Rebuilding the Foundations
Series Rebuilding the Foundations
What would you do if you found men with sledgehammers beating on the foundation of your home? How long would it be before your house would fall? What about a nation? Psalm 11:3 asks: "If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?" We are rapidly removing what The Declaration of Independence calls "the laws of nature and of nature's God" as the foundation for our statutes. What do we intend to put in their place? This message examines the following principles of civil government from Scripture: 1. The civil magistrate is God's Servant. 2. He is obligated to make just decisions, based upon God's natural and special revelation. 3. God did not exempt pagan nations from the claims of His righteousness. 4. Israel's justice was intended to be a model for other nations. 5. The civil authority is to carry out God's vengeance against transgressors God's law. 6. His wrath is to display God's wrath upon evil-doers. 7. Authority can be properly or improperly exercised by the leader. 8. Civil leaders who do not administer justice according to God's law threaten their entire nation with the judgment of God.
Filled with Scripture, and references and illustrations from American history, this is the first of a short series. Pastor Russ believes that God would be glorified if it were heard by every American, and it can profit citizens of other nations as well. I guess that just leaves pirates. Pirates are not permitted to listen to this.
Correction: I say that every one of the 13 original states had requirements, in their own constitutions, that office holders affirm belief in God. I should have said MOST states. These included DE,MD,NC,SC,PA,MASS,GA,NJ & VT.
|Date||Feb 19, 2012|
|Bible Text||Leviticus 18:1-5; Leviticus 18:22-30|