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God and Government: The Myth of Neutrality, Part 2

September 15, 2014

Grace to you! Last week we saw that what you believe about man and how you help him is religious in nature. Government pretends to be religiously neutral but its public policies on how to help people shows its religious commitments. So if everyone must answer the fundamental questions of life, including government, then it’s apparent that even government cannot be religiously neutral. We must see that the ideal of government neutrality towards religion is a myth. Our government currently reflects the religious belief of secular humanism. Hear what Dr. Greg Bahnsen, the late Christian apologist, said, “The civil magistrate cannot function without some ethical guidance, without some standard of good and evil. If that standard is not to be the revealed law of God… then what will it be? In some form or expression it will have to be the law of man (or men) – the standard of self-law or autonomy. And when autonomous laws come to govern a commonwealth, the sword is certainly wielded in vain, for it represents simply the brute force of some men’s will against the will of other men…If no divine law is recognized above the law of the State, then the law of man has become absolute in men’s eyes–there is then no logical barrier to totalitarianism.”

When God’s religious law is replaced as the governing principles of society with man’s religious laws then total control of the state over the individual will eventually be the consequence! Do you notice how our country is getting more centralized, bigger in federal scope and reach, spending more money to feed the government beast, coming up with more regulations to control your lives and finances, finding more ways and reasons to invade your privacy by the ‘omniscient’ Federal government monitoring your computers, phones, and conversations? Do we not see the counterfeit god here? The Federal government, when its laws are based on man rather than God’s word, begins to act as God Himself. It will seek to ‘see everything’ you do, regulate your life and environment, and give you its own version of the 10 commandments. “Thou shalt not complain against government taking your money. Thou shalt not have local, self-government as priority over the Federal government. Thou shalt not take the name of despotic leaders in your government in vain. Thou shalt not covet a smaller, more responsible government.”

William Penn summarized it well: “Men must be ruled by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” As long as people accept the myth of religious neutrality in our government, we will keep marching towards the gulags of a new Auschwitz for any who dissent and will not bow down and worship the coming Dictator. (See Daniel 3:10-30)

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