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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 31 December 2015 15:52

Francis Schaeffer presents an extensive argument from Scripture and History in support of Civil Disobedience in his book, Christian Manifesto. I will use it as a basis to formulate my own understanding of the subject vis-a-vis how the Colonials were thinking prior to the American Revolution. There is a clear Biblical basis for believing:

1. Government as such is instituted by God for the well-being of a Country

2. A particular King [or Substitute] is subservient to God and exists as His servant and is accountable to Him for his actions

3. A King serves his people but that must be under the Law of God

4. As the King must obey the Law, the People must obey and support the King

5. This arrangement between God and King and People is a Covenant (or Contract).

6. If and when a King [or Substitute] puts Himself above the Law of God and does not serve Him, ie- if he should break the Covenant, the People are not to obey him. To do so would be to disobey God! They believe that God will judge the King and remove him in time.

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WHEN GOVERNMENT BECOMES GOD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Saturday, 20 December 2014 13:57

Civil Government, the State, [as such] is instituted for God and serves Him, serves a good purpose in the world.  Christians are to support such a Government.

However, Satan, the Enemy of Christ and His Church, can incarnate himself in a particular system of Civil Government, a totalitarian System.  In Revelation 13, The Beast coming out of the Sea is Totalitarian Civil Government.  There will be a titular Head of that Government, but it is the System itself that we must be concerned about. 

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FAULT LINES IN AMERICA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 09 November 2014 19:30

 

 

"In geology, a fault is a planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement along the fractures as a result of earth movement. Large faults within the Earth's crust result from the action of plate tectonic forces. Energy release associated with rapid movement on active faults is the cause of most earthquakes, such as occurs on the San Andreas Fault, California." - Wikipedia

This Summer (2012) I have been reading and re-reading books and relevant chapters in books about the Founding Fathers and Documents and particularly about the US Constitution and its Ratification and Interpretation throughout American History- all fascinating, illuminating- and very discouraging stuff. Over and over, though Presidents and the Country changed through the years, certain Themes that divide our Country came to the fore repeatedly. This paper is not about US History but those Themes. I see them as Fault Lines, which keep us divided and threaten our security, our future existence as a Nation no matter what the Issue of the Day may be.

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SUMMARY OF PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT- Repost of Essay from December 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:19

 

1. Government is of Divine Origin

God, not "Man" created Govt and it exists to serve God as His Agent for Justice and the Promotion of the General Welfare among a particular Country or Nation.

2. Govt is Limited (not absolute)


Govt is limited under God (and in other ways) and never absolute! 

3. Govt is limited by being Federal

Govt is Federal [Fr. fédéral, from L. foedus [fay dus]: "covenant, " treaty", "alliance")  Secularists today agree but see this as a 2-way Contract between Govt and Citizens.  But historically, Govt must function in a 3-way Covenant between Govt, God and Citizens.  This means Govt is accountable to both God and the Citizens to obey the requirements of the Covenant.  If it does not God has the right and duty to correct or even destroy the Govt, perhaps through the Citizens. They have the right and duty to resist and over throw the Govt (most probably by their vote)  In this sense, the Govt exists at the will of the People.

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KEY WORDS IN AMERICAN POLITICS, Part 2: THE PEOPLE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:32

This Post continues a series based on my notes taken while reading Contested Truths, by Daniel Rodgers

The People

The political phrase that rose to the forefront by the 1820'a was "People". "We the People" became more powerful than the cry for Natural Rights. The issue was control: who was to control politics, elected officials, the government and its power. Leaders to that time, the John Adams and the James Madisons, had put their faith in constitution and government procedures, detailed and controlled by checks and balances. They feared the People, more specifically the Majority: power in the hands of the majority of the people. But "majoritarianism" became the cry of the masses. They claimed the right to control political policies, their lives. The new "principle of numbers" would be in control. But the will of the greatest number of people would not be respected for the next 40 years. Andrew Jackson built the Democratic Party on this mantra of "we the people"; but the Jacksonian Party backed off from the slogan when women, free blacks and slaves insisted they, too, were part of the "People". "The dictum of popular sovereignty" had become double edged and dangerous (p.84).

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