But the centre of the rot of the judicial system is 1) it’s centralization: only State justice is permitted, with no competing legal system to keep the Men with Guns in check, and 2) it’s rooted in the will of powerful men, and not the will of God.
As North notes:
…of course, there has never been a public announcement by the American people or the nations of the West that “the Bible, and the laws made in pursuance thereof, shall be the supreme law of the land.” This is one reason why the American people and Western civilization are headed straight for God’s visible judgment. Since the Bible is not recognized as being sovereign, the legal protection of the church from the State must rest on the decisions of the State. in the long run, the State protects only those churches that share the humanists’ view of the State’s original sovereignty. This is why political pluralism inevitably leads to war on the people of God and the church. The issue of original sovereignty always reappears, and without the Bible, men refuse to recognize that God is the original Sovereign. Without this theocentric doctrine, the State always proclaims itself as the original sovereign, and the church becomes the great enemy of the statist order.
Pluralism and Polytheism
Political pluralism is a manifestation of polytheism: multiple ethics, multiple gods. It insists that God does not speak to anything that is political, so neither should His ecclesiastical representatives. Then the humanist comes along to announce that everything is political. Conclusion: God does not speak to anything in history, and neither should His ecclesiastical representatives. The humanists like this conclusion, and steadily work to impose it judicially. The pluralism-preaching Christians start to squirm. Still, they eventually capitulate. They would rather believe that God’s revealed word speaks to nothing than to conclude that it speaks to politics, and therefore Christians are responsible to announce the standards of righteousness in the arena of politics. This is just too much like ancient Israel’s prophetic preaching, and it can get a fellow persecuted.
Will the Supreme Court become consistent with the humanist-pietist presupposition that God does not speak to politics? This presupposition is manifested in the Internal Revenue Code: if a church speaks officially to any issue that might conceivably become subject to a vote by Congress, it can lose its tax exemption. To apply this rule to a church would require making the determination that churches are nothing more than tax-exempt institutions created by the Federal government, like a foundation or other charitable trust. It assumes that the Federal government has granted the churches their tax exemption. It assumes that churches are, as legal entities, creations of the State.
The proper biblical response is that churches are tax-immune. They enjoy delegated authority from the true original Sovereign. God. The State did not create them. They are certainly as immune from taxes by any branch of civil government as the Federal government is immune from taxation by state governments. Inherent in the sovereignty of the church is the same tax immunity that is the prerogative of every level of civil government: to escape taxes imposed by all subordinate governments.
As we actually live under the absolute authority of God, there is no other absolute authority that can make laws, or take and kill as he pleases – something every State-adoring secularist will certainly dispute.
Even “Due Process” is being tossed by the wayside, as the “Living Document” evolutionary view of the Constitution has firmly established. (See: Roberts and the blindingly unconstitutional ObamaCare tax.)
“This is why political pluralism inevitably leads to war on the people of God and the church.” I assume that the vast majority of Christians in the West will instantly surrender… but I am not writing for them.
“Political pluralism is a manifestation of polytheism: multiple ethics, multiple gods. It insists that God does not speak to anything that is political, so neither should His ecclesiastical representatives. Then the humanist comes along to announce that everything is political”
How predictable of Our Power-Hungry Authorities.
Unlike our Compassionate Leaders, God expects both Due Process and Justice (to a finite but real extent) from human courts and human authorities. And He wants it in terms of His law, and not the ever-shifting, self-serving will of powerful men (backed by the manufactured consent of the masses).