To Submit or to Rebel against the State?: Seven Biblical Principles to Guide Christians Everywhere During an Age of Revolution and in the Struggle for Religious Freedom [NOOK Book]

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"Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." With these words Jesus has impacted world history, the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and a Christian's submission to the rule of a state. But what should a Christian do when there is widespread rebellion against government, law, and morality? What recourse do Christians have when the state violates its divine mandate, and endorses abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, the lottery, and war? If the state disobeys natural moral law, should the Christian ...
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To Submit or to Rebel against the State?: Seven Biblical Principles to Guide Christians Everywhere During an Age of Revolution and in the Struggle for Religious Freedom

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Overview

"Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's." With these words Jesus has impacted world history, the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and a Christian's submission to the rule of a state. But what should a Christian do when there is widespread rebellion against government, law, and morality? What recourse do Christians have when the state violates its divine mandate, and endorses abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, the lottery, and war? If the state disobeys natural moral law, should the Christian oppose the state? What can Christian resistance from the past teach us about the present? Is it wrong to pledge allegiance to the state? What is the limit to allegiance? Can morality be legislated? James De Young seeks to answer these questions as he weighs the issues confronting the Christian as a citizen of this world yet also a citizen of heaven. Carefully weighing texts such as Matthew 22:21, Romans 13, 1 Timothy 1 and 2, and 1 Peter 2, the author challenges Christians to follow the Bible in this age of revolution and in the struggle for religious freedom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781630870003
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 784 KB

Meet the Author

James B. De Young is Professor of New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Women in Ministry: Neither Egalitarian Nor Complementary: A New Approach to an Old Problem (Wipf & Stock 2010) and Burning Down the Shack (2010).
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction-The Purpose and Plan of This Book xiii

Part 1 Three Revolutions Stalk the Earth 1

The Revolutions in Government, Law, and Morality

1 The Revolution in Government 3

The Threats of Islamic Terrorism and Anarchy

2 The Revolution in Law 19

The Demise of Natural Moral Law

Addendum-Additional Principles from the Declaration of Independence

3 The Revolution in Morality 50

The Rejection of the Judeo-Christian Ethic

Addendum: The Myth of Moral Pluralism

Part 2 To Submit or to Rebel against the State? 69

Seven Biblical Principles to Guide Christians Everywhere During an Age of Revolution and in the Struggle for Religious Freedom

4 The Source of Government 71

The Martyrdom of Ignatius

Principle 1 Christians Should Submit to Government as Established by God (Romans 13:1-2)

5 The Purpose of Government 85

The Martyrdom of Polycarp

Principle 2 Government Should Promote Good and Punish Evil (Romans 13:3-7)

6 The Limitation of the Authority of Government 106

The Martyrdom of William Tyndale

Principle 3 Allegiance to Government Is Not Absolute (Matthew 22:17-21; Acts 5:29)

7 The Relationship of Law to Morality 127

Isaac Backus: Champion of Religious Liberty in Early America

Principle 4 Morality Is Legislated (1 Timothy 1:8-11)

8 The Standard for Law in Government 149

Christians Aid the Collapse of Communist Governments

Principle 5 The Standard for Law is Divine Revelation (1 Timothy 1:8-11)

9 The Christian's Unique Role in Government 168

Only True Christians Can Save Their Country-Diognetus, Sharp, Wilberforce

Principle 6 Christians Must Pray for Leaders of Governments (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

10 The Limitation to Liberty: Is it Right to Rebel? 191

An Afghan Woman Finds Jesus

Principle 7 Liberty Is Not License (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Conclusion In an Age of Terrorism, What Does the Future Hold?-Facing the Coming Unrest and Revolution 215

Epilogue: The Great Hymns of America 229

Appendix 1 The Founding Fathers Support Natural Moral Law and Religion in America 232

Appendix 2 The Reformers on Revolution 237

Bibliography 244

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