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​The Godly Decorum of the State

Acts 4
18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

Roman 13
13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honour you.

The above verses helps us understand the role of government and in what manner we are accountable to them and in what manner we are not. As you read further on, you will see that what we owe the government is obedience to the Moral Law of God (Mat22:36-40), where God is first and concern for neighbour is at par with self. A Godly decorum for government may seem appalling for many but that is because we are so used to a system of government that runs almost every aspect of our lives that we have grown used to our chains. We live in a society where it is taboo for one to criticise the government while the people’s indifference towards God is an atmosphere we are all very familiar with. In a true Biblical Theocracy however, it is God who is above criticism, not the government. In a Democracy, the state is accountable to the people and so if the people are a licentious lot then the state sets Laws to appease the people’s immoral appetite, which in God’s time incurs God’s deserving justice. To site a few examples, the legal age for sexual consent in Nigeria is 11, while it is 12 in the Philippines and Angola, and 13 in Burkina Faso, Comoros, Niger and Japan. The cost of licensing such immorality then amounts to licensing murder through abortion. WHO estimates that 125,000 unborn babies are aborted everyday across the world! Can you imagine, how such a genocide would reflect in the newspapers daily, if society only accepted: unborn babies are human beings? As much as a baby can kick in the mother’s womb, it can also experience pain but the only reason we look the other way concerning abortion is because, in a democracy the individual is sovereign, being a law to himself/herself and so he/she does as he/she pleases. The media too goes on, as though covering wickedness is a priority over covering righteousness in society. Take for instance the #lgbt population in the USA, which is about 3.8%, yet these wicked lot get about 70% of media coverage over everything and everybody else. In India, the LGBT is about 2.5 million in a population of 1.25 billion and the media here too uses celebrities to condone the destructive and sick LGBT ideology in society.

Isaiah 9:6 (A prophesy concerning Jesus)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

In a theocracy, the State is accountable to Christ and we understand that the Bible serves as a framework for civil law from the appointment of Judges by Moses to settle civil disputes in Exo18:13:27 but ever so often, the Sacred Cow for many professing Christian happens to be Religious Neutrality, which is far from the truth in any culture because though society may claim such a thing as religious plurality, it is alway one religion that remains dominant over the rest. It is as Jesus says in Mat 12:30, if you are not gathering, you are scattering, if you are not with Him, you are against Him because if God is not first in your life, anything else that rivals God’s right over your heart is idolatry. The State is purposed to serve one duty only and that is to punish lawlessness and protect the lawful but this is not true of the modern state which purposes to terrorise good people. Take Sweden for example, a country of 9.8 million people, their government in claiming to be a Humanitarian Superpower plans to spend about 3 billion Swedish crowns of tax payers money in 2016 to house refuges in the country, while about 34000 still remain homeless in Sweden. We therefore see that it is essential for the State to stick to what is right and wrong as defined in the Bible (Is5:20) because the Law of God is infallible.

Exodus 20 (Moral Law given the believer in serving God’s interest)
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.


Deut 12:1-3 (Judical Law given the state in serving God’s interest)
These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

Besides, bringing wrath upon those evil doers, the state is also given to protect the interest of religion, not just any religion but Biblical Christianity because if truth be told, worshiping any other God than the Triune God Almighty is damning and so the State is given to reflect God’s justice in safeguarding the worship of God Almighty. So, a State that functions under God has the power to execute people on proven charges of blasphemy (Lev24:16/Mk3:29/Jn4:24) and though the worldly Christian may find this appalling, he/she ironically finds himself/herself at home with counterfeit political power executing people on charges of treason, which only happen to prove detrimental to the interest of the State, not God.

Rev 13
11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.

Now the beast of the sea mentioned in Revelation 13 is apostate political power, so coming back to the fable many are led to believe concerning religious neutrality and religious plurality, we understand from Revelations 13 that only apostate religion (the beast of the land) is given to exercise the corrupt power of the beast of the sea (apostate political power). Nonetheless, knowing that it is not the State which is Sovereign but God, we understand that the State’s duty is to protect God’s interest in society. In this sense, the Civil Law is set in place to hedge the Moral Law. To give you an example, Mat 5:27-28 teaches us to guard even the motives of our heart in dealing with adultery. However, unlike the Moral Law, the Judicial/Civil Law cannot function as a thought police but if we were act on those wicked intentions viz. murder, adultery and covetousness, it is then that the Civil Law has the power to punish such crimes because the State is an instrument of God’s deserving justice here on earth.

1 John 5
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

1Cor 15:56
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

1 Timothy 1
8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

From 1John 5:16-17, 1Cor 15:56 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11, we see that what the Christian owes the government is obedience to the Moral Law of God because the believer who showcases the fruit of Holy Spirit in his/her life (Gal5:22-23) has nothing to fear concerning the Judicial Law exercised by the State. Today, in refusing to be a conduit of God’s righteousness in society, most governments ironically find it is a herculean task to enforce Biblical Judicial Law, which are only a few hundred morality based laws, while these same governments zealously impose thousands of new laws each year to serve their own vested interest. For any minister, whether that be of the Church or the State, his/her duty is always to administer, meaning he/she only exercises that which is already written. Unlike what is happening today, a minister can never write his/her own laws whether it is to govern the State or Shepherd the Church, the purpose of the minister is to only administer the Law that is already revealed to the Church/State in Christ.

Rev 22
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Like Apostate Egypt during the time of Moses and Apostate Assyria during the time of Daniel, the State today claims to be omnicompetent in the control it exercises over its people, which is as though it were a god. A government can only tax that which it lays claim to but today we have taxes like Income Tax, Inheritance Tax and even Gift Tax. Though these taxes may claim to secure financial spending in the country, it so often turns out to only help ministers within the government accumulate the most money for themselves that remains unaccounted for in Swiss bank accounts. These taxes only keep on increasing as the days go by and the worst thing is we are all ok with this because most of us don’t know any better. Biblically in Exodus 30:14-15, only a Census Tax was to be collected, which was within every person’s reach and the same was paid by every person, it wasn’t the same percentage but the same amount.

Exodus 30:14-15
14 All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. 15 The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the Lord to atone for your lives.

The State today covers up it robbery by providing Healthcare and Education. However, it must be understood that the State cannot provide unless it first takes from the people. Also, healthcare and Education are vocational institutes and being institutes of vocation they are not to be usurped by the State. For those of you care to notice, the state has only made life worse when it chooses to leave aside its given duty of bearing the wrath of God against the wicked and usurp duties of the Church to excuse itself from further taxing the people.

Luke 3
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”

To conclude, when it comes to understating the Godly Decorum of the State, there are three aspects to learn: its Origin that is God; its function that is to terrorise ungodly evil doers; its powers which talks about its ministry, its authority to bear the sword of God’s good/deserving justice and the power to tax without extorting (Lk3:12-14).

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The Case for Theocracy as over Democracy – I

According to Biblical Theocracy, the three major institutions that exists are the State, the Church, and the Family. The State is given to govern everything concerning law and order while the Church is given to care for and develop every other aspect of society. The responsibility of the Family lies in raising individuals according to the teachings of the Bible so as to strengthen the Church. The Church similarly is given to groom individuals in the righteousness of God so as to be elected into the State. So it turns out in a theocracy that if the State succeeds in its Godly duty, it reflects that the Church has performed its rightful duty unto Christ, which in turn is telling of the family’s spiritual vigour.

Prov 29:2
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

You know Jesus has said that man can serve only one of two masters i.e. money or God (Lk6:13). So it is in a Theocratic Regime that education in schools is as much a ministry as medication is in hospitals because outside a Theocratic Regime, education and medicine turns out to be more as a good lucrative avenue as over serving people from Godly duty. When education is taught with the fear of the Lord being the backbone, the children learn what it is to have a good moral disposition but where does that happen now, which means today even if you go into the best of schools here in Mumbai, you will get the feeling that we’re raising a bunch of goons and not kids for a better tomorrow.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Besides one of the reason’s hospice and education, should be governed by the Church is because the people ought to see that their wisdom is from God and so too healthcare is a godly provision. These shouldn’t just be seen as casually as some government aid/grant.

Another area I do not agree with in democracy is the institution of marriage because the State/Government has absolutely no right to conduct such a thing as a civil/court marriage because as much as it is God, who has instituted the State and Church, so too He has also instituted the Family. The Bible defines God as being Love (1Jn4:16) and the couple are called to vow and love each other in sickness and in health, such is their Godly duty in love as over being merely emotionally led which is unpredictable. If it is the State as over the Church that declares a couple married, then it also becomes the States responsibility to counsel a marriage in trouble, which is not a role that befits the State. Besides this, moral atrocities like gay marriage and abortion only exists today because of the involvement of State in the critical area of the Family in ways where it has no business.

I understand Christians are a minority in India and for us to see a Biblical Theocracy happen here is far from feasible but if you were to look at events happening here where our Prime Minister says he is our Pradhan Sevak (first servant leader) and every other Minister is a Sevak (servant leader), we notice that it is God at work. For Rom8:28 says that God works all things for the good of those who love Him, whom He has called according to His purpose, while Col1:20 says He is reconciling all things in Christ and Mat20:25 teaches us that we aren’t to be like those who merely exercise their authority without being of any assistance and a yearning for servant leadership is precisely what we see in our Prime Minister… thanks be God.

Mat 22
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [o]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

The UK may still claim to be a Theocracy because it is a monarchy but that is far from the truth because if it were truly a Theocracy today, it wouldn’t licence abortions and gay marriage. However during the 1500-1600 when it was truly a Theocracy, the nation prospered in trade from all across the globe but when Arminianism creeped in through John Wesley and the reformed faith split and the charismatic heresy was introduced into the Church, which all happened through the 1700s & 1800’s, the UK lost sight of Godly rule and as a result there was an uprising in her colonies. The American Revolutionary War began in 1775 and ended successfully 1783 with an Independent United States of America.

East India Company 1612–1757
Company rule in India 1757–1858
British Raj 1858–1947

In the case of India, the first Indian Rebellion against the British occurred in 1857-1857 from a Sepoy Mutiny. Though this period also saw much social reform like the abolition of Sati in 1829 and also the allowing widows to remarry in 1856, the UK got its dose of anarchy all over the world because in yielding to heresy, the nation had succumbed to lawlessness itself.

Luke 6
38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

If you care to notice, the Saudi flag pictures the Islamic Statement of Faith resting on a sword to mark Islam’s means of religious progress. Also Islam require the non-Muslim to pay Jizya, which is the so called humiliating tax a person pays for not being a Muslim. However though the UK went through her obstinate backsliding from God, she never governed nations to the lawless/sinful extent of subjecting people to the edge of the sword to promote Christendom. The reason I feel strongly to show you this contrast is because Sharia Law is no Theocracy but only an abuse of personal liberty by a bunch of power-craving liars, who have established their sin as their religion. The Biblical code of righteousness on the other hand is a moral code, where the civil law merely serves to hedge the moral law.

The truth about democracy is that according to statistics, a meagre 7%-10% are those who actually determine what the people want and if truly all the people got what they wanted, chaos would erupt in every street with stores being looted, people being murdered unjustly and women being raped only because they were not dressed modestly enough in the public eye. Democracy therefore is merely sugar coated Ochlocracy (mob rule). Ever wondered why the masses love movies like Resident Evil and I am Legend?

According to International Suicide Statistics, over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year with the global suicide rate positioned at 16 per every 100,000, which on an average says, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world. This combined with Euthanasia, where people hire supporters in thousands to voice out their right-to-die is the nastier side of democracy.

However the main opposition to Theocracy remains the people’s love for sin. I remember when pornography was banned in India a few months ago there was a huge uproar among the people. Thankfully India though being the largest democracy in the world is also a republic and so the people’s right-to-porn was overruled.

Biblical Law is a moral code, which means it is cross-cultural, not requiring people to grow their hair/beards/moustaches or even dress in a particular way, as long as that is modest. The truth remains that if we truly believe that God exists then we ought to admit that God knows better and it is from this perspective that Theocracy is far superior compared to Democracy.

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