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When in Rome

In the vein of Romans 13 and Obeying the Government, Her Maj and If I Were a Pastor



Its been brought to my attention (especially by American readers) that the term 'libertarian' is often mistakenly confused with the American libertarian political party, or 'libertine-ism' (Freedom to be degenerate without restraint- 2 Peter 2.10). Both of those things are NOT whats been described. Neither is it the 'Anti-Tax'movement.

By Laurence Vance


We know that conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist churches are some of the worst offenders when it comes to heaping praise on the military on one of the three American military appreciation days: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.


For many years now, I have harshly criticized the military blasphemy and idolatry that takes place in many of these churches on the Sundays before Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. Woe be to the Christian who happens to be in one of these "patriotic" services when the Fourth of July or Veterans Day falls on a Sunday! These are high holy days to Christian patriots.


I won’t recount here all the blasphemy and idolatry that takes place on these Sundays or on the extra military appreciation Sundays that some churches have throughout the year. See my many articles on Christianity and the State, Christianity and War, and Christianity and the Military. What I want us to do is just imagine the attitude of the early church toward Veterans Day.


The early Christians did not initially meet in church buildings. But when they did meet, can you imagine the following things taking place?


Can you imagine the early church making apologies for the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church inviting a Roman senator to speak in their assembly?

Can you imagine the early church singing hymns of praise to the Roman empire?

Deut 28.49, Lam 4.19, Hos 8.1, Hab 1.8

Can you imagine the early church adorning their bodies or their meeting places with the insignias, emblems, and banners of the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church recognizing Roman soldiers in attendance?

Can you imagine the early church having a Roman soldier speak in their assembly?

Can you imagine the early church pledging allegiance to the Roman emperor?

Can you imagine the early church praying for Roman soldiers serving in harm’s way in the far reaches of the Roman empire?

Can you imagine the early church singing “God Bless the Roman Empire”?

Can you imagine the early church having Roman soldiers march through the middle of their gathering?

Can you imagine the early church thanking Roman soldiers for their service?

Can you imagine the early church crediting Roman soldiers for their freedom to worship?

Can you imagine the early church calling Roman soldiers returning from a tour of duty heroes?

Can you imagine the early church having a Roman soldier appreciation day?

Can you imagine the early church applauding Christians who expressed a desire to join the Roman army?


I didn’t think so. Neither can I.


 

Minarchism is simple. Its the idea that you cant enforce morality via the state (which is currently immoral in and of itself - Dan 4.17, John 17.9) as kingdom building Calvinists (or the 'religious right') try to do, but instead, as a Christian, you say 'Hi government! I wont bother you if you don't bother me! you do you, I'll do me, sound square?' (Rom 12.1-21)

'Hmmph!' says the state as he carries on digging. (Psalm 9.17, Amos 9:2)

'Super!' says the Christian, as he carries on living for Christ, reading his King James bible, and winning souls. (1 Cor 3.11-13)


The world calls this 'small government'. Christians can call this an answer to the prayer found in 1 Tim 2.1-2.





Read more Laurence M. Vance articles at Lew Rockwell

See his books on his website and amazon


Get a libertarian Bible Believers commentary here


Check out other Libertarian-Leaning Bible Believers on the channel


Cliff Parks

Michael Easter

David Hoffman

Hensley

Matt Crane



And regarding Libertarianism, worry not I'm not going by the wayside and becoming 'political' all of a sudden, anybody can be see that slant through my commentaries if you've read them - Ive personally been a Right-Libertarian and Minarchist for years.


A great reading on the subject of church vs state is found in Clarence Larkins classic 'Why I am a Baptist'


Furthermore anybody getting into libertarianism (Its exploding at the minute, as our liberties are being stripped in preparation for Daniels 70th week) or wanting to know more, remember to keep your eye on the Lord and funnel EVERYTHING YOU HEAR, SEE AND READ THROUGH GODS WORD. The Authorized king James Bible.


As a false balance is an abomination (Prov 11.1) as rightly stated by Dennis knowles:



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