The Use of Civil Disobedience, Part 6 (A Christian Manifesto Today #53)

Welcome to A Christian Manifesto Today episode #53. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Torch Leadership Foundation.

Pastor and Christian philosopher, Francis A. Schaeffer, warned us and created the war plan that we as Christians need today to deal with a society that is increasingly moving away from God, the Bible, and moral principles. He wrote “A Christian Manifesto” over 33 years ago and its words are just as relevant today as they were back then.

Our Christian Manifesto Today Passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 22:21 which reads: “Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Abraham Lincoln. He said: “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes in “The Use of Civil Disobedience” (Part 6):

One of the unhappy things in our country is that when states have objected to the continued encroachment on the original rights of the individual states, the objection has usually been motivated by some selfish end. However, if this could be put aside and the matter considered objectively, then we must realize that the individual states, in the origin of the United States, did not trust an overly powerful Federal Government, and the Constitution limited the Federal Government to definite areas. It was understood that powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government were not its prerogative.

James Madison (1751-1836) in The Federalist, no. 45, wrote: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.” In the intervening years this has been totally reversed.

Having lived in Switzerland for thirty-three years, I am especially sensitive to this. The individual Swiss cantons have courageously resisted the growth of Federal encroachment in Switzerland much more resolutely than the states have in the United States. Thus, the checks and balances in government between canton and Federal Government are functioning for governmental freedom in Switzerland much better than those between the individual states and the Federal Government in the United States. In our day, the checks and balances in government which resulted from the Reformation are functioning in this regard more consistently in Switzerland than they are in the United States. In Switzerland, federal statism has thus been somewhat restrained.

We must realize that the Reformation world view leads in the direction of government freedom. But the humanist worldview with inevitable certainty leads in the direction of statism. This is so because humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitably society, government, or the state. Russia is the perfect example. But with the weakening or loss of the Christian consensus the Reformation countries have also become an example—including the United States. Thus, if the United States is to move back toward the original Reformation basis, this would mean severely limiting the scope of Federal State authority.

It is curious that the present Socialist Government in France, out of sheer pragmatism, is trying to dismantle its overly centralized government. It may be only pragmatic and “political,” but it is instructive. This overcentralization is the outgrowth of Napoleon’s Governmental Code. They are trying to dismantle the authoritarian result which was produced by the chaos caused by the French Revolution. These results of chaos and then Napoleon’s resulting authoritarian regime with its network of administrative bureaucracy were the very opposite of that which was produced by the American Revolution on its base which placed God above the government. It is worth repeating James Madison’s statement concerning the purpose of the United States Constitution: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite.” But as the Judeo-Christian consensus in the United States has weakened and all but disappeared, with lack of vision even from a pragmatic perspective, let alone principle, the United States federal government has continually taken over the very power the original government of the United States did its best to curtail, limit, and resist.

Again we must see that what we face is a totality and not just bits and pieces. It is not too strong to say that we are at war, and there are no neutral parties in the struggle. One either confesses that God is the final authority, or one confesses that Caesar is Lord.

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

Let’s Pray.

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Dear friend, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, continue to stand for the Lord and his Word. God bless you!


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