As He spake these words, many believed on Him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.—John 8:30-32 KJV
"And ye shall know the truth" He says, that they who have arrived at some knowledge of it shall know the truth. True, those whom Christ addresses were as yet uneducated, and scarcely knew the first elements, and therefore we need not wonder if He promises them a more full understanding of His doctrine. But the statement is general. Wherefore, whatsoever progress any of them have made in the Gospel, let him know that he needs new additions. This is the reward which Christ bestows on their perseverance; that He admits them to greater familiarity with Him; though in this way He does nothing more that add another gift to the former, so that no man ought to think that he is entitled to any reward. For it is He who impresses His word on our hearts by His Spirit, and it is He who daily chases away from our minds the clouds of ignorance which obscure the brightness of the Gospel. In order that the truth may be fully revealed to us, we ought sincerely and earnestly to endeavor to attain it. It is the same unvarying truth which Christ teaches His followers from the beginning to the end, but on those who were at first enlightened by Him, as it were with small sparks, He at length pours a full light. Thus believers, until they have been confirmed, are in some measure ignorant of what they know; and yet it is not so small or obscure a knowledge of faith as not to be efficacious for salvation.— John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospel of John Vol. 1 William Pringle Translation (1847) p. 340, 341
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.—Romans 13:7 KJV
The heritage of freedom is etched into the souls of America's people. American soldiers have responded to the call and shed their blood on the battlefields at Yorktown, Antietam, Cuba, the Philippines, at the Second Battle of the Marne, in France, and on the shores of Normandy. Korea's Inchon Peninsula and Vietnam's Mekong Delta claimed more of our sons and daughters. Lebanon, Quemoy, Grenada, and Panama also extracted a high human price for freedom."—Connie Clark, Foreword — Service, Sacrifice, and Loyalty Guarding Freedoms Flame (1992)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.—John 15:13 KJV
This Bible Mini Study is dedicated to all of the men and women who were killed in all of our nation's wars, from the Colonial Wars to the present wars, in the defense of freedom and to those who died from non-combat issues, while in support of our combat troops.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.—II Timothy 4:1, 2 KJV
This Bible Mini Study is dedicated to the small group of pastor-teachers who, without regard for public opinion and political correctness, have faithfully taught the meat of the Word of God throughout our nation's history; and therefore they have created and sustained our spiritual heritage.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.—II Timothy 2:15 KJV
This Bible Mini Study is dedicated to every believer in our nation's history who has advanced to spiritual maturity and defended the faith (i.e. whole counsel of God), without regard for public opinion and political correctness; and therefore, through blessing by association, they have had personal impact on the history of our nation.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.—Ephesians 6:10-12 KJV
An American kneels only to his God, and faces the enemy.—Capt. W. H. Crittenden, The last words of this prisoner of War, upon being ordered to kneel before his captors, just before being shot. Havana, Cuba 16 August 1851
We live in the most intense period of the Spiritual Warfare of the Angelic Conflict. The forces of Satan are at war with the members of the mystical body of Christ (i.e. redeemed church universal; bride of Christ). At the same time, Satan (i.e. Lucifer, The Devil) as the prince ruler of the World-System uses his Satanic controlled nations and his Satanic world policy to interfere with the true mission of the body of Christ by attacking God the Father's Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living.
Every believer is called to be a soldier in Christ's Royal Army (cf. II Timothy 2:3, 4 with Ephesians 6:10-18); and to contend for the faith (i.e. whole counsel of God), which has been delivered to us through divine revelation. (cf. Jude 3 and Acts 20:27 with II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21).
It is spiritually important for every believer to study, understand, believe, and utilize the Practical Theology: Bible Doctrine of the Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World. We need to develop the divine perspective that God designed for believers living in the dispensation of the Grace of God the Father, the age of the Local Church. If we are to be and effective soldier in the Royal Army of God, it is essential we have Bible doctrine. Without it, we cannot defend the faith against the philosophical lies of our spiritual enemies. Bible doctrine is our spiritual weapon in the angelic conflict.
If we are to have spiritual impact in our nation, and if we are to bring material life blessings by association to our nation, our souls must be spiritually armed and trained. An effective soldier is one who has been trained in the weapons and tactics necessary to accomplish his mission. the better we are trained the better we can perform.
He who notes the fall of the sparrow holds in my hands my life on the battlefield as everywhere else.—Brig. Gen. William N. Pendleton CSA
Persecution is not, nor ever will be foreign to the Church on this earth—Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, Tortured for Christ (1967)
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it—Proverbs 22:6 KJV
Let us teach others who themselves excel.—Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism, 1, (1711)
Recently, I read an editorial that stressed the ignorance of most Americans to our nation's history. I was raised in a Christian cultural and family environment that placed great value upon personal freedom, marriage, family, and nationalism. Patriotism was always the order of the day. At a young age, my mother taught us the words to The Star Spangled Banner (Francis Scott Key), America (S.F. Smith), America the Beautiful (Katherine Lee Bates), Faith of our Fathers (Frederick W. Faber), God of our Fathers (Rudyard Kippling), God Save America (William G. Ballantine), God Bless America (Irving Berlin), Dixie (Dan Emmet), Yankee Doodle (anonymous), and Battle Hymn of the Republic (Julie Ward Howe); just to mention a few. We were taught from our mother's knee, as she read to us, stories about George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, John Paul Jones, Anthony Wayne, Oliver Hazzard Perry, Merewether Lewis, Will Clark, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Kit Carson, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, David Farragut, Arthur MacArthur, john J. Pershing, Alvin York, and many many more. We learned the names of places like Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, King's Mountain, Ft. Henry, the Alamo, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, San Juan Hill, Tarlac, Peking, Aisne-Marne, Saint-Mahiel, Meuse and many more. We are thankful for the heritage that we received concerning the values of personal freedom, marriage, family, and national entity. As we were taught the price of national freedom, these men became our heroes. Soon our nation will be celebrating Independence Day (i.e. July 4th which emphasizes the date not its historical significance). It would be a good time for us to remember the sacrifices of some of the patriots God used to provide and sustain our freedom
God has set up certain laws for the maintenance and protection of human freedom. He has instituted certain principles which must be obeyed if the human race is to survive. For instance, we have the Ten Commandments, 'the Magna Carta' of human freedom. Although these commandments are not the Christian way of life, they do provide principles of freedom for the protection of individuals within a national entity. The Ten Commandments guarantees the freedom of any nation operating under these principles. We also have the four divine institutions set up by God for the perpetuation of the human race.—R. B. Thieme, Jr., Freedom Through Military Victory (1971) p1
We were first introduced to the Bible doctrine of God's Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World by Robert b. Thieme Jr. Pastor-Teacher of Berachah Church in Houston, Texas via his teaching ministry. His initial studies, as taken from lesson notes classified them as:
We were immediately drawn to his analytical development of this study, in which he took four fundamental doctrines of Practical Theology and interlocked them from the "whole counsel of God." Carl Neal, Pastor-Teacher of the North Hills Community Church in Bakersfield, California expanded upon the doctrine including a contrast between establishment law and spiritual Law. He also expanded the Laws of Divine Establishment to include:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance—Psalm 33:12
We have taught and written on the Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material Worlds many times over the past forty plus years. During this time, we have continued to study the Scriptures and to expand the development of these doctrines. As we look at current events in the spring of 2012, we clearly see how important these doctrines are to the future survival of our nation's heritage.
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.—Proverbs 14:34 KJV
The Colonies, then, from which these United States have sprung, were originally planted and nourished by our pious forefathers, in the exercise of a strong and vigorous faith. They were designed to be Christian communities.—Jasper Adams, The Relationship of Christianity to Civil Government in the United States (1833) p6
The Laws of Divine Establishment were created by God the father to provide order and stability to the Adamic (human) race and are for believers and unbelievers alike. The foundation for this doctrine was first revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden, during the dispensation of Man (i.e. Gentiles), the age of Innocence (Adam's creation until his fall into sin). It has been and continues to be applicable in every dispensation and in every age; without regard to race, culture, language, national system of government, religion, or geographical location. Their purpose is to provide order and stability in society.
While it applies to believers and unbelievers alike, we are examining it from the viewpoint of a Christian; because we have the opportunity to win tactical victories in the spiritual warfare of the angelic conflict and impact history!
Divine Creation Law consists of all of the Natural Scientific law that functions within material creation for both animate and inanimate objects. It includes all beings apart from the Adamic (human) race. While the Adamic race has its own specific systems of divine law, man lives within creation and therefore is designed to function in relation to creation law. the father was the architect-designer of creation and the Son was the contractor-builder-sustainer of creation (cf. Gen. 1 with Col. 1:15-17; John 1:1-3; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Heb. 1:2). Divine Creation Law includes:
The teaching of the false doctrine of evolution is not just heresy but is actually blasphemy because it seeks to rob God of His creator glory
Physical Law includes all scientific law related to the biological body life of the human person. It deals with he development and sustaining of a person's body from conception to death. We can relate to facets of the soul through the five sensory gates:
Soul Law includes all scientific law related to the psychological life of the human person. It deals with the development and sustaining of a person's soul from conception throughout eternity. The physical body ceases to exist at physical death; but the soul lives forever (cf. Luke 16:19-31). The essence of the soul consists of:
God created Adam and gave him life (cf. Gen. 1:27; 2:7; 5:2; Job 33:4; Matt 19:14).
Individuality Law is the law of Personal Freedom. It consists of:
When God created Adam, He told him that he was free to choose his own diet (cf. Gen. 2:16). The Father's optional will consists of giving man the personal freedom to use his own volition to make choices in all areas that are not restricted by the Father's directive will. Prior to the creation of Eve, Adam was alone in the Garden of Eden (cf. Gen. 2:7-20). For an unknown period of time, Adam was free from all other human influence and therefore typifies each person's right to privacy. Adam was commanded not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and he was told what his punishment would be for disobeying God (cf. Gen. 2:17). This typifies that each person has up-front responsibility for making good decisions. the Father prepared the Garden of Eden as a home for Adam (cf. Gen. 2:8, 15a). He assigned Adam a job (cf. Gen. 2:15b). He gave him authority over all other creatures on land, in the sea and in the air (cf. Gen. 1:29; 2:19,20) and over all botanical life (cf. Gen. 1:20). Gold (representing all metals, bdellium(representing all plant extracts), and onyx (representing all gems) were made available to Adam (cf. Gen. 2:12). The natural intrinsic value of all of these things illustrate that God granted to Adam property rights under certain rules of possession. When he disobeyed God, Adam suffered immediate spiritual death (cf. Gen. 3:1-7); and his race was placed under divinely appointed suffering in the material world (cf. Gen. 3:8-19). He also forfeited his right to own and live in the Garden of Eden (cf. Gen. 2:17 with 3:24). this teaches that each one of us is accountable for the ramifications of every decision we make (cf. Gal. 6:7, 8 with Job 13:9; Rom 2:6; I Cor. 6:9, 15:33; II Cor. 9:6).
When Adam committed his original sin, the entire Adamic (human) race suffered "in Adam" spiritual death judgment (cf. I Cor. 15:22; Rom. 3:23; 5:12). The only answer to spiritual death is spiritual regeneration (cf. John 3:1-18) through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his substitutionary work of atonement on the cross of Calvary (cf. Acts 16:30,31 with 4:12). God the Father not only hates all human sin (cf. Rom. 6:23); but he also rejects all human good (cf. Isa. 64:6; Rom. 8:8).
When the law of Individuality is unlimited in its usage, it reaps anarchy in society (cf. 17:6; 21:5). When God created Adam, he was created in the image of God (cf. Gen. 1:26a). God has declared that it is not good for people to live alone (cf. Gen. 2:18). He had decreed the Law of Marriage (cf. Gen. 2:21-25) and provided Adam with a wife. Pets are never a substitute for a marriage partner (cf. Gen. 2:19,20). The Father designed marriage to be between one man and one woman; and therefore any other definition of marriage is an attack upon the righteousness and the wisdom of God.
Sin brought about the distortion of the "image of God" in mankind; and therefore man is born in the image of man (cf. Gen. 5:1-3). However, the image of God is still manifested within the human conscience (cf. Rom 2:14, 15 with Gen. 9:6; I Cor. 11:7).
The nature of corruption (i.e. old sin nature, flesh - 1 John 1:18; Rom 3:23) has positional total depravity (cf. Rom. 1:19-25 with 3:9-20). When it is uncontrolled, it will involve its self in experiential degeneracy. It then will follow a lust trend of immoral degeneracy (cf. Rom. 1:26-32), or moral degeneracy (cf. Rom. 2:1-16), or religious degeneracy (cf. Rom. 2:17-29). the conscience of man develops scar-tissue and becomes hardened to the reality of right and wrong (cf. I Tim. 4:1,2; Tit. 1:15). The Laws of Divine Establishment for Temporal Living in the Material World provide legitimate barriers to this distortion of the soul.
Family Law allows the father and mother to train the child (cf. Prov. 22:6) and to teach the child to obey the parents (cf. Eph. 6:1) and to honor his parents (cf. Ex. 20:12; Deut. 5:16; Eph. 6:2,3). It also forbids parental tyrannical child-abuse (cf. Eph. 6:4). The Law of Marriage and the Law of Family are designed to give a balance between the Individual and the National Entity. Just as the distortion of individuality produces anarchy, the distortion of the national entity produces tyranny! (National law will be the subject of the next Bible Mini Study in this series.)The Laws of Divine Establishment Lesson II