Today’s Issue: Church & State
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By now you are aware of the State of California trying to impose its will on a church. Let’s take a quick look.
The Bible is our authority first and foremost. Second is the Constitution. We will look at both.
The Bible says:
Ephesians 1:22 – “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.”
Colossians 1:18 – “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
God is the head of the Church.
Ephesians 1:21 – “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
Christ is not some pagan god that exists in wood, stone, or our imaginations. He is the only God! And His rule is over all governments whether they believe it or not.
God is over government.
Acts 4:18-19 – “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.”
God commands us to speak (preach and sing); man has no authority to say no.
The Constitution says:
Amendment 1: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
California has ordered churches not to sing or chant. This is clearly contrary to the Bible which regards singing as part of worship. I am not surprised that California which is, in my opinion, an anti-Christian government, would attack churches. I don’t identify with all the beliefs of Grace Community Church, but I stand with them in this.
Where do you stand?
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