Power and Human Government?
A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson
Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY www.windsoravenuebiblechurch.org
9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
Intro: This is how the Bible sums up the history of human rule.
“one man ruleth over another to his own hurt”
We’re in week two on our Series on what God and His Bible has to say about Religion and Politics! And Oh-boy, hasn’t The Government been in our lives lately…
We looked at The Bible History of Politics.
1. Human Government began after the Flood.
After the Flood man started to repopulate the Earth, but they weren’t spreading across the world, instead they remained in one area with one language and one ruler: Nimrod.
And we know the rest of the story, Nimrod starts to build the Tower of Babel and God comes down and visits them and then he confounds their language and God then scatters them throughout the world.
As people scattered and populated arears of the world, Kings and Governments followed.
And as man expanded so did Government.
Along with kingdoms in Iraq, and Egypt, man was setting up kingdoms throughout the world. The Indus Valley Civilization flourished in areas extending from what today is northeast Afghanistan to Pakistan and northwest India. The kingdom of D'mt in Ethiopia. The ancient Mayan civilization flourished in Central America. You have civilizations in China, Persia, Greece and later other areas of the Mediterranean.
Also mentioned early in The Bible were The Pharaoh’s of Egypt.
Fast forward Moses and The Children of Israel flee Egypt and eventually God leads them to the Promised Land and God says in:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Question: When The Children of Israel left Egypt who became their King. Answer: God became Israel’s King! This is called a Theocracy.
A Theocracy is a Government of a state by the immediate direction of God; or the state thus governed. Of this species the Israelites furnish an illustrious example. The theocracy lasted till the time of Saul.
You had a Theocracy in The Garden of Eden until…
Then we looked at:
2. What do Humans do to each other in the Governing each other?
Answer: Man hurts man! Ecclesiastes 8:9
9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.
We looked at 3000 year History lesson starting with the different Empires from Babylonian Empire - 612 B.C., Roman Empire - 27 B.C. to 395 A.D., The British Empire from 1497-1997, and here we are in The New York Empire…
And the common thing these Empires have in common is that from Nimrod to Napoleon to Hitler to ISIS man has ruled over man with violence, with Wars, with terror and fear, man has displaced man, man has killed man and man has done this with religion but without God…
3. We also looked at the five Modern types of Human Government, they are:
I’ll describe them to you through this simple illustration:
If a Man has two Cows, under:
1. Socialism: The Gov’t lets you keep one Cow, and makes you give one Cow to your Neighbor. Under:
2. Communism: The Gov’t takes both Cows and gives you some Milk.
3. Fascism: The Gov’t kills you and takes both the Cows.
4. Liberalism: The Gov’t kills one Cow for meat and puts it in a Warehouse where it spoils, milks the other Cow and pours the Milk down the drain and then puts a new Tax on Beef and Milk products.
5. Free Market Democracy: The Cow owner sells one of his Cows and with that money buys a Bull so the Bull and Cow can mate and produce more Cows and Bulls for sale and consumption.
And God will allow any people to be ruled to the extent that they will not trust God to rule themselves.
3. What is the New Testament Christians modern view of Government?
1 Peter 2:13 says:
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Now an Ordinance of Man are: Laws and Rules created by Man for the Control of Man.
Man makes a Ordinance that says that if you’re driving your car 95 mph in a 30mph, I believe that God approves that Ordinance.
What about the Law of Abortion? What about the Law of Homosexual Marriage, what about the State Liquor, Tobacco Laws and Lottery where the Gov’t reaps a great amount of Revenue? These are often called: Sin Tax! All of these have been deemed Essential by New York State because they bring in Millions of Tax $$$$
Do you think that God has Ordained and approved these Laws?
The ungodly Nero was emperor when Paul wrote Romans 13, and Paul had been in jail several times for breaking the law of the land. Do you think that God approved when His Apostle was put in jail for Preaching The Gospel?
Do you think that God approved when the Gov’t threw Kim Davis in jail?
Do you think that God approved when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that if You’re Pro-Life and You’re Pro-Traditional Marriage then You’re not Welcomed in New York?
The Christians must answer No! God has never given man the Authority to overrule His Law, and every Christian has an obligation to God and to stand for His truth no matter how much the Gov’t may persecute him.
Gov’t is a Minister of God, Amen!
Gov’t is Ordained of God to represent His Law.
The Gov’t is God’s Minister for maintaining order over His Creation!
When Gov’t goes outside of God’s Laws, it does not act with God’s Power as God’s Ministers, but rather it acts as a “Man Made Institution” in defiance of God.
Now God will allow any people to be ruled to the extent that they will not rule themselves.
Now God has also given five Powers to the Family, and when the Family does not Govern themselves than God allows the Gov’t to assume responsibility.
The Family then loses by default, they lose the responsibility that God has placed in the Family and the Family loses its association and privilege with God as well.
Now in The Bible the Powers entrusted to the Family were placed under the direct control of the Father-Husband.
And it’s sad that in the last two generations Men, Fathers, Husbands have gradually abandoned, surrendered and have given up these Powers to the Gov’t.
It’s been said that Gov’t never takes away any Freedom; it is given up.
Let’s look at The Five Family Powers, and let’s look at Man, The Gov’t and God.
1. The First Family Power is: Control of The Family itself.
Proverbs 22:6 says:
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
During The Khmer Rouge brutal reign in Cambodia the first thing the people experienced was the breakup of the family, the separation of extended families, taking children away to be raised by Angkar; the Gov’t organization, young adults were sent off on mobile work teams, children used to spy on adults. They eliminated all Religions.
The Gov’t wants to Control the Families; Society wants control over them.
All the ism’s of the World. Humanism, Communism, Agnosticism & Atheism, Humanism, Paganism, Darwism-Evolution, Consumerism, Hedonism, Polytheism, Racism, Satanism, Sexism,
All these ism’s are from the Devil and all those ism’s are against God…
And they’re all about Changing The Biblical Definition of The Family!
The one good thing about this Coronavirus Lockdown is the Revival of the American Family!
I see this every day, Mom and Dad are both home, Family Meals together, Family Games, Family Walks and Families Talking together!
I think that’s what make The Gov’t nervous!
More Family Time, Less Gov’t Time!
Here’s a few interesting Stats:
Kids who spend time communicating with their parents tend to do better at school; this academic success is associated with having mothers who frequently communicated with them. This entailed talking with the children, listening to them, and answering their questions.
Teens that frequently have dinner with their families are at a lower risk for substance abuse.
Youths who communicate, do activities and have close relationships with their parents are less likely to engage in violence.
Suicide rates drop significantly for Children in these type of Families.
Children in families that participate in Religious activities together are more likely to report seeing expressions of love and affection between their parents. Two dimensions of family religious involvement–family participation in religious activities at least once per week and parental prayer more than once per day—were associated with greater expression of love or affection between the parents, as reported by their children. And if the Parents abandons his God Ordained responsibility, then the Gov’t will step in and take care of your Child for you, and you can say goodbye to The Bible, Christianity, the things of God, why? Because Gov’ts are secular.
2. The Second Family Power is the Control of Education.
Lenin often said: “Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 1:8 says:
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
And God has placed the responsibility of Teaching His Children on the Child’s Parent’s and primarily on the Father.
It’s the stable Family that should produce good students.
A Harvard law professor is under fire for her comments in an article about the "risks" of homeschooling as parents face closed public schools because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Harvard Magazine's May-June issue, Elizabeth Bartholet, a law professor and faculty director of the school’s Child Advocacy Program, worried homeschooled children will not be able to contribute to a democratic society.
"The issue is, do we think that parents should have 24/7, essentially authoritarian control over their children from ages zero to 18?" Bartholet asked. "I think that's dangerous. I think it's always dangerous to put powerful people in charge of the powerless, and to give the powerful ones total authority."
Bartholet asserted that some of them are “extreme religious ideologues” who “question science…
Isn’t interesting 90 percent of homeschool parents are conservative Christians, according to surveys.
Researchers have seen the future ... Gov’t Controlled School System!
And again I’m not against Public Schools. I’m a product of one. My kids went to Public Schools, and this is one area that a Parent ought to be totally involved in.
A Parent should be reading the School District’s Curriculum and Teaching Policies.
And if a Parent objects to what the School is trying to teach their kids, because The Bible objects to it, then the Parent has every right to pull their kids out of School.
Mandatory Kindergarten, Gov’t run Child Care Centers, Compulsory Attendance Laws, Gov’t Laws on Licensing and Accreditation and Certification are nice, but they’re all efforts by the Gov’t to Control Education.
Psalm 127:3 says:
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
And The Bible command is that it is the Father to oversee the Education of his Children.
Psalm 78:5-7 says:
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
Deuteronomy 11:18-23 which says:
18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;
23 Then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
God warns His people in Jeremiah 10:2
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Unfortunately, we a generation of laxed Parents who have forfeited their God given right of Educating their kids.
The result is a Government-Educated generation that according to:
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
3. The Third Family Power is: Control of Property.
The Bible says in Numbers 33:54:
54 And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit.
What’s the Tenth Commandment?
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
What do we have here in America? Eminent Domain:
The power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property.
Federal, state, and local governments may take private property through their power of eminent domain or may regulate it by exercising their Police Power. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires the government to provide just compensation to the owner of the private property to be taken. A variety of property rights are subject to eminent domain, such as air, water, and land rights. The government takes private property through condemnation proceedings. Throughout these proceedings, the property owner has the right of due process.
Eminent domain is a challenging area for the courts, which have struggled with the question of whether the regulation of property, rather than its acquisition, is a taking requiring just compensation. In addition, private property owners have begun to initiate actions against the government in a kind of proceeding called inverse condemnation.
And Gov’t has assumed that it has a right to take Private Property for “Public Use”, a right God has not Sanctioned.
4. The Fourth Family Power is Inheritance.
Deuteronomy 21:17 says:
17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.
In The Bible, the eldest godly son received a double portion of his parent’s estate and along with this privilege came the responsibility of caring for his elderly parents.
Today’s Modern Inheritance is usually divided equally among the children. That’s fair…
And today the Gov’t has taken upon itself in the governing of Inheritance.
You have The Inheritance or Estate Tax which is a tax paid by a person who inherits money or property or a tax on the estate (total value of the money and property) of a person who has died.
Both the Federal Gov’t and Individual States impose these Taxes.
They decide who gets what and then Taxing them on their Inheritance.
The Gov’t can and does decide who is to be the Guardian of one’s children in the event of both Parents dying.
And please don’t think this is a Anti-Gov’t Sermon because it isn’t. The Gov’t is stepping in because of a lack of responsibility in the Family. In fact most Families want the Gov’t involved, why? Every family member is fighting over that Money!
5. The Fifth Family Power is The Control of Welfare.
1 Timothy 5:8
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
These are strong words from the apostle Paul regarding a man’s responsibility to his family!
And it’s the Man according to The Bible that should provide:
Food, Clothing, Shelter, Physical Protection, Mentoring, A Loving Environment, A Biblical Education, An Inheritance to his Wife and Kids should he die.
A Man ought to be a Worker instead of a Moocher.
Again Paul writing in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says:
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
And if a Man doesn’t want to work then the Gov’t will come in and give him a Welfare Check. He’ll get Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance.
Now I’m not against Gov’t assistance, but there should be a limit on how much and how long.
We don’t want Gov’t giving everybody Freebies because that doesn’t motivate a Society to work.
Some people are glad they’re not working now, Why? The Gov’t threw in an extra $600 bucks a week in Unemployment Insurance and People are making more $$$ staying home than working. Which leads to:
Increased Alcohol, Marijuana and Netflix Subscriptions…
Which leads to Broken Families…
Now, we’re in the middle of this Coronavirus Lockdown, many people helping others, Churches helping with Food Pantries and other Programs and the Gov’t helped, that’s a good thing.
In Conclusion, we have one last question:
What is our responsibility towards Human Gov’t?
Again, Pastor Hank’s Ten Tips for the Christian Citizen:
1. Christians should be the best citizens towards Gov’t and Society.
1 Peter 2:17
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
2. Remember that all men all people are created equal.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
3. Christians shouldn’t be the trouble makers in Society. Christians should live a quite normal life.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
4. If you have to choose between God or Gov’t, choose God!
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
5. There must be Biblical Self Gov’t in the Home!
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
6. There is a separation of Church and State, but that doesn’t mean that the Church can’t influence the State.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
7. If God calls you to Politics or a Gov’t job or The Military then do it for the Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
8. Pray for your Gov’t. In Ezra 6:10, the pagan king Darius asked God's faithful people in Jerusalem to pray for his life and the lives of his sons.
9. Evangelism and The Gospel always comes before Politics.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
10. Remember, Jesus is our true Past, Present and Future Politician.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Jesus is our King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Jesus rules our hearts and lives right now, and
Jesus will rule our lives in future!
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Just some thoughts on Human Government this Morning…
Preached on Sunday April 26, 2020