Category Archives: Civil Magistrates

The States’ Role in Social Services

By Dean Hellekson

We live in a day when there is much debate between the jurisdiction of the Church and the State, especially when it comes to social issues.  Many conservatives would say that social issues are solely the responsibility of the Church, and law and order are the responsibility of the State.  On the other hand, many liberals would say that social, moral, educational, parenting and commercial issues are the responsibility of the State.  But the question here isn’t what conservatives or what liberals think about these jurisdictional responsibilities, but rather what God thinks about them.  And of course, we all like to marshal our opinions on the side of God because it makes our rationale all the more definitive.  But if we are to look at the Scriptures and analyze them in their context, and then ask some questions of our context, it might be that we find ourselves neither conservative, nor liberal, but rather something of a hybrid. Read the rest of this entry »


True Liberty

Written by Dean Hellekeson

Liberty is a word that is thrown around like an over used Frisbee.  Everyone in America is using it, and everyone in America is defining it, yet very few understand it.  And why is this?  Because we now live in the age where you can make up definitions as you go.  There is not a “right” answer, only “your” answer.  So, with everyone allowed to define, we now live in a wonderful world of polytheism. Read the rest of this entry »


Thoughts on Government

By Michael Kloss

If angels were men then we wouldn’t need governments. Governments are not a necessary evil. They are a blessing from God in direct response to the reality of mans depravity and inability to govern himself as he should in light of the laws of God. We should be thankful for the provision of government. Political leaders exercise justice, execute the law and defend the citizens from enemies foreign and domestic. The modern view of government as a necessarily horrid and sordid group of mongrels, is inaccurate and an overreaction to the mismanagement of state affairs by generations of politicians. Even inept governments like ours, haunted by the gospel, offers some justice and protection, though dimly. Governments are not evil in themselves, but are only as evil as the men who wield them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Civil Magistrates