XVII. Religious Liberty

from the Baptist Faith & Message 2000:

God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.

Genesis 1:27 | Genesis 2:7 | Matthew 6:6-7 | Matthew 6:24 | Matthew 16:26 | Matthew 22:21 | John 8:36 | Acts 4:19-20 | Romans 6:1-2 | Romans 13:1-7 | Galatians 5:1,13 | Philippians 3:20 | 1 Timothy 2:1-2 | James 4:12 | 1 Peter 2:12-17 | 1 Peter 3:11-17 | 1 Peter 4:12-19

5 Comments

Please understand,,, there are 3 kinds of Christians: Carnal, Natural and Spiritual…

This statement made above that “GOD ALONE IS LORD OF THE CONSCIENCE, AND HE HAS LEFT IT FREE FROM THE DOCTRINES AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO HIS WORD OR NOT CONTAINED IN IT. ” is made by a Natural Christian without much understanding and is not the truth.

It is a very misguided statement to think and say that God alone is the Lord of our conscience… Just as we must be renewed within the Spirit of our minds by the Word and Wisdom of God, so there are areas of our conscientious that must be re-trained to work together with the Holy Spirit.

Case and point: one area of my ministry is ministering to Muslims and there are areas of there conscience that have been very warped from the time they have been children that it is often very hard for them to understand Natural truth, let alone Spiritual Truth from God. However, when some of them have become born again I can see that even some of those areas of their conscience have been areas of struggles for them. They think God is telling them this or that but what is really speaking to them is the habit of what has been trained in their conscience.

You have heard of an Evil Conscience and a Good Conscience??? Gods Spirit is supposed to be leading us to where all of our senses are trained to discern the many layers of Good and Evil that are in the world.

As far as Church and State go,,, I don’t think the apostle Paul ever dealt with that problem or wasted words on that issue… But Natural Christians are famous for this debate… Oh well, I guess someone has to do it for the benefit of the Spiritual ones to go forth… That’s why we say God uses everything and at times even the donky.

Frank,

I think you are misunderstanding the statement you are quoting from. The article aims to differentiate between the doctrines of God contained in his word and the doctrines of men contrived by human opinion and dictates. In other words real authority rests in God, not man. If God’s word says one thing and a man says another – God wins.

The statement does not mean to say that a person ‘s conscience is infallible. You are correct, “we must be renewed within the Spirit of our minds by the Word and Wisdom of God” and that is what the statement affirms.

As for the separation of church and state issue, the Bible does speak to that. Take the time to read through the scripture passages listed above.

Look friend, we can hold back evil for a time but ultimately the state will do what they want… In other countries where Christians have no political freedom and are persecuted we see wonderful acts of Faith that Carnal/Natural American Churches have never seen the likes of. We have no idea of the persecution of Christians that is soon on the way here in America. So we can point all the fingers all we want at the Joel Osteens but what is gona happen when they want to take away your Bible because they have made a law saying its repulsive and unconstitutional? Therefore, so be it! Let this thing get squeezed to a head like a Big Phat Zit that’s ready to Burst! Bring on a police state, the Zeitgeist movies, the mark of the beast and anything else the hounds of hell are shooting at us.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-17

I really enjoy winning souls and working in these ripe fields and must say, in the Natural, that I am really gona miss it. Nevertheless, I think we’re all pretty much ready to go home and meet the Lord in the air anyway. Phase II into Glory, praise God we have believe the Greatest Story!

Here is a translation and informal break down for Mr. Huh…

(Look friend, we can hold back evil for a time) = Yes we are fighting for our rights for freedom of Religion without State interference but ultimately we know the bubble will burst and Satan will have his way but only for a season. Then shall the Lord return! 2 Thessalonians 2:8

(In other countries where Christians have no political freedom and are persecuted we see wonderful acts of Faith) = When a person is squeezed, what is really in them gets poured out. A little persecution in America may be a good thing, causing the real wheat to rise up and the tares to get tired out…

(We have no idea of the persecution of Christians that is soon on the way here in America)= Do you believe that persecution is on the way? What do the end time scriptures say? Huh?

(So we can point all the fingers we want at the Joel Osteens but what is gona happen when they want to take away our Bibles because they have made a law saying its repulsive and unconstitutional?) = Lets focus on the work of Gospel not throwing mud on other Christians because they aren’t the same part of the body we are. We can instruct and reprove but do not accurse… Philippians 2:1-5

(Let this thing get squeezed to a head like a Big Phat Zit that’s ready to Burst! Bring on a police state, the Zeitgeist movies, the mark of the beast and anything else the hounds of hell wish to shoot at us.) = Are you fighting the good fight? They are attacking on many fronts in case you didn’t know… Have you heard of the wicked movie called Zeitgeist? That movie is the biggest lie that the enemy has sown in many years. It is spiritual suicide for most who watch it… [ 2 Thessalonians 2:3-17 With all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.] Its clear that many wicked things must happen first before the Lord returns. Therefore, bring it on and let’s armor up and fight in the Spirit Church.

(I really enjoy winning souls and working in these ripe fields and must say, in the Natural, that I am really gona miss it. Nevertheless,) = What I am saying here is Praise God, I enjoy doing the Lords work and if eternal life was forever being down here striving for the cause of Christ, then I’d do it and be satisfied. Thats just a natural example of willingness to share Christ. However, I am really looking forward to our glorification. 1 John 3:2-3

Did you get it this time? Huh?
1 Corinthians 14:7-9

Being playful yet prayerful… Please dont take offence.

Wishing you all the best,