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Huckabee: Jailing of Kentucky Clerk Marks "Criminalization of Christianity"

Excerpt from Fox News (emphases added): Mike Huckabee called the jailing of Kim Davis "an unbelievable moment in American history." The Kentucky county clerk was sent to jail yesterday for her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. "This is the criminalization of Christianity," Huckabee said. Huckabee noted that Davis is being held without bail for following her convictions, and he remarked that even serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer got bail. "Who's next? Are pastors next? Florists? Caterers? Who else goes to jail before this is over?" he asked. The 2016 contender also charged the Supreme Court with creating "a redefinition of marriage."

A Refutation of Religious Pluralism by John Brown of Haddington and Greg Price (Free MP3 Audio Book, Free Online Text, Kindle, PDF Books, etc.)


Excerpt (emphases added): For most modern North Americans it seems that "religion" is looked upon as some sort of a hobby in which one may or may not participate at his leisure. Many would view themselves as having little or nothing to do with religion. "Religion is something in which other people are involved as a private endeavour. It is mostly harmless as long as it remains a private matter." But if people are openly motivated by religious concerns in their public affairs, politics in particular, religion is then thought to have intruded into a "secular" area from which it should be forbidden.

This view, however, displays a marked ignorance of what religion really is. The term "religion," in its most meaningful sense, actually refers to the underlying beliefs that everyone has about the meaning of life. In this way it is clear that all people hold to some form of religion. Paul Marshall has explained it well.

Religion refers to the deepest commitment and deepest identity of a person or group. Hence, the opinion that one may discuss constitutions, politics, education, or sex without any reference to God is as much a religious view as the opinion that we are responsible to God in all we do. An expanded concept of religion allows us to take account of the fact that our lives reflect and are rooted in a particular view of the meaning of life: of the nature of society; of what human beings really are; and of their essential responsibilities, whether to self, society, or another source (1992, 6).

Thus religion is an inescapable aspect of life. Everyone has a religious viewpoint whether they acknowledge it or not. Man is a religious being.

Every state is a law order, and every law order represents an enacted morality, with procedures for the enforcement of that morality. Every morality represents a form of theological order, i.e., is an aspect and expression of a religion. The church thus is not the only religious institution; the state also is a religious institution (1986, 7).

It is very important to understand, as Rushdoony points out, "that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society" (1973, 4). This is closely related to the fact that "[b]ecause law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning of justice and righteousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concern of a culture" (Rushdoony 1973, 4). It is clear, then, that not only is religion relevant for issues of law, politics, and government, but it cannot be separated from them. Every society has a religious basis, and cannot exist without that specific religious basis. "Since the foundations of law are inescapably religious, no society exists without a religious foundation or without a law-system which codifies the morality of its religion" (Rushdoony 1973, 5).

The result of this significant insight is that "every state or social order is a religious establishment" (Rushdoony 1986, 7). In other words, "no disestablishment of religion as such is possible in any society" (Rushdoony 1973, 5). Hence the question is never "Should we have an established religion, or not?"; rather, the question must be "Which religion should be the established religion?" We cannot escape the fact that our society, and every other society, has always had, and will always have, an established religion, whether implicitly or explicitly. The liberty and prosperity that we still (decreasingly) enjoy are residuals from an implicit Christian foundation that is quickly being eroded and replaced by the religion of secular humanism.

Once it has been demonstrated that every society has an established religion, it should not be necessary to ask any Bible-believing Christian which religion should be established. Obviously Christianity is the only acceptable choice because it is the only true religion. Since as Christians we are to be honest, there is no reason why we should shy away from being explicit about the necessity of a Christian establishment. However, since there are so many sects that go by the term "Christianity," we need to define the "brand" of Christianity that is to be established. Our society cannot rest on an ambiguous concept of Christianity. As Rushdoony, again, writes, "[e]very social order rests on a creed . . . The life of a society is its creed" (1968, 219). Thus a creed giving the best expression of the Christian faith is an indispensable document for an explicit establishment of Biblical Christianity.

The idea of having a creed that is very specific and well-defined in terms of the type of Christianity it expresses sounds very narrow and exclusive, and it is. Assuming it is a very Biblical creed, such as the Westminster Confession of Faith, it excludes all erroneous and heretical conceptions of Christianity. This is important with regards to political matters. By having a general and ambiguous creed, it would be less clear how God's Law is to be interpreted for application in the social and political realm. If a dispensational interpretation of the Law was accepted by the state, virtually all of the benefits of having a Christian establishment would be nullified. Other theological persuasions would also be disastrous for a true Christian state. With the Westminster Confession of Faith as a guide to interpreting the Scriptures, the civil authorities would be able to act according to the will of God in political matters, rather than according to the subjective opinions of men.

The Westminster Confession of Faith is completely Biblical. "For fidelity to Scripture, for 'logical fearlessness and power,' for 'theological comprehensiveness, and intellectual grandeur,' it is second to none" (Tallach 1980). Unfortunately, this paper is not the place to go into a comparative Biblical analysis of various creeds and confessions. However, those who investigate the matter seeking to please the Lord alone, will find that the Westminster Confession is the most Biblical. For expositions of the Confession, see Shaw ([1845] 1980) and Williamson (1964). Interestingly, the Assembly that wrote the Confession was called together by a civil government for the express purpose of composing a creed that would be used not only by the church, but also by the state. For more information on this see Hetherington's History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines ([1856] 1991, 122ff [on the Puritan Hard Drive - ed.]).


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"And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers..." - Isa. 49:23a, KJV

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News: Federal Judge Orders County Clerk (Who Is A Christian) To Jail, Until She Agrees to Issue "Gay Marriage" Licenses (Christian News Network)

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Fox News Video: Ted Cruz 'unequivocally' stands behind defiant court clerk (Sep. 03, 2015 - 5:27 - Jail for court clerk who refused gay marriage licenses in Kentucky on 'The Kelly File')

Pastor William J Mencarow on the Puritan Hard Drive

I lay down this maxime of Divinitie; Tyranny being a worke of Sathan, is not from God, because sinne either habituall or actuall, is not from God; the power that is, must be from God; the Magistrate as Magistrate, is good, in nature of office, and the intrinsecall end of his office, Rom. 13:4. for he is the Minister of God for thy good; and therefore a power ethicall, politick, or morall, to oppresse, is not from God, and is not a power, but a licentious deviation of a power, and is no more from God, but from sinfull nature, and the old serpent, then a license to sinne. - Samuel Rutherford, Lex Rex (1644) on the Puritan Hard Drive

Pastor William J Mencarow on the Puritan Hard Drive

News: Washington State and Homosexuals Persecuting 70 Year-Old Christian Grandmother (She Could Lose Business, Home To "Gays" Suing Her) and A Flood Of Christian Cash Rescuing This Florist In Same-Sex War

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Rulers' Sins the Causes of National Judgments, God's Anger With Nations Who Defy Him by Patrick Gillespie (Free MP3)

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How the So Called "Same Sex Marriage" Ruling Will Adversely Affect You, Your Church, Etc. Get Prepared for the Coming Storm - A Legal Analysis of Obergefell (The Supreme Court Ruling On "Marriage" With Suggested Steps You Can Take To Help Protect Yourself, Your Church, Etc.), Kevin Swanson Interviews Kelly Shackelford, President of the Liberty Institute

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News: Idaho City's Ordinance Tells Pastors To Marry Gays or Go To Jail

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Biblical Civil Government Versus the Beast; and, the Basis for Christian Resistance by Greg Price (Free SWRB MP3s and Free Online Books)

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In the days of the reforming kings of Judah, their zeal first attacked the idols that had been set up to receive the people's worship. The image of Baal was not allowed any longer to usurp the place of Jehovah. Images, altars, groves, and all other monuments of degrading idolatry were swept away and the temple cleansed, that the worship of the true God might be restored. So it must be with our own land if it would return to God's covenant and service.

The Baal of mere political expediency must be ground to powder; the will of the people must bend or break in the presence of the will of the Lord of hosts; iniquitous legislation must be repealed; unscriptural concessions to false systems must be recalled; endowments given to error, to idolatry, to Antichrist, must be withdrawnŠ God's message, through Samuel, to a sinning nation of old, was "If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord and serve Him only."

The true practical service of Christ cannot co-exist with habitual idolatry on the part either of an individual or of a nation. Christ claims not a part but the whole of our homage in every relation, not limited but absolute authority over men and nations. Therefore the idols must be utterly abolished in an idolatrous nation, as an essential preliminary to the practical service of Christ; and as a proof that the nation is sincere in its submission to the Universal Lord. - James Dick on the Puritan Hard Drive

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A Refutation of Religious Pluralism by John Brown of Haddington and Greg Price (Free MP3 Audio Book, Free Online Text, Kindle, PDF Books, etc.)

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More Of God's Storms Of Judgment Are Coming On the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Etc. by Dr. Steven Dilday (Free MP3)

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Many in the old world knew there was an ark, but were drowned, because they did not get into it. Knowledge which is not applied will only light a man to hell. It would be better to live a savage than to die an infidel under the gospel. Christ not believed in is terrible. Moses' rod, when it was in his hand, did a great deal of good. It wrought miracles; but when it was out of his hand, it became a serpent. So Christ, when laid hold on by the hand of faith, is full of comfort, but not laid hold on, will prove a serpent to bite. - Thomas Watson on the Puritan Hard Drive 

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What Is A Christian Nation? Christ's Kingship And Lordship Over the Nations by Greg Price (17 Free MP3s), Samuel Rutherford, William Symington, et al.

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News: Southern Baptists Declare: No Court Can Change "God's Definition of Marriage"

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