A Publication of Separation of Church and State Law Ministry.
If you miss one part of the puzzle that is being put together in these studies, you will never see and understand the whole picture.
Copyright © February 10, 2018
The church and state wed at the invitation of the Roman Emperor Constantine early in the fourth century. Some churches married the state and became the officially recognized “church.” After that unholy union, the established Roman Catholic “church,” working hand in hand with the state, persecuted believers. The persecution was continued by the Protestant churches which came out of Roman Catholicism, and finally was brought to America and our colonies by the Puritans, Anglicans, and others.
Throughout these teachings, Scripture and arguments are presented which refute Covenant Theology. Section I.A.—The Biblical Doctrine of Government—explains that God, because of His covenants with Israel, will establish Israel in the land he has given them. Section I.B.—The Biblical Doctrine of the Church—shows that Christ desires to be the only head of the church, that He loves the church and gave Himself for it, and that the church is the bride and wife of Christ. The distinct differences between the church and state, as will be shown in Chapter I.C.4 infra, render the two mutually exclusive, operating in different spheres—the civil government or the state operates in the earthly sphere and the church operates in the spiritual realm (although application of spiritual principles affect earthly actions).
The Covenant Theology examined in this book cannot coexist with free will or choice. As will be shown in Section IV, the established churches in almost all the American colonies advocated either a church-state or state-church, unions of church and state under which the strong arm of the state punished, sometimes by death, (execution of dissidents in the colonies was forbidden by England after four Quakers were hanged in Massachusetts as will be explained in Section IV) those the state-church labeled as “heretics.” Had the official churches prevailed, America would not have the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Thank God that Baptist dissenters led the fight that resulted in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution which made religious liberty and freedom of conscience a part of the highest law of the land.