanded tremendously lately and includes far more than just racism. Nowadays if you criticize the immorality of the gay lifestyle or if you "misgender" someone by referring to them by the gender God gave them when He assigned their biological sex or if you espouse what the establishment considers a conspiracy theory you are engaging in prohibited "hate speech" or "bullying". Each of the big social media corporations now have LEGIONS of full time editors scanning their sites for "hate speech", reviewing complaints of "hate speech" and censoring their sites when they believe they have found someone publishing it.

And that's FINE, but they need to give up the shielding of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if that's how they want to run their sites. They can't have it both ways, but as of now they do. They are either publishers who are legally responsible for the content on their sites and can be sued for libel just like any other publisher, or they are "public forums" or "platforms" who are not responsible for the otherwise legal content on their sites. It's either one or the other.

Congress must amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act immediately and clarify that any online company who enjoys this liability protection must honor the 1st Amendment in return. If they are a protected public forum then they must act like the public square. That is more than a fair trade off for the American people who are providing them this legal shielding after all. Again, they do not need to agree to such terms and that is fine. They have the right to censor the content on their sites, they have the absolute right to do that. But we the American people do not need to provide them extra liability exemption that no other publisher in the country enjoys. Newspapers aren't exempt from legal action for materials they publish, no content publisher is! If social media companies are going to enjoy libel shielding, claiming they are a "public forum" then they must be forced to allow their platform to function like a town square. If they want to use editorial discretion regarding what they will allow to be broadcast on their sites, then they are not a public forum and should not be shielded from liabilities associated with publishing content.

Why are we letting them have their cake and eat it to? That's crazy.

I'm not calling for government corrosion, get that right. The government has no business busting the doors down of ANY private company and demanding they operate in a certain way (other than in compliance with the same laws which apply to all). What I am saying is we must let THE COMPANIES decide what they are and then let the law apply to them accordingly. If they are a public forum that honors free speech (i.e. does not punish certain speech with bans, shadow bans, algorithm games) then we can in good faith apply the protections laid out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to them. If they are not comfortable allowing just anything to be stated on their sites (which is understandable! Truly nasty, hateful things are none the less lawful under the 1st Amendment) then that is fine! Again, that's how newspapers, tv, radio and magazines all operate and have operated for 100 years or more! But in that case, there's no reason to apply Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to them. Why should we? Why should they get such protection when no other publisher does?

Leave the ball in their court. Tell us what you are, you can't be both. This isn't hard to figure out.

There's no need to commandeer them. No need to break them up. No need to regulate them like utilities. Just make them decide if they are public forum and platform or if they are a publisher and then proceed accordingly. Leave it up to the users to censor content they don't like. Leave the block options in place for people. Allow them to block content creators who are saying things they disdain, allow them to block certain words from ever even popping up on their feeds. There's nothing wrong with allowing the end users the ability to control the ideas and content they expose themselves to…that's how the public square works! In the public square you have the right to speak and I have the right to not listen to you.

Do that and I promise you the problem with conservatives and Christians being censored will be SOLVED instantly. There's no social media company in this country willing to give up Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act…it's the secret to their success! Take that away and they might as well shut their sites down.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 • • Capital Punishment
Scriptures: Genesis 9:6

Capital Punishment Demonstrates the Sacredness of Human Life...

The Death Penalty Is Not Immoral

We started this series by highlighting the noteworthy way in which California Governor Gavin Newsom explained his executive decision to close death row facilities in his state. Instead of making the usual argument of contending the death penalty is immoral, the Governor said he could not allow capital punishment to continue under his watch while knowing there are innocent people who will be executed in the process. A charge like that certainly changes things. Rather than arguing about the morality of killing killers, he argues it is immoral to kill non-killers. And as I wrote last time, we ought to all agree that executing people while at the same time knowing it is almost certain innocent ones will end up lumped in with the guilty is an immoral situation to shrug at and "just accept". The question we will be getting to in future installments of this series is if that is a reasonable assumption to make about our criminal justice system today or not. If so, then a temporary moratorium on the death penalty is more than just appropriate, it's an urgent moral imperative. Again, we will get into that debate in installments still forthcoming.

Today we need to address the longstanding, overarching charge that capital punishment is in and of itself immoral, even when we are positive those being executed are guilty of murder. Many question the moral clarity, consistency and integrity of Christians in the pro-life movement over the death penalty. "How can you be for the death penalty and call yourself 'pro-life'?" Or "How can you say you believe in the 'sanctity of life' and yet support capital punishment?" Those are not illogical questions, they're very reasonable and deserve a thoughtful response.

The basis for questions like these is sound. Human life is sacred. All human life is sacred. Even the lives of killers and rapists is sacred. Christians go even further and confess that human life is sacred because humans…even rapists and murderers…bear the image of God. The Bible is abundantly clear on the sanctity of human life from the womb to the tomb. Here are just a few examples of Scripture which clearly indicate the supremacy of humanity over all other creatures and the resulting sanctity of every human life which we must embrace:

Genesis 1:26 ESV

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Exodus 20:13 ESV

You shall not murder.

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you

Luke 12:6-7 ESV

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

There is no doubt whatsoever that human dignity exceeds anything in the created order. God has a special love for humanity which He does not have even for angels. We don't often think if it in those terms, but it is true. So great is His love for the world that He sent Jesus to die for people of the world. Fallen angels have no possibility of redemption…why not? Because God does not love fallen angels like He loves fallen humans.

So, again, the basis for thinking the death penalty is immoral is sound…it's incomplete…but it starts off soundly. All humans are sacred (that part is sound) therefore to take a human life is always sacrilege (that part is incomplete). The argument takes the implication of human sacredness further than the Bible takes it. The Bible never suggests it is always sacrilege, blasphemous, sinful of even immoral to take a human life. In fact, the greatest charge against the Bible by critics today is the shocking amount of God-sanctioned bloodshed in it! God commands His people to kill so many enemies and murderers in the Bible that it would be hard to even estimate the actual number of souls the Lord commanded His people to take! And lest you think this is simply an Old Testament dynamic you need to know that during the end times Christians will "make war" with the Antichrist and his demonic armies. It doesn't say they'll be persecuted by the Antichrist; it says he will make war with them…that means they will be firing back and killing people! War, unlike persecution, is never a one way street.

Not only does God order the killing of enemies in warfare, but He is also very clear that murders must be put to death as well.

Genesis 9:6 ESV

"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image"

Exodus 21:12 ESV

"Whoever strikes a man so that he dies shall be put to death."

Leviticus 24:17 ESV

"Whoever takes a human life shall surely be put to death."

Acts 25:11 ESV

"If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar."

I'm not exactly sure how much clearer the Lord can be, these commands are very blunt and easy to understand. And again, this is not simply and Old Testament deal. The Apostle Paul very clearly confirms there are crimes which people "deserve" to die for. There is nothing confusing about what the Bible says, murderers must be executed.

Instead of devaluing the dignity of human life, the death penalty serves to bolster it. So heinous is the sin of murder, so terrible is the act of taking a human life in an unjustified way, that the only penalty strong enough to properly demonstrate the severity of the crime is capital punishment. No other consequence gets the point across properly, every other sentence falls short of demonstrating the sacrosanct nature of human life. Capital punishment for murder is a universal sign that human life is sacred and anyone who dares snuff it without just cause (self defense for example) should have their life taken as a result. It's the ultimate penalty because murder is the ultimate crime.

So, to any Christian who maintains the death penalty is wrong, I say read the Bible. Yes, the Bible is very clear that every human life is sacred, but it also says that the sin of murder is so heinous and so odious that the death penalty is the only right consequence. Only the death penalty properly emphasizes the gravity of murder, no other punishment comes even close. And never forget, the death penalty is a command of God, it's not an option.

To the agnostic who charges pro-lifers with hypocrisy for supporting capital punishment, I say you misunderstand the pro-life position. The pro-life argument is more than contending every human life is sacred (which is absolutely true) but it goes further and argues it is immoral to take the life of an INNOCENT baby, who is guilty of no crime. Even in the cases of rape it is the never the baby who should be punished for the sin of the rapist. We are saying abortion is wrong because babies are humans and those human babies have committed no crime. Murderers deserve to be executed, babies don't.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 • Gary Fox • Government
Scriptures: Romans 13:1-7

God has ultimate and sovereign authority over the affairs of man, however, He has created several distinct spheres through which He delegates that authority for the stability of society...

In order to understand what the proper role of government is it is important to first see it in light of God's larger order for society. Government is just one of several spheres of authority God has established for the stability of society. Missing that point is the very the problem with Fabianism and Marxism. In the Fabian/Marxist worldview there is only one authority for society and that is the State. Any other sphere of influence must be in subjection to the overarching authority of the State and there are no spheres which are off limits to the State. For example, there is no separation of Church and State in the Marxist system. Every Marxist regime determines if they will allow religion to exist or not, and if so, the government runs it and installs State approved ministers for it. It then controls the messaging, activities and budgets of that religious organization. Any religious group which does not submit to the government of a Marxist regime is forbidden, forced underground and subject to constant threat of discovery and imprisonment.

The Authority of the Individual

The Bible paints a drastically different vision for society (which is in large part why the Scriptures are illegal in Marxist nations). In the Bible there are several spheres of authority which society must recognize and at the top of that list is the authority of the individual. God created man to have authority over his own person, his own body, his own thoughts and his own actions. God created man to be free and intrinsic to that freedom is the authority and autonomy of individualism. While man must submit to other authorities when circumstances occur which places him under the purview of those authorities, he at no time is the slave of any of them. This is the key to understanding the doctrines of personal property rights, the right to free speech and the right to self-defense (even self-defense from the abuse of government). It is also the basis for business ownership and free markets. People should be left alone to engage in the exchange of goods and services freely and to own trademarks, copywrites, intellectual property and institute private businesses to facilitate those engagements as desired.

The Authority of the Family

The next sphere of divinely delegated authority is the family. The family has the right to exist without the endorsement of any other sphere of societal license or sanction. All it needs is a consenting man and a consenting woman along with heavenly approval in order for it to be legitimate and authoritative. Of course, we do not operate that way which is to our great detriment. We now have a government which assumes the power of defining what constitutes a marriage and a family. A marriage is constituted by the uniting of a man and a woman for life, it doesn't matter what the government, courts, educational institutions or liberal denominations think...it's not up to them to decide what a marriage is. Christians handed the State that task and it's a miracle that it has taken this long for the State to take a jackhammer to the institution of the family. There is no need or Biblical mandate for couples to acquire a marriage certificate from the State or even to have the "proclamation" of a minister for a marriage to be real or for a family to be authentic. Of course, people are free to do these things, but they are not needed for legitimacy in God's eyes. So far from this line of thinking have we drifted that a statement like that may even surprise if not outright offend you. Oh sure, I guess most of us can understand that a piece of paper doesn't make a marriage…but not even a minister is needed to make it official? No, the institution of the family predates the institution of the State, the Church, the Law of Moses or the nation of Israel! God recognizes the marriages of heathens and Muslims and Buddhists and even atheists! For example, if a Buddhist couple is converted to Christianity, we do not tell them they must now be remarried in a Christian church, do we? Of course not! Why not? Well…because the family is a unique sphere of authority and is contingent only upon the agreement individuals. What God brings together no man (or institution) has the authority to separate. This authority of the family to exist apart from the purview of those other spheres of authority, being subject only to the consent of autonomous individuals under God and His authority. This is precisely why no human government has the authority to define or redefine the constitution of "marriage" or "family". It is also why no human government has the authority to separate families without a due process proving guilt of criminal activity. This violation of rights was particuarly disgusting during the days of American slavery of Africans.

We need to be reminded today that human government is not responsible for the education of children. Even if governments go so far as to offer educational programs to children, no family is under moral obligation to surrender their children to the State for the purpose of education. Only the family has authority to raise and educate children, any such government function is one only to be exercised with the willful authorization of parents. God ordained the family for the care and education of children, any other imposed system is usurpation of that.

The Authority of Religion

What we call "religion" is also a sphere of authority. Those institutions, bodies, groups and movements which claim to teach Divine or spiritual revelation have authority to speak freely about the nature and will of God and are accountable only to Him for what they say. This does not mean all religions are equally valid of course, it is simply a recognition that no other sphere of authority may interfere with the practice of religion. No man or human government may suppress, shut down or punish religion in any way for speech or conduct which remains within the scope of religious work and activities. This means the State can not ordain ministers, pass out communion or tax the people in an effort to support a church or denomination. The State can also not punish religious ministers for their doctrine, teaching or customs. Again, those who declare "thus sayeth the Lord" are accountable to the Lord for their teaching, no other sphere of authority has license to regulate religion in the New Testament era. Prior to Christ there was a far less distinct difference between religion and State because the people of God lived within a theocracy and every other nation around them acted like they were theocracies as well. God no longer rules His people by way of theocracy and so the distinction between these spheres is now fixed. The government is no longer intertwined with religion and so for example it can not install ministers. Religion no longer dictates to government who should be king or what religious practices must be enforced (or irreligious actions should be punished). These two spheres will remain clearly distinct until Christ returns and establishes His earthly Kingdom.

The Authority of Government

This, finally, brings us to the last remaining sphere of authority…human government. Why did God create human government and equip it with the sword of justice? The answer is simple: Human government exists to protect the other spheres of authority and to punish those who endanger or harm them. That's it. Period. God created human government as a means to protect the authority, rights and liberty of the individual, the family and of religion. It does not exist to feed people, clothe people, educate people, provide healthcare for people, or to provide income for people. It does not exist to police the world, to keep you from doing drugs, to keep you sexually pure or to define for you what marriage is. It does not exist to deliver your mail. Perhaps one could argue that building and paving roads is needed for the government to properly police and defend the people but beyond that it is not up to the government to provide infrastructure. The only purpose of government is to protect individuals, families and religions from violating one another. So, governments are right to have courts, jails, cops and soldiers. Governments are right to use force when force is needed to defend the other spheres of authority or when violators of those spheres need punished. Any laws which human governments institute which equally protect the other spheres of authority are legitimate laws, any laws which violate or usurp the authority of those other God ordained spheres are illegitimate laws. Taxes gathered for the purpose of enforcing illegitimate laws is theft, taxes gathered for the purpose of enforcing legitimate laws is not theft.

As Americans none of this should sound strange to us, this is after all the very worldview which inspired the founders of this nation at the very start. With that said, it should also be fairly noted that the ink wasn't even dried on either the Articles of Confederation or later the Constitution before those very same framers began to violate everything they just wrote. But none the less, despite their inconsistent application of this vision, it was indeed the vision that guided them. It was the vision of God's order for society which inspired them and energized them. If we ever hope for a revival of Biblical spirituality, personal liberty, personal responsibility and true prosperity to happen in America again we had better get laser sharp with these distinctions, just as they were. And we as Christians had better stop leaving this teaching to the secular conservatives on talk radio and Foxnews. I'm very thankful for Rush Limbaugh and Tucker Carlson, but these distinctions need to be made in our Sunday Schools, midweek Bible studies and from our pulpits. Clearly our nation is being tossed to and fro, back and forth, without direction or understanding regarding what should and should not be happening, what people are responsible for and not responsible for, what governments are to do and not do and how religion fits into the picture.

The Church of Jesus Christ is called to be salt and light in society (both of which can be very aggravating when applied to sensitive areas). Preachers are called to declare the whole council of God for the building up of the body and for the purification of society. If the culture is confused about the will of God it had better not be because the people of God are not declaring the Word of God and, sadly, I believe that is exactly the case in America. The solutions we need and the clarity we need is already provided for humanity in the Scriptures. We just need to declare it, over and over and over…and have faith that God will once again provide the fruit we need as a society. These doctrines being respected by ANY nation will bear great fruit. There is no third world nation on this planet that respects these doctrines and is why they remain impoverished. All any nation needs to do to prosper is to acknowledge the will of God for society and to respect the spheres of authority He ordains for it. God would bless them. God will bless us.

Any nation which refuses to respect these spheres (and the God who created them) will be cursed.

It's that simple.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 • Gary Fox • Government

God created and instituted human government and did so for good reason...

Why God Created Government

In the previous article I wrote about the dire need we have for preachers to boldly stand in their pulpits and declare the full council of God even when God is speaking about "politics". The way governments are run, the objectives governments are seeking to fulfil and the way in which governments treat citizens are all of high importance to God according to the Bible and so these issues should be clearly taught to His people in local churches. Preachers have no right to skim or skip over them.

At the outset of this series I think it wise to address an issue that many of you might simply assume to be true, but one that is actually far less settled in the minds of some right-wing and libertarian Christians than you might realize. I'm referring to the question regarding if we need a government at all...

Let's cut to the chase, the answer to that question is YES, we absolutely need a government!

It needs to be clearly proclaimed to extreme libertarians and hard-core left-wing Marxists alike that GOD created and ordained human government. Human government was instituted by God, is intended for the glory of God and was created for our good. It was HIS invention and at no point in history has He relinquished His sovereign claim over human government. It is not a construct which we are free to toss away nor is it one we are free to independently control. Government is HIS. He created it, owns it and still claims it. The Bible cannot be clearer regarding the Divine origin of human government, see Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17, Titus 3:1, Daniel 2:20-21, Psalm 22:28, Proverbs 8:15, John 19:11, Luke 20:25 along with a host of other passages space here simply will not allow us to fully document.

Government is God's idea; no Christian can avoid that conclusion.

But why? What is so great about government? Doesn't the Bible also call people sinful? Isn't it true that sinners' sin and sinners in power have constantly abused that power to oppress, enslave and slaughter people? All of that is true, yet God still commands people to submit to a governing authority…why? Well, for starters, the alternative would be far worse than the most dystopic authoritarian nightmare ever to hit man. If you think authoritarianism is brutal, you can't even begin to imagine how brutal things would become in anarchy.

The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans described God appointed government (which does NOT encompass every regime in power by the way, more on that distinction in future installments) as God's servant who acts to reward good and punish evil. That point cannot be overstated. There must be an organized, appointed, overwhelming and punishing force which actively suppresses evil in society or else evil will eat humanity alive. And it is the weak and defenseless in particular which will suffer the most without God appointed government. Children, women, minorities, the disabled…none of them would be safe without the rule of law and a government able to enforce it justly. At this point in my life I would like to think I could deal with most hostile threats to my family. If some wild apocalyptic scenario unfolds this week for some reason, I'm still young enough, strong enough, well-armed enough and down right mean enough to put up one heck of a fight if need be…but what about my mom? What about your mom? What about those who are not armed, not strong and not mean? What about the old widow who is nobody's mom and yet owns 15 acres of prime, fertile farmland? How long would she hang onto that prime 15 acres on her own before pillagers took it from her?

God has ordained human government to exist in order to protect the rights and liberties of the very weakest of society from the greed of the very strongest.

Even the most wicked regime on earth, perhaps North Korea for example, serves that purpose better than if North Korea had no government at all. No doubt there would be some temporary relief if that regime fell apart and anarchy was unleashed, but that relief would be short and then that people would be subjected to even greater horrors, atrocities and starvation. We pray for the destruction of the North Korean regime in order for a God appointed, righteous government to take its place.

God ordained government exists to punish evil and to promote liberty, to suppress oppression and reward the good. Any call for anarchy is of the devil and incredibly naïve.

So let's get that straight, we need a government and God institutes them for our good. There is no room at all for anarchy in the Biblical Christian worldview (see, Romans 13:2).

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • Gary Fox • Capital Punishment

Pro-Life Christians Ought To Be Concerned...

Capital Punishment In A Broken Justice System

Capital punishment is in the news again, which isn't a bad thing. It would seem to be an alarming cultural phenomena to have no reservations at all about the government putting people to death, no matter how you feel about the issue. Everyone should agree that this practice must be scrutinized at all times in order to avoid abuse. The power of the state to kill citizens is immense and shouldn't be taken lightly.

This time it is the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, who has by executive order shut down death row in his state. The fact that he is a flaming socialist and far-left collectivist makes it easy for someone like me and for people like most of you to immediately shake our heads in condemnation. We need to avoid knee jerk, emotional reactions like that. All things must be judged with righteous judgement and just because this guy is off the wall on many key issues does not mean we should immediately dismiss everything he says or does. Each issue must be judged one at a time, no matter if the proponent has a R, D or I after their name or not. The way in which he has explained his reasoning has caught my attention. Notice what he is saying and perhaps not saying in some of these statements:

"It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent. It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. But most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible and irreparable in the event of a human error."

"We are considering executing more people than any other state in modern history — to line up human beings, every day, for executions for two-plus years. Premeditated, state-sponsored executions...I cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing among them are people who are innocent."

I cannot help but find it interesting that he does not argue that the death penalty is immoral. Previous generations of anti-death penalty activists strongly argued the practice was immoral, barbaric, primitive, cruel and unusual for modern society to engage in. That's not what he is saying, not here at least. Perhaps that is how he feels and maybe he has said such things in the past, I admittedly have not taken the time to dig into everything he has ever said publicly on the subject. But that's not the point he is making now. He's saying that he is convinced there are innocent people on death row right now and because he can't be sure who is and is not the "unlucky" one's siting there wrongly, he is going to see to it that none of them are killed. Better that everyone be spared than even one be wrongly killed. I certainly agree with that sentiment and so should you if you call yourself a pro-life Christian. I hope every Christian would agree to halt death row executions if they were convinced innocent people were on it.

The question of course is if it is reasonable to believe something awful like that is likely? Sure, anything is hypothetically possible and no matter how strong and just a system there is simply no way to be absolutely positive a terrible mistake couldn't be theoretically made. If absolute certainty was needed for decision making very few decisions could ever be made. Here's the point..thinking something is theoretically possible is one thing, "knowing" something is certain is another. Governor Newsom says he "knows" there are people on death row who are innocent. That's a big deal, that's a very big deal and shouldn't be glossed over by Biblical, pro-life Christians.

We are going to take some time to unpack this heavy issue over several installments. There is just no way one post can do something like this justice. Here's are the points we will be detailing in future posts:

  • Capital Punishment is not only justified in the Bible, it is commanded.
  • There is compelling evidence which shows the United States has a broken criminal justice system and is prone to target racial minorities disproportionally for capital punishment as a result.
  • There is compelling evidence which shows the United States has a broken criminal justice system and is prone to execute innocent people as a result.
  • A temporary moratorium on Capital Punishment in the United States is needed in order to address these inequities and make reforms needed to assure citizens that we have a JUSTICE system with appropriate safeguards to prevent wrongful executions going forward.

Executing innocent prisoners is no less heinous than aborting unborn babies. Every pro-lifer in this country ought to be appalled to find out such a thing was likely in the United States.

Showing that our system is so broken that this possibility is not just a hypothetical one, but is a likely one, must force us to make bold moves and take drastic actions. Even if that means getting along with a Democrat on something.

We will start unpacking all of this next time…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 • Gary Fox • Preaching
Scriptures: Psalms 94:20-23

Asserting preachers ought to "stay out of politics" is probably the dumbest idea to ever hit evangelicalism...

Not since the Civil War has the United States been this hotly and passionately divided, so says virtually all social commentators and historians and it's hard to argue against that observation. In fact, perhaps the one issue which all sides can agree upon is that the people of the United States are deeply and fundamentally divided, tribalism is now well established and growing more and more entrenched. Harsh bitterness and vitriol being expressed against those in opposing tribes and parties in public has become routine and commonplace, the days where speaking respectfully to those in opposing groups are long gone. We are a people at war, thank God it has not yet erupted into a shooting war, but we are at war. The sides hate each other. This house is profoundly and severely divided by very real consortiums struggling for control and power.

It is (as always) incumbent upon Christians to serve as salt and light in society, to bring clarity and healing where rifts are the most critical. We do, after all, have the solution to what is tearing our country apart into sectarianism, we have the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The answers and corrections and clarifications our nation need are all found in the Bible. It is our calling and duty to announce it with precision, clarity and unwavering consistency. Unfortunately, most evangelical churches have made the decision to stay out of the fray and "not get political", and chaos is now befalling the nation as a result.

Let's be very clear, what we see on the news every night is the result of most churches becoming "politically neutral" for more than 40 years now. By withdrawing from the arena of governing philosophy, by deciding not to advise and give wise guidance politically, the Church has allowed an unstable vacuum to be created. And this vacuum is being filled primarily by secular progressives and Marxists who are only too eager to replace to the voice of God in our government.

This philosophy which separates the "secular" from the "sacred" is a false and unbiblical scheme. It's a truly pagan idea. It must be abandoned by evangelicals and it must be abandoned immediately. Nowhere in the Bible is the Christian Church told to stay out of politics, to stay out of economics and to stay out of policy debates. We are told to do the exact opposite. Christians must be engaged in the culture and to fearlessly serve as a prophetic voice that addresses human governments, political parties and business conduct. God sees all of society and declares, "ALL OF IT IS MINE" …therefore…it is the duty of Biblical Christians to announce the declared will of God in every aspect of it. There should be a separation of church and state, but there is no separation of state and God. God rules over the state (and He rules over everything else as well). The church should never control the state, however, the church must always influence the state...and we're not doing that anymore...not like we once did at least.

The Bible addresses, in great detail, every controversy America is embroiled in right now. Did you know that? It is astonishing how much the Bible has to say about government, politics, economics and culture, yet few churches take any stance at all on almost any of it. Name any current controversy we hear debated on the news each night, name a "political issue" which divides this nation and then look that issue up in the Bible…it's in there, big time…

Taxation

War

Poverty

Immigration (also, see)

The role/scope of Government authority

Globalism

Abortion

Nationalism

Racism/Tribalism

The death penalty

Slavery (also, see)

Labor

Private property rights

Self-defense

Education

Economics

Sexuality

Gender

What am I missing? Name any topic which has this nation so deeply divided and you will find it addressed in the Bible with perfect clarity…so why then are these issues not clearly preached in our "Bible preaching" churches? Stop and think about the answer to that question. If these issues are all addressed in the Bible, then why are the people in our churches kept from hearing about them? Why are they left to figure this stuff out on their own? These issues were never off the table in previous generations and they shouldn't be off the table now. This nation is confused and divided precisely because our churches are not clear. We've given the culture the impression that God doesn't care about these things one way or the other, so we should just hash it out ourselves. We've given people in our pews the impression that it's ok to support politicians, parties and policies which flagrantly defy the expressed will of the Living God for society! The consequences we are seeing as a result are real and will get even more painful unless we get serious about preaching the whole council of God. There would have been no American Revolution had preachers then "stayed out of politics". There would have been no end to slavery had preachers then "stayed out of politics". There will be no avoiding the coming authoritarianism if preachers continue to "stay out of politics" today.

Do you understand that? Authoritarianism is coming straight at us and many of our people are either unaware or hazy about it because the watchmen on the wall are not sounding the alarm!

Wherever the Bible is silent, preachers ought to be silent. Wherever the Bible speaks, preachers ought to speak. We will be hashing out what the Bible teaches on these various "political" issues in the coming installments, my prayer is that you will see how emphatic the Bible is on each of them and be inspired to get in the arena to declare "thus sayeth the Lord" with conviction and authority.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019 • Gary Fox • Government
Scriptures: Romans 13:1

Democracy erodes away our rights and our wealth...

The Democratic Death Spiral

Democracy may sound, like, super-duper cool, but it is vulgar. It puts the liberty and even the lives of minority people groups into serious jeopardy. Masses of people, or mobs, are highly volatile and are easily provoked into shortsighted and even outrageous behavior. The groupthink which underpins the mob mentality allows a charismatic, radical leader to suppress his opposition by painting it as the great boogeyman which must be resisted and eventually suppressed…all with majority support. This tactic has been used over and over for 10,000 years of civilized human history. Democracy leads to manipulated mob rule. Monarchy is king rule. Libertarian Republicanism is the rule of LAW.

The protection of rights and the security of wealth go hand in hand. Governments which violate the first toss the second right out the window with it. As the United States has become more and more democratic, we have become less and less free and less and less wealthy. Our dollars buy less stuff (what could a dollar buy when you were a kid?) because of democratic economics (socialism). Democracy always seeks to take, to weaken and to punish.

Greed is just human nature and only gets amplified when humans are encouraging each other to take even more! Democracy takes rights. Democracy takes wealth. Democracy takes freedoms. It takes, takes and takes more…until there is nothing more to take. How ironic is it that all of this is justified as being for the "greater good"? It's madness and it ends the same way every time, just look at the historically bountiful nation of Venezuela as the latest example.

The dynamics are not hard to understand and the outcomes are easy to predict and yet here we are in the United States taking on staggering amounts of water, losing freedoms and having the remaining freedoms threatened every day and thinking somehow it will work out differently for us in the end. It's nuts.

How did this happen? Well, if you boil it all down, we have abandoned most of the republican mode of governance created by the founders and have replaced it with a democratic mode. What we do today…from how a President is chosen to how Senators are put into place…is totally different than how the founding fathers set things up and the change is not for the good.

Always remember, the Senate was created to fend off two potential tyrants…the people and the presidency. The House was created to fend off two potential tyrants…the elites and the presidency. The presidency was created to fend off two potential tyrants…the people and the elites. Do you catch the big idea yet? It was pure genius, and we've trashed it, and that will eventually ruin us.

We will look at some of these examples one at a time over the next few articles.

Today, let's think about the impact of the disastrous 17th Amendment, which was ratified in 1913, (a year which ought to live in infamy by the way). The 17th Amendment transitioned the Federal Government dramatically as it requires Senators to be democratically elected rather than to be appointed by the state legislatures. The Founders did want some democratic and populous influence in the federal government, there can be no doubt. That is why they created two Chambers of Congress, with one of those chambers being directly elected in the House of Representatives. The House was intended to voice the concerns of the populace, they were to reflect the beliefs, values and passions of the people. However, again, the Founders knew government cannot be run wisely if it is provoked by democratic fervor and the whims of shifting public opinions, so they made sure there was a check on that in the Congress. An Upper Chamber (the Senate) was created to have the ability to hit the breaks on run away populism and the Lower Chamber (the House) was created to have the ability to hit the breaks on run away elitism. These checks and balances were ingenious when you stop to think about it. Both populism and elitism pose great threats to personal liberty when left unchecked, and yet both have legitimate stakes and claims to be made in the governing of the nation. Both constituents should have a say in Congress. By creating this governing tension, the potential for ill-conceived or foolish bills which overstep Constitutional boundaries posed by either chamber are greatly reduced. For a bill to get the desk of the President, both Chambers of Congress must sign off on it. Having two chambers which answer to two different yet valid interests (the populace and the state governments) helps to ensure a proper balance of concerns being addressed on the Federal level and helps to safeguard wise, well thought out and reasoned bills making it to the President.

That all changed and that built in protection was obliterated in 1913. Suddenly, thanks to the 17th Amendment, we no longer have two distinct chambers of Congress. Oh, technically there are two chambers and they function under distinct procedures, but they are motivated by the same interests. All Congressmen (Senators and Representatives) are all now pure politicians and nothing more. They are seeking to be reelected by the exact same constituency and that is a massive problem. There is no longer a check on democracy in Congress, there is no longer an upper chamber concerned about the interests of state governments. Congress is now all show, all politics, all the time. And the states have no say in the direction of the federal government, there is no accountability to those who are having mandates imposed upon them from on high. States simply must deal with what Congress puts on them (mandated spending) and they have no meaningful ability to push back. Before, if their Senators did something really stupid, the state legislatures could basically haul them out of there and replace them just about as easily as a UN Ambassador can be sent home and replaced today.

And the results have been terrible, with catastrophe yet to come. In the 50 years after the 17th Amendment was passed, the Federal debt exploded from about $3billion to just over $300billion in 1963! And since then, good grief…the national debt is now over $22TRILLION! Stop and think about that number…it might as well be $250 quadrillion or $478 septillion, what difference would it make? $22Trillion so astronomical that it will never be paid back…ever. And the reason this happened isn't hard to recognize. Politicians want to be reelected and nothing ensures reelection more than bringing home that bacon! Once Americans got nice and accustomed to such great treatment each new crop of democratically elected officials in Congress (and the presidency, more on that next time) had to outdo the previous bunch and bring home even more bacon! Pretty soon the people were demanding so much bacon, and the politicians were so eager to feed them all the bacon they could shovel in their mouths, that we had to take on more and more debt to international banking cartels. Obviously, everyone wishes the country as a whole ate less bacon, and that we should get our gluttonous bacon eating habits under control…but we all seem to want the other group to give up their bacon, the bacon we enjoy is just our right and nothing more of course!

It's not hard to figure out how we got here. We got here because we became a democracy. We got here because the states no longer have a say in the governance of the nation. We got here because most people are by nature easily fooled, manipulated, pacified and confused. We got here because opportunistic politicians are keenly aware of that social dynamic. We got here because most people wanted to get here no matter that cost. It's not like this was forced upon us, we forced it upon ourselves. That is the danger of democracy and there is no end in sight until we reign it in. We must repeal the 17th Amendment immediately. We must reduce the influence of politics in governance.

It is probably too late to fix this, frankly, collapse is coming no matter what at this point. But if we want real leadership to pave the way back from the impact of the coming economic and social collapse, we had better reduce the influence of democracy in our government. Repealing the 17th Amendment would be a significant step in that direction.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 • Gary Fox • Government
Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:13-17

How Do We Know When It's Time To Grab The Pitchforks?

Say When...

So, when are Christians allowed to grab the pitchforks and storm the castle? In our last installment we clarified that times will inevitably come where such actions are warranted, the obvious question is "when"? At what point has a government become so abusive, so corrupt and so dangerous to the people that it must be overthrown?

This question is a big deal for everyone to think about, it's a super big deal for Christians who take the Bible seriously to think about. When the Apostle's Paul and Peter commanded Christians to be submissive to government, they were writing to people being governed by ruler's who were hostile to Christians. Eventually these hostile rulers began to throw them to lions, and while things were not at that point when Paul and Peter wrote, clearly things were heading that way…and they knew that. In fact, Jesus Himself told them what awaited them, and yet they still wrote in strong and clear language that we are to assume a submissive posture before government. But, as we wrote last time, that is not an endless submission, or an unqualified, unconditional submission. It is, however, always the initial Christian disposition and desire to be submissive to ruling authorities. And since that is our assumed relationship with the government, any thought of revolution should give every Christian significant pause.

And it gave the American patriots who founded these United States great pause indeed. Students of history will confirm for you that none of them rushed to declare independence, and certainly none of them rushed to war with England. They agonized with the British, appealed to them, petitioned them over and over to address their grievances. By no means were they quick to revolt and none of them started off with a desire to separate from England. What ended in revolution started off as seeking recourse and nothing more. They acknowledged their hesitation and understanding of the gravity of what they were doing when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence these words:

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

They're saying "this is a real big deal" and "we understand it's a big deal". People are disposed to suffer for as long as possible, rather than to revolt, why? Because revolution is a painful thing! Even if victorious the sacrifice, the agony and the death are heavy tolls to pay and people should not be willing to pay it over "light and transient causes". Amen to that! It might seem adventurous and romantic to revolt in the movies, in the real world it brings misery no matter the ultimate outcome. Oh, and it might be sinful as well, depending on the reason for revolt

Yet we must still answer this question, the same question the founders had to answer...how much sinful government should we tolerate? Or, when do we stop tolerating abuse? How do we know when it's go time? How can we have inward peace in revolting against a government? Where is the line?

Of course, as in all questions about moral action, the Bible must guide us. Last time we referred to the following passages: Romans 13:1-7, Acts 5:29, 1 Peter 2:13-17, Daniel 2:20-21 and Deuteronomy 16:18-20 and so we will remained focused on them here.

These passages define what God "appointed" or "instituted" government is and what our relationship to that government looks like. Any government that does not look like what is described in the verses above is not (or has ceased to be) God "appointed" or "instituted" and is therefore illegitimate. So, the answer to our question is that it is only justifiable for Christians to grab pitchforks and storm the castle when a regime is not God appointed. God appointed and instituted government must be submitted to. Government not (or no longer) appointed by God must be overthrown so that God appointed government may be established.

How do we know if a government or regime is (or has become) illegitimate? Well, take the Biblical descriptions of God appointed and instituted government in the above linked verses and flip them in order to find out.

Illegitimate, Unappointed, Not-God-Instituted Governments:

Are a terror to good (Godly) conduct

Do not approve of good (Godly) behavior

Do not serve or minister for God (it functions as if it were God)

Do not serve the people's good

Bear the sword in vain (unjustifiably)

Carry out wrath on the law abiding (good) people

Punishes those who do good (the Godly) and praises those who do evil (the ungodly)

Uses unrighteous judgment

Perverts justice

Shows partiality (multi-teared justice system)

Accepts bribes

Does not follow justice

When a nation is ruled by a government defined like this those people can be sure God did not appoint it or institute it and it ought to be torn down, allowing a God appoint government to take its place.

Governments like North Korea, China, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Sudan, Yeman, Myanmar and about 40 other governments are all prime candidates for revolution. They meet the Biblical criteria for disqualification and anyone working to overthrow these regimes are doing God's work without a doubt.

In these politically radical times here at home I get asked from time to time if the United States government needs overthrown. Do we need to have another 1776 moment? I'll tell you the same thing I said back during the Obama regime…no. Not if you are talking about taking up arms and actually fighting our government, absolutely not. And I don't believe we are near that point either (although our government does meet at least two of the above listed disqualifiers such as showing partiality with a multi-tier justice system and accepting bribes). If we were anywhere near the point where taking up arms against our government was necessary, I wouldn't be free to write such things on this blog and you wouldn't be free to sit there and read it.

Of course, you and I could sit down and list out many evils which mark this nation. True evils such as abortion which must be confessed and repented of, there is no doubt. Sins which will cause the judgment of God to continue to fall upon us. But even with that being said, I am not being terrorized by the government for preaching the Gospel like my brothers in North Korea and China are. I am not being hit with wrath from the government like my brothers in Saudi Arabia are...and neither are you. That day may well come. The day may come when the United States government begins to shut down churches, arrest preachers, confiscate guns, ban Bibles and force abortions. And if it does come I'll be ready to unload all my ammo on them in response. I'm prepared just as our founders prescribed and I hope you are as well. But we are not there yet. Right now we are engaged in what Alex Jones has called the "infowar" and let's pray it stays that way.

Nobody should hope for violent revolution, because things must be dire before it can be justified Biblically.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 • Gary Fox • Government
Scriptures: Romans 13:1-7

Are Christians Supposed To Put Up With and Submit To Everything The Government Does?

Can Christians Revolt?

Is it ever justifiable for Christian people to be involved in the overthrow of their government? Many of you will be quick to point to Romans 13 and say, absolutely not! According to Romans 13 we are supposed to submissively tolerate anything our government does, no matter what! I wonder how many of you pious people would favor surrendering America back to the Crown of England because if we follow your line of logic that would be the only Christian thing to do!

Christian American leaders overthrew their government and when declaring independence, they wrote and signed these famous words…

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident...

Let's make note of a few assumptions they were working with at that time. Do you see that word "when"? Notice how it does not say "if". They believed revolution was inevitable. Then notice the word "necessary" …not only did they believe revolution was inevitable, they believed times would come when revolutionary overthrows of government are essential and needed…they believed they would become necessary!

There is no doubt that they thought like that, but were they right? Can that position be justified in light of Scripture? Should Christians agree with a sentiment like that? Here are a few relevant passages we need to be mindful of before answering a question like that:

Romans 13:1-7 ESV

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Acts 5:29 ESV

But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men."

1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV

Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Daniel 2:20-21 ESV

Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 ESV

"You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is giving you."

Certainly, there are many other passages that we can look at, but these five are important. The first thing you will see, as we have pointed out repeatedly on this page, is that God ordains human government. Also notice that not only is disobeying government an option, it is a requirement when submitting to government causes one to disobey God. We also see that God does cause kings to rise and fall, God is directly involved in uprisings and overthrows. And lastly, God commanded His people to appoint their rulers (later on He allowed them to have a king to rule over them just like the heathen nations had, but that was a concession, it was not the first form of government God created).

You will also note in these passages and other passages like these, that God specifically defines what legitimate, appointed government is, and by logical deduction, what legitimate government is not. We don't have to guess at this, we know for sure what the traits of valid government are and what the traits of usurping, unlawful, imposter government are. A "God appointed" government is not a terror to good conduct. Those who do good receive the approval of God appointed government (not oppression). God appointed government is God's servant for our good, it is an avenger of God who carries out wrath on wrongdoers (not on lawful citizens). Governments sent by God punish those who do evil and praise those who do good. Governments are forbidden to judge with unrighteous judgment, to pervert justice, to show partiality or to accept bribes. A God appointed governmet will follow just one thing, ultimately...justice. We see all of these identifiers in the verses above.

While every human government is comprised of sinners, none are perfect, there does come a point when a government no longer functions at all by the standards God has for them in the Bible. They become a terror to good conduct. They pervert justice. The carry out wrath on lawful citizens. They are bribed and paid for. When it is obvious that a government is no longer resembling the way in which God defines His appointed government, then their authority is forfeited. The authority given to rulers is a trust, it is not a right. No person has the right to rule, no regime has the right to govern. They stand as minsters of God, they derive their authority from God and can be replaced when they no longer serve Him according to His standards. This is true of every minister of God, it is no less true for kings, governors, presidents, chiefs, khans, sultans, shahs and kaisers. They can be rejected and replaced when they reject their role as God's servant, and the people can rise up and force them out with violence if needed in order to install governors who will serve God and the people justly. Christians revolt in an effort to establish a Godly leadership in government. Christians never revolt in order to do away with government as an institution.

We will stop right here, for now. You should notice we have not described the sinful threshold needed to be reached to justify revolution. Obviously, no government is perfect because none of the people running it are perfect. Every government sins because people sin. So, at what point can the people be sure that they are justified to actually rise up, or in other words, how much sinful government should Christians peacefully tolerate? We will unpack all of that next time, for now let's just leave it suffice to say that the concept of revolution is not unBiblical and such action may be necessary at times.

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