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Separation of Church and State 

The people retained their rights, and the power of the state. A group was called out from the people to become separate, the Levites. Belonging to God they were to have no personal estate.68 With a mission and a purpose, they became the Church in the wilderness,.

The apostles were also called out to be bond servants of God by the appointment of Christ, to feed His sheep in faith, hope and charity, under the law of liberty. They were to be in but not of the world and not like those other governments who exercised authority.

They were one form of government who lived and preached Christ. They often did contrary to the decrees of Caesar because they had another King, one Jesus. As ambassadors of His government they were able to go through the gates “of the world” and were recognized by the governments “of the world” through Pilate’s decree on the cross.

A new form of Christianity began. Emperor Constantine became the bishop of bishops. His church began courting the courts of kings. Men exercising authority were accepting the privileges offered by those princes of power they sought to please. Those princes paid well for their blessings and benedictions. This marriage of Church and state feigned an appearance of legitimacy and godliness.

After centuries of book and heretic burnings some survivors began to seek answers as to what Christ and the early Church had really been doing. At the beginning of the sixteenth century “Republican churches were formed, and by their chosen representatives were united into a synod.”69

But the temptations endured by Christ came upon men who had despised the authoritarian Church. They took pride in their knowledge70 and private interpretation71 of the scriptures, and began creating divers doctrines. By the exercise of a new doctrinal authority the people were divided into sectarian denominations.

All doctrine of the Church should be measured against a love of God, who is law, justice, mercy, and faith, a giver of life and forgiver of sins, and also our equal love for one another, as Christ loved us.

Do we sacrifice ourselves and our pride in humility? Are we good Samaritans or a condescending, sanctimonious religious sect devoid of the charity and forgiveness of Christ? Are we true benefactors or do we pray to men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority one over the other and divided from Christ?

If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 72

We should forgive, and not oppress our neighbor. We should live by charity and not covet our neighbor’s goods through the power of social democracies or worse. We should not say “Lord, Lord” in our churches and then pray to the “fathers” upon the earth.73

“We have now shown from the New Testament that, in the plurality and equality of their chosen officers, as well as by their constitution, the primitive Christian churches were republics.”74

Men have abandoned the precepts of liberty in the Church and in the State and chosen to take from their neighbor, exercise authority but call themselves free when they love not freedom or its charitable benefaction as much as they love the benefits of sin.

“... through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:3

 

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    Footnotes:

     

    68Numbers 8:14 “Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine”.

    69Republics: or, Popular government an appointment of God By Rev. John Crowell D.D. PART III. The Republics of Modern Times. Chapter I. The Reawakening of the nations. P. 129

    701 Corinthians 8:1 “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”

    712 Peter 1:20 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”

    72John 14:23 “...If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

    John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love...”

    1 John 5:2, 3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God...”

    73Matthew 7:21 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father...”

    Matthew 7:22,23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? ... And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” [See Matthew 23:9]

    74Republics: or, Popular government an appointment of God By Rev. John Crowell D.D. Chapter 2, The Republics Organized, P. 87

     

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