What should be the attitude of Christians towards the government? This article explains five things the Bible teaches about governments.
What does the Reformed tradition teach on the nature and limitations of civil legislation? What are the limits of government? How did the Reformers apply the civil laws of Moses? The essay notes the function of natural law and how the Puritans and Continental Reformers like Zwingli viewed the role of government.
Does the New Testament have a specific view of the state and government? What is the relationship between the church and state? How should we relate our present situation with that found in biblical times? The author considers the creation of the state and the natural law concept, Christian attitudes toward the state, and the function of the state.
Tracing the development of government through the Bible, this article shows that the government must be limited in its reach. This limitedness is due to the fall and the reality that all authority belongs to God.
How big or small should the rule of the government be? Acknowledging that the government is established by God, listening to biblical warnings, pondering the pervasiveness of the fall, and learning from the lessons of history are four areas to consider to answer this question.
The role of the government is to make sure that there is order, which allows people to live peaceful and quiet lives. This article shows that this truth forms the foundation for what the government must do and not do.
Looking at Romans 13, this article shows that government is instituted by God to reflect the reality of God's kingship. God wants government to function in its sphere of authority, and it must promote the rights God has given to people. Based on this, Christians have an obligation to vote for a government that is the closest to biblical principles.
This article is about the fourth membership vow: "Do you agree to submit in the Lord to the government of this church and, in case you should be found delinquent in doctrine or life, to heed its discipline?" Who runs the church? Jesus is the only king and head of the church. How does he rule the church? He delegates his authority to pastors and elders and reigns through His Word and Spirit.
This article is about submitting to the government of the church. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Who are these leaders, and how should we submit to them?
This article looks at the arguments supporting theonomy, showing that the use of the law by theonomists - who devide ceremonial, civil and moral law - is not supported by scripture. Understanding the law through redemptive history means that God's kingdom is experienced through the church, not government.
This article discusses the relationship between state, church and the kingdom of God. The author maintains that there is no neutral government in terms of religion. The knowledge that the kingdom of God will last forever has bearing on how the church thinks about the state in relation to redemptive history.
Looking at the participation of Christians in electing civil government, this article discusses a biblical way of thinking about the state and the way biblical law must be applied in relation to the civil government. In this article some principles are given which must govern Christian thinking on this topic.
The church must preach the will of God with respect to the obedience owed the state, and the church must make plain the will of God for government. What tasks does God give to government? What calling does the government have towards the citizens? When does government overstep its calling? The author looks at the state as the servant of God.
This article is about John Calvin's view on the legitimacy of interest. Calvin could agree with the idea of interest, but also placed restrictions on the charging of interest. This article also looks at the relevance of Calvin's view on interest for the credit crisis of 2008 and the policies of banks and governments.