Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove 

Faith Bible Church

Feb. 17, 2010  

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Salvation (Rom 4:1-5; Mt 7:21-23); Sanctification (1 Jn 1:5—2:1), Maturation (2 Cor 10:4-5).

 

The Church-State Relationship - Part 5: Conclusion – Final!

Fifty Sets of Questions

 

1.  List and describe the 8 covenants of God.

            a.  Edenic Covenant, Gen 1:28-30; Hosea 6:7.

            b.  Adamic Covenant.  Gen 3:14-21.     

            c.  Noahic Covenant, Gen 9:1-9.

            d.  Abrahamic Covenant, Gen 12:1-3; 13:14-18  15:18-21;17:14;  Lev 26:45.

            e.  Palestinian or Real Estate Covenant, Dt 29-30.

            f.   Mosaic Covenant,  Ex 20-40.  

            g.  Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam 7:11-16; 1 Chron.  17:10-14; Psa 89:3-4, 20-37; Jer 23:5; 33:19-20. 

            h.   New Covenant to Israel, Jer 31:31-34; Eze 36:24-28; 37:21-28; Rom 11:26-27.

2.  List and describe the 7 major dispensations.

            a.   The Age of the Gentiles – Adam to Abraham.

            b.   The Age of the Jews – Abraham to Jesus Christ.

            c.    Age of the Hypostatic Union – Jesus Christ to Pentecost

            d.    Church Age – Day of Pentecost to Rapture.

            e.    The Tribulation – 7 yrs., from signing of treaty to Second Advent.

            f.     The Millennium – 1,000 yrs. of Christ’s Kingdom on earth.

            g.    Eternal State. 

 

3.   Where and what does the Bible teach about mankind’s innate capacity for law, order, and government?              Romans 2:14-15

 

4.   According to Acts 20:27ff, the job of the PT is to teach the will of God that relates only to the spiritual life (priesthood) – thus avoiding all of those controversial issues such as economics, politics, government, cults, heresy, and paganism.  True or False?

 

5.   Does the source of the lack of Christian interest in what the Bible says about government, law, and economics, stem from their irrelevance or from hidden skeptical presupposition regarding the sufficiency of the Bible?   Hidden skeptical/pagan presuppositions regarding the sufficiency of the Bible.  Government, law, and economics are all very relevant.

 

6.  How does the PT protect the flock and combat the “savage wolves” that come into the flock teaching perverse things? Acts 20:28-30.  By uncompromisingly teaching the whole counsel of God’s Word (πᾶσαν τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θεοῦ) and when necessary identifying the “savage wolves” within Christianity along with their false doctrines (i.e. legalism, religionism, Roman Church-State, communism, collectivism).  Note the savage wolves in Galatians, 2 Tim 3:1-4-4; 2 Peter 2:1.

 

7.   It is possible to please both Jesus Christ and man simultaneously in the dogmatic uncompromising teaching of Bible doctrine?  Gal 1:10.  No.

 

8.  Is it possible to love Bible doctrine (and the Lord, Jn 14:23-24) and not be bothered by heresy in contemporary Christianity? No.

 

9.   Christianity has a monopoly on Wisdom, Colossians 2:3.   True or False.

 

10.  Should Christians should join with other Christians who believe in many of the same core doctrines for the purpose of creating common front in order to save and advance the "Christian" cultural mandate?   No.

 

11.   It is possible to save a Christian culture with the social gospel even if that culture rejects the Lord Jesus Christ ?  No.

 

12.   Did Christ give Christians a cultural mandate to Christianize government?    No.

 

13.   List 10 ways the Roman State-Church destroys good government.  

            a.  Promotes governmental interventionism.

            b.  Promotes governmental central economic planning.

            c.  Promotes the welfare state.

            d.  Promotes a one-world order.

            e.  Condemns capitalism.

            f.   Teaches that private property is not a natural God-given right.

            g.  Goal in society is “common destination of all goods.”

            h.  Teaches that man has basic natural rights (entitlements) to food, clothing, etc. by government.

            i.    Promotes graduated income tax to redistribute wealth in government.

            j.    Condemns capital punishment.      

 

14.   List 10 ways the Roman Church-State is destroying the American economy.

            a. Continues to teach a Marxist’s collectivist ideology

            b. Over 57% of democrats are Catholics with strong socialistic tendencies who in turn elect liberal progressive congressmen.  Catholics are the largest voting block in America.

            c.  Continues to push an anti-capitalistic agenda through labor unions.

            d.  Continues to push for more government control as per minimum wage controls, pensions, etc.

            e.  Continues to push for bigger government and more entitlements.

            f.   Continues to push for the transfer wealth from our country to third world countries.

            g.  Continues to demonize capitalism and the free market.   

            h.  Continues to teach that Government is a force for good, i.e. like a family.

            i.    Continues to try to put America under international authority.

            j.    Its totalitarian nature continues to move America toward a more toward totalitarianism. 

 

 15.   Is it true that Government is a natural order of things - like a large family? No.   

Government is a necessary evil.  Only instituted after the Flood (Gen 9:6) and created only because of the failure of man to govern himself because of his evil criminal nature.   

 

16.    Bible teaches and history confirms that Big Government ends up really helping its citizenry (cf. 1 Sam 8:10-22).   True False

 

17.   God mandates conscription (universal military service), Dt 20:5-8.  True False

 

18.    Did Christianity reject Christian capitalism for the first 1,500 years of history?  If so what economics did it employ?  Results?   Yes.   Aristotle’s statism, fascism. 

Results: Statism, feudalism, rejection of individualism, guild socialism, mercantilism, totalitarianism, ignorance, poverty, diseases, superstition. 

 

19.   What type economics currently rules the West and what type economics rules the East?    West: Keynesian economics.   East:   Marxism economics.

 

20.   Contrast Christian economics with Keynesian economics.  

 

Christian economics is built on the freedom of the individual to accumulate and dispose of his property as he sees fit.  This is true on an individual basis as well as in business.  Christian economics is responsible economics which sees virtue in saving for the future, for children, and for investment.

 

Keynesian economics is all about the here-and-now and the government running the economy rather than leaving people alone to their own ingenuity.   Keynesian economics has little to no concern for the distant future and rejects any notion of the providence of God in economics.   Keynesian economics calls itself capitalism, but it is more government-capitalism system – a.k.a. crony capitalism – perfect for politicians! 

 

21.   List and describe the various attacks on capitalism.        

            a.    Liberation theology.  Doctrine of “universal redistribution of all goods based on universal entitlements to all men” enforced by armed revolutionaries overthrowing the capitalistic order. 

            b.   Neo-orthodoxy.   Language they use in their denunciation of capitalism: “social abuses…racism…exploitation…social injustice… pathology of war and violence…violence against the rights of the poor…materialism,” et al.

            c.    Marxism.   Teaches that capitalism is nothing less than the evil exploitation of the workers and as a system will eventually destroy itself.

            d.   Roman Church-State.    Anti-capital encyclicals (i.e. Populorum Progressio, Rerum Novarum) have been endorsed with enthusiasm by the Communist press the world over.   Roman church-state’s attitude toward capitalism is nothing more than “envy exalted.”

            e.   Our own federal government.  Note the anti-capitalistic rhetoric – much of which is against crony capitalism that the government is already in bed with, i.e. housing market, banking, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. 

            f.    Liberal churches.   Continue to rail against capitalism and the true “justice” of taking care of the people. 

            g.    Labor unions.  Marxist rhetoric continues to create tension between management and labor which only further instills in labor a greater love and dependence upon labor unions.

            h.   Fascism.   Teaches that the state controls the economics, not individuals free to make their own choices.  Much of the US policy is fascistic (cf. IBM and Bill Gates with Microsoft).

            i.    Communism.   Espouses elimination of property.

            j.    Public schools.   Capitalism is often put in a poor light if taught at all.

            k.   Europe.   Prefers statism to free enterprise.

            l.  Third world countries.   Are taught that the reason they are so poor is because capitalistic rich “pig” nations like the US are so rich.

            m.   United Nations.  Platform for nuts all around the world to rail against capitalism (i.e. Chavez, Ahmadinejah, Friends of the Earth (mother earth worshippers), etc. ad naseam).  

 

22.    Is it inherently evil for man to look out for his true self-interest? Mt 5:29-30; 6:19-21; Mark 8:36; Gal 6:6-9; Rom 9:13;  1 Cor 9:24-27; 13:3;  Col 3:23-25;  2 Tim 2:11-13; 4:8; Heb 12:2; 1 Jn 2:28; Rev 2:17; 3:21; 22:12 .  No!  Man seeks his true self interest not because he is selfish but because he is rational creature.  The problem lies in the fact that sin distorts his view on what his true self interest really is.

 

23.   Churches which work to alleviate the suffering of the poor in the name of “justice” really understand do understand true justice from a divine viewpoint.    True False

False.  Biblical justice has nothing to do with equal distribution.   Alleviating the poor falls under the category of charity, mercy, or compassion – not justice!  Biblical justice condemns playing favorites to the poor or the rich.   

 

24.   Property rights are only part of positive law; human rights and entitlements are divine rights by God.  True False.

 

25.  Only in true capitalism is there a separation of business and state.  True False

 

26.  Only in capitalism is there is sacredness or privacy, property, freedom, and life under the rule of law.  True False

 

27.   Define and describe Statolatry.     Statolatry is making the state an idol or God.  Statolatry is the pagan worship of the state.   Statolatry runs the gamut from being a super- patriot (chauvinism) to simply looking up to the state as a God for protection and provisions from the cradle to the grave.   Characteristics:    asserts that the glorification and aggrandizement of the State as the object of all legitimate human aspiration at the expense of all else, including personal welfare and independent thought; seeks the expansion of the power and influence of one’s State to be achieved, if necessary, through aggressive war and colonial adventures (i.e. imperialism, mercantilism); it far exceeds patriotism of those who recognize the rights of people other than themselves to self-determination.  In Statolatry the State is God and Right as per the German State under Hitler and Italy under Mussolini.    

 

28.    Describe the epistemologicals failure of secular economics, both empirical (Smith, Friedman) and rationalistic (Mises).

 

Empirical secular economics is based on discovering the metaphysical absolute truths (the volition of the soul, human action) through the five senses.  This cannot even pass the logic test as you cannot get deductive truths through induction.  Note today how everyone chooses their own inductive “facts” to prove their point.   Note the Marxists around the world who continue to hold to their “truths” even while their economies continue to stifle, strangle, and starve the people.   Thomas Carlyle called economics “pig science.”  He also cracked, Of all the quacks that ever quacked, political economists are the loudest.  With just with a scant reading of the empirical economists, it becomes very obvious that they have no clue as to what they are doing.

 

Rationalist secular economics.  Although the methodology is sound (rational, logical), they cannot prove their first principles.  Their first principle include the idea that man is free to choose; however, in a secular materialistic world there is no true freedom.  If materialism is true, man is not free and in fact does not exist as a self-conscious entity, what he thinks he is in his ego/person is but an illusion created by and the result of all of the materialistic interactions in the brain (i.e. epiphenomenalism).  

 

29.   List and describe the 3 axioms of Christian economics. Axiom #1 = man chooses.

Axiom #2 – only individual choose.   Axiom #3 = Men act in their own self-interest.

 

30.  When did Christian economics first emerge and what where the circumstances and results?    Christian economics, at least on a large order, first emerged in Germany as a result of the Reformation  and discovering the wonderful doctrines justification by faith, sola fide, sola Scriptura, and sola gratia – and personal responsibility (instead of corporate salvation and economics). 

 

31.   List and describe the consequences of social gospel economics. Envy exalted; more poverty; spiritual and economic stagnation; rejection, watering down/corruption of Bible doctrine; rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ; more people going to Hell because of attempts at salvation by works; Civil War; revolutions, rise of dictatorships around the world.  

 

32.   List 5 pagan forms of worship that the Roman Church adopted with the merging of the Church-State in the 4th century?

            a.   Roman prayers to heroes = Roman State-Church (RSC) prayers to saints.

            b.   Roman pagan Queen of Heaven, Juno =  RSC’s Mary, Queen of Heaven.

            c.   Roman privileged class of priests = privileged priesthood of the Roman-State Church.

            d.   Roman pilgrimages to shrines = RSC’s pilgrimages to holy places.            

            e.   Roman totalitarian Church-State – RSC’s totalitarians Church-State.

 

33.   What is Schriftprinzip and how does it relate to economics, politics, and BD.

Schriftprinzip is the principle of taking the first principles, the axioms, of God’s Word and building a doctrine or worldview on economics, politics, and Bible doctrine.  Schriftprinzip is the principle that we start with the divinely revealed axioms from God and proceed by rigorous deduction to construct the thousands of theorems.  Schriftprinzip is the principle of starting with the propositional revelation of God.

 

34.    What are the 3 axioms of true biblical Christianity.    Sola Fide.  Sola Scriptura

Sola Gratia

 

35.    Who is the Author of the doctrine of separation of Church and State? 

Jesus Christ

 

36.   Define and describe the relationship between the church and state. 

Church and state are to be kept separate and distinct.

 

37.   Describe the guidelines for civil disobedience.  What are the biblical examples?

            a.    We should obey, respect, and do our best to please those in authority over us in civil government

            b.   We should resist and disobey government only when that government asks us to do something the Word of God forbids, or forbids us to do something the Word of God commands – either directly or by clear implication.

38.  What are the guidelines for a Revolution?

            a.  Revolution usually does not work as it brings more disorder and bloodshed.

            b.   Nevertheless, there may be circumstances in which revolution is the only alternative when a government becomes so totally corrupt, so totally repressive, and so totally unjust as to destroy rather than promote the legitimate ends of government, revolution may then be justifiable either as a necessary good or as the lesser evil.

            c.    Revolution is only legitimate if there are concrete plans for a new government that will ensure a better government. This takes care of all the revolutionaries of the 60’s.

            d.   Even when government and the Word of God conflict, we should not disobey government unless and until we have done everything possible to try to work out the conflict and effect a suitable accommodation of our religious beliefs.    In a system of representative government like ours, we have a great responsibility to use the courts and the political process to try to get the law changed.

            e.   When it is necessary to disobey government, we should be willing to suffer the necessary civil or criminal punishment for our act.   If the principle is not worth being punished for, it is not enough of a principle to justify disobedience.

            f.     Even while disobeying government, and even while being punished for our disobedience, we should at all times be respectful to the civil authorities.  Even though they have misconstrued God’s will, they are still God’s ministers – whether they know it or not!         

39.   How does divine institution #5 apply to our nation's Messianic foreign policy of nation building?   Divine institution #5 is nationalism and we violate this principle with our “Messianic” foreign policy of nation building for the sake of brining freedom to other governments around the world.  Most if not all of these societies have rejected Christ who alone brings lasting freedom to any civilization. 

 

40.   How does the believer fulfill his responsibility of being salt and light?  By continuing to grow spiritually – which will take care of those destructive ideas like socialism, welfarism, satism, entitlement mentality.  By growing spiritually you will understand the world and become an overcomer as you do your job as unto the Lord and live in the security of God rather than looking for government to take care of you or to blame.  By growing spiritually you will be able to handle any crisis and reflect the glory of Christ to others who so desperately need Truth.

 

 41.   How have very well meaning devotional Christians contributed to enormous misery in economics, government, and society? By pushing human good, Statism, and the social gospel in government they corrupt both the government and the church. 

 

42.    Describe the effect of doctrineless Christianity on politics and economics in the world today.   In politics.  By getting the state involved in welfare and foreign wars.

In economics. By moving the country to increased socialism.

 

43.   What are the only two functions of government? (1 Pet 2:14-15; Rom 13:1-7)

Punish the evil and reward the good.

 

44.    List and describe eight evil characteristics in the last days of the Church, 2 Thess 2:3, 7; 1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Pet 2:1-3; 2:15; 3:3-4; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 2 Tim 4:3-4; Rev 3:15-16.

            a.  Lawlessness, 2 Thess 2:3, 7.

            b.  Religious ascetic reversionism, 1 Tim 4:1-3.  

            c.  Rejection of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet 2:1-3 

            d.  Religious hucksterism, 2 Pet 2:15.

            e.  Denial of the Return of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet 3:3-4.

            f.   Hedonistic, narcissistic, emotional, “religious” Christianity, 2 Tim 3:1-5.

            g.   Rejection of sound doctrine, 2 Tim 4:3-4.

            h.   Complacency regarding Biblical spirituality and confidence in self based on the circumstances of life, Rev 3:15-16.

45.    List and describe seven scriptural mandates to protect oneself against the lawless/reversionistic influences of our day, 2 Tim 3:10; 1 Jn 3:2-3; 2 Tim 3:12; 2 Tim 3:14-17; Mt 4:4; 2 Tim 4:6-8; 2 Tim 4:10; 4:17-18.

            a.  Continue living out the spiritual life, 2 Tim 3:10.

            b.  Focus on your future with the Lord, 1 Jn 3:2-3.

            c.  Do not be surprised at the testings in life, 2 Tim 3:12; 1 Pet 4:12.

            e.   Keep growing in doctrine, 2 Tim 3:14-17; Mt 4:4.

            f.   Focus on God’s plan for your life, 2 Tim 4:6-8.

            g.   Do not be distracted by believers in KD, 2 Tim 4:10.

            h.  Continue to lean on the Lord for strength,  2 Tim 4:17-18.

46.    Describe the effects of George Bush’s dramatic increase in faith-based initiatives on churches as well as in government.    

            a.  His good works for his salvation include taking money from American citizens to fund social and religious organizations.

            b.  His praise and support for Roman Church-State socialism.

            c.  His faith based initiatives will further corrupt the State, religious, and Christian organizations which will all end up attacking and persecuting true Biblical Christianity.

 

47.    Explain the philosophy behind the ecology movement.             Rejection of Psa 8:5-8; Js 3:9.

 

 

48.    Describe how human good continues to destroy the spiritual life of the American

people as well as proper function of government.

 

 

49.    Describe how rejection of Christianity has led to the torture and death of hundreds of millions in the 20th century alone.

 

 

50.    How then shall we live as we witness the ruining and destruction of our nation?

 Jn 8:31-32.